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Stories for February 5, 2009

Fallen Fruit Tonight at TNT

Feb. 5
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Artists behind collaborative art project Fallen Fruit

Who Cares About the City Budget?

Feb. 5
By Alison St John and Off Mic

I don't know about you, but I find it hard to digest and remember information when it's just a fact standing on its own. For example, the City of La Mesa's reserve fund is five percent of its operating budget. So what? Is that good or bad?

Off Mic

Feb. 5
By A. St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 5
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Furlough Friday: DMV, Other State Offices Closing

Feb. 5
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Don't head to the DMV Friday. It's one of many state agencies that will be closing as furloughs go into effect. Governor Schwarzenegger ordered all 238,000 state workers to take two unpaid days off each month to save money.

The Bird and the Bee Talk About New Album

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The pop music duo The Bird and the Bee have just released their sophomore effort, an energetic, retro-pop collection called Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future. We'll talk with the members of the band, Inara George and Greg Kurstin and hear some music.

SD Teachers Union Wary of Golden Handshake

Feb. 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Teachers union leaders are expected to sit down with San Diego Unified school district officials today to analyze a district plan that would allow more than 630 veteran teachers to retire early. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Oceanside Cancels Fourth Fireworks

Feb. 5
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A summer tradition in Oceanside has fallen victim to budget cuts. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Federal Stimulus Plan Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Feb. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group says projects in the proposed federal economic stimulus package would reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Calif Agencies Scramble to Meet Friday Furloughs

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State agencies are scrambling to figure out which employees will be working on Friday, the first furlough day ordered by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut costs.

Rain Making Its Way to San Diego County

Feb. 5
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Much colder weather will bring several days of snow to the mountains and rain everywhere else beginning today in San Diego County, forecasters said.

White House Correspondent Discusses President Obama's First Weeks in Office

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are the top stories coming out of the White House these days? What have been the top items on President Barack Obama's agenda this week? When is the Senate expected to vote on President Obama's economic stimulus package? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley about the latest news from Washington, D.C. We also talk to Scott Horsley about what life is like as a member of the White House press corps.

For Hunter-Gault, the News Out of Africa is Good

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

After 20 years with the NewsHour on PBS, Charlayne Hunter-Gault joined NPR as African correspondent. She moved on to CNN as Johannesburg bureau chief and eventually back again to NPR. Her beat is still Africa, and she has written a book, New News out of Africa, the Struggle for Democracy and Human Rights, in which she shares a basically optimistic view of the complex and diverse continent.

Screenwriter Talks About Adapting Books to Film

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As part of our series of interviews with writers from the Symposium By the Sea, we'll talk with "The Bridge to Terabithia" screenwriter and co-producer David Paterson about adapting books to the big screen.

California has Lowest Credit Rating in the Country

Feb. 5
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has a new, dubious distinction: the lowest credit rating of any state. And that means taxpayers will be shelling out more when the state borrows money. Marianne Russ reports.

Bonuses, Bailouts, and Babies: The Politics of Excess

Feb. 5
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

When did our nation's mentality change? What happened to change it? We once were a nation of savers. Americans knew the value of a dollar and were committed to keeping some greenbacks for a rainy day. I recall my grandfather telling me, "A dollar saved is a dollar earned." I was given a piggy bank before I started kindergarten. In first grade, I was taken to a local bank to open a savings account. We spent within our means. I had one pair of shoes for school and one pair for dress-up occasions. When I wore out my shoes or grew out of them, another pair would be bought.

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting