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Byline Today: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Beam Inc.'s Sale and Water Concerns

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On Byline today, we'll hear from Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Kentucky poet laureate Frank X Walker and about what Beam Inc.'s sale to a Japanese company means for Louisville.Up first, however, we'll get an update about the goings-on in Frankfort as theKentucky General Assembly's 2014 session starts getting down to business.Recently, Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz waselected president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops.Kurtz recently sat down with WFPL's Jonathan Bastian to talk about this and other matters.Also this week, West Virginia chemical spills that led to warnings to not use the water there. Now, the chemical is in the Ohio River and approaching (or has reached) the Louisville area. The Louisville Water Co. says the drinking water here is safe. WFPL's Erica Peterson will discuss the issue and the latest developments.We'll also hear a Strange Fruit podcast interview with poet Frank X Walker, host Rick Howlett's report on the Beam Inc. sale to Suntory, a chat about walkable neighrborhoods and more.Join us at 1 p.m. today at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.