Studio 619 for November 2, 2008

by scrosby on November 6, 2008

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WFPL Election Coverage

What started as an uphill battle by a Louisville businessman to unseat one of the highest-ranking Senators in Washington has turned into the state’s most-watched race. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Bruce Lunsford. Gabe Bullard has more.

Two years ago, the race for Kentucky’s Third District congressional seat was a tight one, with Democrat John Yarmuth unseating Republican incumbent Anne Northup. As was the case in 2006, their rematch this year is dominated by local concerns about national policies.  Stephanie Sanders reports.

On Tuesday, voters in Southern Indiana’s 9th congressional district will see some familiar names on the ballot when they select a candidate to represent them in the U.S. House. Rick Howlett spoke to the three candidates and has this report.

For some voters, it’s about a change in the White House. For others, it’s about the economy. Still others, the war in Iraq or religious values. Or all of the above. Kristin Espeland explores what’s motivating voters from a variety of backgrounds here in Louisville.

Voters and those involved in getting votes counted on Election Day are calling this election a big one. And with its record numbers of registered voters there’s more scrutiny of the voting process. Elizabeth Kramer reports.

With Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson predicting long lines for Tuesday’s election, the spotlight in Frankfort is shining on legislation allowing early voting in future state elections. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has the story.

Library Master Plan

It was a year ago this week that Louisville voters said ‘no’ to a proposal to increase the city’s occupational tax to help fund a new master plan for the Louisville Free Public Library. But residents and city leaders rallied to the library, saying they still want to forge ahead with a master plan, but with funds already available.

In the months that followed, LFPL Director Craig Buthod has been working with several groups to get the plan put together by the end of the year. He spoke with Stephanie Sanders about his vision for the library system and how they’ll get there.

Louisville Free Public Library 

Presbyterian Church USA:  Twenty Years in Louisville

Gabe Bullard talks with Presbyterian Mission executive director Linda Valentine about the Presbyterian Church USA’s recent anniversary and financial troubles.

Zombies and Pop Culture

Zombies — those undead humans — have flooded popular culture. They’re in new movies, plays, and books. Cultural scholars say there are reasons for this fascination with these monsters.

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