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Stories for June 26, 2006

San Diego's military being influenced by emerging superpower nations

June 26
By Chad Pergram and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's a new cold war. About 40 percent of all people on earth live in China and India. The economies of those countries are growing exponentially. And both nations have beefed up their military arsenals over the past 20 years. That means a lot for San Diego's military influence. And California lawmakers are concerned the two countries are syphoning jobs from the state. Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.

Is 35 the new 16?

June 26
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with writers Christopher Noxon and Adam Sternbergh about the youthful behavior, consumer trends, and lifestyle choices of today's adults.

SDG&E urges customers to conserve energy

June 26
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Gas and Electric officials are asking customers to conserve power as heat and humidity keep their grip on the region. SDG&E spokeswoman Stephanie Donovan says local power usage is expected to creep up to near record levels. The previous peak was set just two years ago.

Border health risks highlighted in new report

June 26
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This morning the International Community Foundation releases a new report on health issues in the San Diego-Baja California region. Tom Fudge speaks with one of the authors of the report to find out what the problems are; and what solutions they propose.

Is Baja California becoming a war zone?

June 26
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Dr. David Shirk, from the Trans-Border Institute at USD, about the recent beheadings of three police officers and one civilian in Rosarito Beach. Shirk talks about the increased militarization by the police and the drug cartels in Baja California.

Mexican Presidential elections happen July 2

June 26
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Who is running for president in Mexico? And what are the major campaign issues? Tom Fudge speaks the Mexico correspondent for the World to find out about the people, and their issues.

150 CA National Guard soldiers headed for Iraq

June 26
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 150 California National Guard soldiers are headed to Iraq today. A going-away ceremony was held for the soldiers and their families at a San Diego Armory. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The Museum of Photographic Arts names new director

June 26
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park has named a new director who will take the reins full-time in September. Tom Fudge speaks with Deborah Klochko who will become only the second director in the museum's twenty-three year history.