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Byline Today: Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill, Dropping Out of School and March Madness

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The Kentucky state Senate approves acontroversial "religious freedom" bill,the push for hemp hits a snagand college basketball is on the cusp of March Madness—these topics and more will be discussed today on Byline.WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey wrote onTuesday that critics believe that the "religious freedom" billbeing taken up in the Kentucky General Assembly would gut civil rights legislation. He'll discuss his story and overnight developments with the bill.Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will discuss the hemp bill, which appears to have stalled in the Kentucky House.WDRB's Eric Crawford talks college hoops teams begin looking at conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament. The Louisville Cardinals and Indiana Hoosiers are locks for the NCAA Tournament; the Kentucky Wildcats—the defending national champions—not so much.WFPL's Devin Katayama has begun a series talking to people in Louisville who dropped out of school,exploring why they quit. He'll air the first installment and talk about the series, which is part of the Next Louisville education project.Also, Decode DC talks a look at how the budget battle in Washington, D.C., began.Join us at 1 p.m. today at 89.3 or streaming at WFPL.org.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.