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Stories for October 12, 2009

America's Appetite Increasing

Oct. 12
By Joanne Faryon
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Joanne Faryon, KPBS reporter and host of Project Envision, talks about how our increased meat consumption influences the food chain and our health.

Schwarzenegger Lifts Ban On Measuring Teachers From Test Scores

Oct. 12
By Ana Tintocalis
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Sunday that lifts a restriction on using student test scores to evaluate teachers. The change comes as California tries to compete for special federal education dollars. The federal government will award states money if they tackle tough reforms.

In Performance At The White House: Fiesta Latina

Oct. 12
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"Fiesta Latina” is a concert hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama on the South Lawn of the White House. The sixty-minute program, taped live by WETA Washington, D.C., on October 13, 2009 celebrates Hispanic musical heritage. The special will include Marc Anthony, Eva Longoria Parker, Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, George Lopez, Thalía, Tito "El Bambino", the Bachata music group Aventura, and the Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with Sheila E. leading the house band.

San Diego County Updates Fire Evacuation Plans

Oct. 12
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San Diego County emergency officials say they've upgraded evacuation plans after many people ignored orders to leave their homes during deadly wildfires two years ago.

Steve Earle Performs Townes Van Zandt At Belly Up Tavern

Oct. 12
By Angela Carone
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Grammy-winning, singer-songwriter Steve Earle has a new album of songs written by his mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Earle is on tour promoting "Townes" and he'll be at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach tonight. Watch Van Zandt perform his own song "Waiting to Die" from the 1981 documentary "Heartworn Highways."

Gov. Schwarzenegger Creates Day Honoring Harvey Milk

Oct. 12
Don Thompson, Associated Press
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Slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk will get a special day of recognition in California, making him only the second person in state history to gain such a designation. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of the bill establishing "Harvey Milk Day" each May 22, Milk's birthday, was announced Monday.

Plan For Community Garden Grows Out Of High Diabetes Rate

Oct. 12
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KPBS is working on a project called Food. We're following your dinner from the plate to the fields, farm and ocean. Americans are eating more than we used to, it's making us fatter and in some cases sick. KPBS Investigative Reporter, Amita Sharma, has been looking into an alarming statistic facing residents in National City -- the city has the highest diabetes rate in San Diego County. What can be done to improve the health of the residents of National City? We'll tell you about what one community organization wants to do that they think will help.

American Is First Woman To Win Economics Nobel

Oct. 12
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Elinor Ostrom became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics, honored along with fellow American Oliver Williamson on Monday for analyzing economic governance — the rules by which people exercise authority in companies and economic systems.

Chargers Up Against An Undefeated Broncos Team Next Week

Oct. 12
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray
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North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris discusses talks on Morning Edition about how the Chargers may fair up against the undefeated Denver Broncos next Monday night.

An Evening With Steve Earle At The Belly Up Tavern

Oct. 12
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Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Earle pays tribute to his mentor, Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt on the new album "Townes." Earle performs songs from the album tonight at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach.

El Cajon Boulevard: Boulevard Of Bad Dreams

Oct. 12
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El Cajon Boulevard has been San Diego's hub of prostitution for decades. Reporter Keegan Kyle, from voiceofsandiego.org, found out why and also looked into how the business of prostitution is changing.

Where in San Diego County Can I Get My Swine Flu Vaccine?

Oct. 12
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There are six County Public Health Centers and one County Immunization Clinic in San Diego County offering the H1N1 flu vaccine. The vaccine is currently available for people in the high risk groups for complications from H1N1 flu:

Attack On Pakistani Army Spotlights Punjab Province

Oct. 12
Julie McCarthy, NPR
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In Pakistan over the weekend, extremists staged a bold attack on army headquarters right in the heart of the country. By the time the siege ended, at least 23 people had died. Now Pakistan is left wondering: Just how vulnerable is its most populous province?

Are You Ready For The Next Big One?

Oct. 12
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What should we do to prepare for the next big earthquake that will hit California? We speak to earthquake and disaster preparedness experts about how San Diego could be affected by the next large earthquake to hit the state. We also learn about how people can participate in a statewide earthquake drill happening later in the week.

Fighting Fibromyalgia

Oct. 12
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Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain. We speak with a local doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia treatment as well as a woman who is living with the condition.

National City Wants To Plow Back To Its Roots

Oct. 12
By Amita Sharma
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National City has long been known for the mile of cars stretching along its coastline. But that image could soon change. The city has a vision of returning to its agricultural roots, and to a time when people were healthier.

Celebrity Sonnets

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Okay it's not a movie but my love of the Bard extends beyond celluloid. So I just wanted to highlight the San Diego Shakespeare Society's 8th Annual Celebrity Sonnet Presentation at the Old Globe Theater's Main Stage tonight, October 12, at 7:30pm.

S.D. Water Restrictions Working

Oct. 12
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s water cops haven’t been writing too many tickets. No one in the city has yet had to pay for wasting water.

Scripps Will Do Genetic Tests On Heart Patients

Oct. 12
By Tom Fudge
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Scripps Health has begun performing genetic tests on heart patients to decide what drugs they should receive.