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Stories for January 4, 2006

Medical bills bankrupt many

Jan. 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

People commonly relate homelessness to poverty, mental illness and even substance abuse. But a new face of homelessness is emerging. People are now ending up bankrupt, and even homeless because of health problems.

New California laws take effect in 2006

Jan. 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk to John Myers from KQED public radio about some of the more controversial California laws that went into effect on January 1st.

Mayor Sanders begins restructure of government

Jan. 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego's new strong mayor, Jerry Sanders, Tuesday announced a restructuring of city government. KPBS

Gov. urges Congress to lift foreign drug ban

Jan. 4
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has written a letter to Congress, urging the federal government to help Americans save money by lifting the ban on foreign drug imports. Some healthcare advocates say Schwarzenegger should make some moves of his own. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Daniel Weintraub on quality of life in California

Jan. 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Political columnist Daniel Weintraub quantifies how the state is fairing based on a number of economic, social and environmental measures. In many cases, his results are suprising. Weintraub gives us the good and the bad of life in California.

Remembering the Jean London Show

Jan. 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

From 1966 to 1972, more than three-quarters of a million U.S. servicemen witnessed the Jean London Show, based at Camp Pendleton. Ace Lundon joins us for a look back at a slice of San Diego history.

Learning life's lessons at a bar

Jan. 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak to J.R. Moehringer about life growing up in a bar, and the men who would become his father figures.