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Stories for May 12, 2008

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Reconsidering Steve Francis

May 12
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices
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First, Steve Francis caught my eye with a major

Citizen Voices

May 12
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Making Progress in Solving Nursing Shortage

May 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California appears to be making progress towards solving its chronic shortage of nurses. A new report says the state's nursing programs should graduate 68 percent more nurses this year than in 2004. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Workers Protest Mayor Sanders' Proposed Labor Contract

May 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Dozens of San Diego city's white collar workers rallied downtown today, They are protesting mayor Jerry Sanders proposed labor contract, which includes radical reforms in health and pension benefits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

I-5 Congestion Should Ease Next Month

May 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Commuters on a congested portion of I-5 near Solana Beach should see some relief soon. Part of the project to extend carpool lanes will be finished by the end of next month. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

San Diego Soldier Known for His Heart Killed in Iraq

May 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Richard Vaughn's dad was a sailor and his grandfather was a Marine. But an interest in tanks drew him to the Army. On April 7, on the first patrol of his second tour in Iraq, his Baghdad convoy was enveloped in a firefight and he was killed by hostile forces.

Scientist Propose Unique Approach to Reducing Carbon Dioxide

May 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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How do we stop global warming? Many think the answer lies in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. But some scientists think the solution is in filtering carbon dioxide from the air and returning it to the earth. We talk with a scientist who's studied 200,000 years of the earth's climates and believes carbon filtering is the best way to proceed.

Veteran Columnist on Goals for the Next President’s Foreign Policy

May 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Jim Goldsborough is a veteran journalist who now writes for VoiceofSanDiego.org. He joins us to talk about the American presidential race and what he calls G.W. Bush's foreign policy failures. He tell us what he thinks ought to be the foreign policy goals of the U.S. at this time, and what a future president will need to do to right the ship.

San Diego Housing Slump Continues

May 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Home prices in San Diego County are down 19.2 percent from February 2007, according the S&P Home Price Index. San Diego was ranked 9th in the nation for defaults and foreclosures. We talk about the state of real estate and what homeowners, sellers and buyers can expect in the coming year.

Scripps Scientists Believe They've Found a Red Tide Killer

May 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego has discovered that RCA bacteria - a natural marine microbe - can attack and kill the single-cell plankton that produce red tide algae. The blooms often foul coastal waters, giving them a rust-colored tinge and some can even kill fish and birds.

Study: Sick Leave Measure Would Benefit Public Health

May 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new study says a measure in the Assembly that would require California employers to provide sick leave would be beneficial for public health. The report comes from UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

KPBS Online Auction for Movie Lovers

May 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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S.D. Council To Decide on Mayor Sanders' Pension Reform Plan

May 12
By Aliston St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego City Council has a stark choice to make today -- whether to approve Mayor Jerry Sanders' proposed pension reforms for city workers or risk taxpayer anger by putting them on hold. Much is at stake for Sanders because reforming the city's pension plan was one of his campaign promises. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California Universities Set to Approve Big Tuition Hikes

May 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's two public university systems are getting ready to approve a hefty round of student fee hikes this week. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Health Outreach Workers Provide Emotional Support for Fire Survivors

May 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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For some people, rebuilding their lives after last October's wildfires has been tough. A group of outreach workers from San Diego County Mental Health Services is trying to help survivors get through the process. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Coast Guard calls Off Search for Missing SoCal Couple

May 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Coast Guard has called off a search for an Oceanside couple who went missing at sea this week.

Scientists Probe Recent Coyote Attacks in California

May 12
By Alicia Chang and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The coyote was limping as it approached a girl in a sand box at a public park - but it was still dangerous. It snapped its jaws on the girl's buttocks and her nanny had to pry the toddler from the wild animal.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Analyst Phil Flynn Discusses Oil Supplies

May 12
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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With gasoline prices holding at record levels in the US, there were reports over the weekend that OPEC might start to increase oil supplies on the world market. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn,a Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

Laid Off California Teachers Courted By Other States

May 12
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Other states are trying to capitalize on the teacher layoffs here in California.