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Studio 619 for November 23, 2008

Listen to the showLouisville BudgetLouisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is in meetings with city department leaders. He’s looking for ways to cut 20 million dollars out of the Metro Government budget.The mayor has put a freeze hiring and travel, but says cuts to employment and services may be coming soon. Gabe Bullard has moreon the mayor’s options.Ft. Knox Growth Fort Knox is about to swell with newcomers. It’s part of the U.S. Army’s Base Realignment and Closure project, or BRAC as the locals call it here. And Elizabethtown—the region’s shopping center and Fort Knox neighbor—could be the popular choice for the thousands of military and civilians –possibly upwards of 14,000--who choose to relocate.

Christian SchoolsChristian schools were once the fastest growing segment of private education. Now, enrollment in Christian schools is flat or declining. Elizabeth Kramer reports.

Monument ParkIn Frankfort, concerns are being raised about a monument park being developed on the grounds of the historic Kentucky State Capitol. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has the story.Polypharmacy As the American medical scene is flooded with more and more medications, an increasing number of patients are finding themselves on dozens of medications. It’s especially true of our elderly population.But without proper supervision, those medications can interfere with each other and cause even MORE health problems for the patient, decreasing their quality of life. Stephanie Sanders talked about the problem – called polypharmacy – with Demetra Antimisiaris. She’s a PhD in pharmacology, as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine.

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth MergerJust over a week ago, a ceremony was held to celebrate the merger of two Catholic religious orders, one in Pennsylvania, the other in Kentucky. That's when the Pittsburgh-based Vincentian Sisters of Charity transferred their vows to become Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. That order, founded in 1812, is based near Bardstown, Kentucky. Rick Howlett spoke with SCN Vice President Sister Susan Gatz about the merger.