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Stories for May 29, 2007

UCSD Scholar Details Concerns Regarding U.S.-China Relations

May 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It seems just about everything sold in America these days is made in China -- the world's fastest growing economy. High level talks between the U.S. and China ended late last week with a disappointingly small list of agreements. Economic differences and concerns about tainted food imports could escalate. Tonight we talk with a China expert about the risks ahead.

Sheriff's Website Has Database of Those Who've Been Restrained

May 29
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego County Sheriff's office has rolled out a new website that should provide some peace of mind for victims of domestic abuse. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has the story.

Assemblyman's Bill Aims to Reverse California Foster Parent Decline

May 29
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report shows the number of foster parents in California has dropped by 30 percent since 1999. A California Assemblyman has introduced a bill to reverse the trend. Marianne Russ reports.

SDSU and UCSD Help Develop Military-Grade Portable Technology

May 29
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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With roadside bombs so common in Iraq, the military is increasingly using technology to buffer troops from danger. A consortium of government agencies and universities, including UCSD and the SDSU Research Foundation, is helping to jumpstart new technologies to make our troops safer. Rebecca Tolin has more.

Why San Diego Could Recycle More -- But Doesn't

May 29
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We all know recycling is good for the environment. But what if doing the right thing comes with a price? A multi-million dollar price? That's the dilemma the City of San Diego is facing. Tonight reporter Joanne Faryon brings us a story about recycling, priorities and city hall.

Jailed Reporter Lydia Cacho Speaks Out Following Her Detainment

May 29
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Mexico is second only to Iraq in the number of reporters killed in the country. Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho is all too familiar with the danger. Cacho was arrested and jailed for publishing book that exposed Cancun's child sex industry and linked it to two prominent Mexican businessmen. KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson spoke with Cacho, who was in La Jolla at the Institute of the Americas.

Consul Says Conduct Drives Tijuana Kidnappings, Not Nationality

May 29
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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At least 15 U.S. citizens have been kidnapped in Tijuana during the last year and a half. But Consular officials says they're not being singled-out for their nationality. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson explains.

State Regulators Say Blue Cross Dividend is Excessive

May 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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State regulators are investigating a $950 million payout from Blue Cross of California to its parent company WellPoint. Regulators say the payment could be a violation of an agreement the companies signed before they merged in 2004. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Monday Marks Starting Gun for Potential Drove of New City Officials

May 29
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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If you live and vote in San Diego, you have a chance to largely remake the face of city government next year. The candidate filing period for the city elections of June 2008 opens next Monday.

Carlsbad Looks to Prevent Sewage Spills With High-Tech System

May 29
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The City of Carlsbad is looking at possible installation of a hi-tech system to prevent a repeat of the huge sewage spill into Buena Vista Lagoon early last month. Alan Ray has more.

New Biography Reveals the Life of Walt Disney

May 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new biography of Walt Disney chronicles the life of a visionary artist but also a savvy businessman. He often struggled to reconcile these two worlds while changing the face of animation. Noted animation historian Michael Barrier talks about his book, "The Animated Man: The Life of Walt Disney."

Author Discusses Competitive Rose Gardening

May 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The men and women who grow roses for competition are passionate, and some would say obsessed. As a result, the competitions can be tense and full of intrigue. We speak with a master gardener about her new book, "Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening."

New Research Looks to Cure Type-One Diabetes

May 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has awarded a local researcher its 2007 Scholar Award, which could result in up to $1.25 million over five years. We speak with the researcher who is working on a combination therapy that can potentially cure for early stage type 1 diabetes.

Gas Prices Affect Summer Travel

May 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego is a top summer tourist destination for travelers across the country. As we enter the summer months, what impact will gas prices have on travel to San Diego? We speak with local travel and tourism experts to discover the forecast for summer travel to San Diego.