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Stories for August 7, 2006

School board to vote on downtown charter school

Aug. 7
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego School Board decides Tuesday whether a downtown charter school can establish its own separate school to provide independent study programs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

North County boil water order cancelled

Aug. 7
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City officials say its okay to drink tap water in northeastern San Diego once again. A boil-water order that was in effect this weekend was lifted yesterday.

Poll: Californians support proposition to increase tobacco tax

Aug. 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest Field Poll shows a vast majority of Californians support a ballot measure that would raise tobacco taxes by $2.60 a pack. Proposition 86 would use that money for a variety of health-related programs. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Camp Pendleton to open Wounded Warrior Center

Aug. 7
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Camp Pendleton will open the first West Coast barracks for Marines and sailors wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

SummerFest launches under new president and artistic director

Aug. 7
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Host Tom Fudge interviews the new president and artistic director of the La Jolla Music Society as the SummerFest music festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Professional math training + teachers = higher student achievement

Aug. 7
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego School District officials say their students continue to show steady progress in math. Officials believe the improvement is a direct result from the professional training that math teachers receive. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Long-awaited Kroll report to be released tomorrow

Aug. 7
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A long overdue investigative report looking into San Diego's pension system debacle will be presented to the City Council tomorrow.

Council to discuss better tsunami alert system

Aug. 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council will consider the mayor's response to a grand jury report that recommends better advance warning in the case of a tsunami in San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Citations driving day laborers from Vista

Aug. 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Jobs for day laborers in Vista have dried up during the last two days since the city began issuing citations to employers who haven't registered. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

SDG&E revises Powerlink plan to address environmental concerns

Aug. 7
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Gas & Electric says it's addressing a range of environmental concerns in a revised application to build the controversial Sunrise Powerlink. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has details.

Water, sewer fund audit finds $1 million used inappropriately

Aug. 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An audit of the way the city spent water and sewer funds in 2003 found $1 million were used inappropriately. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Kroll's pension deficit report to be released Tuesday

Aug. 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tomorrow is the big day when a $20 million report into the San Diego City's pension deficit will be presented to the mayor, the city council and the public. KPBS reporter Alison St John reports.

New school superintendent ready to take on 500,000 students, 600 schools

Aug. 7
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's new school superintendent starts work on Monday. Randy Ward takes over the job vacated by Rudy Castruita who retired after 12 years as county schools chief. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Randy Ward to get a better sense of who he is and where he comes from.

Doug Manchester on developing the downtown bay front

Aug. 7
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks with Doug Manchester, a successful and controversial developer, about his proposed redevelopment of the Broadway Navy Complex in downtown San Diego.

Haunting true story of deception becomes a film

Aug. 7
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Armistead Maupin, author of The Night Listener, speaks about the Anthony Godby Johnson hoax, in which he and others were tricked into believing the writings of a young man dying of AIDS.

Local researchers find cure for Lou Gehrig's disease in lab rats

Aug. 7
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego researchers have successfully suppressed a defective gene in ALS-infected rats. Host Tom Fudge asks about the impact this breakthrough may have for patients with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Three million fish die in the Salton Sea

Aug. 7
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Two Salton Sea experts explain why the fish died and what can be done to clean up the aftermath.