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Stories for June 9, 2009

Mexican Authorities Detain Suspect in Killing of 8-Year-Old Boy

June 9
By Amy Isackson

Mexican authorities have detained a 19-year-old man they say tried to sexually assault an 8-year-old boy before killing him. Baja California authorities issued an Amber Alert after the boy went missing. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson tells us Mexican officials say a slight cultural shift is needed for the alert system to work properly.

Study: Effort To Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Hurt Jobs

June 9
Steve Shadley, California Capitol Network

A new study says California’s move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could negatively impact three-million jobs statewide. The report is being released as the California Air Resources Board launches a series of efforts to curb global warming linked to exhaust from vehicles and some industries.

State Could Take Hundreds of Millions from SD County

June 9
San Diego Week

Only a handful of people turned out for a public hearing on the San Diego County budget today, but Supervisor Diane Jacob says she expects to hear from a lot more if the state begins taking county funds to balance the budget in Sacramento.

Lark Rise to Candleford

June 9
Lark Rise to Candleford  Tease photo

The series stars Julia Sawalha, Olivia Hallinan, Dawn French, Brendan Coyle and Mark Heap in Bill Gallagher's adaptation of Flora Thompson's charming memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood. In this episode, Laura Timmins says goodbye to her friends and family in Lark Rise to start her first job at the Post Office in the nearby town of Candleford.

Great Performances: Hitman David Foster And Friends

June 9
Great Performances: Hitman David Foster And Friends Tease photo

Legendary songwriter, producer and maestro to the stars David Foster has generated some of the world’s best known popular music, and collaborated with a veritable “Who’s Who” of superstars in a career that spans more than three decades. In celebration of his remarkable achievements — including 15 Grammy Awards and a host of other accolades — some of the biggest names in contemporary music gather for a one-night-only concert that brings down the house.

Cancer Continues to Decline in California

June 9
By Kenny Goldberg

Prostate, breast, and smoking-related cancers continue to decline in California. The American Cancer Society has released a new in-depth look at the disease.

Bill Would Give Solar Users Chance to Sell Power

June 9
By Ed Joyce

A bill in the California State Senate would allow people who own solar-powered homes and businesses to sell excess power back to utilities.

Nine Lawmakers Agree to Salary Cuts

June 9
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

California's $24 billion budget deficit is putting pressure on state lawmakers. We discuss this with Independent Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Local Photographer Captures the Wonder of Machu Picchu

June 9
These Days

Architectural photographer Mike Torrey talks about capturing the interconnection between the natural world and man-made structures.

Surfers Are Canaries in the Coal Mines

June 9
These Days

Why are surfers off San Diego's coast getting sick? We'll talk about coastal water pollution and how budget cuts mean less testing and bigger public safety concerns for surfers and swimmers.

Smuggling Boat Intercepted in Del Mar, 22 Arrested

June 9
City News Service

Nearly two dozen suspected illegal immigrants were taken into custody early this morning after a 25-foot ponga boat came ashore in Del Mar, authorities said. Border Patrol agents first spotted 19 suspected illegal immigrants near Dog Beach in Del Mar around 4:30 a.m., according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Patrick Dunphy.

Bomb Rips Through Luxury Hotel In Pakistan

June 9
Associated Press
Bomb Rips Through Luxury Hotel In Pakistan Tease photo

Suicide attackers in a truck launched an assault Tuesday on a luxury hotel commonly used by foreigners in Peshawar, Pakistan, firing guns as they stormed past guards and then setting off a huge blast that killed at least five people and wounded 65 more, officials said.

Military to Invest $5 Billion in Region

June 9
These Days
Military to Invest $5 Billion in Region Tease photo

The U.S. Navy is on a building-boom in San Diego. We'll talk about the strategic decision to beef up security along the Pacific Rim and how San Diego's economy is benefiting.

Building Boom on the Bases

June 9
By Alison St John
Building Boom on the Bases Tease photo

There’s an unprecedented construction boom going on in San Diego. It’s on the region’s military bases: Camp Pendleton in North County and the Naval facilities around San Diego Bay.

First Guantanamo Detainee Is Brought Into U.S.

June 9
Associated Press
First Guantanamo Detainee Is Brought Into U.S. Tease photo

U.S. authorities have brought the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to the United States, flying him into New York to face trial in connection with the bombing of U.S. embassies, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

S.D. Unified To Reform High School Curriculum

June 9
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School Board is expected to vote today in favor of taking the first steps to overhaul the district's high school curriculum. Education advocates are praising district officials for beginning to address education inequalities at the high school level.