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Stories for April 12, 2006

Possible new planet discovered

April 12
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Hubble Telescope has photographed a possible 10th planet that was discovered at San Diego's Palomar Observatory. Photographs show that the object is virtually the same size as Pluto. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Democrats urge Congress to payback medicare costs

April 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has shelled out some $51 million to provide drugs for people who've had trouble with the new Medicare prescription drug program. Now, some Democratic members of Congress are once again pressuring the Bush administration to pay California and other states back. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Governor launches Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis

April 12
By Steve Milne and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On the heels of his climate summit in San Francisco, Governor Schwarzenegger today launched the country's first Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis. Sacramento reporter Steve Milne has more.

Study reveals San Diegan's views of downtown living

April 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study suggests one in three residents of San Diego County like the idea of living downtown and would consider moving there. However one of the main disincentives to downtown living remains transit and parking. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Funding for National Institutes of Health could decrease

April 12
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush's budget for the upcoming fiscal year marks a change in the way the federal government supports scientific and medical research. For the first time in decades, funding for the National Institutes of Health would decrease. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

American businessman kidnapped in Tijuana

April 12
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Kidnappers have snatched a second U.S. businessman off the streets of Tijuana. Though the victims are both of Asian descent and the two abductions took place within the space of a week, authorities do not believe the cases are connected. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Thank You for Smoking, The Notorious Bettie Page, and more...

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Film critics discuss some of the new films in local theatres. Films include "Thank You for Smoking," "Friends with Money," "The Notorious Bettie Page," and "Brick."

Callers sound off on airport expansion

April 12
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In November, San Diego County residents will be asked to vote on a plan for the future of air travel. These Days callers voice their thoughts on the airport expansion.

Candidates for the 50th reveal plans for the district

April 12
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Francine Busby and Brian Bilbray about the results of the Special Election for the 50th Congressional District. We talk to the candidates about their plans for the district, and ask what will it take to win the runoff election in June.