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Stories for February 13, 2008

Don't Forget Your Hometown Elections

Feb. 13
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

While San Diego City voters are twittering about the tight race for the Democratic presidential nomination which may not be settled until the last week of August at the party's national convention, they may be ignoring six very important races close to home. & This would be a shame since many citizens believe that their city mayor has more influence over the quality of their lives than does the president of the United States. & And their district's councilmember comes close. & Those six races will determine not only the mayor of San Diego, but the city attorney and four of the eight members of the City Council.

The Birth of the Blog

Feb. 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh and Off Mic

What's left to say after four hours of Morning Edition?

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

One Down, Two To Go

Feb. 13
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

California's role in the presidential primaries may be complete, and the surviving presidential candidates have moved on to fresher hunting grounds for voters as they attempt to secure their parties' nominations, but the 2008 election cycle is far from over: one down, two elections to go.

Off Mic

Feb. 13
By Mcavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

Feb. 13
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Teachers Union to Fight Layoff Attempts

Feb. 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego teachers union leaders will fight any attempt by the school district to layoff local teachers. District officials announced plans yesterday for widespread layoffs because of the Governor's proposed budget cuts. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Mexican President Lobbies in Sacramento For Immigration Reform

Feb. 13
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed both houses of the state legislature today and immigration was a major focus of his message. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Tijuana Officials Find Five Bodies in Two Days

Feb. 13
By Amy Isackson

Killers in Tijuana are using dead bodies to try to intimidate soldiers who've come to the city to crack down on organized crime. Hundreds of federal officers arrived in Tijuana at the start of the year to fight drug violence. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Premiers at the San Diego Opera

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Opera is premiering Gaetano Donizetti's rarely performed opera “Mary, Queen of Scots.” Joining us is Dr. Nicolas Reveles from the San Diego Opera, mezzo soprano Kate Aldrich who plays Queen Elizabeth, and Andrew Sullivan who directs this production.

Gloria Penner on Presidential Nominees and Local Elections

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Candidates in the presidential race keep chipping away at delegates as contests continue across the country. And despite California's participation in Super Tuesday last week, the state will hold another primary on June 3. At stake: several local races including San Diego's mayor, city attorney and city council seats.

‘Marketplace’ Host Talks Economic Uncertainties

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The slowing economy is on the top of people's minds. Six in ten Americans think the U.S. is in a recession. How will this play out in the presidential election? And will a tax rebate be enough to kick start the economy? We explore all things economic with "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal.

Inside Sacramento: Proposed Budget, Proposition 93 Fall-Out, Mexican President Visit

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There aren't many big fans of a new proposed budget in Sacramento. Meanwhile, backers of failed Proposition 93 do damage control. Also, the president of Mexico will address the Legislature during a joint session this morning. Marianne Russ, bureau chief of the California Capitol Network, takes us "Inside Sacramento."

California Mayors Hold Water Crisis Discussion

Feb. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will be in Sacramento today to co-host a Water Summit with Mayors from around the state. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego Education Officials Discuss School Budget Crisis

Feb. 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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School superintendents from Oceanside to Chula Vista say they will probably be sending layoff notices to school employees next month. That's because the Governor's proposed budget calls for huge education funding cuts. The educators came together yesterday to talk what could be a difficult year for teachers and students. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.

Hospices Playing Major Role in Clinical Trials

Feb. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hospices are helping to change end-of-life care in the United States. They’re also playing a role in the development of new drugs. In fact, a growing number of hospices are taking part in clinical trials. And San Diego Hospice is a big player. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.