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Stories for December 27, 2006

New Mars Photos Could Reveal Planet’s Mysteries

Dec. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, NASA scientists were thrilled by the dramatic pictures that the Mars rover Opportunity sent back that might reveal some of the planet's secrets. Host Gloria Penner talks with Dr. Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, about the red planet.

Shopping Around for Prescription Drugs Pays Off (Part 2)

Dec. 27
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The average Californian buys almost eight prescription drugs each year. Yet, many don't shop around. A Full Focus investigation found that some stores charge twelve times more for the exact same medication. Here's part two of Rebecca Tolin's report on prescription drug prices.

Tijuana Maquila Assembly Plants Fueling Local Economy

Dec. 27
By Marianne Gerdes and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana's maquiladora industry has grown into an important part of Baja California's economy, employing more than 170,000 workers and bringing more than $1 billion of foreign investment into Tijuana's economy. Independent producer Marianne Gerdes reports on how the maquila industry has changed and the benefits being felt in San Diego.

Schwarzenegger Proposes $100 Million for Clean Technology Research

Dec. 27
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing nearly $100 million for research into clean technologies. Wednesday the administration announced $95 million to be split between four University of California projects. UC Executive vice President for University Affairs Bruce Darling says it’s a critical investment.

CA Doctors Want to Sue Blue Cross

Dec. 27
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Medical Association is trying to join patients in a class-action lawsuit against Blue Cross. The suit accuses Blue Cross of illegally canceling patients’ coverage after approving costly medical treatment. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Much Needed Rain Moves into San Diego

Dec. 27
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The winter weather moving through San Diego County should help boost local rainfall totals, but December will probably end up being drier than normal. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.