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Stories for September 8, 2008

Citizen Voices

Sept. 8
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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True Blood Vampires Working to Bring Sexy Back

Sept. 8
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Water Rates Rise Again

Sept. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego is passing on the County Water Authority’s water rate hike to its ratepayers. But unlike other cities in the region, San Diego is asking residents for an extra increase, which some see as a long term investment. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 8
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Report: California Farmers are Key in Securing Water Supply

Sept. 8
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new study out says California's farmers can save billions of gallons of water by changing what they plant and how they water it. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Eighth Grade Algebra Policy Heads to Court

Sept. 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A couple of California education groups are suing the State Board of Education over its decision to require all students to take Algebra in the eighth grade. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Navy Punishes 6 More for Aircraft Carrier Fire

Sept. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Navy has punished six sailors for their roles in a fire that caused $70 million in damage to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

Local Program Uses Instruction on Sexual Health to Help People Recover From Drug Addiction

Sept. 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Programs that help people recover from drug and alcohol addictions don't usually spend a lot of time teaching healthy sexual behavior. Yet that's a vital part of a recovery program in San Diego called Stepping Stone. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has a look, in this second part in our series on sex education.

City Auditors Drag Feet

Sept. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Members of the city of San Diego’s audit committee are frustrated by how long it’s taken to get an official audit of the South East Development Corporation. The Corporation is under scrutiny since reports surfaced that top executives awarded themselves hefty bonuses . KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

A Historian Tells Us Where Marriage May Be Headed

Sept. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The fight over same-sex marriage in California, and across the country, is part of a larger discussion of what marriage has become and what it ought to be. Marriage in California is now accessible to couples who, by definition, do not sexually reproduce together. Does this mean that having and raising children is no longer central to the experience and the purpose of marriage? And if so, what IS the purpose of marriage? Joining us to talk about marriage and what we should expect from it is a woman who has studied the history of marriage, Stephanie Coontz. Also, attorney Charles Kim comments on whether same-sex marriages, performed in California, will be recognized in other states.

Gardeners Dig Soil for Autumn

Sept. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Fall is right around the corner, which means its time to charge course in your garden. We'll talk about what to plant now, and how to amend your soil to get the most out of our garden.

Teaching Sex Ed in Schools

Sept. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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By the time American teens turn 18 years old, 55 percent have had sexual intercourse. And for the first time in 15 years, teen pregnancy rates went up in 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The U.S. still has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world. Is better, more comprehensive sex education in schools the answer to preventing teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted disease? San Diego schools are grabbling with exactly what to teach and when to start.

Education Groups Sue Over Eighth Grade Algebra

Sept. 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A couple of California education groups are suing the State Board of Education over its decision to require all eighth students to take Algebra. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Fifth Graders to Learn About 'Birds and Bees'

Sept. 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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After years of debate, the California Board of Education adopted a series of sex education guidelines which will be phased-in this year. They require public schools to begin teaching "the birds and bees" when students are just 10 years old. In a two-part series on sex education, KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains how local schools are grappling with the issue.

Late Budget Causing Problems for Health Care Providers

Sept. 8
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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One health care provider in danger of closing is accusing lawmakers of criminal negligence for not passing a spending plan.

Budget Issues Keep Governor in the State, Away from the Campaign Trail

Sept. 8
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There's a lengthy list of people being hurt by the record-long California budget stalemate. And if it continues much longer, there could be another name to add to that list -- Republican presidential nominee, John McCain. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.

Chargers Loss: A Fluke or the Begining of a Trend?

Sept. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Chargers lost their first game of the season on a last-second touchdown pass. The Chargers lost a heart-breaker yesterday at the Q, but the team never really seemed to get it going against the Carolina Panthers yesterday. Was the upset loss just a fluke, or should the Charger faithful be worried?

Marine Life Filling Del Mar Lagoon

Sept. 8
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A coastal lagoon project in Del Mar millions of people drive by every day is now filled with millions of fish. Scientists say the restoration project is so successful it could be a model for others across the country. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.