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Stories for November 14, 2005

City Council to consider purchase of new helicopters

Nov. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council will consider today a proposal to buy four new state of the art police helicopters at a total cost of $13 million. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

SD County Sheriff Kolender wants re-election

Nov. 14
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender says he wants to be re-elected in 2006. He kicked off his campaign Monday. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Coucilwoman Frye wants employee benefits info. made public

Nov. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city councilwoman Donna Frye has proposed that before any employee benefits are increased in the future, the council has to be informed of the financial impacts. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Calif's anti-smoking campaign proves successful

Nov. 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The percentage of Americans who smoke continues to decline. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control reveals around one out of five adults was a regular smoker last year. California's smoking rate is even lower than the national average. Public health advocates credit the state's anti-tobacco programs. But advocates caution the state needs to beef up its spending to counteract aggressive marketing tactics by tobacco companies. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.