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Stories for October 12, 2006

Busby Claims Bilbray is Under Grand Jury Investigation

Oct. 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic Congressional candidate Francine Busby says her campaign has evidence Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray is under investigation for falsely claiming his primary residence is his mother’s house in Carlsbad. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

SDSU Receives $10 Million Grant to Study Latino Health

Oct. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The National Institutes of Health is giving San Diego State University close to $10 million to study the health of Latinos in the South Bay. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis had details.

Thousands of Medicare Patients to Receive New Drug Plan

Oct. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 250,000 low-income and disabled Californians will be switched to new Medicare prescription drug plans next year. Advocates for seniors say they’re concerned about possible disruptions. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Governor Visits SD to Form Port Security Council

Oct. 12
By Marrianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Governor is forming a new “California Maritime Security Council,” with the goal of increasing security at the state’s ports. Schwarzenegger issued an executive order creating the council today. It’ll be made up of local, state and federal agencies, including Homeland Security and the Coast Guard. The Governor says they’ll coordinate resources and develop a security strategy. He says it’s not just a state issue – but one with national implications.

Film Club of the Air: The Departed, Flags of our Fathers, and More

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Film critics Beth Accomando and Scott Marks discuss some of the new films in local theatres. Films include Martin Scorsese's "The Departed," Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Father," a documentary "Jesus Camp," Sophia Cappola's "Marie Antoinette," and Hou Hsiao Hsien's "Three Times" screening at the local Asian Film Festival.

Refugee Youth Tell Stories through Photography

Oct. 12
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Reporter Heather Hill explores a new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art highlighting the photographic art of refugee youth in San Diego.

Prop. 87 to Fund Alternative Energy through Oil Tax

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposition 87 would tax oil production to reduce gas consumption and fund alternative energy research. Campaign contributions for and against the measure have already set state records. Host Gloria Penner hears from both sides of this bitter campaign.

Weekend Preview: Theater

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Wiz kids have taken the stage at La Jolla Playhouse. And two real twins play Siamese twins in Sideshow, a story of real sisters at Broadway Theater in Vista. Pat Launer, KPBS theater critic, discusses these and a variety of other offerings in local theaters this weekend.

Former Bush Economic Adviser Speaks in San Diego

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush’s economic policies, especially his desire to make tax cuts permanent, are both celebrated and criticized by economists and citizens alike. Host Tom Fudge talks to the President’s former economic adviser about the economy, Social Security and Medicare, and why off-shoring is good for American workers.

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Unsettles Int’l Community

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

North Korea’s apparent explosion of a nuclear bomb has shaken the world. Host Gloria Penner talks to a former State Department official about what the U.S. and countries like China are doing to deal with this dangerous situation.

Foley Sex Scandal Sends Shockwaves Through GOP

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The fallout over Congressman Foley’s indiscretions has become a potent issue in this year’s election campaign. And it could seriously harm the House leadership if it’s shown that Hastert, the House Speaker, knew what was going on. Will this scandal threaten the GOP's hold on Congress?

Recent E. Coli Outbreaks Likely to Prompt Legislative Action

Oct. 12
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Preventing further outbreaks of a strain of E. coli in California produce will likely take legislative action. A state Senator is criticizing what he calls a reactive approach to the contamination incidents. Sacramento reporter, Jenny O’Mara has more.

The Departed, Flags of Our Father, Jesus Camp and More

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Film critics Beth Accomando and Scott Marks come together for an hour on new movies. They cover Martin Scorsese's new film "The Departed," Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Father," a documentary "Jesus Camp," Sophia Cappola's "Marie Antoinette," and Hou Hsiao Hsien's "Three Times" screening at the local Asian Film Festival.

Downtown Forum Focuses on City Ballot Props

Oct. 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A consortium of downtown San Diego businesses held a forum Wednesday on two city ballot propositions. Supporters say Props. B and C are essential to cut expenses at the cash strapped city. Opponents say the measures are merely window dressing and could open the door to political corruption. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.