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Studio 619 for February 8, 2009

Listen to the showState of the CommonwealthKentucky Governor Steve Beshear last week delivered his second annual State of the Commonwealth address to a joint session of the General Assembly. Watching from the House gallery was Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh.Utility LinesWill buried power lines solve Louisville’s power problems? Gabe Bullard talks to an expert in the field of power grid improvements and technology.

Dr. Albert MohlerWe get the view of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Albert Mohler on the new White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Medicaid CrisisKentucky’s Medicaid costs are skyrocketing. With unemployment numbers growing daily, thousands of Kentuckians are joining the Medicaid rolls each month. The government health care program had already projected a budget shortfall. But that gap has become much larger than estimated. Stephanie Sanders reports.Unwanted Horses A perfect storm is dragging Kentucky’s horse industry down. Prices at auction have plummeted, the price of hay has more than doubled, and breeders and casual owners alike are struggling to care for their horses. It’s not just a crisis for industry, though: it’s also a crisis for many horses, which are being abandoned or given up to rescue organizations at an alarmingly high rate. Kristin Espeland reports.

The Motel of the StarsIt doesn’t sound like it would work a story about grief over the loss of a son, of grief over the loss of a lover, and also a story about the 1997 ten year anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence. But maybe, it’s really a store about forgiveness, redemption and love. Join Robin Fisher as she talks with author Karen Salyer McElmurray about her new novel, and the second in the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Writing, The Motel of the Stars.

Valentine's Day and the Postal ServiceValentine’s Day is less than a week away and the U.S. Postal Service has a few ideas to help you celebrate your loved one. Stephanie Sanders found out more from Cheryl Alfred, Manager of Retail for the postal service, and David Walton, a spokesperson for the Louisville-area USPS.