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Studio 619 for July 6, 2008

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Pension Reform

Kentucky lawmakers last week did as promised. In one quick week, they passed a pension reform bill in a special session called by Governor Steve Beshear. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh covered the session.


Before the primary election last May, political advertisements filled newspapers and airwaves. That will also be the case as the general election approaches.But as WFPL’s Gabe Bullard reports, candidates are finding other ways to reach out to voters. One method is coming under increased scrutiny, and in some states, is prohibited.

Urban Trees

With two major tree surveys underway in the city, planners should soon have a wealth of information about how to manage our urban forest for decades to come. They’ll be able to tell how trees suck pollutants from the air, and store carbon dioxide, as well as how much trees cool nearby buildings and save energy costs. Armed with that data, planners could use trees to their fullest potential. It’s a sign that cities are beginning to recognize that trees do more than fill public spaces. Kristin Espeland has the story.

July Fourth Weekend

This July 4th weekend, Americans face the highest gas prices in history and a tough economy all around. We wondered what that economy is doing to traditional Independence Day celebrations. Stephanie Sanders, Gabe Bullard and Kristin Espeland went shopping for holiday supplies.


Edwin Kagin joins us this week. He's the National Legal Director of American Atheists, Incoporated and a northern Kentucky attorney. Rick Howlett talks with Kagin about his response to a new book challenging atheism that was written by Dr. Albert Mohler, president f the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

 Charlotte Huggins

If you go see Journey to the Center of the Earth next weekend, at some theatres you’ll be handed a piece of equipment for viewing the film – 3D glasses. Charlotte Huggins is one of the leading producers for 3D filmmaking in Hollywood and has worked for the last four years on the movie, which stars Brendan Fraser.Stephanie Sanders talked to Huggins about ‘Journey’, the future of 3D movies, and her connection to Louisville.