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The KPFA Evening News - January 31, 2004 at 6:00pm
The Bush Administration may be considering endorsing the creation of an independent commission that would investigate whether the U.S. used faulty intelligence when it decided to go to war against Iraq Activists gather at Laney College to come up with a strategy for fighting the proposed closure of 5 elementary schools in Oakland In Southern California thousands rally in support of striking grocery workers, and in Oakland hundreds march to the Rockridge Safeway store calling for a boycott of all Safeways and Albertsons Progressive activists meet in Richmond to discuss the future of that city

The KPFA Evening News - January 30, 2004 at 6:00pm
Governor Schwarzenneger denies clemency to convicted murderer Kevin Cooper - it removes the last obstacle to Cooper's execution by lethal injection on February 10th at San Quentin The State Attorney General will sue the 3 supermarket chains involved in a labor dispute with Southern California grocery workers - Bill Lockyer alleges the companies violated antitrust laws with their mutual aid pact President Bush says he wants to know the facts about any intelligence failures concerning Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction but he declines to endorse calls for an independent investigation In Britain another resignation at the BBC in that country's Iraq weapons scandal San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to take a voluntary 15% pay cut - he calls on other highly paid executives on the City's payroll to do the same in order to plug the City's budget deficit The Bush Administration wants to waive safety requirements for contractors at nuclear power plants and to scale back clean-ups of nuclear contamination

The KPFA Evening News - January 29, 2004 at 6:00pm
A suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem kills 10 Israelis and wounds 50, the worst such incident in 4 months, but the blast fails to derail an exchange of prisoners between Israel and the Lebanese Guerilla group Hizbollah, hundreds of Palestinians and Arabs are freed in exchange for an Israeli businessman and the remains of 3 Israeli soldiers An explosion at a weapons cache in Afghanistan kills at least 7 U.S. soldiers - it's not clear if it was an accident or an insurgent attack The British Broadcasting Corporation in turmoil after a judge repudiates its claim that the government of Tony Blair sexed up intelligence on Iraqi weapons weapons - the BBC chief quits and hundreds of employees domonstrate Former professional boxer and death row inmate Rueben Hurricane Carter calls on Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger to delay the execution of Kevin Cooper - Cooper is scheduled to die February 10th at San Quentin for a 1983 quadruple murder Governor Schwarzenegger brings his campaign for Proposition 57, the 15 billion dollar bond deal, to the East Bay Charges that textbook makers our gouging students - University of California students are spending $900 a year

The KPFA Evening News - January 28, 2004 at 7:30pm
Former weapons inspector David Kay testifies before Congress that he and almost everyone else was wrong about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction - but he denies the Bush Administration doctored the intelligence findings - Kay does call for an outside investigation, a call likely to be echoed by Democrats British Prime Minister Exonerated in his Iraq arms scandal - a judge absolves the Blair government in the suicide of an arms expert and declares the charge that it sexed up intelligence to justify the attack on Iraq was unfounded As many as 13 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in a raid on Gaza The Southern California Supermarket labor dispute comes home to the Alamo abode of the CEO of Safeway San Francisco's religious community comes out to support tenants fighting the demolition of their rent controlled apartment building

The KPFA Evening News - January 27, 2004 at 6:00pm
They've been counting the votes for an hour now in the Democratic Presidential Primary in New Hampshire and it's relatively easy victory for Senator John Kerry, Howard Dean finishes second and Senator John Edward and General Wesley Clark are battling for third A bloody day in Iraq - 6 American soldiers are killed, 2 Iraqi civilians die and 2 employees of CNN are slain - President Bush insists Saddam Hussein posed a threat to America last year despite his outgoing arm inspector's conclusion that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction The American Civil Liberties Union brings a complaint to the United Nations charging that Muslim immigrants in the United States were unfairly detained and deported in the wake of the September 11th attacks A coalition of parents, teachers, and school board members call on the State Superintendent of Schools to rein in the state-appointed chief of the Oakland schools - they're trying to save 5 public schools from closure The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors with a unanimous vote asking the State department of health to prevent what workers call an unscrupulous operator from taking over a Menlo Park Nursing Home And the Federal Communications Commission wants to fine Clear Channel Broadcasting three-quarters of a million dollars

The KPFA Evening News - January 26, 2004 at 6:00pm
For the first time a court throws out part of the controversial U.S.A. Patriot Act as unconstitutional - a Federal Judge in Los Angeles rules that the Act's prohibition on providing advice and assistance to groups on the government's terrorist list is too vague and a violation of the First and Fifth Amendments A border agent appearing before the September 11th Commission testifies that the ringleader of the September 11th hijackers should never have made it into the country - the agent says he had the wrong student Visa Environmental groups claim a victory as the Department of Energy withdraws its approval of a contested bio-warfare facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory - they're fighting a similar facility planned for Lawrence Livermore Labs Last minute campaigning in New Hampshire where the first votes in the Democratic Presidential Primary will be cast in just 3 hours - Howard Dean says the contest is closer than the polls indicate The State Assembly passes a measure to guarantee minimum funding for services for developmentally disabled Californians

The KPFA Evening News - January 25, 2004 at 6:00pm

The KPFA Evening News - January 24, 2004 at 6:00pm

The KPFA Evening News - January 23, 2004 at 6:00pm
President Bush signs an omnibus spending bill into law, legislation attacked by critics as a give-away to special interests and full of pork - it also contains controversial measures increasing media ownership concentration, ending overtime protections, and gutting a gun control law More charges of election irregularities in San Francisco - the same non-profit accused of coercing workers to vote and campaign for Mayor Gavin Newsom is said to have done the same for his predecessor Willie Brown Computer security experts warn that a new internet absentee voting system is vulnerable to hackers and terrorists and should be scrapped The Halliburton scandal grows - the company fires 2 employees for elledgedly taking millions of dollars in kickbacks from a Kuwaiti subcontractor supplying oil to U.S. troops in Iraq The interior department with the go-ahead to open nearly 9 million acres of Alaska's North Slope to oil and gas development State water regulators extend controversial waivers that let farms pollute waterways, but their decision will also require growers to monitor water quality

The KPFA Evening News - January 22, 2004 at 6:00pm
Calls today for a wider investigation into alledged voter intimidation by the Gavin Newsome campaign during San Francisco's mayoral run-off last month - several members of the Department of Public Works have charged they were coerced by their bosses into walking precincts for Newsome A crucial debate underway in New Hampshire between the remaining seven candidates for the Democratic Nomination for President - The performance of embattled Howard Dean may determine the fate of his campaign A landmark move by the California Public Utilities commission as it adopts an energy procurement framework for the State's private utilities - it's a compromise that includes alternative sources of energy California's salmon farming industry facing a lawsuit for failing to tell consumers the fish contain potentially dangerous levels of PCBs The U.S. forest service announces it will spend 50 million dollars a year to thin Sierra Nevada forests, tripling the amount of logging allowed under the Clinton Administration It's the 31st anniversary of the historic Roe versus Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion

The KPFA Evening News - January 21, 2004 at 6:00pm
Fiscal conservatives critisize Bush for the burgeoning budget deficit, while liberals and progressives take on the President for his State of the Union address on the themes of Iraq, the Patriot Act, and gay marriage Governor Schwarzenegger's rollback of the vehicle license fee is challenged in a petition to the State Supreme Court Treasurer Phil Angelides tours the UCSF Mission Bay campus to dramatize his opposition to budget cuts targeting State universities Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown supports the Schwarzenegger 15 billion dollar bond measure in his State of the City address Nurses and healthcare workers picket outside Sutter's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland to protest alleged violations of the State's new nurse staffing ratios Thousands of Iraqi Shiites demonstrated for a third consecutive day to support demands for direct elections

The KPFA Evening News - January 20, 2004 at 6:00pm
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The KPFA Evening News - January 19, 2004 at 6:00pm
Iowa voters are meeting in some 2000 caucuses this evening to support a Democratic presidential candidate U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan says he'll study a U.S. request to send a team to Iraq to examine the feasibility of the U.S. plan to transfer power to Iraq - a crowd estimated at up to 100 thousand Iraqis march in Baghdad against the U.S. plan Thousands of people commemorate the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. - many use the occasion to recall King's opposition to the Vietnam war and urge the Bush Administration to stop the occupation of Iraq Striking and locked out Southern California grocery workers march in the annual King Day Parade in Los Angeles - it's day 100 of their dispute with 3 major supermarket chains Congress prepares to return to work with a budget to wrap up - Senate Democrats are angry over President Bush's recess appointment to the Federal Appeals Court of Judge Pickering Zimbabwe's main opposition leader takes the stand in his treason trial - Morgan Tsvangirai is charged with plotting to kill President Mugabe

The KPFA Evening News - January 18, 2004 at 6:00pm
A suicide bombing in Baghdad on the eve of high-level talks with the United Nations has left some 20 dead and 60 hurt 1 person was shot dead and 5 were wounded Sunday when gunmen took to the streets to break up an anti-government demonstration in Haiti's capital Israel plans to dispute the right of the World Court to rule on the huge wall it is building in the West Bank - The internationally criticized barrier cuts deep into Palestinian land San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appoints a woman to head the embattled SF Police Department

The KPFA Evening News - January 17, 2004 at 6:00pm
A bomb explodes under a U.S. armored vehicle near Bagdad, killing 3 American soldiers and bringing the U.S. death toll in the Iraq occupation to 500 California Democrats gather in San Jose for their annual convention and set their sites on re-electing Senator Barbara Boxer and defeating President Bush Hundreds of local supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich gather in San Francisco for the opening of his new regional campaign office Thousands protest in Europe, the Middle East, and in the U.S. against the French Government's proposed ban on headscarves in schools

The KPFA Evening News - January 16, 2004 at 6:00pm
The Bush Administration says it will revise its plan for self-rule in Iraq - the move comes after prominent Shiite clerics demand elections for a provisional legislature to choose an interim government - it's still not likely that demand will be met One hundred thousand people gathering near Bombay India for the World Social Forum to oppose globalization and U.S. policies abroad - they're charging the Bush Administration with using the pretext of terrorism to bully the rest of the world President Bush sidesteps congress and installs controversial Mississippi Judge Charles Pickering to the Federal Appeals Court via a recess appointment - Democrats had blocked Senate action on his nomination for 2 years The Bush Administration asks the Supreme Court to stop the release of a U.S. born terrorist suspect designated as an "Enemy Combatant" The California Secretary of State to probe charges that SF City employees were forced to work for the election of Mayor Gavin Newsome Another battle for control of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club

The KPFA Evening News - January 15, 2004 at 6:00pm
Charges that Attorney General John Ashcroft broke federal finance campaign law and possibly the Internal Revenue Code during his failed 2000 Senate campaign, several groups call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate; the tax law violation could be a felony Former Illinois Senator Carol Mosley Braun drops out of the Democrat race for the Presidential nomination - Braun, the only woman in the race, throws her support to Howard Dean A State panel on voting systems okays the use of controversial touch-screen voting machines that don't have the approval of the Federal Elections Commission in next March's California Primary Election On the 75th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., President Bush hears it from protestors at the King grave site in Atlanta and activists up and down the State denounce the Bush and Schwarzenegger administrations 6 environmental groups sue the Environmental Protection Agency for holding closed meetings with a task force of industry reps intent on weakening pesticide regulations The City of SF makes history as it becomes the first big city with a female Fire Chief

The KPFA Evening News - January 14, 2004 at 6:00pm
President Bush announces plans to send humans to the Moon, Mars, and beyond - critics say the election-year initiative could renew a military space race Seniors and disabled people who depend on in-home care to keep them out of nursing homes rally to oppose Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed severe cuts to the in-home support services program The California Arts Council convenes a meeting to discuss the funding crisis for the arts - spending has dropped from a dollar to 3 cents per resident Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy accuses President Bush of having forced Americans into an unnecessary conflict in Iraq A 22 year old Palestinian Woman blows herself up at the Israel-Gaza border, killing 3 Israeli soldiers and a private security guard Andrew Fastow, the former Chief Financial Officer of Enron, pleads guilty to criminal charges and agrees to help the government build a case against the former chairman and former CEO of the bankrupt energy giant

The KPFA Evening News - January 13, 2004 at 6:00pm
The State's nonpartisan legislative analyst says one time solutions in Governor Schwarzenegger's budget will leave California taxpayers facing another $6 Billion deficit the following fiscal year - Elizabeth Hill says lawmakers should consider raising taxes President Bush's homeless Czar comes to San Francisco to meet with new Mayor Gavin Newsome - The 2 announce a 10 year report to end homelessness in the City that would be a model for the nation AIDS activists protest proposed State budget cuts on the steps of the State Building in San Francisco saying the Governor's proposal would effect hundreds of low-income Californians infected with HIV Activist for the disabled rally at the Supreme Court as the justices hear a key test of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act Human Rights Watch accuses the U.S. Military of commiting war crimes in Iraq Food service workers at the Oakland Coliseum fighting to save their jobs as a catering company takes over at the stadium

The KPFA Evening News - January 12, 2004 at 6:00pm
Democratic Senate President John Burton vows to challenge Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts saying services are being slashed to the poor and disabled to underwrite a reduction in the car tax The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge to the Bush Administration's secret round up of hundreds of foreigners after the September 11th attacks Civil liberties groups denounce a new administration plan for a threat assessment of all airline passengers Less than 24 hours after ousted treasury secretary Paul O'Neill critizezd the war on Iraq on national television, the treasury department says it will investigate how a document marked secret was shown on the program A new report says harrassment and bullying based on sexual orientation remains persistent and pervasive in California schools After 2 years of strained relations, president Bush and Mexican president Vicente Fox publicly proclaim agreement on Bush's immigration proposal

The KPFA Evening News - January 11, 2004 at 6:00pm
A huge rally in Tel Aviv to oppose the return of land to the Palestinians The Nation's first presidential primary this year is not in New Hampshire, it's in the District of Columbia and it takes place next Tuesday. District officials moved the primary to the early date as a way to draw attention to what they say is an ongoing lack of fair representation for D.C. residents Southern California supermarket chains and their workers hold 4 days of secret negotiations, but the talks end without progress Food safety expert says Americans have more to worry about than Mad Cow Disease

The KPFA Evening News - January 10, 2004 at 6:00pm
Bay Area anti-war activists gather in San Francisco to lay out a plan for direct action against the U.S. occupation of Iraq Former Treasury secretary Paul O'Neill says President Bush and his top aides started planning for the invasion of Iraq within days of taking office A diverse coalition of groups stages a protest at the Los Angeles Auto Show to draw attention to the dangers of what they call this country's addiction to oil and its obsession with gas guzzlers More than 100 people gather in Oakland for a legislative hearing on the creation of a statewide system of universal pre-school education

The KPFA Evening News - January 9, 2004 at 6:00pm
Governor Schwarzenegger unveils a State budget with 4.6 billion dollars in cuts, a transfer of property tax monies from local to state government, and no new taxes - not even for the state's millionaires Democrats critisize the cuts in health and welfare programs for the State's poorest children, seniors, and people with AIDS and disabilities - prison reform groups cautiously welcome the plan to cut the state's corrections budget Oakland Schools Administrator Randolph Ward announces a short list of five Oakland elementary schools that face closure - last night Ward held a tumultuous hearing on his plan, attended by hundreds of parents and teachers The Nation's unemployment rate drops in December, not because of job creation, but because frustrated jobseekers have given up looking for work The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the case of a U.S.-born man captured during fighting in Afghanistan and held without charges An explosion rips through worshippers at a shiite Mosque in Baquba, Irak killing 5 people and wounding dozens

The KPFA Evening News - January 8, 2004 at 6:00pm
Gavin Newsom is sworn into office as San Francisco Mayor, vowing to bring the City together - his Mayoral rival Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez says he'll work with Newsom when they agree, but won't hesitate to oppose him when necessary Hundreds of Oakland parents turn out for a public hearing tonite on shutting down as many as 13 public schools for budget reasons a day before he unveils his State budget, Governor Schwarzenegger cuts a deal with State educators on reducing the education budget by 2 billion dollars A Blackhawk Medivac helicopter crashes near the Iraqi town of Fallujah, killing all 9 soldiers aboard - a witness says it was downed by a rocket The Carnegie Endowment says that Bush Administration officials systematically misrepresented the danger of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs before last spring's U.S. invasion Banks and businesses shut down in the Haitian capital in response to opposition calls for a general strike

The KPFA Evening News - January 7, 2004 at 6:00pm
President Bush announces an election year immigration proposal - reaction from immigrants rights groups ranges from cautious support to blistering criticism Lawmakers vow to oppose Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to eliminate outreach programs for the state's universities, saying it could shut out an entire generation of disadvantaged and minority students from highter education Walmart considers legal and political options following a unanimous vote by Alameda County Supervisors to ban so-called big box stores from the county's unincorporated areas 35 U.S. soldiers are wounded in a mortar attack on a U.S. military base west of Baghdad Israeli soldiers kill 3 Palestinians in the West Bank Consumer and farm groups say Americans deserve to know the source of their lunchtime hamburgers and dinner steaks

The KPFA Evening News - January 6, 2004 at 6:00pm
In his first State of the State address Governor Schwarzenegger warns of painful budget cuts to come and vows he will not accept any new taxes The Morgan Hill School District agrees to a $1.1 million dollar settlement with former gay and lesbian students who endured harrassment and even death threats 2 Arkansas death row inmates - both of whom have been diagnosed to be mentally ill - are scheduled for execution tonight U.S. military officials say they'll release 500 Iraqi prisoners detained without charges - some 13 thousand Iraqis are being held Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean picks up the endorsement of year 2000 democratic candidate Bill Bradley The Labor Department's advice to employers on how to avoid newly enacted rules requiring overtime pay

The KPFA Evening News - January 5, 2004 at 6:00pm
U.S. Homeland Security Officials begin scanning fingerprints and taking digital photos of foreigners arriving in this country Stressed by depoloyments and the occupation of Iraq, the U.S. Army offers re-enlistment bonuses of up to ten thousand dollars to soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait The San Francisco Chronicle and its former technology columnist Henry Norr reach a financial settlement - Norr was fired after being arrested in the protests that shut down San Francisco after the U.S. invasion of Iraq Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to deliver his state of the state address, setting the stage for a budget expected to contain deep cuts in health and welfare programs Nurses and union representatives rally at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo to protest what they say is foot dragging on implementing the State's new nurse to patient staffing ratios

The KPFA Evening News - January 4, 2004 at 6:00pm
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a surprise visit to Iraq, defends Britain's involvement in the occupation, echoing the Bush administration, he calls the invasion a warning to other repressive regimes Afghanistan's Loya Jurga agrees on a new constitution today, clearing the way for the country's first elections in nearly 3 decades. the constitution gives women extra parliamentary seats 5 Israeli conscientious objectors who refused to serve in the West Bank and Gaza are sentenced to a year in jail, the first such sentences since the second Palestinian uprising began 3 years go As Israel dismantles 2 West Bank settlement outposts, settlers at a third - followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane - say they'll fight to stay

The KPFA Evening News - January 3, 2004 at 6:00pm

The KPFA Evening News - January 2, 2004 at 6:00pm
Iraqi resistance fighters shoot down a U.S. observation helicopter, killing a U.S. soldier, meanwhile angry Iraqis protest a raid on a Baghdad Mosque - U.S. officials say soldiers captured large numbers of weapons in the operation, but the Imam of the Mosque says the soldiers trampled on the Koran and beat up worshippers Officials in Iran say the've discovered building code violations in the city of Bam, scene of last week's devastating earthquake - Iran also turns down an offer of a visit by Seneator Elizabeth Dole Israel's deputy prime minister denies that Israel is planning to expand settlements in the occupied Golan Heights, contradicting a recent statement by a fellow cabinet minister - meanwhile, Israeli troops remove their cordon around Jenin The people of Haiti celebrate 2 centuries of independence - we'll have a report from Port-Au-Prince

The KPFA Evening News - January 1, 2004 at 6:00pm
Heavy rains in Northern California prompt authorities to issue flood warnings, but the warnings are cancelled later in the day The death toll now stands at 8 in yesterday's bomb attack on a Baghdad restaurant - and a U.S. peace activist there says Iraqis are still fearfull of rampant crime and vexed by shortages, unemployment, and failing public services Newly-declassified British documents indicate the Nixon administration was contemplating invading Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 1973 in response to an Arab oil embargo against the U.S. Afghanistan's constitutional convention adjourns in disarray Today is the bicentennial of Haiti's independence. On the eve of independence day, demonstrators gather outside the French consulate in San Francisco, saying France owes Haiti a debt of nearly $22 billion

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