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Studio 619 for July 27, 2008

Listen to the showCardinal Hill MagazineWhy is proposed police storage facility at Cardinal Hill causing so much controversy? WFPL’s Gabe Bullard reports.

Biomass in KentuckyWith the amount of garbage Americans generate each year, you’d think that firing up every landfill could solve our energy dilemma. But Tyree says that even if every Kentucky landfill were tapped, they wouldn’t generate nearly enough power on their own to meet statewide demand. But other kinds of biomass could one day help meet that demand on a large scale. For example, switchgrass. 

     Effect of Oil DependencyLast week, a study released by the National Resources Defense Council said Kentuckians spend a greater percent of their paycheck on gas than most Americans. Stephanie Sanders wanted to find out more about the study, and how states can improve their ranking. She spoke with the study’s co-author, Darren Lovaas.

Library Turns 100Ideas about who a public library serves has changed over the past century and they shaped the Louisville Free Public Library, which celebrates its centennial this month.

Kentucky Education Commissioner's Car Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon Draud will try to purchase the fully loaded state automobile he ordered earlier this year, but later regretted. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has the story.

The Big SortThe mobile American society is contributing to a polarized political landscape, say some observers.

David Maraniss The first time an athlete was paid to wear a certain brand of shoes… the first widely televised Olympic Games… and the first African-American to carry the U.S. flag into the Opening Ceremony. They were all firsts at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. It was also the first time the world took notice of an up-and-coming boxer from Louisville who was then known as Cassius Clay.