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Stories for December 1, 2006

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 1
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Reporters Discuss Ban on Big-Box Stores; Zucchet Appeal; College Mini-dorms and Pala Casino Expansion

Dec. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City Council has voted to ban big box Wal-Mart Supercenters, and the College area wants to ban mini-dorms from residential neighborhoods. KPBS News Director Michael Marcotte talks with reporters about these stories as well as the appeal in the Michael Zucchet case.

Gas Price Hike will Increase Costs of Consumer Goods

Dec. 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Diesel car and truck owners are expected to pay more for fuel next week. A consumer's groups predicts the jump in prices will mean higher prices for food and other goods this holiday season. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Activists Criticize Mayor's Comments on Radio Show

Dec. 1
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Migrants' rights activists are demanding that San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders clarify his position regarding the Minutemen. Activists plan to gather outside City Hall this afternoon. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

CA Joins Mission to Develop, Use Renewable Energy

Dec. 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California and three other states are working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Public Utility Commissions from Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and California signed an agreement to develop and use renewable energy resources.

Immigration Update, Big-Box Store Ban, Zucchet Acquittal

Dec. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, we discuss whether the new Congress can pass an immigration reform package that President Bush can support. Also, the San Diego City Council passed an ordinance banning so called 'big-box' retail stores. Is Wal-Mart being unfairly targeted? And, does the U.S. attorney have a good shot at getting the acquittal of former councilman Michael Zucchet overturned?