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Stories for June 19, 2007

Gently Falling San Diego Gas Prices May Rise Again Come July 4

June 19
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego's gasoline prices are down again, but the downward trend may be over. The Utility Consumer's Action Network tracks gas prices at hundreds of stations in the county. U-CAN's Charles Langley says the average price of a gallon of gas is now at $3.13.

Rift Remains Over Proposed Bill to Mandate Pet Neutering

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Should Californians be required by law to spay or neuter their pets? It's a debate that has divided animal advocates, pet owners and veterinarians across the state. On Tuesday's Full Focus, we'll take a closer look at the California Healthy Pets Act and hear from voices on both sides of the debate.

ACLU Rep Details Alleged Denial of Healthcare at Otay Mesa Prison

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The ACLU in San Diego says immigrants held at a detention center in Otay Mesa have been denied medical care, causing them needless suffering and even death. The ACLU is now suing federal immigration officials, asking them to fix the problem.

Questionable Earmarks Attract Flak to Local Aerospace Company

June 19
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A local aerospace company chief is defending his twenty-year military jet project that is under fire by congressional investigators who say it's a failure. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

San Diego D.A. Finds Officers Were Justified in Feb. Shooting Death

June 19
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego District Attorney's office has concluded city police officers were justified when they fatally shot a 17-year-old last February. The shooting occurred after two officers saw the boy run a stop sign. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Accused Arellano-Felix Leader Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

June 19
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An accused leader of one of Mexico's most infamous drug cartels has pleaded guilty to drug charges in federal court in San Diego. The man was extradited from Mexico nine months ago. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

A New Crop of High School Graduates Includes Unlikely Candidates

June 19
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Thousands of high school seniors in San Diego graduate on Tuesday. Among them, a special class of students who beat the odds. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

New Solar-Powered Parking Meters Also Take Plastic

June 19
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Feeding the meter may change soon. A San Diego company is pioneering solar-powered parking meters that let you use coins or credit cards. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Introducing Our New Podcast Series!

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Martha introduces the new A Way with Words summer podcast edition. Each week during the show’s hiatus, Martha and Grant will keep you informed about what’s on their minds. They’ll share what’s on your mind, presenting some of your emails and insights about words. It’s our way of keeping in touch and saying thanks for subscribing. Let us know what you think!

Immigrant Rights Group: Stats Show San Diegans Want Humane Reform

June 19
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An immigrant rights group says San Diegans want a more forgiving and humane approach to immigration reform. That's what they found in a poll conducted last month. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

SDSU Discusses Plans to Accommodate Future Growth

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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SDSU plans to increase enrollment to nearly 45,000 students by 2025. Does the university have a realistic plan in place to accommodate the additional students? We speak to an SDSU spokesman and architect about the details of the new SDSU master plan.

Sacramento Update: Healthcare Reform, Redistricting

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The California budget is late, filmmaker Michael Moore adds to the healthcare reform debate, and the governor makes a controversial comment at a Latino conference. We check-in with John Myers, the Sacramento bureau chief for KQED public radio and The California Report, about the latest news from the Capitol.

NPR Sports Commentator Discusses Book on Golf and Q-School

June 19
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In order to play in the U.S. Open, many golfers have to go through Q-School. This qualifying tournament is host to some of golf's best players, all dreaming of making it to the major tournaments where you can win big money and secure sponsorships. Sportswriter John Feinstein's latest book is called "Tales from Q-School" and he joins us by phone to talk about it.

Sports Update: Padres, Lakers, U.S. Open

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A star Padres pitcher receives a five-game suspension after a weekend brawl, Kobe Bryant vents frustration about the L.A. Lakers recent playoff failures, and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks are Stanley Cup champions. We analyze the latest in sports with Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, a local sports radio talk show host and former Chargers play-by-play announcer.

New “FRONTLINE” Documentary Analyzes Iraq Troop Surge

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Will a surge of troops help the United States secure victory in Iraq? We speak to "FRONTLINE" a producer about the new film "ENDGAME". The film features military and government officials talking about the strategy behind the troop surge, and explores the possibility of its success.

Alleged Cartel Leader Pleads Guilty to San Diego Cocaine Sale

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An accused leader of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels has pleaded guilty to federal charges of selling cocaine in a San Diego motel.

Water Officials Worried Now About Next Year

June 19
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Southern California is suffering through a severe dry spell. San Diego is headed for its fourth driest year on record. Los Angeles is headed for its driest year ever. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce says water agencies are asking us to conserve.