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Stories for June 8, 2009

Burdick Wins a Seat On the Port Commission

June 8
By Alison St John

San Diego City Council voted to appoint attorney Lee Burdick to the seat on the Port Commission vacated by Laurie Black. The 5-to-3 vote came after a two-and-a-half hour public hearing.

Artist Glenna Jennings' Exhibit at Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects

June 8
By Angela Carone
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From cheerleader to conceptual artist, Glenna Jennings revisits high school through a new narrative that combines her photography, a novella, and her long fascination with Dostoyevsky's Raskolnikov.

Sesame Street

June 8
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"Sesame Street," now in hi-definition for the first time, premieres a new season of the critically-acclaimed preschool series will merge two crucial areas: mathematics and literacy.

More San Diegans Dying From Painkiller Abuse

June 8
By Kenny Goldberg

A growing number of San Diegans are dying from taking too many prescription painkillers. The county medical examiner says there's been a 30 percent increase in medication-related deaths over the last few years.

Calif. Budget Could Force Shelters to Euthanize Sooner

June 8
Steve Shadley, California Capitol Network
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California animal shelters would be required to euthanize animals sooner under cuts proposed in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's revised budget. Shelters now care for the animals for six days before they're "put down."

Making Use of 'Gray Water' During Drought

June 8
Nancy Farghalli, NPR
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A severe drought out West continues to threaten farms, fish, and water supplies to nearly everyone. Tighter water restrictions went into effect this month in much of Southern California, and the federal government issued a directive last week that could cut water delivery to farmers and residents in the state by 7 percent.

Luis Alberto Urrea's New Work of Fiction: Into the Beautiful North

June 8
By Angela Carone, Doug Myrland
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Luis Alberto Urrea, one of today's most critically acclaimed writers, talks with us about his new novel "Into the Beautiful North," which is set in a Mexican village and in the Tijuana-San Diego border region.

State Lawmakers in No Rush to Solve CA Budget Problems

June 8
By Hank Crook, Doug Myrland

The State of California is facing a $24 billion budget deficit, and needs to balance its books by the end of this month. We speak to political consultant Leo McElroy about the ramifications of letting the budget deficit carry over into the new fiscal year, and to find out where cuts are likely to be made.

North County Accident Drivers Face Fire Dept. Bill

June 8
By Doug Myrland, Natalie Walsh

The North County Fire Protection District will begin billing drivers for responding to automobile accidents. We'll find out why local public agencies are turning to an accident response fee to offset funding from the state.

Governor Not Bluffing about Extreme Budget Cuts

June 8
Marianne Russ, The California Capitol Network

Governor Schwarzenegger says he's not bluffing about the extent of the painful cuts needed to solve California's budget crisis.

Ocean Health Declining

June 8
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio
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It's World Ocean Day. The international celebration is designated by the United Nations as day to take action to protect marine ecosystems. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us UC San Diego research shows the health of the oceans has declined in recent decades.

Volunteers Clean Up TJ River Valley

June 8
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Hundreds of people turned out this weekend to help clean up the Tijuana River Valley in San Diego’s South Bay.

SD City Council to Consider Budget

June 8
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The San Diego City Council is set to vote on the 2010 fiscal year budget today. Officials agree the process hasn’t been contentious, but that doesn’t mean the situation is good.

Padres Lose in the Longest Major League Game this Season

June 8
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

The Padres lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday in the longest major league game this season.

North Korea Sentences 2 U.S. Journalists

June 8
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North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor, intensifying the reclusive nation's confrontation with the United States. Washington said it would "engage in all possible channels" to win the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

South Bay Superintendent Shakes Up Leadership

June 8
By Ana Tintocalis
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A South Bay school superintendent is under fire for initiating a leadership shake-up in his district. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis says some educators are now questioning the direction of the district.