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Stories for September 9, 2008

SD High School Exit Exam Results Good, Reforms Still Expected

Sept. 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District saw an uptick in the number of seniors who passed California's high school exit exam this year. Test results also show San Diego is doing better compared to the state as a whole. Even so, the district will launch a series of reforms in hopes of getting all students to pass the test with flying colors. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

UCSD Researchers Head Up Nationwide Study on Traumatic Brain Injuries

Sept. 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U-C-S-D School of Medicine will spearhead a nationwide study to look into the prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. The Department of Defense is funding the 60-million dollar research program. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Fast Lane for Pedestrians at Busy San Ysidro Border Crossing

Sept. 9
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

People who want to cross the border more quickly on foot have a new option. Federal officials opened a new fast-pass lane for pedestrians at San Ysidro. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Criminologists Examine the Cost of Prisons and Public Safety

Sept. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The United States leads the world in prisoners and the trend continues to spiral upward. In 1970, fewer than 200,000 people were in federal and state prisons. Today, there are more than 1.5 million people in prison with an additional 750,000 in local jails. America spends $60 billion per year on corrections. Have the past three decades of tough-crime policies made America's cities safer? A recent report by the JFA Institute says no. We'll explore the economic and social costs of America's current incarceration policies.

Study Highlights Dropouts Who Reenroll

Sept. 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Experts say research on high school dropouts tends to focus on what causes them to give up on school. But a new study sheds light on what happens to dropouts who return to school. Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the details.

Local Author Delves into World of Psychics

Sept. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A grifter is a petty swindler. In Debra Ginsberg's new novel, "The Grift," the main character, Marina, pretends to be psychic by way of keen observation of people. But she doesn't believe in psychic ability. Not until she awakes one day to find that she in fact does have "the gift" to see into the future. Intrigue and murder follow...

Nuclear Energy is Showing Signs of Life in the U.S.

Sept. 9
These Days

The world's energy needs are increasing rapidly, yet the U.S. still relies primarily on finite fossil fuels like oil and coal. The subject of nuclear energy, pretty much dead in America for the last 30 years, is starting to arise again. We examine the current role and status of nuclear energy in the U.S. and California, whether new nuclear plants are in our future and how they are different from Generation II plants like San Onofre.

Curbing Unsafe Sex Among Addicts

Sept. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

People with drug and alcohol problems often times have unhealthy sex lives. Many engage in unsafe sex while under the influence. Kenny Goldberg talks about a local recovery program that teaches healthy sexual behavior along with dealing with addiction.

Trailer Tuesday: Frost/Nixon

Sept. 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sacramento Dealing with a Budget Impasse and a Governor Recall

Sept. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California senators had the chance to end the 71 day budget impasse yesterday by approving a Republican proposal but it was rejected by Democrats. It called for closing the state's $15.2 billion deficit without raising taxes. Also, the governor, who was elected during a recall, is now facing one himself.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 9
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting