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Stories for June 18, 2007

How to Increase Heart Attack Survival Rate

June 18
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Bystanders make about 2,500 calls each year in San Diego County for cardiac arrest patients. But few of those callers know how to perform life-saving CPR before the ambulance arrives. Doctors say bystanders can increase the patients chance of survival by 25 percent by performing simple chest compressions.

It's Good to Be Back

June 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Commentaries
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I believe that Im a very lucky man. Im lucky to have two sweet children, a wonderful wife, two aging but healthy parents and many great friends. Im lucky to be working for KPBS and resuming my job as host of

KPBS Commentaries

June 18
By Tfudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Prehistoric Mastodon Remains Found in North County

June 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Fossilized remains of a prehistoric mastodon have been uncovered at a North County excavation site. We'll talk with San Diego Natural History Museum paleontologist Tom Demere about this significant find of possibly 220,000-year-old bones -- and what our region was like at that time.

Montana Governor: 'Green' Coal Can Wean Us From Gasoline

June 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Brian Schweitzer is on a green mission, spreading the gospel about what he thinks is the answer to our dependence on foreign oil. Coal is a natural resource that's plentiful in his state, and he believes it should be converted into synthetic fuel: to help save the environment -- and bring down gas prices.

DA Says Woman's Death Shows Risk of Buying Over-the-Counter Prescription Drugs

June 18
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The owners of a San Diego produce market have pleaded guilty to charges of felony conspiracy to furnish a dangerous drug without a prescription -- an action authorities believe had fatal consequences. Luis Eduardo Herrera and Olga Gonzalez de Herrera appeared in Superior court today for sentencing. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on the story.

Market-Owners Plead Guilty Following Penicillin Death

June 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The owners of two small markets in San Diego have pleaded guilty to furnishing a dangerous drug without a prescription. The San Diego County District Attorney says a 21-year-old woman who bought penicillin from one of the markets died after taking the drug. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

California Lawmakers Get Raise For Third Year in a Row

June 18
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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As lawmakers wrestle over what to cut and what to keep in the tight state budget, they're getting some good news about their own wallets. They, along with the governor and other state officials, are getting a raise. Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento.

California Consumer Groups May Sue Energy Firms For 2000 Crisis

June 18
By Capital News Connection, Evelyn Lombardo and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a win on Monday to California consumer groups, who can go ahead with their price gouging lawsuit against energy providers. Evelyn Lombardo reports from Washington.

Group Threatens Lawsuit Over San Diego Sewage

June 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A local environmental group may sue the city of San Diego over sewage treatment. City officials say it will cost more than $1 billion to upgrade its treatment system. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Host Tom Fudge Returns After Serious Bicycle Accident

June 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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"These Days" host Tom Fudge returns to the airwaves after a two-month recovery from a serious bicycle accident. Tom shares the story of his recovery and some of the insights he gained throughout the process.

Annual Shakespeare Festival Begins This Week

June 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Old Globe's annual Shakespeare Festival begins this week. This year's line-up includes "Hamlet", the most dissected of Shakespeare plays and "Measure for Measure", often considered the Bard's sexiest work.

San Diego County Budget Focuses on Retiree Pensions

June 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Money for retirees' pensions takes center stage as the County of San Diego discusses a new budget proposal this week. We speak with a staff writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, who breaks down the budget and explains the complicated pension issue that has the Board of Supervisors at odds with former employees.

National Mental Illness Conference in San Diego This Week

June 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Mental health professionals and advocates from throughout the country will gather in San Diego this week for the 27th annual meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diego Researchers Say Mud Could Treat Diseases Like Cancer

June 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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People have used mud baths and facials for years. Now San Diego researchers say mud could treat diseases such as cancer. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.