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Studio 619 for August 31, 2008

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Major Party Conventions The Democratic National Convention wrapped up last week in Denver, and the Republicans are gearing up for their convention this week in Minneapolis-St. Paul.Stephanie Sanders caught up with University of Louisville political science professor Jasmine Farrier last week to learn more about conventions past and present and what is going on behind the scenes.

Political TheatreSome say politics and religion don’t mix. But what about politics and theater? Looking at the rise of political theater in Louisville and what some critics say. 

DTV Test

Are you ready for DTV? All five Louisville television stations will broadcast digital TV test on Wednesday. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard talks with WHAS General Manager Mark Pimentel about the DTV transition.

Kentucky Road Projects

It’s no secret Kentucky is in an economic pickle. The Governor hopes to save some money now – and in the future – by changing the way Kentucky designs roads.And although transportation officials don’t know how much money could be saved, they’re moving forward with cost-cutting measures on projects that are already underway. Stephanie Sanders reports.

Poverty and Children

New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show Kentucky's poverty rate increased slightly in 2007, while there was no appreciable difference in the national rate. Among the organizations closely tracking the numbers is Kentucky Youth Advocates.Rick Howlett talked with the group's executive director, Terry Brooks, about the latest report, and what it means for the state's children.

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