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Stories for March 19, 2009

A "Flaming Maniac" over Health Care Reform

March 19
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner
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UCSD Med School Graduates Become Residents

March 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Members of the med school class of 2009 got their residency assignments yesterday at UC San Diego. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge was there to see how they reacted.

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

March 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Obama Targets Foreclosures in Calif.

March 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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President Barack Obama says California will receive $145 million to help communities hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis.

SD Borrows Millions to Fix Roads, Sidewalks

March 19
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says the city is going to finance millions of dollars in infrastructure repairs with a private bond. The money will cover road, sidewalk and storm drain repairs. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Gomorra

March 19
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Calif. Lawmakers Say This Could Be the Year for Immigration Reform

March 19
By Tanya Snyder and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Top California lawmakers say this could be the year Congress finally passes immigration reform. They spoke at a border issues conference on Capitol Hill. Tanya Snyder reports.

Obama Tells SoCal Crowd His Administration is Taking Action on Housing Crisis

March 19
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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President Barack Obama walked out to thunderous applause at a town hall meeting near downtown Los Angeles today, where he told the crowd his administration is taking steps to resolve the housing crisis that is at the root of the economic crisis.

Local Iranian Community Prepares for Persian New Year

March 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Persian New Year begins on March 20, the first day of spring. The history of modern-day Iran and the Persian people date back 2,500 years. We'll talk about Persian history and culture and how it's alive and well in San Diego.

Author Blames County for Low Participation in Food Stamp Program

March 19
By Katie Orr
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An author and advocate for the hungry is slamming San Diego County for making it difficult to sign up for the federal food stamp program. KPBS reporter Katie Orr went to the National City church where Joel Berg was speaking and has this story.

What's Endangering Local Journalism & Internet Access?

March 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What events are endangering local journalism and access to the Internet? We'll look at media consolidation, newspapers going under, and attempts by telecom companies to control access to online search engines.

Local Governments Find Themselves Struggling with Ballooning Pensions

March 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Pension obligations for local governments continue to rise. We'll look at how San Diego County's cities are dealing with escalating pension costs and the future of pensions for city workers with KPBS radio's Alison St John.

Mayor's Wife Rana Sampson Discusses the Value of SD Center for Children for Community

March 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What are some of the most common behavioral problems that children deal with? How do you know when it is time to seek out professional help for a child with behavioral issues? What are some of the most effective ways to help a child overcome their social, emotional and educational challenges? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to San Diego First Lady Rana Sampson, and Kevin Robertson about helping children with mental health challenges, and the services provided by the San Diego Center for Children.

Pension Obligations Bite into all City Budgets

March 19
By Alison St John
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The city of San Diego gained national notoriety with its billion dollar pension deficit. KPBS reporter Alison St John surveyed the other 17 cities in the county, and found many cities are paying more of their annual budgets towards pensions than San Diego.