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Stories for June 17, 2009

Chula Vista Power Plant Expansion Rejected

June 17
By Ed Joyce
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The California Energy Commission voted to deny the expansion of a power plant in Chula Vista. Wednesday's decision rejected a company's application to upgrade its current peaker plant.

Water Conference Focuses on Water Reuse

June 17
By Tom Fudge
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Use of non-potable water was one of the discussions at the annual convention of the America Water Works Association. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge went to San Diego convention center, and has this story.

Three Deported Teens Back in San Diego

June 17
San Diego Week
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Three undocumented minors who were arrested on the way to school in San Diego last month and deported to Mexico have been allowed back into the United States. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains federal officials have allowed the teenagers to come home on humanitarian parole.

Sanders Signs Budget

June 17
By Katie Orr
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders signed the city’s budget today. But he says the city council may have to reassess its finances if the state decides to take money to help cover California’s deficit.

Feinstein Seeks Help for Food Banks in Calif.

June 17
Associated Press
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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says food banks in the state's agricultural regions need help from the federal government to meet a massive increase in demand. She blamed three years of below-normal precipitation in California, which has led to fallowed fields, and a high unemployment in many Central Valley communities.

Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef- The Great Pies of France

June 17
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From Marjorie Poore Productions comes Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef, an exciting new cooking series featuring one of America's top celebrities in the cooking world: star chef Hubert Keller. His extraordinary on-air charisma and charm is matched only by the mouth-watering recipes that will keep viewers salivating and coming back for more, week after week. In this episode, Chef Keller will discuss the luscious, savory pies that have long been the hallmark of great French home cooking.

Columnist Gustavo Arellano Discusses What Nation Can Learn from Orange County

June 17
These Days
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What's the deal with Orange County? Many San Diegans only know of the "OC" as that area between Camp Pendleton and Los Angeles were all the traffic on I-5 backs up, and little else. We speak to columnist Gustavo Arellano about his book Orange County: A Personal History.

In Studio: NOISE Ensemble Performs

June 17
These Days
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San Diego's only chamber festival devoted to the music of our day begins this weekend and it's called Sound On. It's presented by San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. The festival's resident ensemble known as NOISE joins us in studio.

When Should Judges Recuse Themselves?

June 17
These Days
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Should elected judges recuse themselves from cases involving people who contributed to their campaigns? KPBS legal analyst Dan Eaton tells us what the Supreme Court thinks about this issue.

Local Health Care Agencies Brace for Cuts

June 17
These Days
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As the governor and legislature struggle to close the state's $24 billion budget gap, local health care providers worry about the impacts of cuts on San Diego County's poor.

Consumer Protections Eyed In Financial Overhaul

June 17
Deborah Tedford, NPR
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President Obama on Wednesday unveiled a multi-pronged plan that aims to protect the U.S. financial system from another meltdown by giving regulators broader involvement across the financial spectrum — from bank holding firms and big companies to individual borrowers.

Medical Tourism Business Takes Root in San Diego

June 17
By Tom Fudge
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Today, the U.S. Government estimates that health care costs account for 16 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The high cost of medical treatment may be the number one issue in health care reform. And it's already caused some patients to go elsewhere to save money on major operations.

S.D. Unified Balances Next Year's Budget

June 17
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego Unified school board has balanced the district's budget for next school after getting some much needed help from the state and federal government.