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Stories for October 3, 2006

Health Care Reform Making Gains; Advocates Want More

Oct. 3
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Consumer advocates say with the recent approval of a number of cost-saving measures, it’s been a good year for health care reform in California. But advocates say the biggest prize, universal health care, remains elusive. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Report: Local Arts Community Healthy and Strong

Oct. 3
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Individual and business donations to San Diego’s arts and culture organizations increased last year. That’s one of the findings in an annual report that concludes the local arts and culture community is healthy and strong. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Escondido Council to Vote on Illegal Immigrant Rental Ordinance

Oct. 3
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Escondido City Council votes tomorrow night on a controversial ordinance that prohibits landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. Under the measure, landlords would be required to submit documents to the city detailing their tenants’ immigration status. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Rideshare Program Accelerating

Oct. 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

High gas prices are driving San Diego residents to leave their cars at home. One commuter program in the county is so successful, it now has a waiting list. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Revenues from Prop. 86 Cigarette Tax to Fund Health Programs

Oct. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposition 86 seeks to increase taxes on cigarettes and use that added revenue for hospital emergency rooms and children’s health. Host Gloria Penner explores the arguments for and against the measure.

City's Debt Grows

Oct. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report shows San Diego's financial condition is worse than previously thought. A report from Mayor Jerry Sanders shows the retiree health care liability grew from $978-million to more than $1-billion.

New Website Monitors Minutemen

Oct. 3
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local immigrant rights activists have launched a Web site chronicling what they say is hostile and abusive treatment of day laborers by the Minutemen. Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

"CSI Effect" Impacts Public’s View of Crime Investigations

Oct. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Crime shows like CSI showcase glamorous detectives who use high-tech gadgets and forensic science to bring criminals to justice. Full Focus explores the show’s effect on juries and criminal trials.

New CA Prison Chief Appointed

Oct. 3
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed James Tilton, a state finance expert, to take control of California's troubled prison system. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Tilton about his plans to turnaround the nation's largest and most crowded prison system.

Gershwin and Chopin Come to the Old Globe

Oct. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Actor, pianist and playwright Hershey Felder performs versions of George Gershwin and Frederic Chopin in studio. The performances are samples of two one-man shows, "George Gershwin Alone" and "Monsieur Chopin," featured at the Old Globe during October.

Play Features Recorded Family Phone Conversations About Cancer and Death

Oct. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen is a new production at San Diego State University which follows the real-life experience of a San Diego family who struggled with cancer over the phone. Today, Tom Fudge finds out about this play, the original phone recordings, and how families today are communicating about cancer.

UCSD Medical Facility Moves from Hillcrest to La Jolla

Oct. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCSD plans to consolidate part of its medical facility in Hillcrest into Thornton Hospital in La Jolla. The medical director of the UCSD Medical Group talks about the move. Also, the president of a firm that released a comprehensive study on San Diego's healthcare crisis discusses their findings.

Rideshare Week 2006 Promotes More Efficient Transportation

Oct. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Higher gas prices and increasing traffic are making the need for conservation and alternative fuels greater than ever. Rideshare Week 2006 highlights programs by Ridelink and Flexcar that promote a more efficient commute.

Iraq War Takes a Heavy Toll on Military Marriages

Oct. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS television reporter, Amita Sharma, talks about how military families are struggling to balance the service in Iraq with marriage at home. She talks about the challenges facing many military couples.

Fans Rally for the Padres

Oct. 3
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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About 3,000 San Diego Padres fans gathered at Petco Park Monday for a special afternoon pep rally. The Padres kick-off their National League Division series against the St. Louis Cardinals today. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.