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Stories for January 19, 2009

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 19
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Reflecting on Race

Jan. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As part of our MLK holiday, These Days brings you excerpts of interviews with individuals who fought for, or reflected on, the struggle for civil rights in America.

Sales Taxes under Pressure to Rise

Jan. 19
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most San Diego residents pay between 7% and 8% in sales tax, but pressure on state and local budgets could boost that to over 10%. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

NPR's Ken Rudin Anticipates Historic Day

Jan. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Final preparations are being made for the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. We'll talk with NPR's political editor Ken Rudin about the big day and what it means for the country.

Local Woman Reflects on Her Multicultural Background

Jan. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As preparations mount for the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, excitement is building around the country and in San Diego. We'll talk with a local woman who identifies with the new president and will attend the swearing in.

Political Consultant Reports of the Bleak Financial Situation in Sacramento

Jan. 19
By Alan Ray, Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California state controller says he is two weeks away from delaying state payments, including tax refunds and benefits for the poor and disabled. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Lawmaker Wants to Pull the Plug on Electronic Billboards

Jan. 19
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Democratic state lawmaker is saying "enough" to attention-grabbing electronic billboards. Jenny O'Mara reports.

New Administration May Boost Stem Cell Research in San Diego

Jan. 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As Barack Obama takes office he is expected to remove restrictions on the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research made by President George W. Bush. KPBS Health Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Lawsuits Filed to Block Controversial New Health Regulation

Jan. 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state of California and Planned Parenthood have filed lawsuits to block a controversial regulation from taking effect this week. The new rule would protect healthcare workers who refuse to provide medical services they feel violates their religious or ethical beliefs. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Chicano Cultural Center to Undergo Restoration

Jan. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A distinctive museum in Balboa Park will soon be getting a makeover. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.