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Stories for March 27, 2009

Makeover Begins at Nine South Bay Schools

March 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Nine South Bay schools will undergo major renovation beginning this month. It's part of the Sweetwater Union High School District's multi-million dollar school bond spending. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Monsters Vs. Aliens

March 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Group Wants Rare Butterflies Protected

March 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Center for Biological Diversity says a federal agency is not protecting two rare butterflies that live in the coastal and mountain areas of San Diego County. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the group is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the butterflies included on the Endangered Species List.

Three Million Californians Will Lose Some Medi-Cal Benefits

March 27
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California officials say the state won't receive enough federal stimulus money to avoid raising taxes and cutting social spending. As a result, three-million Californians on Medi-Cal will lose some health benefits. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

SD May Change Parking Meter Rates and Hours

March 27
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It could become more expensive to use a parking meter in San Diego, especially if you want to park in a popular area. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Water Rationing, Airport Overhaul, Obama's Economic Plan

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is calling on city residents to cut their outdoor water use by 45 percent, and their indoor use by 5 percent starting this summer. Plus, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority voted in favor of a plan to overhaul Lindbergh Field. And, President Barack Obama held a prime-time press conference earlier this week to discuss "signs of progress" in turning around the economy, and to encourage patience while the nation works through its current economic problems.

Major General Says Military Offers Finest System of Critical Care

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The evolution of military medical services is discussed in the second part of KPBS's interview with Major General Keith Meurlin.

Mandatory Water Restrictions On Hold, For Now

March 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It may be only a matter of time before mandatory water restrictions are imposed in San Diego County. The County Water Authority will wait until next month to decide whether to impose limits on water use. But, as KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, some members wanted to start restrictions now.

SD School Board Leader Gives 'State of District'

March 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego school board president Shelia Jackson says San Diego Unified will become a smarter, healthier and greener school district despite massive budget cuts. She made that promise in the first-ever State of the District address yesterday. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.