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Stories for January 20, 2010

7-Year-Old Tijuana Girl Dies In Storm

Jan. 20

Baja California's Director of Civil Protection says a 7-year-old girl died Wednesday evening in Tijuana when flood waters overcame the car she was riding in with her family.

Life in Prison: A Look Inside The California Medical Facility

Jan. 20
By Angela Carone
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The California Medical Facility in Vacaville is the primary location for providing health care services to California's incarcerated men. It houses the state's oldest and sickest inmates. As the elderly inmate population continues to grow, so too will the health care needs and cost of providing care to this prison population. KPBS producer Angela Carone spent an afternoon photographing inside California largest prison hospital.

Costs Of Aging Inmates

Jan. 20
By Wendy Fry
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KPBS wanted to calculate how much money the state pays to incarcerate inmates for a life sentence. As an inmate ages behind bars, his expenses can nearly triple as he requires more health care.

Storm Moves Into San Diego And Tijuana Region

Jan. 20
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Moderate rain is falling around San Diego County as a Pacific storm makes its way across Southern California. National Weather Service Forecasters predict thunder and lightning could follow the rain Wednesday evening.

Weight Loss May Become A Medical Specialty

Jan. 20
By Tom Fudge

Doctors who treat obesity in San Diego and across the country are working toward making weight loss and weight management a medical specialty.

Benjamin Latrobe: America's First Architect

Jan. 20
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Noted architecture critic Paul Goldberger hosts this documentary biography of Benjamin Latrobe, the creator of the first uniquely "American" architecture. Latrobe's tumultuous life was a series of creative triumphs, personal tragedies and constant re-invention. The film features computer-generated animation, interviews with architects and historians and location shooting as Goldberger explores Latrobe's life, from his early years in England to his immigration to the young republic and his work on such iconic buildings as the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the Baltimore Basilica.

It's Official: El Niño For California In 2010

Jan. 20
By Ed Joyce
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The recent wave of storms to hit California is being attributed to El Niño conditions. The National Weather Service long-range forecast has the wet pattern continuing through March.

The Cost Of Life In Prison

Jan. 20
By Wendy Fry
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The Supreme Court has rejected California's challenge to reduce its overcrowded prison population. The high court says the state must follow a federal order to reduce its prison numbers by 40,000 within two years. Yesterday, we told how overcrowding is taking a toll on old and sick inmates. Now, we look at the cost of spending life in prison. KPBS Producer Wendy Fry joins us with that part of the story.

The Rise And Rise Of Bonnie Dumanis

Jan. 20
These Days

Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney, is arguably the area's most powerful politician. Former U-T reporter Kelly Thornton talks about her five-part series on Dumanis that appeared this month on VoiceofSanDiego.org.

Health Care Costs Rising As Calif. Prison Population Ages

Jan. 20
By Joanne Faryon
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Health care for inmates in California prisons cost the state nearly$2 billion last year. It's doubled over the past three years. Stricter sentencing laws are keeping people in prison longer, and they're getting old and sick.

3rd Storm To Bring Even Stronger Winds, Rain To S.D.

Jan. 20
City News Service
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The third storm of the week was expected to pound San Diego County today, bringing with it stronger winds and heavier rain than the two previous storms, which flooded roadways and toppled trees, including one that killed a woman.