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Studio 619 for February 15, 2009

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Buried Lines?

In the last five months, Kentucky has faced the two largest power outages in its history. The blackouts have re-ignited discussion among citizens and government officials on what it would take to better protect the electricity grid from future disasters. Gabe Bullard has more on the debate here in Louisville.

Stem Cell Research

The University of Louisville and Jewish Hospital announced last week that they will participate in a clinical trial involving the use of adult cardiac stem cells to treat heart disease. It's the first research of its kind in the world. Rick Howlett spoke with study leader Dr. Roberto Bolli, who holds the Distinguished Chair in Cardiology at Jewish Hospital's Heart and Lung Institute.

The Economy and Bookmobiles Bookmobiles abound in Kentucky, which has more than any other state and a rich history.

Louisville Tourism

Louisville has managed to attract some major convention business, despite the ailing economy. But Kristin Espeland talks with the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau chief Jim Wood to learn more about how the city’s tourism outlook still isn’t so rosy.

Louisville's Upcoming Year

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson Wednesday spoke before the Metro Democratic Club. The speech was a precursor to the annual State of the City Address, which was postponed until March due to last month’s ice storm.Ice Storm Benefits?

The recent ice storm may have taken out power supplies. But it may have recharged the state’s water supplies. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland speaks with the state climatologist to learn more about the impact of so much precipitation as well as what lies ahead for the state when it comes to drought.