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Stories for November 1, 2006

Report: Growing Uninsured Rates Stem From Lack of Employer Health Coverage

Nov. 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new snapshot of California’s growing population of the uninsured reveals some disturbing trends. The report comes from the California Healthcare Foundation. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego's Winter Homeless Shelter Opens Early

Nov. 1
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego’s winter homeless shelters opened for business today, 50 days earlier than usual. Alpha Project president Bob McElroy says he didn’t want to wait until the middle of December to begin providing service to the homeless. He says San Diego allowed the group to open the shelters early, but forced Alpha Project to raise the $150,000 it’ll cost to operate. The city couldn’t afford it. McElroy says he expects to serve about 1,500 hundred people this winter.

Declining Readership Prompts Sale of Copley's Smaller Newspapers

Nov. 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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News that The Copley Press is looking to sell several of its smaller newspapers may be a sign of things to come for an industry losing its readers to the Internet. One observer says the shift will weaken, but not kill the newspaper industry. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Debate over Miramar Airport Continues

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The vigorous and ongoing airport debate continues as county voters prepare to vote on November 7th on Prop. A, which proponents believe is vital to San Diego’s future. Host Gloria Penner talks with advocates on both sides of the measure.

Cal Western Law Students Work to Exonerate CA Inmate

Nov. 1
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Jan Stiglitz helps run the innocence project at California Western Law School where students work to free wrongfully convicted inmates. Stiglitz traveled to Los Angeles today to convince a judge that 39-year-old Timothy Atkins falls into that category. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

Polls Impact Political Game

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Arnold Schwarzenegger uses polling more than almost any politician ever, and a recent poll gave him a 16-point lead over challenger Phil Angelides for the governor’s seat. Host Gloria Penner talks with a politics writer and a former campaign manager on the impact political polling can have on campaigns and results.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Nov. 1
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Nestled between Mira Mesa and Rancho Penasquitos is a patch of wilderness filled with more than 500 species of native plants and 175 species of birds, as well as other wildlife.

National Novel Writing Month

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Today, thousands of people have begun writing a novel they aim to finish by the end of the month. Those frantic novelists are participating in a contest to commemorate National Novel Writing Month. The creator of the event talks about what's involved.

Exploring the Local Media Marketplace

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The media industry is changing as fast as just about any large industry in America. We’ll talk with journalism professor Dean Nelson about how the Internet is impacting the traditional media and what’s new in the local news business.

Proposition A: Miramar Airport

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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How will you vote on Proposition A? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Rob Davis, from voiceofsandiego.org, about the key issues that are guiding the airport debate. Fudge also talks to Dennis Burks with ASAP 21, and Harvey Goodfriend with the San Diego County Taxpayers Association about the economic impact of building a new airport.

KPBS Metro Reporter Discusses Pension Fund Trial

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego has been grappling with a spiraling pension scandal. Yesterday, City Attorney Mike Aguirre made his opening statements in his court battle to roll back pension benefits, which he argues were granted illegally.

Community College District Hoping for Passage of $870 Million School Bond

Nov. 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Next week, San Diego voters will face Proposition N. The $870 million school bond would help the San Diego Community College District pay for new facilities and equipment on its three campuses. Critics say college officials can't be trusted with another multi-billion-dollar measure. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Open Space Battle in Carlsbad

Nov. 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Voters in the city of Carlsbad will choose between dueling ballot measures next week that aim to preserve flower and strawberry fields Interstate-5. But the two initiatives differ in how that land might be treated in the future. Environmentalists say the land is a small, but important stretch of open space. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.