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Stories for March 30, 2009

Students Learn Music Lesson Through Lennon

March 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students at a couple San Diego County high schools are learning some life lessons through making their own music. It’s part of the John Lennon Education Bus Tour. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis hopped aboard.

Arena's New Weight-Loss Drug gets Mixed Reviews

March 30
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The CEO of Arena Pharmaceuticals says he's very pleased by clinical trial results for the company's weight-loss drug, despite negative reaction from investors. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

California Health Plans Now Required to Pay for Translators

March 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California is the first state in the nation to require health plans to provide translation services for people in their primary language. State officials are trying to raise awareness of the new law. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Clinic Serving Immigrants Increases its Service

March 30
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Alliance Clinic is expanding its services to San Diego's refugee population. It will now include surgery. KPBS Radio's Tom Fudge explains.

Quake with Magnitude of 4.4 Hits Near Morgan Hill

March 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Morgan Hill police say they haven't received any calls for service after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 hit outside Morgan Hill.

Local Orchestra Performs Big Band Sounds With Modern Compositions

March 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Music students and community musicians from the North County have united to form the Miracosta Latin Jazz Orchestra. The 22-piece orchestra joins us in studio.

Tijuana-born Author Delves into Cross-border Life

March 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh

Tijuana-born novelist and poet Luis Alberto Urrea talks about immigration, being multicultural, and the push and pull of life in a border region.

Getting Your Financial House in Order for '09

March 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

2009 started with a bang. Or, more precisely, a crash of the economic kind. So in the midst of a recession, as people are losing their jobs and retirement savings vanishing overnight, what kind of financial planning should people be thinking of? We'll talk with two financial experts about making ends meet today while still planning for the future.

Aztecs Head to New York for Semi-Finals

March 30
By Alan Ray, Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The SDSU Aztecs men's basketball team are going to the Big Apple for the NIT Final Four. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

New Bill Allows Judges to Cram Down Mortgages

March 30
By Capital News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressional Democrats are trying to pass a bill to keep more California residents in their homes, but opponents say the legislation will raise the cost of homes. Matt Laslo reports.

SD Council to Consider Pay Raises

March 30
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

At their meeting this afternoon San Diego City Council members will consider whether to give themselves a pay raise. But Council President Ben Hueso isn’t expecting any discussion on the matter. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

San Diego Weekend: The Glossnies, Pelican Skills, and Music as a Weapon

March 30
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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I hope everyone had a good weekend. I spent mine surrounded by boxes since I'm moving tomorrow. & I moved so much as a kid, the mere sight of a U-Haul truck makes me twitch. Needless to say, the weekend was a little unsettling. & But all of you San Diego photogs did some great weekend exploring and looking at those images made me feel connected to my community so, thank you! & Here are some top picks.