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Stories for August 21, 2006

Study: job program keeps ex-cons out of jail

Aug. 21
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Researchers in San Diego say job training for ex-cons could relieve overcrowding in state prisons because it keeps parolees from returning to jail. A recent Cal State San Marcos study finds a local work-readiness program successfully motivates parolees who participate. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.

Summerfest Encounters: A one-act opera and the International Sejong Soloists

Aug. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Maureen Cavanaugh speaks with the creators of the one-act opera, "Love Past Cure," featuring the International Sejong Soloists, as part of Summerfest Encounters on KPBS.

Sen. Feinstein calls for Iraq pull-out

Aug. 21
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Senator Dianne Feinstein says Iraq is embroiled in civil war Feinstein spoke to business leaders in San Diego Monday, where she called for an all-out withdrawal of U.S. forces by the end of 2007. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

What's behind the animosity between Shia and Sunni Muslims?

Aug. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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How will the conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims impact the United States' hopes for peace and democracy in the Middle East? Vali Nasr, author of The Shia Revival, speaks about the differences between the two Islamic sects.

A Tijuana drug lord is arrested off the coast of Baja California

Aug. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Arellano Felix organization is the most violent drug trafficking cartel in North America. Based out of Tijuana, Mexico, the cartel suffered a blow as drug enforcement officials both in the United States and Mexico nabbed a key drug lord in the organization.

Gov. signs Million Solar Roofs legislation

Aug. 21
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's governor signed the million solar roofs legislation today. Supporters say the bill will energize residents to install solar power panels. Critics question the impact on California's electricity market. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Navy, Coast Guard team up for training in San Diego Bay

Aug. 21
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are teaming up to conduct a special two-week training exercise in San Diego Bay. It's the first drill of its kind on the West Coast. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Tobacco tax ballot measure has opponents up in smoke

Aug. 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Opponents of a ballot measure that would raise tobacco taxes by $2.60 a pack have launched their first TV ads. One of the spots claims the initiative would allow hospitals to restrict services to patients. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Mental health programs healthy and wealthy

Aug. 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A voter-approved tax to fund new mental health programs in California is generating a lot more money than it was expected to. State finance officials say the tax will likely produce nearly half-a-billion dollars more this year than was originally estimated. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Local science teachers rejuvinated in zero-gravity flight

Aug. 21
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Teaching science can be a heavy burden. After all, the workforce of tomorrow will be shaped by the scientific achievements in classrooms today. But sometimes science teachers need to lighten up, have a little fun, and get reinvigorated. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis takes us along on a recent flight of discovery for local science teachers.