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Stories for December 19, 2005

Amendment gives local authority near border

Dec. 19
By Chad Pergram and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An amendment to the House's border enforcement bill that passed last week gives local authorities jurisdiction over immigration laws within 100 miles of the border. Chad Pergram has more from Capitol Hill.

New prescription drug plans baffle seniors and experts

Dec. 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Next year for the first time, Medicare will offer prescription drug coverage. Government officials say seniors can choose from a variety of plans. But many seniors complain the new Medicare Part D program is hopelessly complex and confusing. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

MoPA founding director Arthur Ollman to retire

Dec. 19
By Pat Finn and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In just 23 years, San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts went from one man's dream to a world-class institution. Now museum founder Arthur Ollman is leaving. Pat Finn reports on his legacy and the search for a successor.

Sanders calls for council meeting

Dec. 19
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council will interrupt its legislative break again this week for yet another special meeting, to discuss the ongoing investigation into the city's massive pension deficit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Pension investigation finds two targets

Dec. 19
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The finger of blame continues to circle round and round at San Diego city hall. Mayor Jerry Sanders will consider his options this week, following news last week that two staff at the pension board are targets of the federal investigations into the pension deficit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New flight from SD to Vancouver

Dec. 19
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego travelers can take advantage of a new non-stop international flight between San Diego and Vancouver Canada. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Boxer wants Patriot Act extended

Dec. 19
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Senator Barbara Boxer says congress should approve a short term extension of the controversial Patriot Act so several disputed provisions can be fixed. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Health care merger leaves consumer groups unhappy

Dec. 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi has given his approval to a proposed merger between Minneapolis-based United-Health and California's PacifiCare. Consumer groups aren't happy about it. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Sexual Harrasment Training Required for Managers

Dec. 19
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

All organizations in California with 50 or more employees have just two weeks left to put managers through sexual harassment training. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Foster care reforms improve outcomes

Dec. 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report from the California Department of Social Services indicates reforms in the foster care system have improved outcomes for children. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.