State of the News 2/24/12

by Laura Ellis on February 24, 2012

We started with Devin Katayama this week, who told us about the news this week that the Koch family owners of Indiana’s Holiday World, are planning to re-open Kentucky Kingdom under a new name: Bluegrass Boardwalk. Devin also caught us up on the almost-ouster-but-eventual-retention of Fair Board president Harold Workman. Gabe Bullard talked about the naming of a new police chief, Steve Conrad, and Erica Peterson had stories about a health study in Appalachia and The Kentucky Court of Appeals’ reversal of a previous ruling that restricts coal mining on Wilson Creek in Floyd County.

We kicked off our second segment with Kenny Colston, who talked about what happened this week in the Kentucky General Assembly (in case you weren’t paying rapt attention to the General Assembly this week), including the Kentucky Supreme Court upholding a lower court’s decision on redistricting.

Then we spoke with two reporters from the Indianapolis Star. Carrie Ritchie covered the sentencing of former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White; he was ordered to spend one year of home detention and it’s still unclear who will replace him. And an Indiana Senate panel approved a statewide smoking ban this week. Chris Sikich had the latest on that, along with a bill cracking down on specialty license plates, and a new development in the stage collapse at last summer’s Indiana State Fair.

For our last segment, we stayed in Indiana for a bit with News and Tribune editor Shea Van Hoy. He reported on the still-unconfirmed Amazon distribution center, which may or may not be creating 1,600 jobs in Jeffersonville. He also talked about the unexpected departure of One Southern Indiana leader Jody Wassmer. We closed the show with a chat with LEO Weekly’s Anne Marshall, whose cover story this week looked at JCPS disproportionately imposing harsh punishments on African-American students.

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