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Stories for November 22, 2007

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Nov. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Spanky Wilson and The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Oliver Nelson and Gilbert Castellanos.

Festering Pools Left Behind at Foreclosed Homes Pose Health Risk

Nov. 22
By Michelle Locke and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Standing on the edge of a swimming pool gone bad, public health worker Jeremy Tamargo scoops up a sample of murky, brown water to make sure the mosquito treatment he administered earlier is still working.

School Districts Sue Over State's Failure to Pay For Mandates

Nov. 22
By Juliet Williams and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Several school districts and a statewide association that represents them are suing the state for nearly $1 billion. They say they're owed the money for programs the state requires them to offer but doesn't want to pay for.

Facing Water Shortfall, SoCal Utility Looks to Buy From Farmers

Nov. 22
By Jacob Adelman

Southern California's major water wholesaler announced plans to buy billions of gallons of water from farmers in the state to make up for a shortfall left by drought and environmental regulations.