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Stories for June 24, 2009

Las Colinas Expansion Moving Forward

June 24
By Katie Orr

The city of Santee is vowing to continue its fight against the expansion of the Las Colinas women’s jail. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to continue with the project.

Water Politics: Democracy or Labyrinth

June 24
By Gloria Penner

Our nation prides itself on the power of the people. Many political philosophers believe that it is public opinion that drives democracy and that ordinary citizens can actually influence the decisions that ultimately shape their lives and their destinies. However, in California, especially in semi-arid Southern California, this may not entirely hold true. Here, it is the control of water that has shaped the destiny of the land and its inhabitants.

California Doomsday: State Could Run Out of Cash

June 24
Associated Press
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To hear Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state finance officials tell it, July 28 is California's last stand before fiscal Armageddon. Top financial officers say that's when the state will run out of sufficient cash to pay all its daily expenses unless lawmakers pass a balanced budget.

N. Korea Threatens U.S. as World Anticipates Missile

June 24
Associated Press
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North Korea accused Washington of seeking to "provoke a second Korean War" as the regime prepared to hold maritime military exercises off the eastern coast. U.S. and regional authorities were watching closely for signs that North Korea might fire short- or mid-range missiles during the June 25 to July 10 timeframe cited in a no-sail ban for military drills sent to Japan's Coast Guard.

State is Slow to Collect Nursing Home Fines

June 24
By Kenny Goldberg

A nursing home in Encinitas has become the latest facility to get a $100,000 fine for conditions that led to a patient's death. State officials concede collecting these fines can take years.

Acitivists Hopeful Ahead of Obama's Immigration Reform Meeting

June 24
By Amy Isackson

A bipartisan group of immigration activists and union officials hopes President Barack Obama and House and Senate leaders commit to reforming the country's immigration system this year. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson tells us, the President plans to meet with members of Congress Thursday.

Calif. Budget Heads to Vote, But Unlikely to Pass

June 24
Associated Press

The state Legislature on Wednesday began a sharp debate about a plan to close California's projected $24 billion deficit but showed few signs of defusing the crisis quickly.

In Studio: The Bach Collegium San Diego Performs

June 24
These Days
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The Bach Collegium San Diego, a vocal and period instrument ensemble, mark the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel's death by performing parts of his rarely heard oratorio, Theodora, live in studio.

SD Supervisors Approve Expansion of Women's Jail in Santee

June 24
City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted 4-1 to move ahead with a plan to redevelop the Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility. The plan calls for tripling the size of the women's jail adjacent to downtown Santee.

Transformers: The Revenge of the Over-Long, Over-Bloated Action Film

June 24
Michael Shymon, Teen Critic
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Oh dear lord. Look, I'm just going to start out my review by saying that what I say and what any other critic in the world says, I know that it really doesn't matter. You've already made up your mind about "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (opening June 24 throughout San Diego), you're either waiting with your ticket in hand or you're sitting around contemplating the deplorable state of modern film and entertainment.

Salk Scientist Tells Why Eating Little Makes You Live Long

June 24
By Tom Fudge

Researchers at San Diego's Salk Institute have identified the cells that cause people and animals to live longer when they eat just enough to survive.

SD Supervisors Vote Against Utility's Power Shutoff Plan

June 24
Associated Press

San Diego County supervisors are urging the state not to allow the shutoff of power to eastern parts of the county during dry and windy conditions to protect against wildfires.

San Diegans Work Toward Water-wise Landscaping

June 24
These Days

As San Diegans face water restrictions, we'll look at how homeowners can make water-wise choices for their landscaping.

The Politics and Power of Water

June 24
These Days

San Diego has 24 different agencies that manage the county's water supply. We'll talk about the politics, power and control of the region's precious resource.

Dropping Gas Prices Due to Increased Production and Lowered Demand

June 24
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

San Diego gas prices have dropped for the fourth consecutive day, but they had gone up everyday for the past month and a half. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago and a Fox Business News contributor.

Yanking Out Lawns Saves Water and Money

June 24
By Ed Joyce
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The San Diego County Water Authority says nearly 60 percent of our drinking water is used for lawns and other landscaping. Mandatory outdoor water restrictions means some lawns will go brown this summer. But, as KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, some people are pulling up their grass. It's part of our week-long series: "H2NO: San Diego Going Dry."

Divided School Board Approves Final Budget

June 24
By Ana Tintocalis
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A divided San Diego Unified School Board approved next year's budget yesterday. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis says some trustees believe this budget is proof layoffs aren't necessary. The others say its proof the district is headed in the wrong direction.

Iran Supreme Leader Vows Not To Bow To Protests

June 24
NPR
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Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday that the government would not give in to pressure over the disputed presidential election, effectively closing the door to compromise with the opposition. Iran also said it was considering downgrading ties with Britain, which it has accused of spying and fomenting days of unprecedented street protests over the vote.

S.D. School Board OK's School-Library Concept

June 24
San Diego Week

A divided San Diego Unified School Board voted to help the City of San Diego finance a downtown main library using school bond money.