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Stories for September 12, 2008

Shock and Awful

Sept. 12
Citizen Voices
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Does it make me an elitist if I don't think the & 'average person' should be the vice president of the United States? &

Citizen Voices

Sept. 12
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

School Kids Take Pride in National Anthem

Sept. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Elementary school kids at Francis Parker School in Mission Hills are teaching grown-ups a thing or two about the country's national anthem. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

UCSD Researchers Develop Microscopic Drug Delivery Devices

Sept. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCSD researchers say they've successfully designed and tested microscopic devices that can deliver anti-cancer drugs to tumors. While researchers have used the technology only in mice, they believe it could work in humans. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Health Net Hit With $25 Million in Fines and Penalties

Sept. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of California's largest health insurers has agreed to give new policies to hundreds of people whose coverage was improperly canceled. Health Net will also pay 25 million dollars in reimbursements and penalties for terminating policies after people got sick. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Grantville Redevelopment Under Scrutiny

Sept. 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A redevelopment deal for neighborhoods east of Qualcomm Stadium is now under scrutiny at the state level. California Senator Christine Kehoe wants the State Attorney General to investigate why redevelopment funds will be used for projects outside the development area KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Barrage of Pests Invade San Diego

Sept. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County agriculture department plans a trip to Florida to keep pests from hurting local crops. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Sixty-Six

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Young Bernie gets inspired when his rabbi explains what a bar mitzvah is. Suddenly Bernie sees a way to get the attention he craves, He decides to plan teh "

SDSU's $1M Gift To Support Love of Reading

Sept. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A children's literature expert at San Diego State University says fewer kids are reading for fun. He says a one-million-dollar gift to the university will help researchers try to reverse that trend. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SD Mesa College 'Tops Off' Healthcare Building

Sept. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mesa College officials watched construction crews place the last steel beam atop a structure yesterday that will be home to students studying to be health technicians.

Weekend Preview: The Women, Back, Back, Back, Dying City, Night Sky.

Sept. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two plays at the Old Globe have our reviewers attention, as does a play called Dying City at Cygnet Theater. We'll talk theater on this edition of the Weekend Preview.

Sarah Palin, Water Supply, City Government

Sept. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee was first met with skepticism and criticism, but now many political experts are praising the pick as a smart move. Plus, the City Council agreed to send out notices to San Diego ratepayers about two more pending water rate increases. And, the CCDC and SEDC scandals came to a head this week, with significant news happening in both stories.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Poll Shows Californians Not Happy with State Government

Sept. 12
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the state budget impasse drags on, the public opinion of California lawmakers has plunged to a new low. Jenny O'Mara reports. The new Field Poll says only 15-percent of voters in the state approve of the legislature's job performance. That's compared to 27-percent who felt that way-just back in July. It's the lowest approval rating ever recorded for the state legislature by the Field Poll over the past 25 years.

The Late Sacramento Budget is Putting Pressure on Community Health Clinics

Sept. 12
By Kelley Weiss and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state budget impasse is causing the first community health clinics in the state to shut their doors. That includes a San Diego area network of community clinics that will temporarily close or cut back services at up to seven of its facilities. And, more closures are expected. From Sacramento, reporter Kelley Weiss reports.

Fruit Flies Bugging Agriculture Officials

Sept. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two male Oriental fruit flies found in the North County have the San Diego County farm industry concerned. Agriculture officials are now working to eradicate the destructive pest before it damages one of our county's biggest industries.

Righteous Kill

Sept. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting