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Stories for February 20, 2009

Local, State School Officials React to Education Cuts

Feb. 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell was in San Diego today demanding lawmakers change the way state government works. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Medi-Cal Cuts Looming

Feb. 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Millions of Californians on Medi-Cal may see their health benefits severely restricted as a result of the state's new budget. The final decision rests with the Department of Finance and the State Treasurer. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

SD DA's Office Sees Rise in Domestic Violence Cases

Feb. 20
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County District Attorney’s office says the worsening economy has lead to an increase in domestic violence. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Friendship Not Fences

Feb. 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State and federal lawmakers from San Diego want the federal government to make sure there's public access to Friendship Park. Activists will gather in the park Saturday. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

CA Budget Deal, County Budget Woes, DeMaio's Sketchy Math

Feb. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Legislature has finally reached a budget deal, after months of debate over how to close the state's $40 billion budget deficit. Plus, San Diego County is facing some major financial problems of its own. And, City Councilman Carl DeMaio is criticized for releasing incorrect information about the fringe benefits afforded to city workers.

GOP Lawmakers Say Financial Crisis is Still a Problem for State

Feb. 20
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republican lawmakers who voted against the state budget say the plan is only a quick fix to California's financial woes.

Governor to Sign Budget Today

Feb. 20
By Steve Shadley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger says California can get back to business now. Lawmakers have approved a plan to deal with the state's $42 billion deficit. The governor says he plans to sign the budget deal today/Friday. Steve Shadley reports.

Recession Hits Migrant Workers

Feb. 20
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Here's another sign the economic recession is global. Money sent home by Mexican migrants last year fell for the first time on record.

San Diego Biotechs Suffer the Pains of Recession

Feb. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the bright spots of San Diego's economy in recent years has been biotech sector. But the local life science industry has caught a cold in this recession. KPBS health reporter Tom Fudge looks at an industry that struggling with layoffs and a serious shortage of investor capital. It's the "second" part of our series: Rough Water: Navigating San Diego's economy.