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Stories for December 29, 2006

CA Government Workers' Pension Plans to be Analyzed

Dec. 29, 2006
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California lawmakers will examine the pension systems that affect hundreds of thousands of government workers. Many of those pensions are under funded and the Governor wants the problem fixed.

Traffic Stops are Dangerous for Police

Dec. 29, 2006
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Eleven police officers in California have been killed in the line of duty this year. Oceanside Police Officer Dan Bessant was added to that list last week. He was shot during a routine traffic stop. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports that traffic stops may be the most dangerous police activity.

Advanced Placement Teachers to Undergo Academic Audit

Dec. 29, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

High school teachers who teach an advanced placement course will have to submit a syllabus to the College Board before teaching the class next year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Changes in Store for San Diego's Congressional Delegation

Dec. 29, 2006
By Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When the 110th Congress convenes on Thursday January 4, members of the California delegation will be taking on some new roles. Two San Diego Democrats are looking forward to the change. Benjamin Shaw reports fromCapitol Hill.

State Task Force says Medi-Cal's Computer System Should be Trashed

Dec. 29, 2006
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new state report says the multi-billion dollar Medi-Cal program is unable to properly track and identify fraud. The report blames Medi-Cal’s antiquated computer system. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Significant Increase in CA Drunk Driving Fatalities

Dec. 29, 2006
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has seen a sharp increase in drunk driving fatalities over the last eight years. The Automobile Club of Southern California has come up with a couple of possible explanations. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.