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Stories for February 17, 2009

Boost in NIH Funding is a Win for San Diego

Feb. 17
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the benefits for San Diego, in the federal stimulus package, is a bump in spending for the National Institutes of Health. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge explains.

Special Education Stands To Gain Federal Dollars

Feb. 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego public schools will get an infusion of cash to pay for special education services as a result of the federal economic stimulus package. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains.

Record Number of College Students In Need of Aid

Feb. 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's largest scholarship foundation is being flooded with applications from students in need of college aid this year. But officials say there's less money to go around. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Zombie Haiku and More From the Undead

Feb. 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

A sample page from Zombie Haiku (How Books)

Teen Girls Give HPV Vaccine A Shot

Feb. 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One out of four adolescent girls in California has received a vaccine designed to prevent the major cause of cervical cancer. The survey from the U-C-L-A Center for Health Policy Research shows awareness and interest in the H-P-V vaccine is high. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Formalizing State Authority Over Tidelands

Feb. 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego legislator has introduced a bill that would require state approval for any proposed development on tidelands operated by the Port of San Diego. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Davis Says Stimulus Bill Good for SD

Feb. 17
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The economic federal stimulus package was signed into law today. San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis says she believes this is a good bill the region. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Growing Unemployment is Putting the Squeeze on CA's Healthcare System

Feb. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California unemployment rate is now at 9.3 percent, and the number of out-of-work state residents is expected to grow. How is the economic downturn, and the growing number of layoffs impacting the state's healthcare system? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg about how more people in the state are living without health insurance, and the affect those people are having on California's network of free community clinics.

Program Helps Black Women Have Healthy Babies

Feb. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This year marks the 20th anniversary of California's Black Infant Health Program. Why is such a program needed? Because of the alarming rates of African-American infant deaths. To mark Black Infant Health Week, we'll talk about the causes of black infant mortality and what's being done to address it.

Thinking Twice About Being a Good Samaritan

Feb. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS legal analyst Dan Eaton talks about the potential legal liability of being a Good Samaritan, a ruling that makes it easier to speak out against sexual harassment, and the future makeup of the Supreme Court.

Author Reveals Story of Courage at WWII-era Warsaw Zoo

Feb. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

One Book - One San Diego author reveals an amazing story of courage and creativity during WWII. Diane Ackerman talks about her quest to tell the story of the Polish couple who saved hundreds of Jews by hiding them in the Warsaw Zoo, right under the noses of the Nazis.

Thousands of State Workers Will Receive Layoff Notices

Feb. 17
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger plans to send out thousands of layoff notices to state workers today because of the state's budget deficit.

Greening San Diego's Economy

Feb. 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The $787 billion federal economic stimulus package includes money that could benefit San Diego companies in the renewable energy business, including wind and solar. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Pressure Mounts on Community Clinics

Feb. 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A growing number of San Diegans are losing their jobs, and their health insurance. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg looks at the growing pressure people are putting on hospitals, doctors, and local community clinics. It’s the 2nd part of our series Rough Water: Navigating San Diego’s economy.

Australian Wildfires Have Lessons for San Diego

Feb. 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Diego Fire Chiefs say this month’s wild fires in Australia teach a sobering lesson to Californians: If fire threatens your home, leave promptly. The confirmed death toll in Australia is now almost 200 people. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.