State of the News today got off to a start with a review of several recent stories involving 4th Street Live and the Cordish Company’s business relationship with Louisville’s leaders; Devin Katayama and Phillip Bailey fleshed it out. A rose is a rose, but when is a cave not a cave? Erica Peterson explained how that question has come into play with LG&E’s plans for a coal ash landfill in Trimble County. Devin Katayama described reactions at the first committee hearing on proposed changes to the Louisville’s landmarks ordinance. Phillip Bailey explained an unusual situation in Indiana, where an election board has disqualified the residency of U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and ruled he is ineligible to vote in this upcoming re-election bid, meaning the longtime lawmaker will have to establish new residency. This week Gov. Steve Beshear named Audrey Tayse Haynes as the new Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Devin Katayama explained the circumstances and significance.
In segment two, we caught up with Kentucky Public Radio’s Capital Bureau Chief, Kenny Colston, for a rundown on the week’s activities in Frankfort. Topics included three bills involving infrastructure and roads, UPIKE, the status of the state budget in the senate, pseud0ephedrine legislation, and more.
We also looked at the thriving automotive industry in 2012 in the U.S., and the corresponding boom and demand with auto parts suppliers. We heard a feature from Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton, and followed that with a chat with Jere Downs, who covers Ford and the auto industry for the Courier-Journal.
Finally, we touched base with sports columnist Eric Crawford of the Courier-Journal to hear his thoughts about the NCAA tournaments and his review of recent games involving area teams, and previews of upcoming games.