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Stories for February 13, 2006

Illegal drugs a continuing crisis in San Diego

Feb. 13, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Legalizing marijuana has been in the news lately, but what other drugs are people concerned about? Tom Fudge finds out how people are getting, using, and becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs in San Diego.

Poll: San Diegans support state's medical marijuana law

Feb. 13, 2006
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most San Diegans are opposed to the County Board of Supervisors' attempts to overturn California's medical marijuana law. That's one of the findings from the latest KPBS/Competitive Edge Research Poll. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

SD hires new disaster preparedness executive

Feb. 13, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego's newest top executive will be responsible for overseeing disaster preparedness. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

More problems emerging over prescription drug benefits

Feb. 13, 2006
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state's already stepped in to help pay for needy Californians' medications in the wake of problems with the new federal drug program. But advocates for the poor say other problems are emerging. Sacramento reporter Jeny O'Mara has more.

Tobacco tax could fund health care programs

Feb. 13, 2006
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Organizing Project is spearheading the signature-gathering efforts for a statewide initiative that would tax tobacco to fund health care programs. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Airport Authority considers North County supplemental site

Feb. 13, 2006
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's Airport Authority Monday looked at the financial consequences of building a supplemental airport in North County. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Who keeps Balboa Park green?

Feb. 13, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Who takes care of all the flowers, plants, and trees of Balboa Park? Host Tom Fudge speaks with Balboa Park's new horticulturist about keeping the park green.

Music and art education face changes

Feb. 13, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The No Child Left Behind Act has made music education core curriculum in public schools. Tom Fudge speaks with local organizers about the state of music education in San Diego as well as innovative programs that help keep the arts alive under the current budget constraints.