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Stories for June 30, 2009

Border Tunnel Update: U.S. Authorities Still Searching for Exit

June 30
By Amy Isackson

U.S. federal officials say the tunnel runs at least 640 feet into San Diego through a drain pipe the people who dug the tunnel tapped into a few feet from the border fence in Tijuana. Officials say the diggers then veered off the pipe and dug further, though they don't yet know how far.

Whatever Works

June 30
By Beth Accomando
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Woody Allen has been consistently putting out almost a movie a year since "Take the Money and Run" in 1969. So the arrival of "Whatever Works" (opened June 26 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) this month was to be expected. But for the first time in five years Allen returns from abroad to check in with his native New Yorkers. He also returns to a script originally written three decades ago for Zero Mostel.

Incision-Free Procedure Can Reverse Weight Gain

June 30
By Kenny Goldberg

A high percentage of people who've had gastric bypass surgery regain weight within a few years. A new study shows an incision-free procedure is effective in helping people reverse that weight gain.

San Diego Bay Restoration Project Gets Stimulus Money

June 30
By Ed Joyce

California Recovery Task Force Director Cynthia Bryant says the state is getting $31 million in federal stimulus funds for nine coastal restoration projects.

Authorities: Cross-Border Tunnel Doesn't Have a U.S. Exit

June 30
By Amy Isackson

U.S. federal officials say the cross-border tunnel they discovered Monday afternoon does not have an exit on the San Diego side. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains federal officials say the tunnel tapped into the drainage system.

Cities See Large Decrease in Property Value

June 30
By Katie Orr

The San Diego County Assessor’s office says for the first time the county’s total property value has fallen. The value has decreased by more than 2 percent over last year. But some cities are seeing much larger declines.

EPA Approves California Pollution Rule

June 30
Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency gave the go-ahead Tuesday for California to impose stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, setting the stage for a national requirement expected to mirror the state's effort.

Calif. Lawmakers Race to Meet Budget Deadline to Avoid IOUs

June 30
Associated Press

California officials are facing a midnight deadline Tuesday to find a way to cut into a $24.3 billion state budget deficit and avoid the need to issue IOUs for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Receive 2-for-1 admission during the month of July for Summer Pops with the San Diego Symphony

June 30
Receive 2-for-1 admission during the month of July for Summer Pops with the San Diego Symphony Tease photo

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Film Club: Woody Allen, The Hurt Locker, Public Enemies and More

June 30
These Days
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Woody Allen has a new film back on American soil, Johnny Depp plays legendary gangster John Dillinger, and director Kathryn Bigelow brings us the critically acclaimed film The Hurt Locker. We'll discuss all these films and more on this month's Film Club of the Air.

Business Guru Ken Blanchard Talks About the Environment of Change

June 30
These Days

How do companies stay competitive during an economic recession? Business guru Ken Blanchard talks about the importance of leadership and healthy relationships with employees during times of change.

A New Fiscal Year Brings IOU Distribution

June 30
By Dwane Brown, John Decker, Nick Stoffel

The California Senate has approved a Democratic budget-balancing plan, but it faces a certain veto from Governor Schwarzenegger. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Group Ranks Major Grocery Chains on Seafood Practices

June 30
By Ed Joyce

An environmental group says some major grocery stores in San Diego County are doing better than others when it comes to protecting fish stocks.

Local Non-Profit Dedicated to Empowering the Capable

June 30
These Days

The founder and president of a local non-profit speaks with us about his plans to launch a humanitarian aid program in East Africa dedicated to empowering the capable.

Is a Convention Center Expansion Worth It?

June 30
By Katie Orr
Is a Convention Center Expansion Worth It? Tease photo

San Diego is a popular destination for conventions. But some say the convention center here is too small. There’s talk of spending up to $1 billion to expand the facility. But critics say it’s the wrong kind of growth for San Diego.

Iraqis Celebrate as U.S. Troops Leave Urban Areas

June 30
NPR
Iraqis Celebrate as U.S. Troops Leave Urban Areas Tease photo

Iraqis waved flags and honked horns as U.S. troops officially withdrew from cities and towns across the country Tuesday in what Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki dubbed a "National Sovereignty Day" public holiday, more than six years after American forces invaded to oust Saddam Hussein from power.