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Stories for June 3, 2009

Obama Seeks 'New Beginning' With Muslim World

June 3
Todd Holzman, NPR
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Pledging "to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims," President Obama reached out to the world's 1.5 billion followers of Islam Thursday, addressing an appreciative crowd at Cairo University.

Grand Jury Wants Protection for Ethics Panel

June 3
By Alan Ray

The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report recommending changes in law that would assure the continued existence and independence of the City Ethics Commission. KPBS reporter Alan Ray says the Grand Jury's concern is who controls the money that pays for the Ethics Commission.

Cities Vow to Fight Off State Money Raids

June 3
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Leaders from cities around San Diego County met today to discuss how they can keep the state government from borrowing property tax revenue and other local funds to fill the budget hole in Sacramento.

Group Wants Seabird Protected

June 3
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

An environmental group says a rare bird that breeds in San Diego and at the Salton Sea should be listed as endangered. The group says the western gull-billed tern's breeding sites face several threats.

New Regulators Aimed At Preventing Health Insurers From Terminating Policies

June 3
By Kenny Goldberg

State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has issued some new regulations aimed at preventing health insurers from canceling policies after people get sick.

Great Performances: Stevie Wonder Live at Last

June 3
Great Performances: Stevie Wonder Live at Last  Tease photo

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents Stevie Wonder in a tour-de-force concert performance at London’s O2 Arena.

State Plans to Borrow Millions of Dollars from San Diego

June 3
City News Service

The state plans to borrow $36 million from the city of San Diego and another $70 million from the county to help close its $24 billion budget deficit, it was announced today.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

June 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

The human heart is a complex organ. We'll talk with San Diego cardiologist Dr. Mimi Guarneri about how to balance all the strains on our heart, from diet to stress to the environment.

Local Cities Creative with Shrinking Budgets

June 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

How are San Diego County cities fairing with the state's budget cuts? We'll find out with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.

Convention Center Task Force to Study Financing

June 3
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
Convention Center Task Force to Study Financing Tease photo

The task force charged with considering an expansion of San Diego’s convention center has seen what the project might ultimately look like. The group will now begin looking at how to pay for it.

Finding Comic Relief in a Recession

June 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

Comedian and commentator Paula Poundstone talks about the funnier side of life these days.

California Losing its Biotech Edge

June 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Already suffering from "after innovation erosion," where biotech firms move their manufacturing and distribution arms out of California, biotech will most certainly lose what edge it has when deep budget cuts hit state colleges and universities. Predators are already circling.

California Could Run Out of Cash By Next Month

June 3
Marianne Russ, The California Capitol Network

The governor outlined his plans for solving the state's $24 billion budget problem in a rare address to the full legislature on Tuesday.

Water Shortages May Not Be Temporary

June 3
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Water officials say we need to re-think our use of the precious commodity. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce covered a water conservation summit in El Cajon Tuesday where the focus was on conservation and psychology.

Cancer Specialist: Sun Exposure Does Not Cause Melanoma

June 3
By Tom Fudge

The risk of skin cancer increases in San Diego's sunny summer months, but not the risk of melanoma.

S.D. School Board Targets Class Sizes, Busing

June 3
By Ana Tintocalis
S.D. School Board Targets Class Sizes, Busing  Tease photo

The San Diego Unified Board of Education approved millions of dollars worth in spending cuts in a pivotal, nearly 12-hour budget session yesterday. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains how the board is closing a budget shortfall without closing schools or resorting to layoffs.