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Stories for May 15, 2006

Governor's budget boosts school funding by $3 billion

May 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited an Oceanside School Monday to spread the word about his proposed boost in education spending. The governor's new budget increases school funding by $3-billion. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Sanders vies to restore confidence in public spending

May 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders took steps today to restore public confidence in how the city spends public money. Sanders' reforms are in response to last month's grand jury report that accused the city of back door funding. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fire agencies preparing for busy wildfire season

May 15
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Fire agencies throughout the county are holding a drill this week to prepare for what could be a busy wildfire season. The drill starts today. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Gov. Study: SD's demographics in for significant changes

May 15
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new government study says San Diego County's population is going to look a lot different in 25 years. Hispanics and Asians will make up a majority of County residents. But the biggest impact on San Diego will be how to deal with the large number of Senior Citizens who are predicted to grow by 123 percent. KPBS Reporter and anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Ed Shaffer, a demographer with the San Diego Association of Governments or SANDAG.

Medicare deadline today

May 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Today is the deadline for seniors to sign up for one of the new Medicare prescription drug plans. Federal officials are urging seniors who haven't done so to take action immediately. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

It's time to enroll in Medicare Part D

May 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Alison St. John speaks to Jennifer Duncan with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, and Gregory Knoll from the Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy about the deadline to enroll in the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

What rights do adopted children have?

May 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Some adopted children are driven to seek out their birth parents while others are just as committed to leave that in the past. What rights do adopted children have to learn about their birth parents, and what rights do they have to prevent a birth parent from making contact when the child wants none of it.

How to parent children with special needs

May 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What are the challenges faced by parents of special needs children? Guest host Alison St. John speaks with a journalist about her experiences as the mother of a child with cerebral palsy.

Condo conversions result in asbestos violations

May 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A massive increase in condo conversions has resulted in a growing number of violations of asbestos laws. San Diego County launches an awareness campaign today to warn homeowners and contractors of the health risks - and the fines- that are triggered by releasing asbestos into the air. Lauri Orange is an attorney who prosecutes asbestos lawsuits fro the County.

Schwarzenegger disapproves Bush's border plan

May 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger disapproves of President George Bush's plan to use the National Guard along California's border with Mexico. The governor commented while visiting an Oceanside school today.