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Stories for June 1, 2009

S.D. School Board to Begin Making Budget Decisions

June 1
San Diego Week
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The San Diego Unified school board will begin to decide on millions of dollars worth of cuts at its meeting today. Trustees have until the end of this month to balance the district's budget. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this preview.

Schwarzenegger to Address Lawmakers About Budget Gap

June 1
San Diego Week
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Governor Schwarzenegger will address a rare joint session of the state legislature Tuesday. He’s expected to outline his plans for closing a $24 billion budget gap.

Water Shortages Could Be the New Norm

June 1
By Ed Joyce
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A water conservation summit gets underway Tuesday in San Diego. The goal is to find ways to meet current and future water demand. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the summit comes as most Southern California communities are under mandatory water restrictions.

GM Bankruptcy Affects San Diego Dealers

June 1
By Alison St John
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The number of GM dealerships in San Diego will shrink as a result of the automaker’s bankruptcy. But the GM dealerships that survive expect to be stronger.

San Diego Activists Part of Nationwide Immigration Reform Effort

June 1
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Immigrants rights activists gathered at San Diego County's Administration building Monday to call for comprehensive immigration reform. AS KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson reports the gathering is part of a nationwide immigration reform campaign.

Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black and White Night

June 1
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Filmed in black and white against the streamlined art deco stage of the since-demolished Cocoanut Grove in downtown Los Angeles, this triumphant performance for Roy Orbison is buoyed by a remarkable cast of “A-list” Orbison fans who signed on as his accompanists.

Receive 2-for-1 admission to the Mainly Mozart Music Festival

June 1
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Join now at the $60 level or above and enjoy benefits at hundreds of restaurants and attractions with the KPBS MemberCard. Join or renew today! (pictured: St. Petersburg String Quartet)

New Border Rules Take Effect

June 1
City News Service
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New passport rules affecting the San Diego-Mexico border went into effect today. The new rules requires border crossers to show their passports, passport cards or other travel documents approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security upon re-entry into San Diego.

New Water Restrictions in City of SD Begin

June 1
These Days
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Residents in the City of San Diego will only be allowed to water their lawns three days a week. We speak to representatives from the San Diego Water Department and the County Water Authority about the reasons behind the new restrictions. We also speak to a local garden journalist about how people can make their landscaping more water-efficient.

Obama: U.S. Needs To Be 'Honest' With Israel

June 1
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama, just days before traveling to the Middle East to deliver a key speech on U.S.-Muslim relations, on Monday reasserted U.S. support for Israel. But in an interview with NPR, the president also said he will continue to push for a Palestinian state and for a freeze on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Obama Defends General Motors Bankruptcy Plan

June 1
Associated Press
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President Obama pushed a humbled General Motors Corp. into bankruptcy on Monday and said the federal government will act as "reluctant shareholder" when it assumes a 60 percent ownership of the smaller carmaker that emerges.

Experts Say Seven Fewer School Days Matter

June 1
By Ana Tintocalis
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School officials around California are faced with the prospect of cutting seven days of school next year as a result of the state's money problems. But how does that loss affect student learning?

SD Officials Want More Auditors

June 1
By Katie Orr
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The San Diego City Council will vote on a final budget next week. The city is looking to cut expenses to make up for a multi-million dollar budget deficit. But some officials want to add employees in one city department.

Should California "Medicalize" Illegal Drugs?

June 1
San Diego Week
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The effort to legalize drugs remains on the periphery of our political landscape. A San Francisco lawmaker, for instance, has sponsored a bill to legalize marijuana. Some doctors who deal with drug addiction say a better model may be medicalization. That means allowing addicts to use drugs under a doctor's supervision.

San Diego State Aztecs Lose NCAA Tournament

June 1
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel
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The San Diego State men's baseball team came up a little short this weekend and Sports Columnist Jay Paris joins us to discuss what happened at the NCAA tournament.

Mandatory Water Restrictions in San Diego

June 1
San Diego Week
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Today is the first day of mandatory water restrictions for most of San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce says the conservation measures are intended to reduce the water demand by 20-percent.