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Stories for October 9, 2006

San Diego Forms Global Warming Coalition

Oct. 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new coalition of San Diego agencies has formed to raise awareness of the threat global warming poses to San Diego specifically. The San Diego Foundation, the Natural History Museum, the Scripps Birch Aquarium Institution of Oceanography and San Diego Regional Energy Office have launched “Climate Smart: You Can Change the Forecast.” KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

SDSU Researchers Hope to Revive Cholesterol-Fighting Drugs

Oct. 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University researchers have made a discovery that could revive some promising cholesterol-fighting drugs that were abandoned in the 1990s. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Foley Sex Scandal Highlights Need for Political Crisis Management

Oct. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the Mark Foley sex scandal continues to unravel, Full Focus gets an insider’s view on how a political crisis can be managed or mismanaged.

Gubernatorial Debate Shows Candidates’ Differences

Oct. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Saturday night, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state treasurer Phil Angelides sat down for a one-hour debate as television cameras captured their personalities and policy positions. Host Gloria Penner is joined by two political activists to analyze the debate.

Local Scientists to Launch Alcoholism Study

Oct. 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nation’s leading center on alcoholism has awarded a $38 million research grant to a local scientist. Dr. George Koob of the Scripps Research Institute will use the money to launch a new five-year study. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Dow Industrial Average Hits Record High

Oct. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week the Dow enjoyed three straight days of record setting highs. Is this a significant financial figure or a psychological milestone? The president of a financial group explains what this means and what can be expected in the months ahead.

Analysis of the Schwarzenegger vs Angelides Gubernatorial Debate

Oct. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last Saturday, Governer Schwarzennegger debated State Treasurer Angelides, and the debate was rebroadcast on KPBS. Now, guest host Maureen Cavanaugh is joined by a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, campaign officials from both sides of the debate, and local listeners for an analysis of the debate.

Candidates Face Off in California Gubernatorial Debate

Oct. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Californians will be voting for governor in November. Today, These Days rebroadcasts a live debate between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and State Treasurer Phil Angelides. The debate was recorded at Sacramento State University October 7, 2006.

Lawmakers to Investigate San Diego Airport Authority

Oct. 9
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Senator Christine Kehoe says there’s room to improve San Diego’s regional airport authority. Kehoe is launching a series of public hearings this week to consider whether to restructure the authority or possibly dissolve it altogether. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps reports.

Clearing the Smoke on Proposition 86

Oct. 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Next month, Californians will decide whether smokers will have to cough up more money for a pack of cigarettes. Prop 86 on the November ballot would raise tobacco taxes by $2.60 a pack. Supporters say the tax revenue would fund a wide range of health programs, like emergency care. But tobacco companies are crying foul. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.