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Stories for November 28, 2007

S.D. County Runs Mass Vaccination Drill to Prep For Major Outbreak

Nov. 28
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County held a mass vaccination drill at San Marcos City Hall on Wednesday. It was a test to check the county's ability to respond to an infectious disease outbreak or a bioterrorist attack. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Consumer Complaints Continue Regardless of Car Buyer Bill of Rights

Nov. 28
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Consumer groups say California's “Car Buyer's Bill of Rights” needs a major tune-up. The state law has been on the books for about a year and a half now. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

California to Launch Anti-Meth Campaign Next Year

Nov. 28
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California state officials will launch a new campaign next year to discourage people from experimenting with meth and to steer users to treatment. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

FEMA's Mobile Homes For Fire Victims Are Allegedly Toxic

Nov. 28
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

FEMA today installed the first of about a dozen mobile homes assigned to San Diego County fire victims on the La Jolla and Rincon Indian reservations. But continued reports say those mobile homes have high levels of toxic formaldehyde, like many of the trailers distributed after Hurricane Katrina. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

One Quarter of Birds in the U.S. Near Extinction, Many From California

Nov. 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More than 25 percent of birds in the United States are in danger of extinction, many of those birds call California home. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Oxford American's Southern Music Issue Mines for Music Gold

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Each year, the Oxford American magazine comes out with its much anticipated southern music issue and CD. The compilation CD always includes artists from the past whose music represents the many genres that have emerged from the south. One can also find a few recognizable names, including Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thorton. This year's southern music issue and CD hit the stands last week. We'll talk to editor Marc Smirnoff about the 2007 edition.

Native American Leader Speaks About Tribal Self Determination

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Anthony Pico, former chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, will discuss economic and social progress in Native America, the role of tribal government, gaming and Native nations rebuilding tribal economies in the era of "tribal self-determination."

Presidential Candidates Jockey for Convention Nominations

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Have the Democratic and Republican National Conventions lost their usefulness? And what impact will the earlier primaries have on the biggest summer parties of '08? We'll talk with KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner about the good old days of the national conventions.

S.D. Chargers to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Chula Vista Tonight

Nov. 28
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chargers will hold their last townhall meeting tonight in Chula Vista, as they try to gauge public sentiment toward the possible construction of a new stadium.

Chargers Seek Resident Feedback about Possible New Stadium

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chargers host a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the possibility of a new stadium in Chula Vista. We speak with Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani about the benefits and drawbacks to the potential sites, how such a project would be funded and why the team seeks public input during the process.

Apologies: Do Them Meaningfully and Gracefully Accept Them

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Apologies are something we hear every day, from co-workers and family members to politicians and celebrities. Do people apologize because they are caught or because they mean it? We speak to an ethicist and a professor who share their insight about the significance and rarity of a true, sincere apology.

Senator Feinstein Urges Improvements to San Diego's Firefighting Resources

Nov. 28
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senator Dianne Feinstein says it's time to radically re-think how we fight wildfires. The California Democrats called a hearing in San Diego yesterday. This county learned a lot of lessons from the Cedar Fire. But elected leaders say a lot still needs to change. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.

On Guilt, Notable Book Lists, and Gifts for Book Lovers

Nov. 28
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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Conservation Talk Builds as San Diego Waits For Precipitation

Nov. 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A dry fall may mean less water from the state water project for Southern California. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us that San Diego could be on the short end for water next year.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Nov. 28
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting