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Stories for September 3, 2007

San Diego Union First in State to Establish GOP Advisory Committee

Sept. 3, 2007
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Unions have historically been associated with left leaning politics. But a San Diego union is the first in California to establish a GOP Advisory Committee, made up of Republican union members, to lobby republican elected officials. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Tech Talk: Apple Expected This Week to Overhaul iPod Interface

Sept. 3, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's Monday and that means it's time for Tech Talk with CNet Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley. Today we're talking about possible changes to the popular iPod, and prospects for free internet connections using Wi-Fi.

North County Tri-City Healthcare District May Float Another Bond

Sept. 3, 2007
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

North County's Tri-City Healthcare District is considering whether to put another hospital bond before the voters. The District tried twice last year, but fell short on both attempts. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Though Median Income Grew, California Added Less Jobs Last Year

Sept. 3, 2007
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two reports paint a mixed picture for California workers this labor day. A study by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education finds job growth has slowed in California. The state added about 200,000 jobs over the last year, compared to 300,000 in the year prior.

Grid Operators Wary as Heat Wave Continues to Fry SoCal

Sept. 3, 2007
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The heat wave continues to bake much of California this Labor Day. And with the continued hot spell comes increased use of fans and air conditioners. The agency that operates the state's power grid wants us to conserve energy.

Early in Chula Vista Kidnap Case, Both Sides Scan For Clues

Sept. 3, 2007
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Preliminary hearings in a Chula Vista kidnap for ransom case resume Tuesday in state Superior Court. The case bears the hallmarks of Mexican drug cartels and may have strong cross-border ties. One expert says the depth and breadth of the hearings may indicate the case is part of a larger federal investigation. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

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Hundreds Hit the Beach For 78th Annual Oceanside Pier Swim

Sept. 3, 2007
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The oldest rough water swim in California took place today. More than 400 people hit the water for the 78th annual swim around the pier in Oceanside. KPBS reporter Alison St John was there.

Low Wage Workers Make Gains in Struggling California Economy

Sept. 3, 2007
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The only good economic news for California workers is for those at the very bottom of the labor market heap. That’s according to analysis by a labor research center at UC Berkeley. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fewer Kids Receiving Health Care Through Parent's Work

Sept. 3, 2007
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fewer and fewer people get health insurance through their jobs. Labor figures released this weekend show the trend has affected children even more than adults. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on the latest findings.