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Stories for August 1, 2007

Spinal Tap Meets the IT Department

Aug. 1
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

This is a hilarious Intel commercial directed by

Senate Calls Evening Session in Push to Break Budget Standstill

Aug. 1
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Senate is scheduled to meet Wednesday night at 6 p.m. to try to break a month-old budget stalemate. Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento.

Robotic Fruit Pickers Could Pick Off Migrant Workers

Aug. 1
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Imagine an orange picker or cherry plucker who never gets tired. He never requires a paycheck. And he definitely doesn't need a green card, let alone a Social Security number. Farmers in California are investing serious cash into this new workforce. And a high-tech San Diego company is building it. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 1
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SDCC Dips Into Reserves to Tread Water During Budget Impasse

Aug. 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Community College District officials say they're forced to dip into their financial reserves because of California's overdue budget. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

$6 Million Ad Campaign Urges State Healthcare Reform This Year

Aug. 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's largest health foundation has launched a $6 million ad campaign that calls on lawmakers to reform the state's troubled healthcare system this year. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Marine Corporal Guilty of Conspiracy to Murder Iraqi Man

Aug. 1
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Marine corporal was found guilty Wednesday of conspiracy to murder an Iraqi man but acquitted of premeditated murder and kidnapping.

Former Jury Foreman: County Downplayed Las Colinas Prison Findings

Aug. 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Supervisors responded to seven civil grand jury reports this week, but not in public. The items went by virtually unnoticed on their consent agenda. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

USD Economist: San Diego Housing Market Bogging Down Entire Economy

Aug. 1
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The University of San Diego's index of leading economic indicators fell for the 14th time in 15 months in June. USD economist Alan Gin says San Diego's struggling housing market is dragging the rest of the economy down.

Singer-Songwriting Duo Berkley Hart Celebrate Ten Years of Making Music

Aug. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

San Diego's most famous singer-songwriter duo, Berkley Hart, joins us in studio to perform some of their hits, talk about music and moonshine, and share some of their best stories.

New Book Explores the True Cost of America’s Oil Addiction

Aug. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

When we go to the gas pump to fill up, there's a price per gallon that we all see, but what about the price we don't see? We speak to an author who reveals the true costs involved in the petroleum products we consume.

The San Diego Historical Society Reveals Region's History Through Artifacts

Aug. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Historical Society unveils its second phase of an exhibit that examines San Diego's early identity. We speak with the senior curator of the grand exhibit, called "Place of Promise: Stories of San Diego," who tells us why the artifacts of San Diego's early inhabitants made his job of explaining our region easy.

Recovery Coordinators and PTSD Recommended to Improve Vets’ Healthcare

Aug. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What can the U.S. do to improve the quality of healthcare and services it provides to wounded veterans? We speak with the former secretary of health and human services about six recommendations that were recently released by the President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors.

Inside Sacramento: Voting Machine Controversy, California Budget Impasse, Governor Versus GOP

Aug. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Secretary of State says our voting machines are not fail-safe, Democrats and Republicans still cannot find common ground on the month-late budget, and Governor Schwarzenegger is at-odds with the GOP.

Martha: The Secret Lives of Flowers

Aug. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Martha’s musing about the secret lives of flowers this week. She’s been pondering the lexical legacy of Carolus Linnaeus, the great Swedish botanist who nearly 300 years ago was criticized for his fascination with what was a new discovery at the time: The fact that plants reproduce sexually. Prepare to fan yourself as Martha reveals her thoughts about lex and the single flower.