State of the News 11/11/11

by Brad Yost on November 11, 2011

Our weekly news round up got started with the latest on the Louisville Orchestra negotiations; Gabe Bullard explained how  management and musicians are back at the table trying to hammer out a workable contract.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in Louisville this week and Devin Katayama explained how the jobs bill would invest around $390 million in Kentucky schools and create thousands of jobs. Utility companies, environmental groups, non-profits and the state have reached an agreement in a rate case pending before the Kentucky Public Service Commission which would result in 2.5 billion in environmental upgrades in Kentucky; Erica Peterson filled in the details.  Devin Katayama had the latest on the Occupy Louisville protests, as well as a quick elections recap and the impact on the Jeffersonville Canal project.  The recent Bank Transfer Day encouraged Americans to withdraw their money from institutions such as JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America and put it in locally-owned banks or not-for-profit credit unions; Gabe Bullard explained the motivations and results.

In segment two, we checked in with with Todd County Standard editor Ryan Craig about his coverage of the death of 9-year-old Amythz Dye, and how she could have fallen through the cracks of the child welfare system.  We also spoke with NPR reporter Howard Berkes about the major series of investigative reports, Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities.

In our final segment, Gabe Bullard spoke with John Boel, formerly with WLKY, who was arrested on a second DUI offense about a year ago. Boel was fired for the offense and sought help in a rehab facilitiy. After finishing the month-long program, Boel penned a book about his experience. “On The News … In The News” chronicles his battle with alcohol, his path to recovery and his career prior to his DUIs.

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