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Studio 619 for April 19, 2009

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Early Childhood Education

Improving early childhood development and education in Kentucky is the focus of ongoing hearings in Frankfort.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh dropped by one of the hearings to see what types of topics are being discussed.

McAlpine Locks and Dam

Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District announced this month that they recently finished work on a massive construction project: the McAlpine Lock Replacement.  Rick Howlett spoke with the Corps' Carol Labashosky about the project and the movement of commercial traffic in the Ohio River Basin.

Legacy of Literacy

A series of public meetings start this week in southern Indiana to get input on how to best tackle the problem of illiteracy.  Metro United Way is organizing the effort, in what they hope with be a years-long program called Legacy for Literacy.  Stephanie Sanders spoke with Associate Director of Community Building Kerri Cokeley about the program and the meetings.

Farewell My Subaru

There are lots of “how I went green” or “let’s go green” books on the market today.  Doug Fine’s Farewell My Subaru stands out because of Fine’s humble, comic approach to living a carbon-free life.  Fine leaves city life behind to buy a ranch in New Mexico, raise goats, and install solar panels.  Nothing goes according to plan, but Fine takes you along on his journey, relating his failures and triumphs as a green pioneer.  Kristin Espeland reviews Farewell My Subaru on this week’s Studio 619.

Young Playwrights

Actors Theatre of Louisville is known for working with adult playwrights to put their work on stage. Now, it’s working to do the same with area middle and high school students.

Spring Meet at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs' spring meet starts next Saturday and there have been several changes to the track since the last races. New safety measures are in place, night races are planned and coolers will once again be allowed in the infield. Gabe Bullard talked with the track's Senior Director of Communications Darren Rogers about the changes and how they might help Churchill Downs avoid the financial troubles faced by some other Kentucky racetracks, such as Ellis Park.

Governor's School for the Arts

Two notable writers credit Kentucky’s Governor School for the Arts for nurturing their creative careers.

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