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Stories for January 19, 2006

State Sen. Wants New Laws to Stop Meth Epidemic

Jan. 19
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state Senator says it's time to renew efforts in the legislature to help fight the epidemic of methamphetamine in California. Sacramento reporter Jenny O'Mara has more.

Are condominiums affecting San Diego's real estate slowdown?

Jan. 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The housing market in San Diego is slowing down. What does that mean for the huge number of condominiums and condo conversions? Roger Showley joins us to talk about condos in San Diego.

UC Board of Regents to Investigate Pay Practices

Jan. 19
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

University of California's Board of Regents is meeting this week at UC San Diego. Among the hottest topics of discussion is the need to shed more light on the University's pay practices. University officials recently came under fire for secretly paying for bonuses to its top executives. KPBS education reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

UC Board Questions Investments Linked to Sudan

Jan. 19
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The University of California's Board of Regents delayed a vote today on whether to shed investments linked to Sudan. The board says they'll study the issue further and make a final decision at their next meeting in March. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Sen. Feinstein Wants Reimbursement for State's Medicare Costs

Jan. 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California and at least 25 other states are temporarily paying for the medications of seniors who've had problems with the new Medicare prescription drug plan. Now Senator Dianne Feinstein and some of her colleagues are asking the federal government to reimburse states for the expense. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Joshua Nelson re-energizes the synagogue with his Kosher Gospel Band

Jan. 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Joshua Nelson grew up listening to both the cantors in his synagogue and Mahalia Jackson records at his grandmother's house. He speaks about combining the two influences with his Kosher Gospel Band.

How safe are herbal and dietary supplements?

Jan. 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Americans spend more than $20 billion annually on herbal and dietary supplements, yet most are unaware of the safety issues or effectiveness of these remedies.

Sanders' Payment Idea Criticized

Jan. 19
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An idea by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders on how to pay for a $10 million contract with consultants looking into the city's fiscal mess is raising eyebrows. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

State Program Designed to Prevent, Treat Disabilities Early

Jan. 19
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new California project aims to help parents identify if their children have disabilities at a young age, so early intervention and treatment is possible before the children start school. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Will physician-assisted death be allowed in California?

Jan. 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Oregon's physician-assisted death law, and a new bill is being reviewed by the State Assembly of California.

Weekend preview: Jan 19, 2006

Jan. 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

David Coddon, editor of Night and Day magazine and Troy Johnson, arts and music editor for San Diego City Beat map out the best bets for having an entertaining weekend.