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Stories for May 7, 2009

Analyst: Calif. May Need to Borrow $20 Billion Next Year

May 7
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network

California could have some trouble paying its bills in the near future. The state's non-partisan legislative analyst says the state may need to borrow more than $20 billion next fiscal year to keep paying its bills -- an amount the analyst says California would have a hard time getting.

In Studio: Violinist Mark O'Connor and His Appalachia Waltz Trio

May 7
These Days
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Mark O'Connor is a violinist admired by lovers of classical, jazz, and country music alike. He's won two Grammy awards, one for his album New Nashville Cats and one for Appalachian Journey an album he collaborated on with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. O'Connor is known for his varied musical interests and his ability to integrate them in his compositions. One of his projects is a chamber group called Appalachia Waltz Trio.

Union Tribune Lays Off 192 Workers

May 7
By Alison St John

The San Diego Union-Tribune says it's eliminating 192 positions, including a number of newsroom jobs, as part of a post-sale restructuring. The layoff announcement comes three days after completion of the sale of the Union-Tribune to Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity.

Balboa Park to Go Solar

May 7
By Katie Orr
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San Diego will use some of its federal stimulus money to make Balboa Park greener. KPBS reporter Katie Orr explains that doesn’t mean planting more trees.

Swine Flu May Take a Summer Vacation

May 7
By Tom Fudge

Like all strains of influenza, the swine flu is expected to die down as warm weather sets in. But that doesn't mean it'll be gone for good. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

High Schools and Universities Reopen in Mexico

May 7
By Amy Isackson

High school and university students go back to class in Baja California. Schools reopened throughout Mexico Thursday morning after being shuttered for a week due to swine flu. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

UCSD Celebrates Opening of State-of-the-Art Music Center

May 7
These Days

UC San Diego is set to open their new, $53 million Conrad Prebys Music Center on May 8. We'll find out what's in store for the making of great music at the center.

Richard Conniff Swims with Piranhas and Lives To Tell About It

May 7
These Days

Award-winning nature writer Richard Conniff tells one adventurous tale after another in his new book Swimming With Piranhas At Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals.

Wildfire Raging in Santa Barbara; 30,000 Evacuated

May 7
Associated Press
Wildfire Raging in Santa Barbara; 30,000 Evacuated Tease photo

Firefighters struggled Friday to get ahead of a raging wildfire that was moving dangerously close to heavily populated areas in this idyllic coastal city and had forced the evacuation of an estimated 30,000 residents. Neighborhoods of multimillion dollar mansions stood like ghost towns, bathed in the eerie orange glow cast by the nearby blaze.

Former Pentagon Official Discusses Ways to Reduce Civilian Casualties

May 7
These Days

What can be done to reduce civilian deaths during armed conflicts? We speak to a representative from Human Rights Watch about the most common causes of civilian casualties, and how governments can reduce the number of civilian deaths in war.

Border Disease Program Helped Sound Alarm on Swine Flu

May 7
By Amy Isackson
Border Disease Program Helped Sound Alarm on Swine Flu Tease photo

The first two cases of swine flu were confirmed in San Diego. Five days before Mexico City shut down, the Naval Health Research Center and a little-known border health project identified two children with the virus. The border project has quietly monitored disease along the US Mexico border for the last ten years.

Lemon Tree

May 7
By Beth Accomando
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If you weren't lucky enough to catch this delicately crafted film at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival earlier this year, you now have a second chance to see it. Don't squander the opportunity!