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Stories for July 15, 2008

Teens Rally Behind 'Drive Slow' Movement

July 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Most teenagers are eager to get their drivers license so they can hit the road. But some North San Diego County teens are urging their classmates and adults to drive slow or not drive at all. It's part of their grassroots campaign to encourage motorists to ease up on the gas pedal. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis rode shot-gun recently with two of the teens.

San Diego City Council Balks at Pay Raise Initiatives

July 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council members decided not to put an initiative on the ballot this November which would have tied their salary increase to those of State Superior Court Judges. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Economist says China Plays Hardball in the Global Marketplace.

July 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

China is a country that's growing in stength and influence. Will it become a serious rival to the U.S? Economist Peter Navarro has written a book called The Coming China Wars. We'll ask him what the wars will be and how they might be fought.

Bill Would Boost State Power to go After Insurance Companies

July 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state legislature has passed a measure that would require regulators to fine insurance companies that don't pay or underpay doctors' claims. H-M-Os call the bill unnecessary. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego Home Sales Continue to Drop

July 15
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego home sales continue to drop when compared to numbers from a year ago. San Diego based Dataquick Information Systems says just over three thousand homes changed hands last month. That's down more than 12 percent from last June. Dataquick's John Karevoll says the only thing he can say for certain is that there's uncertainty in the housing market.

Nathan James and Ben Hernandez Perform American Roots Music

July 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ben Hernandez and Nathan James play bluesy American roots music right here in sunny San Diego. We'll talk with the versatile duo about the blues, playing the jug and the washboard and their many influences.

New Toll Road Hearing Still in Question

July 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmental groups are waiting to hear whether the Commerce Department will reschedule a public hearing on a controversial six-lane toll road. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Wildfires Bring Demand for Private Firefighters

July 15
By Malia Wollan and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Seated behind the wheel of a fire engine, Dave Breglia follows a map dotted with expensive homes threatened by wildfires. His job: protect high-end real estate and save an insurance company millions of dollars.

Fugitive Mom Asks Michigan Court to Toss Sentence

July 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A housewife arrested at her upscale home near San Diego 32 years after escaping a Detroit-area prison is asking a judge to set aside her sentence for selling heroin.

McCain Courts Latino Vote at La Raza Conference

July 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., is wrapping up its annual conference in San Diego today. Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain both spoke at the convention. Organizers hoped to hear the candidates address some of the issues of concern to Latinos, like healthcare, immigration and the housing crisis. We'll get analysis of McCain's address from NPR Reporter Scott Horsley.

Congressman Filner Speaks Out Against Offshore Drilling

July 15
By Jodi Breisler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush is pressuring Congress to allow more offshore drilling. Most Democrats -- like San Diego's Bob Filner -- say it won't solve America's energy problems. In Washington, Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Hundreds of UC Service Workers Hit the Picket Line

July 15
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of UC San Diego service workers hit the picket line Monday to protest unfair wages. It marked the beginning of a five-day walkout at University of California facilities across the state.

The Wackness Crosses the Generation Gap

July 15
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 15
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting