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Stories for September 25, 2008

7th Annual San Diego Film Festival

Sept. 25
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Tonight's opening feature stars Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, and Michael Pe & ntilde;a as the three very different soldiers who hook up and develop a strong bond. The film serves up just enough indie attitude to allow it to shun a Hollywood label but enough star power to attract filmgoers. Also in this category is Rian Johnson's

San Diego's Republican Identity Erodes

Sept. 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County’s identity as predominantly republican territory is eroding. The latest voter registration numbers show the gap between the number of red and blue voters is narrowing. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Eliminates Beach Water Quality Funding

Sept. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Environmental groups say a decision by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to eliminate all state funding for beach water quality monitoring could endanger public health. The Governor's line-item veto means San Diego County will have to pick up the cost for the monitoring. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

California Could Become First State to Require Insurers To Cover HIV Testing

Sept. 25
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A bill aimed at making H-I-V screening a routine part of medical care is awaiting a decision by Governor Schwarzenegger. The measure would require California insurers to cover H-I-V tests. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Affirming Actions

Sept. 25
By Jessica Jondle and Citizen Voices
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The problem with the classroom I visited can be easily summed up with a short interaction I had with the teacher. The teacher asked me if I noticed the diversity of his class.

San Diego Beaches Get Top Grades

Sept. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An environmental group says all of the 92 monitored beaches in San Diego County received top marks for water quality this summer. A big reason is the continued drought. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Drought Leads to Cleaner Beach Waters

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Continued dry weather this year has given California beach-goers another record summer of clean water, according to an annual report released Thursday. Heal the Bay, a clean water group based in Santa Monica, found that about 91 percent of the beaches tracked statewide had very good to excellent water quality.

Jazz Pianist Monty Alexander Revisits His Jamaican Musical Roots

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Jamaica is famous for producing musicians Bob Marley and jazz pianist Monty Alexander. Alexander has a career spanning four decades and he's recorded over 60 albums. In recent years, Alexander has gone back to his Jamaican roots, recording two albums of jazz interpretations of Bob Marley's canon.

Citizen Voices

Sept. 25
By Jjondle and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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SD Cost-of-Living Increasing Faster than Wage Growth

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What's causing the middle class to shrink in San Diego? Host Tom Fudge speaks to reporter and producer Joanne Faryon about the next Envision San Diego TV special "The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class". We also speak to two representatives from the San Diego Workforce Partnership about a new report that takes a detailed look at the current supply and demand for labor in our county. We will also discuss the importance of the middle class in our economy, and talk about steps that can be taken in the future to ensure San Diego has a healthy middle class workforce.

Local Reporter Gives Insight on McCain's Presidential Campaign

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What's it like being on the campaign trail with John McCain? Why won't vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin be made available to reporters? What can we expect to hear from the candidates in the upcoming presidential debates? Host Tom Fudge speaks to NPR Correspondent Scott Horsley about covering the McCain-Palin ticket.

No More Texting Behind Wheel

Sept. 25
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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You can add text messaging to the list of things you can't do behind the wheel in California. Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a bill into law that bans the use of text messaging devices while driving.

Preuss Makes Progress, Reforms Still Needed

Sept. 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's been about nine months since UC San Diego's Preuss School was rocked by a grade tampering scandal. The news sent shockwaves throughout the country because Preuss has a national reputation for getting disadvantaged students into college. Now a new report finds the campus is making progress with reforms, but there's still room for improvement. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Study: High-Speed Rail Benefits San Diego

Sept. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new study says a high-speed train system in California would bring jobs to San Diego. The study also says it would ease freeway gridlock in the region. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.