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Stories for November 6, 2007

Democrats Propose Tobacco Tax to Help Fund Healthcare Package

Nov. 6
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

After months with little progress, legislative Democrats have proposed a new healthcare package. It's more like Governor Schwarzenegger's plan -- and it includes a new tobacco tax.

Woman Dies From Burn Injuries Sustained From the Harris Fire

Nov. 6
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Harris Fire has claimed another life. A woman who was caught in the flames while crossing the border illegally from Mexico died today at UCSD's burn unit. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Cal. Superintendent Moving to Cultivate Teen Political Interest

Nov. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Superintendent Jack O'Connell has launched a statewide program designed to get high school students involved in presidential politics. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Target Stores Move To Reduce Toxic Toys

Nov. 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A major retail chain with 16 stores in San Diego County is planning to reduce its use of PVC plastic. PVC, commonly called vinyl, often contains harmful toxic additives such as lead that cause a variety of health problems. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Hollywood Writers Strike and Economic Impact Looks Bleak

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Writers Guild of America is on strike and Hollywood is facing an economic blow. We'll talk with Los Angeles Times columnist Scott Collins about why the strike is taking place, how it compares to a five-month strike by writers in 1988 and what the impact will be on your favorite shows.

Legal Update: Wildfire Victim Fraud, Wildfire Employment Issues

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Amongst the outpour of support in the wake of the San Diego County wildfires, price gouging, identity theft and Internet crimes can re-victimize those who lose everything in the destruction. These Days legal analyst explains how to protect oneself from unlicensed contractors and those who want to take advantage of unsuspecting folks during a time of crisis.

City Council Bans Booze on Beaches

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego voted on Monday whether to prohibit the use of alcohol at city beaches. We'll hear how the results of the council vote with reporter Evan McLaughlin.

Artists Create Objects of Beauty and Function Through Crafts

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Craft In America is a traveling showcase of handmade objects that include furniture, glass, ceramics and textiles from 200 years of American craft tradition. The exhibit is showing at the Mingei International Museum through Jan. 20, 2008.

Poway Defense Contractor Convicted in Cunningham Scandal

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The verdict is in: Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes has been convicted of 13 felonies for bribing former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. We'll get an update on the verdict with reporter Seth Hettena.

Drill Instructor Heads to Court in Recruit Abuse Case

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The classic image of a Marine Corps drill instructor is that of a rigid disciplinarian whose job is to break recruits down before building them back up as combat-ready troops.

State Schools Chief Urges Parents, Schools to Help Prevent Staph Outbreaks

Nov. 6
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State Schools Chief is asking parents and schools to help prevent outbreaks of a drug-resistant staph infection that in rare cases can be fatal. The move comes after several cases were reported at schools in Yuba City, Natomas and Rocklin - as well as across the country. From Sacramento Marianne Russ reports.

Ramona Residents Sift Memories in the Ashes of Fire's Wake

Nov. 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Once firefighters got the upper hand on San Diego County's wildfires, homeowners started the process of picking up the pieces. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce spent time at a "sifting party" in Ramona. It may have been called a party, but the friends and family that gathered to pick through the burned pieces of their lives were not celebrating.

Heating Up Political Careers with Wildfire

Nov. 6
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Commentaries

When one thinks of the usual stepping stones to political advancement, the office of State Insurance Commissioner doesnt immediately come to mind. But in California, that may all be changing, thanks in part to two savvy, ambitious men taking full political advantage of tragedy. For a quick parallel, consider how Rudy Guiliani promoted his response to Sept. 11 into his current run for president of the United States.

NPR's New Music Page

Nov. 6
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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KPBS Commentaries

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting