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Stories for October 4, 2006

More Students Attending Charter Schools

Oct. 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Unified School District officials say more students are attending charter schools this year. The news comes as the district releases its official student enrollment numbers. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Congressmen Applaud New Border Security Law

Oct. 4
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Republican Congressmen gathered in San Diego Wednesday to applaud President Bush for signing a $21 billion border security bill into law. Supporters say the bill is a step toward solving illegal immigration. Critics call the legislation shameful. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Survey: Teens Abusing Prescription Painkillers

Oct. 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Researchers say more California teenagers are abusing prescription painkillers. The finding was published in a state survey on alcohol and drug abuse. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Local Company Uses Fish to Fight Terror

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Fish are the newest addition to America's line of defense against terrorism. A local company has used a freshwater bluegill as an early warning sensor that could detect a toxin in the water supply. The co-founder of the company discusses the potential for sentry fish.

New Documentary Looks at America’s Healthcare System

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new PBS documentary looks at problems in health care today and what people are doing to change it. Host Gloria Penner talks with the executive producer.

Former Senator Explores Religious Divide in the U.S.

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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These days, religion plays an increasingly greater role in American politics. Former U.S. Republican Senator and ordained Episcopal priest, John Danforth, discusses why he thinks Christianity is dividing the nation.

Survey Analyzes California Voters' Sentiments on Upcoming Elections

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Public Policy Institute of California recently released its survey "Californian's and the Future." The research highlights voters' thoughts on the governor's race, the infrastructure bonds, and the future of the state.

Steve Padilla Seeks a Second Term as Chula Vista Mayor

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's getting closer to election time and campaigns everywhere are getting going. Steve Padilla is seeking re-election as mayor of Chula Vista. The incumbent mayor talks about his record and his goals for the second largest city in the county.

Exploring Direct Democracy in California

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Californians often make decisions by voting directly on state and local initiatives rather than relying on a totally representative framework. It can be an effective way to circumvent legislative gridlock, but it has its pitfalls as well. Political scientist Brian Adams discusses this process and takes calls from listeners.

Escondido Council Votes Tonight

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new front in the debate over illegal immigration opens up tonight in Escondido. City Council members are expected to vote on a proposal that prohibits landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. The proposed ordinance would require landlords to submit documentation of their tenants' immigration status to the city, which would then verify the information with the federal government.

Arraignment Today for Two Camp Pendleton Servicemen

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Two of eight Camp Pendleton-based servicemen accused of murder in the death of an Iraqi man in April are scheduled to be arraigned today. Pfc. John Jodka and Corporal Marshall Magincalda are facing general courts-martial.

Props. 1A and 1B Address CA's Transportation Needs

Oct. 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Part of the huge multi-billion dollar infrastructure package on the California ballot includes money for transportation projects. A recent study found that five of the state's biggest cities, including San Diego, have substandard roads. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us whether Proposition 1A and Proposition 1B would have an impact on San Diego's clogged commute.