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Stories for January 20, 2006

New Fines Supposed to Deter U.S. Smugglers

Jan. 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. citizens who attempt to smuggle people across the U.S. Mexico border now face a $5,000 fine and risk having their vehicle seized. Until now, all but the most egregious offenders have gone largely unpunished. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Audit consultants, home prices, Medicare

Jan. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The editors gather at the roundtable for opinions on the city's financial audits, the consultants, the slowing real estate market, and the lack of Medicare coverage for seniors.

SD Board of Supervisors to Sue State Over Med. Marijuana Law

Jan. 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As required by state law, counties throughout California have begun issuing ID cards to medical marijuana patients. But the board of supervisors in San Diego County has refused to take part in the program. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Report Shows CA Nursing Homes Need More Inspections

Jan. 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report by the Government Accountability Office suggests California's system for inspecting nursing homes has plenty of room for improvement. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Report Finds Former Pension Trustees Violated Law

Jan. 20
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A report released today on the troubled San Diego retirement system finds that past pension trustees violated state and federal law when they allowed the city to underfund the plan. The report was commissioned by the current board. It cost the system $3 million. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.