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Stories for May 19, 2009

Moderate Earthquake Felt in Downtown Los Angeles

May 19
City News Service

A magnitude-4.1 earthquake centered in the Hawthorne area was recorded this afternoon, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

SD County Owed $250 Million in Unpaid Taxes

May 19
By Katie Orr

San Diego County’s Tax Collector is going after nearly a quarter billion dollars in unpaid property taxes.

San Diego's Biotech Industry Still Near the Top

May 19
By Tom Fudge

A study released today by the Milken Institute says San Diego is still one of the nation's biotech leaders, despite economic hard times.

Rick Steves' Iran

May 19
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Join Rick as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he's ever visited: Iran. In a one-hour, ground-breaking travel special, you'll discover the splendid monuments of Iran's rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village. Most important, you'll meet the people of this nation whose government so exasperates our own.

Ships Reduce Speeds For Cleaner Air

May 19
By Ed Joyce
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The Port of San Diego has asked cargo and cruise ships to reduce their speed when traveling in and out of San Diego Bay. KPBS environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the goal is to reduce air pollution.

San Diego Home Prices Rise

May 19
City News Service
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The median price of a home in San Diego County rose slightly last month to $290,000, compared to $285,000 in March, figures released today show. Despite the monthly rise, the median price of a home in the San Diego area in April was down 27.5 percent from the $400,000 median price during the same month last year, La Jolla-based MDA DataQuick reported.

Calif. Voters Weigh in On State's Financial Future

May 19
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Californians have a chance to weigh in on their state's financial future today. The special election ballot features six measures. As Ben Adler reports, they'll directly impact the state's budget crisis.

Balancing Wildfires and Chaparral

May 19
These Days

Despite chaparral being California's most extensive, native plant community, it is often maligned as being fuel for wildfires. We'll talk about chaparral's role in the ecosystem and managing the wildland-urban interface.

Senate Democrats Pull Funds To Close Guantanamo

May 19
David Welna, NPR
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Funding for closing down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba is being removed from the 2009 supplemental appropriations bill, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide has confirmed to NPR.

How is California's Budget Deficit Affecting SDSU?

May 19
These Days

How are the state's financial problems affecting things at SDSU? We speak to SDSU President Stephen Weber about the latest enrollment figures, the school's veterans programs, and to get the details on the Plaza Linda Verde development project.

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Economy, Defense Spending, Health Care Reform

May 19
These Days

What is your U.S. congressional representative doing to help you? We speak to Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis about the recent work she's been doing to help out local small businesses and people who are in credit debt, and to promote water conservation at local schools.

Election Officals Cut Polling Locations

May 19
Ben Adler, California Capitol News

Elections officials aren't expecting a high turnout at the polls. So they've sharply reduced the number of polling places in many counties, by at least half.

Film Director Focuses on State's Water Issues

May 19
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

A new documentary investigates California's water crisis. The director of the film joins us on Morning Edition.

Lawmakers Bracing for Special Election

May 19
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

Independent Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy says voter turnout is likely to be low for today's special election.

Astronauts Say Goodbye To Hubble For Good

May 19
Associated Press
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Atlantis' astronauts tenderly dropped the Hubble Space Telescope overboard Tuesday, sending the restored observatory off on a new voyage of discovery and bidding it farewell on behalf of the planet.