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Studio 619 for January 18, 2009

Listen to the showKentucky State Police Legislative hearings on Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s budget-balancing plan continue in Frankfort.Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh zeroes in on how budget cuts are affecting one particular agency, Kentucky State Police.

Homelessness CountsA new report out last week from the National Alliance to End Homelessness says Kentucky’s homeless rate grew more sharply than any other state’s between 2005 and 2007.Stephanie Sanders spoke with the vice-president of the organization, Steve Berg, about the study and what it means for Kentucky and Louisville.

Suburban Flight The burst of the nation’s housing bubble last year has apparently done little to disturb a trend that began developing before the mortgage crisis.Industry analysts say in some cities, many homebuyers are abandoning suburban living for lofts and condos in downtown areas. Gabe Bullard has a look at what’s happening here in Louisville.

Arts infrastructurePresident elect Barack Obama’s plan to aid the national economy includes $350 billion in spending on infrastructure — from water systems to broadband networks. Cultural institutions aren’t part of the package, but arts leaders in Kentucky and beyond are thinking more seriously about their infrastructure needs and their role in the economy. Elizabeth Kramer reports.

Ride to Conquer CancerLouisville's Norton Cancer Institute has announced a new campaign to raise money for cancer research, education and other programs. The Ride to Conquer Cancer is bicycle trip later this year from Louisville to Lexington and back. Rick Howlett spoke with Norton Healthcare Chief Development Officer Lynnie Meyer about the event.

2 Dogs, 2000 Miles Luke Robinson and his two dogs are walking from Austin to Boston to raise awareness about canine cancer. He spoke with Susan Sweeney Crum about his reason for the journey.

New Speed CuratorThe Speed Art Museum’s new curator is looking at ways to attract more of the pubic and get maximum impact from contemporary art during an economic recession.

Handcuffs High School can mean homework, sports, teachers, tests and everything that goes into a school day. But it can also mean parties, friends, romance, sex and a lot of stress that adults just might not understand. In her first novel, Handcuffs, local author and teacher Bethany Griffin has tried to capture the good, the bad and the anxiety of being a modern day highschooler. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Griffin about her first novel.

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