State of the News: The Weekly Roundup from WFPL News

The WFPL News team and a roundtable of reporters discuss the week’s news, Fridays at 1pm and 9pm.

Derby & Oaks Race Handicapping With the Pros

by Brad Yost on May 4, 2012

On Oaks Friday, WFPL’s State of the News headed to Churchill Downs to spend an hour talking about the big races ahead this weekend, and handicapping the races with professional insights from Mike Watchmaker from the Daily Racing Form and Ed DeRosa of brisnet.com.

In the first segment Rick Howlett spoke our experts about the general health of the horse racing industry, considered whether 20 horses is too many for a race, discussed the impact of large, loud crowds on the horses, track surfaces, and other general topics.

In segment two, our experts ran through the horses entered in the Derby to handicap their strengths, weaknesses, and recent performances.  An early favorite in the Derby is Bodemeister (Watchmaker:  “My concern is the quick three-week turnaround between his big win in the Arkansas Derby last time out and this race, and I wonder if he’s going to be able to produce a top performance with that turnaround”).  They also spoke of another favorite, Union Rags (DeRosa:  “Let’s face it, he had every chance to run past Hansen in the Breeder’s Cup and he didn’t do it”), and the other horses in the field.

Closer to the end of the show, our panel ran through the horses entered in the Kentucky Oaks running Friday afternoon.

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Kentucky Statehouse News Round Up: State of the News

by Brad Yost April 28, 2012

We checked in this past Friday afternoon with Capital Bureau reporter Kenny Colston for a recap of the news this week from Frankfort.  He talked about the Kentucky Court of Appeals hearing about the legality of instant racing, AmeriGOP – a SuperPAC involved with Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District race, and the imminent release of the […]

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State of the News 4/27/12

by Brad Yost April 27, 2012

Our weekly news round up began today with Devin Katayama’s report on the latest on Bluegrass Boardwalk, which is one step closer to opening.  Phillip Bailey discussed the fundraising disparity between John Yarmuth and challenger Brooks Wicker.  Erica Peterson outlined the major honor bestowed on Kentuckian Wendell Berry this week.  Appalachian Regional Healthcare is suing […]

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News from Frankfort with Kenny Colston: State of the News

by Brad Yost April 21, 2012

We checked in this past Friday afternoon with Capital Bureau reporter Kenny Colston for a recap of the news this week from Frankfort. He talked about the special legislative session, friction between Governor Beshear and David Williams, the status of the pill mill bill, and the roads budget, among other topics.

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State of the News 4/20/12

by Brad Yost April 20, 2012

Beginning our weekly news round up today, Gabe Bullard, Phillip M. Bailey, and Devin Katayama joined us from the WFPL newsroom with a look at some of the week’s top metro stories.  Devin explained the current status of the JCPS student assignment plan as it is considered by the Kentucky Supreme Court.  Phillip Bailey had […]

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Today on State of the News

by Laura Ellis April 20, 2012

Segment A: Gabe Bullard, Phillip M. Bailey, and Devin Katayama join us from the WFPL newsroom with a look at some of this week’s metro stories. Segment B: We’ll start out with KPR’s Kenny Colston, who’ll catch us up on the latest from Frankfort. Then we’re joined by LEO’s Anne Marshall, whose cover story this […]

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State of the News 4/6/12

by Brad Yost April 6, 2012

Today is the final day in the membership campaign at WFPL and Louisville Public Media, so State of the News is a bit shorter than usual this time around.  Gabe Bullard started the show with the latest on the Occupy Louisville movement, which is being ejected from its encampment downtown.  Phillip Bailey reviewed some pointed […]

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Financial Woes for KFC Yum! Center and the Ohio River Bridges Plan: State of the News

by Brad Yost April 1, 2012

Friday on State of the News we were joined by Courier-Journal writer Marcus Green, who dropped in to discuss two of his recent in-depth reports.  One article dealt with disappointing profits at the KFC Yum! Center, which has hosted numerous high-impact events, been praised by both patrons and entertainers or teams using it, but also […]

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Sports Writers Predict Outcome of Dream Game and Its Effect on City

by Laura Ellis March 31, 2012

Tonight, men’s basketball teams from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky will meet in a Final Four game. On Friday’s State of the News, we were joined by sports journalists Bill Doolittle and Eric Crawford (the latter joining us from UofL’s warm-up session in New Orleans), who talked about how the rest […]

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State of the News 3/30/12

by Brad Yost March 30, 2012

We began the weekly news recap show today with signs of life in the Louisville Orchestra impasse between musicians and management; Devin Katayama explained what the binding arbitration with conditions proposed by musicians might mean.  Phillip Bailey described local reaction to the Sanford, Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin. The federal government has unveiled air quality […]

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