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Stories for January 3, 2006

The New Year

Jan. 3
KPBS Commentaries
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I heard from an old family friend when I sent her a copy of the last essay. She was pleased with my writing, liked my picture and sent me an email telling me so. In the email, she also said the picture showed that I "seemed to have gained a little weight.?

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Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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CHP Sgt. is latest candidate to run for Cunningham's slot

Jan. 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The field of candidates running to replace former congressman Randy Cunningham is growing. An eighth Republican formally announced his candidacy for the 50th District Monday. KPBS reporter Alison St. John has more.

Medicare drug plan expands

Jan. 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This past Sunday, millions of older Americans gained access to government-subsidized prescription drugs with the long-awaited expansion of Medicare, the biggest expansion of the plan in its forty year history.

Few in state aware of online purchase taxes

Jan. 3
By Tamara Keith and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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You could owe the state hundreds of dollars in taxes and not even know it. As tax time nears, state officials are spreading the word about "use taxes." These are the taxes you're supposed to pay for online purchases. From Sacramento, Tamara Keith has the story.

San Diego canyons threatened by growth

Jan. 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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One of San Diego's most unique assets is its canyons. And the Canyonlands Committee of San Diego Civic Solutions argues we need to protect canyons as a crucial part of our landscape and ecology.

Eliminate back pain with good posture

Jan. 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Eight out of ten adults suffer from back pain. For some, it comes from the way they walk, for others, the way they sit. We talk about healing the root pain rather than temporary relief.

Imperial Valley economy booms

Jan. 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Imperial Valley's economy continues to boom, more shopping centers are opening their doors, and housing is on the rise. We talk about the Imperial Valley and the new issues it faces.

Mexico angry about Border Patrol shooting

Jan. 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Mexican Consulate in San Diego has condemned the use of lethal force against an 18-year-old Mexican youth who was shot near the border last Friday after allegedly throwing stones at a border patrol officer. KPBS reporter Alison St. John has more.