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On Byline Today: Appalachian Prisons, Hemp, Charter Schools and the Humana Festival Begins

Prisons in Appalachia, developments in the efforts to bring industrial hemp and charter schools to Kentucky and the Humana Festival gets going—these topics and more will be discussed this afternoon on Byline.Sylvia Ryerson of WMMT radio in Whitesburg, Ky., discusses her story on how some Appalachian communities aresecond-guessing their decisions to recruit prisons into their areas,because the promised jobs and benefits haven't materialized.Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston discusses recent developments in the General Assembly session, including the hempand charter schoolsissues. Also, Kentucky Public Radio intern Rae Hodge discussesher story about Democratic state senators' views on actress Ashley Judd's possible U.S. Senate candidacy.And Meredith McDonough from Actors Theater of Louisville discusses theHumana Festival of New American Plays,which begins today.Join us at 89.3 or streaming at WFPL.org at 1 p.m. for these stories and more.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.