Byline | Arnold Harrassment Case; Liquor Sales; Discretionary Funds; KY BBQ
Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below): At the top - A third Kentucky Statehouse staff member has filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission, alleging that state Rep. John Arnold touched her inappropriately in 2009 and that a supervisor at the Legislative Research Commission, where she works, failed to act after she reported Arnold’s conduct. A week ago, two Legislative Research Commission staffers filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made lewd comments to them dating back to 2010. The complaints have prompted calls for action in response to what some call a culture of intimidation and sexism in the Capitol One lawmaker has filed a bill that would require lawmakers to undergo sexual harassment training as part of their mandatory ethics education. This story was broken by Jonathan Meador, who’s been covering the statehouse for WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting at Louisville Public Media. Jonathan and WFPL Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey joined us to talk about it.
1:11:30 - Phillip M. Bailey stayed with us to talk about two more stories:
Republican members of the Louisville Metro Council are seeking to change rules for discretionary funds in the aftermath of Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s expulsion trial. The changes are being pushed weeks after seven city lawmakers voted to keep Shanklin on the council, even though they thought she'd been unethical in her use of taxpayer money.
Every year, each council member receives $75,000 for neighborhood development, $100,000 for infrastructure improvements and $30,000 for office expenses. The GOP is proposing capping neighborhood funds at $15,000 and allocated the rest for infrastructure spending. Further, the caucus wants to forbid members from promoting themselves at events paid for with taxpayer funds.
1:16:45 - The burning of coal releases pollution into the air, though advanced controls have made the process cleaner. But for decades, studies show that pollution has taken a significant toll on human health. Dr. Alan Lockwood is a professor of neurology at the University of Buffalo, and on the board for Physicians for Social Responsibility. He’s the author of a book on the effects of coal on health, and was in Louisville this week to lead a discussion on the subject. He spoke with WFPL’s Erica Peterson.
1:21:35 - In the summer of 2009, Wes Berry, an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University, hit the road in search of Kentucky’s best barbeque. He visited 160 places, sampling meats and sides in familiar barbque regions like western Kentucky, but also here in the Louisville area, northern Kentucky, Appalachia. Professor Berry, who also answers to Professor Pork Belly recounts his barbeque pilgrimage in a book, called The Kentucky Barbeque Book. He joined us today.
1:28:45 - The Kentucky State Fair has a little something for everyone…..usually that something is deep fried and high in calories. Let’s face it…fair food, good for you or not, is part of the experience. But WFPL sent Devin Katayama and Joe Lord to the fair with a task. Devin’s job was to see if he could eat healthy. Joe was given the opposite assignment. Here’s what happened.
1:32:55 - Earlier this year, Louisville’s famed Guitar Emporium closed after 40 years of operation. Soon,
however, the store will re-open under new management, but with many of the same employees. David Serchuk spoke with the new owner to learn why he’s doing it, and how he’ll keep it open another 40 years.
1:36:35 - WFPL arts & humanities reporter Erin Keane shares some events going on in town this weekend, including the Alley Theatre's Reservoir Dogs, Connect at Bernheim Forest, and Raanan Hershberg's one-man show, Crying Behind 3-D Glasses, at the Bardstown.
Then we hear her conversation with Kentucky's poet laureate Frank X Walker, who has a new book out. "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" is a collection of poems about the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago. Erin Keane speaks with Walker about Evers' legacy and writing the book.