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Stories for July 17, 2006

Kidnapping scare in Tijuana, many move to San Diego

July 17
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge speaks to KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson about the increasing number of kidnapping cases in Tijuana. Many of the wealthy families that have lived in Tijuana for years are moving to San Diego to avoid the risk of abduction.

Tijuana kidnappings causing mass exodus to San Diego

July 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new public safety problem has Tijuana, Mexico in its grip. Kidnappings have hit an all time high causing an exodus with families fleeing north to San Diego for safety. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Girls explore science at Sally Ride camp

July 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Space Shuttle Discovery returned to Earth today - about the same time a group of young girls began their first day at the Sally Ride Science Camp at the University of San Diego. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Is your green lawn draining California's water supply?

July 17
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's no surprise that the inland areas of California use more water than the coastal regions. Host Tom Fudge speaks to Ellen Hanak from the PPIC and Bill Jacoby from the San Diego County Water Authority about the latest trends in water consumption.

Eight new San Diego schools under construction

July 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A batch of new schools is under construction this week in the San Diego Unified School District. Officials say the campuses will help to alleviate overcrowding in the inner city. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Proposal would require retailers to have tobacco license

July 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A San Diego City Council committee has recommended the full Council consider a proposal that would require retailers to have a license to sell tobacco. Supporters say such a law is needed to cut down on illegal sales to minors. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Council Weighs in on Police Recruit, Retention Plan

July 17
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego City Council is weighing in today on a comprehensive plan to both recruit and retain police officers. The city faces a crisis as more cops are quitting. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.