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Stories for January 18, 2006

Deciding What's Controversial

Jan. 18
KPBS Commentaries
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"Both sides ought to be properly taught."

Newly Structured City Council OKs $10 Million More for Kroll

Jan. 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego city council met Tuesday for the first time this year, and the meeting revealed new political dynamics. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

City Attorney Mike Aguirre on becoming chief legal advisor for retirement board

Jan. 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In Mayor Jerry Sanders' State of the City speech he recommends that San Diego's City Attorney should be chief legal adviser to the retirement system. Tom Fudge speaks with Mike Aguirre to get his reaction and hear his plans.

AT&T Settles Improper Storage Tank Lawsuit

Jan. 18
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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AT&T has agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges the company failed to properly maintain a network of underground storage tanks throughout California. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Thad Kousser on CA state politics

Jan. 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Thad Kousser is assistant professor of political science at UC San Diego, and he joins host Tom Fudge for an analysis of the Governor's plans intends to rebuild California and his image.

CA Governor Schwarzenegger proposes minimum wage increase

Jan. 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently proposed raising the state's minimum wage from $6.75 an hour to $7.75 by July 2007, but what affect will it have on poverty?

Supervisors Challenge State's Medical Marijuana Law

Jan. 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A group of local medical marijuana advocates say they've had it with the County Board of Supervisors, and have taken the first steps towards filing a term limits initiative. Advocates don't like the board's decision to challenge California's medical marijuana law. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Billing Practices of City's Consultant Questioned

Jan. 18
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego shelled out another $10 million yesterday to consultants hired to make sense of the city's fiscal crisis. But questions continue to surface over justifications offered for the expensive contract and how the consultants are billing the city. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

UCSD Awarded $25 Mill. for Genetic Code Research

Jan. 18
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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UC San Diego will become home to a groundbreaking research facility that will study the genetic code of different life forms in the world's oceans. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Schwarzenegger Says 'No' toTuition Hikes

Jan. 18
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited UCSD today to say a few words at the meeting of the University of California's Board of Regents. He stumped for his proposal to freeze tuition at the state's public universities. But not everyone was happy to hear what he had to say. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Deep ocean exploration seeks to uncover past

Jan. 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Local scientists are taking the plunge to uncover some of the ocean's deepest mysteries with hopes of shedding light on the evolution of life on Earth.

Left-handed Journalist Investigates Left-hand Dominance

Jan. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Less than 15% of the world's population is left-handed, which leads many Southpaws to think they're pretty special. Left-handed journalist David Wolman wanted to know more about how we come to choose a dominant hand and what, if anything, it says about us.

Documentary film uses music to explore young artists' inspiration

Jan. 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Diego Gutierrez's documentary film "The Valley of the Dog Songs" captures the experience of San Diego based musician Phil Beaumont as he writes songs to capture the inspiration of six young artists.