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Stories for January 6, 2010

MyKPBS Film Club 2010

Jan. 6
By Beth Accomando
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We have recently launched the myKPBS Film Club where KPBS members can sign up to receive special benefits. We are still going through growing pains but check out the latest offerings.

S.D. Unified Won't Go After Federal Grants

Jan. 6
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School District is the only big city school district in California that will not go after the first batch of special federal stimulus grants.

Calif. Lawmakers Pass Major School Reform Package

Jan. 6
Don Thompson, AP

The California Legislature has sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger landmark education reforms designed to overhaul the state's worst schools.

AFL-CIO President Addresses San Diego Labor Groups

Jan. 6
By Alison St John
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San Diego labor leaders rallied today to gear up for a fight over local jobs. The president of the largest labor federation in the country was in town to address the demonstration.

Recycling Now Mandatory For Everyone In San Diego

Jan. 6
By Ed Joyce
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Recycling is now mandatory at apartments, condominiums and townhouse complexes in San Diego. Some businesses are also required to recycle.

Lawmakers Say No To Higher Alcohol Taxes

Jan. 6
By Kenny Goldberg

State lawmakers have rejected the idea of raising fees on alcoholic beverages to help mitigate some of the effects of alcohol abuse. It's the second time in a year the proposal has died in the Assembly Health Committee.

Electronic Record Sharing Project Plans To Expand

Jan. 6
By Tom Fudge

The VA Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego have begun to share electronic medical records. It's the first step in a larger project that may go nationwide.

S.D. County To Hold Mass H1N1 Vaccination Clinics

Jan. 6
By Susan Murphy

A series of five mass H1N1 vaccination events will take place in San Diego County beginning this Friday, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). The vaccinations are available to everyone regardless of age. The first clinic is scheduled for this Friday at Qualcomm Stadium.

Obama's Outreach To Muslim World Falters

Jan. 6
Liz Halloran, NPR
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From his inaugural address on the steps of the nation's Capitol to his historic June speech at Cairo University, President Obama has repeatedly pledged to repair U.S. relations with the Muslim world, where the U.S. is waging two wars.

Study Identifies Autism Clusters In California

Jan. 6
By Tom Fudge
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A researcher at U.C. Davis has identified 10 areas in California, including one in San Diego County, that have high rates of childhood autism.

S.D. Officials Seek To Block State Borrowing From Local Governments

Jan. 6
Joe Britton, CNS

Elected officials from around San Diego County today announced a statewide signature-gathering effort to qualify a ballot measure seeking to block the state's ability to borrow funds from local municipalities to balance its budget.

Kingdom II

Jan. 6
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Stephen Fry ("Jeeves and Wooster") is back as a small-town lawyer who always stands up for the little guy in the second series of "Kingdom." Set in the heart of the picturesque Market Shipborough in Norfolk countryside, "Kingdom" is a comedic drama series where, like "Ballykissangel," the environment is part of the charm. Peter Kingdom has a large and varied case load — some funny, some sad — and he relies on the law to care for his clients and those around him.

Schwarzenegger Urges Fiscal Reform In Final Year

Jan. 6
Juliet Williams, AP

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday acknowledged that more pain lies ahead for California as it confronts yet another massive budget deficit, but pledged deep reforms he said are vital to the state's economic future.

State Of The State Speech And Local Analysis

Jan. 6
These Days

What issues should Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger address in his State of the State speech? We speak to KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner about the key issues California faces in 2010. And, after the speech, we talk to San Diego Union-Tribune Political Writer John Marelius to get his reaction to the governor's address.

The Human Spark: Becoming Us

Jan. 6
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Uniquely human abilities — to think in symbols; recombine those symbols into infinite meanings; invent a technology to disseminate the message; ponder the past; speculate about the future; imagine the unknown; build cities; compose music — constitute the “human spark.” In this three-part series, host Alan Alda searches for the origin and nature of this spark.

Are You The Next Classical Music Star?

Jan. 6
These Days

Could you be classical music's next big star? We'll talk with Orchestra Nova San Diego's artistic director Jung-Ho Pak about their new classical music talent competition The Next Star.

Drop In Property Tax Collection Means Drop In County Revenue

Jan. 6
These Days

As the value of properties plummet, property tax collection drops as well. We'll talk with San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector about the impact to local government when tax revenues fall.

State Of The State Preview

Jan. 6
These Days

What does 2010 hold for California? We speak to John Myers, from "The California Report," about the top state stories to watch out for this year, and governor's State of the State speech that will be given later this morning.

Nursing Offers A Healthy Employment Future

Jan. 6
Tamara Keith, NPR
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More than 3 million jobs in the health care industry will be created this decade, ranging from highly paid neurosurgeons to home health aids making barely above minimum wage. And more nursing jobs will be created in the next decade than in any other single profession.

New Year Could Bring A New Wave Of Swine Flu

Jan. 6
By Tom Fudge
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The new year has arrived with a reduced level of concern about the swine flu pandemic. The H1N1 virus has entered what health officials call a lull, as fewer new cases occur. But they also say this is an ideal time to increase vaccinations and immunity to try to stop another wave of infection.