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Stories for January 21, 2009

SD Unified Considers Closing Six Small Schools

Jan. 21
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego School Superintendent Terry Grier will consider next week whether the district should close six small elementary schools. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Chula Vista Residents To Decide On Sales Tax Increase

Jan. 21
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Chula Vista residents will decide whether to raise the city’s sales tax rate one percent. Mayor Cheryl Cox says it’s necessary to preserve services the public says it wants. KPBS reporter Katie Orr explains.

Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan Suffer Traumatic Brain Injuries

Jan. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are being called the "signature injury" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While it is difficult to estimate the exact numbers, preliminary information shows that U.S. military personnel are suffering from TBI at a higher rate than in previous conflicts. We speak to experts about the latest data on traumatic brain injuries. We also discuss sports-related concussions and the dangers associated with head injuries in contact sports.

Season Five of Lost Premieres Tonight

Jan. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The television drama Lost begins its fifth season tonight on ABC with two back to back episodes. Lost has built an avid fan base over the years, one that takes pride in unraveling the confusing plot lines and time warps that the show is famous for. Early online chatter, and believe me there is a lot of it, suggests that these first two episodes promise a great season ahead.

Local Scientist Attempts to Unravel Secret Language of Bees

Jan. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Buzz...buzz...that's the sound bees make when they are looking for nectar, right? Well, it turns out that the buzzing sounds, and other movements actually make up a sophisticated form of communication that bees use to let their hivemates know the location of food sources. Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to UCSD Professor James Nieh about an upcoming lecture he will give on the "Secret Language of Bees".

Local Realtor Says Troubled Homeowners Need More Info About Options

Jan. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What can the federal government do to help local people who are facing foreclosure? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to realtor Matt Battiata about why he thinks loan short sales should be used by people who are facing foreclosure. Battiata isn't just bragging, he's actually taking his argument to Washington, D.C. where he will be meeting with the House Financial Services Committee next week.

SDG&E's Power Line to Desert Clears Another Hurdle

Jan. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Bureau of Land Management has approved a $1.9 billion high-voltage power line that a San Diego utility says it needs to bring solar, wind and underground heat power from a distant desert.

Deteriorating Economy Means Less Demand for Oil

Jan. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The deteriorating global economic outlook means forecasts for crude demand are being cut. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn... a Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

Sundance Blog #6 - We have a winner!

Jan. 21
By Destin Cretton and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Katie, Adam, Joy and Destin on Main Street, Park City and celebrating Obama becoming president.

National Energy Policy Taps California Experience

Jan. 21
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California is one of the state's expected to benefit from the incoming Obama Administration's energy policies. The state's new law creating low-interest financing for solar installations may get a boost with federal incentives. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Agreement on Water Reuse in San Diego

Jan. 21
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Foundation are expected to sign a cooperative agreement Wednesday with the City of San Diego to work on recycling wastewater into drinking water. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.