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Stories for August 4, 2006

Legislators to focus on CA prisons

Aug. 4, 2006
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State legislators will make prisons a top priority when they return to Sacramento next week. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports discussions are underway.

CA to study the effect of global warming on public health

Aug. 4, 2006
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California researchers have received a $4.5 million federal grant to track heat-related deaths and emergency room visits to study how global warming could affect public health.

Mount Soledad Cross; Immigration; Kroll report

Aug. 4, 2006
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local editors discuss the federal takeover of the Mount Soledad cross, new immigration hearings, and the pending Kroll report.

Researchers encourage Latinos to vote

Aug. 4, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Latino researchers in San Marcos are worried San Diego County's growing Hispanic population isn't exercising its political power, and they hope to change that. KPBS Radio Ana Tintocalis has more.

Millions of fish dying in Salton Sea

Aug. 4, 2006
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some three million fish suffocated in the Salton Sea's largest tilapia die-off since 1999. The dead fish clogged a harbor driving away boaters and fouling the air in the Coachella Valley desert.

Sanders plans to reorganize city's government

Aug. 4, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders is centralizing and reorganizing the city government, which he says was highly inefficient. The mayor says a better organization needs to be in place before he can downsize government. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Judge approves Vista's day labor ordinance

Aug. 4, 2006
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Vista ordinance that regulates day laborers withstood first-amendment challenges in federal court today. The ACLU had sued to temporarily block the measure. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

State Parks Dept. rescinds Sunrise Powerlink opposition position

Aug. 4, 2006
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Parks department is backing away from a position formally opposing the controversial Sunrise Powerlink. The project would bring electricity from Imperial County to San Diego. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps explains.