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The KPFA Evening News - November 30, 2003 at 6:00pm
In the heaviest fighting in Iraq in months, US troops kill 46 resistance fighters in a battle north of Baghdad Palestinian and Israeli delegates are on their way to switzerland for the official signing of the Geneva Accord, a peace plan that doesn't have the backing of their respective governments but - according to polls - has the widespread support among the Israeli and Palestinian people World AIDS Day is tomorrow, and officials and activists involved in fighting the disease say most of the recent news is bad - HIV infection rates are rising, both in the US and worldwide The World Conference on Global Warming opens tomorrow in Milan, Italy - the question hovering over the talks is likely to be: when will Russia ratify the Kyoto treaty? The Pact can't become effective without ratification by either the US or Russia

The KPFA Evening News - November 29, 2003 at 6:00pm
Seven Spanish intelligence agents and 2 Japanese diplomats are killed in Iraq A small group of family members of US military personnel serving in Iraq is headed to Baghdad to deliver a message of friendship Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia strongly condemns Israel's West Bank security barrier and threatens to pull out of peace negotiations if construction isn't stopped The union that represents striking Southern California grocery workers plans to resume talks with 3 major supermarket chains on Tuesday

The KPFA Evening News - November 28, 2003 at 6:00pm
The ballot counting is complete in Northern Ireland's legislative election, and the Democratic Unionist Party has emerged with a plurality - The Party's leader is opposed to the Good Friday Peace Plan The Sudanese government and Southern Rebel Forces agree to a truce extension - the 2 sides are set to resume talks this weekend on a permanent peace accord that could end a deadly civil war A report from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says Israel's seperation wall in the West Bank is an impediment to Mideast peace On the unofficial kickoff of the Christmas shopping season, activists turn out at SF's Union Square to urge shoppers not to buy fur

The KPFA Evening News - November 27, 2003 at 6:00pm
President Bush pays a surprise visit to US troops in Baghdad, spending two and a half hours in Iraq before returning to the US As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a United Nations report says world hunger is getting worse, with nearly 800 million people effected. Housing activists move into a vacant public housing unit in SF's Bayview neighborhood Budget cuts from the Schwarzenegger administration are apparently aimed at closing down a labor studies institute at the University of California

The KPFA Evening News - November 26, 2003 at 6:00pm
The Pentagon announces that severl thousand more Marines will go to Iraq next year, boosting teh numbers of troops deployed amid increasingly bloody resistance attacks GOP Repuclican congressional leaders and Bush administration officials repare a $370 billion spending bill for approval when lawmakers return to work next month.. Democrats are balking SF Mayoral candidate Matt Gonzales gathers Black, Latino, and Asian leaders to rebut charges by rival Gavin Newsom and Mayor Willia Brown that Gonzales has disproportionately opposed minority candidates named to city commissions Some 11,000 UC graduate student instructors plan to strike next week The Santa Rosa City Council turns down a resolution opposing the USA Patriot Act A broad business coalition privately urges Governor Schwarzenegger to ease new environmental rules and curtail exisiting ones.

The KPFA Evening News - November 25, 2003 at 6:00pm
The Schwarzenegger Administration details its proposals to resolve the state's budges crisis.. The Governor's Finance Director wants $2 billion in midyear budget cuts, including $440 million from health and human services and $159 million from higher education. The Governor also wants the authority to declare a fiscal emergency and make unilateral cuts that the legislature could block only by a two thirds vote The Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously approves a half cent increase in the sales tax to raise funds to keep public hospitals and clinics open - voters must give the measure a two thirds margin of approval on the March ballot Berkeley City officials back off a plan for a parcel tax increase - the decision leaves the city council with only layoffs and service reductions to close an $8-10 million budget deficit The Senate gives final approval to a massive re-write of medicare including a prescription drug benefit - but opponents immediately introduce legislation to repeal many of the bill's most contraversial provisions Striking grocery clerks in southern California expland their picket lines to the northern and central parts of the state The US Economy grows 8.2% in the 3rd quarter, the largets quarterly growth in nearly 20 years

The KPFA Evening News - November 24, 2003 at 6:00pm
The Senate is poised to approve a sweeping transformation of Medicare which critics warn is the first step towards dismantling the health care system for seniors and the disabled State lawmakers prepare to repeal legislation granting undocumented immigrants the right to a drivers license.. author Gil Cedillo says he'll work with the Governor on a compromise measure next year Civil rights attorney Angela Alioto throws her support in the SF Mayor's race to Gavin Newsom.. Supervisor Tom Ammiano says he's supporting Matt Gonzalez The U.S. appointed governing council in Iraq shuts down the offices of Al Arabiyah, accusing the satellite channel of inciting violence by broadcasting audio tapes believed to be from Saddam Hussein A former company nurse testifies at the IBM cancer trial that there was an unwritten rule to classify any illness workers reported as not related to their jobs The outsourcing controversy strikes computer giant Dell which says it will no longer route corporate customers to a technical support center in India

The KPFA Evening News - November 23, 2003 at 6:00pm
Senators threaten to filibuster Medicare Bill Civil liberties groups and politicians question FBI monitoring of anti-war demonstrations 2 soldiers dead in Iraq what witnesses describe as "savage attack" Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze announced his resignation Public Pressure brings release of 100 Fair Trade demonstrators in Miami This year's "School of the America's" protest largest ever

The KPFA Evening News - November 22, 2003 at 6:00pm
State of Emergency declared in Georgia National Lawyers Guild says 8 legal observers were arrested and 4 beaten by officers in Miami. Edward Kennedy vows to filibuster Medicare bill Union members and supporters demonstrate in Oakland - call to boycott Safeway 2 suicide bomb attacks in Iraq - at least 14 killed Survey reports 1 in 3 Americans beleive Bush should be impeached Human rights abuses in China Thousands protest "School of the Americas" Hundreds gather in SF in support of Terrence Hallinan and Matt Gonzales

The KPFA Evening News - November 21, 2003 at 6:00pm
GOP can't stop debate on bloated Energy Bill Resistance fighters in Iraq fire at oil ministry and 2 western hotels from donkey cart Fair trade activists say police in Miami over-reacted and used exsessive force House begins Medicare overhaul debate Secretary of State Kevin Shelley says voting machines in California must provide receipts Nations chemical industry takes offensive against the Precautionary Principle

The KPFA Evening News - November 20, 2003 at 6:00pm
2 suicide bombers attack British targets in Turkey as Bush meets with Tony Blair in London 2nd day of Suicide bomb attacks in Northern Iraq Thousands protest FTAA talks in Miami - police respond with tear gas and rubber bullets State lawmakers frustrated with Arnold - say he lacks plan Allegations of discrimination and union busting at country's leading uniform manufacturer - calls for Feds to investigate

The KPFA Evening News - November 19, 2003 at 6:00pm
Schwarzenegger's Finance Director urges $15 billion bond measure for March ballot - Democrats sceptical of Governor's overall budget plan Democrats oppose Rebublican Medicare bill - Seniors in SF protest the AARP's support of the bill U.S. occupatation forces use airpower against targets in Baghdad, a first since U.S. troops marched into the capital Bush scolds critics in Britain, thousands will protest in London tomorrow Heavy police presence in Miami as trade talks approach Advocates for low income tenants in oakland warn against efforts to repeal housing ordinance

The KPFA Evening News - November 18, 2003 at 6:00pm
Massachusetts high court says ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Schwarzenegger calls on state legislature to borrow up to $15 Billion U.S. demolishing homes of suspected resistance fighters in Iraq Bush arrives in Britain to massive protests. U.S. House passes energy bill - democrats denounce bill as full of huge giveaways to oil and coal industries 25th anniversary of the mass suicide at Jonestown

The KPFA Evening News - November 17, 2003 at 6:00pm
Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as Governor, repeals vehicle license fee Italian Official in Iraq quites, critical of top U.S. Official there. 2 more U.S. Soldiers killed in Iraq, U.S. troops kill 3 Iraqis, including a child, by mistake U.S. Appeals court says jailing U.S. citizens indefinitely as "enemy combatants" could have an unprecedented impact on U.S. citezens rights. 150 mobile home residents in Concord ordered to pay thousands in back rent or face eviction. Berkeley workers propose ways the city could save money and cut budget. 20th anniversary of the Zapatista army.

The KPFA Evening News - November 16, 2003 at 6:00pm
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be sworn in tommorrow morning. SF Mayoral candidate Matt Gonzales holds Castro street rally to ask for the votes of gays and lesbians in runoff. New audio tape purportedly of Saddam Hussein is played on Arabic TV. Al Queda claims responsibility for 2 car bomb blasts in Istanbul

The KPFA Evening News - November 15, 2003 at 6:00pm
Iraqi governing council says U.S. occupation will end in June, but a strong U.S. military presence will remain. 2 helicopters down in Iraq, 17 U.S. soldiers die. Car bombs explode outside 2 Istanbul synagogues, at least 20 dead and 300 wounded. Palestinian militant groups say they'll halt suicide bombings if Israel promises to halt military operations in the occupied terretories.

The KPFA Evening News - November 14, 2003 at 6:00pm
Democrats in the Senate block 2 more conservative nominees. Republicans negotiators agree on massive energy bill that includes tax breaks for the energy industry. US occupation forces step up campaign against Iraqi resistance fighters. California Nurses Association accuses Hospitals in Berkeley and Oakland of trying to circumvent new state law mandating levels of nurse staffing. State's legislative analysts say California deficite likely to top 10 billion dollars next year.

The KPFA Evening News - November 13, 2003 at 6:00pm
U.S. intelligence identify several guerilla groups in Iraq Bush orders quicker transfer of power to Iraqis Activist say Bush admin. is pressuring British police to hide protestors Commission says state wastes billions cycling thousands of prisoners to paroll and then back to prison 30 hours was not enough: Republicans to extend talk-a-thon A week of action to shift state priorities from prisons to schools

The KPFA Evening News - November 12, 2003 at 6:00pm
Senate Republicans debate Democratic filibusters of conservative judicial nominees. Truck Bomb explodes in Iraq, killing 26. Civil Rights groups demand release of Chaplain Captain Yee, Minister to Guantanamo Prisoners. Appointed SF Public Utilities Commissioner Adam Werbach refuses to resign. Familiy of a Vietnamese mother fatally shot by Police files federal suit IBM Factory worker says company is responsible for his cancer.

The KPFA Evening News - November 11, 2003 at 6:00pm
A Syrian-born Canadian man calls for an investigation into his deportation to Syria where he says he was tortured for information about terrorism. The head of the U.S. Occupation in Iraq is abrubtly called back to Washington for a meating on the failures of the U.S. appointed Iraqi governing council. A British medical group estimates that 55,000 Iraqis have perished as a result of the U.S. war and its aftermath. Immigrant Janitors hired by contractors to clean Walmart stores bring a racketeering lawsuit against the retail giant. SF Mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez unveils his platform for the city's schools. SF City Attorney rules that supervisor Chris Daley's controversial appointments to the Public Utility Commission while acting as mayor for a day was not legal. Presidential Candidate Wesley Clark supports a constitutional amendment banning flag burning.

The KPFA Evening News - November 10, 2003 at 6:00pm
The U.S. Supreme Court says it will decide whether foreign nationals can use U.S. courts to challenge their indefinite incarceration at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Saudi Arabia's King Faad vows to strike with an iron fist against those behind the bombing that killed at least 18 people in the capitol this weekend. A historic meeting at the Pentagon between defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his counterpart in the Vietnamese government, the first such meeting since the Vietname War. A lawsuit is filed to stop the new California law granting drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. The Morant Corporation withdraws its application to more that double the size of its Potrero Power Plant. After coming under criticism for liberal bias, The Public Broadcasting System announces its hiring a conservative commentator to host a weekly public affairs show

The KPFA Evening News - November 9, 2003 at 6:00pm
New economic data show an upswing in U.S. employment figures; Bush Administration rejoices while others are skeptical. A new Palastinian Cabinet is formed after months of wrangling, meanwhile Palestinians and their supporters protest worldwide what they call Israel's "Apartheid Wall" Guatamalans go to the Polls today in the 2nd Presidential Election since Peace Accords were signed 2 years ago. Thousands convene for the Green Festival in SF.

The KPFA Evening News - November 8, 2003 at 6:00pm
Suicide bomb kills dozens and injures hundreds at the Presidential Compound in the Saudi Arabian Capital Guatamalans go to the Polls to elect a President, run-off likeley Veterans groups are looking into reports of bad conditions for returning soldiers. Will corporations that sell broadband internet soon control internet content? Critics think it may happen People in Michigan fight water privitization Marin Cancer project volunteers went door to door, gathering information to try and find out why Cancer rates in Marin are so high

The KPFA Evening News - November 7, 2003 at 6:00pm
Another U.S. Helicopter goes down in Iraq, killing 6. 2 more soldiers are killed in seperate attacks, bringing the U.S. death toll to 32 for the week, the highest since May. A setback for the Bush Administrations Iraq Policy, as Turkey's planned commitment of troups is scrapped. Sharp Arab reaction to Bush's call for Democracy throughout the Middle East. The Nation's Unemployment rate dips, but many of the new jobs are in low-paying or part time positions. A union call to boycott Safeway, which owns supermarkets in Southern California where unions have been on strike for a month. A thousand people at a conference in Madison Wisconsin to launch a media reform movement.

The KPFA Evening News - November 6, 2003 at 6:00pm
Bush signs the largest emergency spending package in U.S. history for Iraq and Afghanistan. 2 more members of the U.S. military are killed in Iraq, along with 1 Polish soldier. The Bush Administration drops enforcement action against 50 power plants for past violations of the Clean Air Act. The man who put the California's recall on the ballot is back with another initiative to redraw the states legislative and congressional districts. Attorney General Bill Lockyer says that charges that Governor Elect Schwarzenegger groped women will not go away unless Schwarzenegger cooperates with an independent investigation. A call for an end to energy deregulation in California and for an elected independent system operator Federal Judges block implementation of the new law banning a type of "late term abortion" procedure.

The KPFA Evening News - November 5, 2003 at 6:00pm
SF supervisors Gavin Newsome and Matt Gonzalez kick off their run-off campaign. A run-off for SF D.A. SF voters approve 13 of 14 ballot measures. Rebublicans pick up 2 more governor seats in the south, Public Power loses in Oregon Civil rights activist and members of San Jose's Vietnamese community march to demand a federal and state investigation into the police shooting of a young Vietnamese mother after a grand jury clears the officer involved. Bush signs a ban on a "late term abortion" procedure into law.

The KPFA Evening News - November 4, 2003 at 6:00pm
The Alameda County District Attorney announces he will retry three Oakland police officers on deadlocked charges in the Oakland Riders police abuse scandal. The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly against California's right to enforce its own strict financial privacy law. San Francisco votes for a new mayor, district attorney, and on initiatives to ban so called aggressive panhandling and to set an $8.50 minimum wage.

The KPFA Evening News - November 3, 2003 at 6:00pm
Congress Approves Bush's Iraq Package Contraversial New Finance Director in California SF Voters go to the Polls Tomorrow Three Mentally Ill Men to be Executed Rabin Memorial turns into Peace Rally Inuit Hunters from Greenland demand the return of land, could effect U.S. "Star Wars" program

The KPFA Evening News - November 2, 2003 at 6:00pm
15 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Workers in Israel plan to Strike Firefighters gain in California Fires 2 Democratic Presidential Candidates arrive in Bay Area Benicia residence protest new jail First Openly Gay Man becomes Bishop of Episcopal Church

The KPFA Evening News - November 1, 2003 at 6:00pm

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