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Stories for December 21, 2006

Assemblyman Nunez to Unveil Healthcare Plan

Dec. 21
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is unveiling his own plan in the health care debate. It’s a proposal that would require both employers and employees to contribute what he calls a “fair share” toward coverage. However that amount has not been determined. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Indian Tribes to be Bound by Campaign Money Rules

Dec. 21
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The California Fair Political Practices Commission is applauding a state Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that Indian tribes are bound by campaign-finance disclosure rules. The justices ruled 4-3 to uphold a lower court decision that the state agency can enforce such rules on tribes. Marianne Russ reports.

Hunter Comments on Haditha Case

Dec. 21
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter is asking Americans to keep the Haditha hearings in perspective. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Tijuana Shootings Drains Red Cross Blood Supply

Dec. 21
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A violent Tuesday night in Tijuana has depleted the Red Cross’s blood supply. Red Cross officials in Tijuana say it’s the fist time this year that their reserves have dipped so low. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Eight Marines Charged in Haditha Incident

Dec. 21
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Camp Pendleton authorities have charged eight Marines in connection with an incident in Haditha Iraq in November 2005, in which 24 Iraqi civilians were killed. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Rugburns Reunite New Year's Eve in San Diego

Dec. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We talk with acclaimed singer-songwriter Steve Poltz about an upcoming show with his band The Rugburns and hear some of their music.

Weekend Preview: Theatre

Dec. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We go backstage with KPBS theater critic Pat Launer to talk about what's on stage this holiday weekend.

Local Chef Shares Holiday Recipes

Dec. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The holidays are here, for many, it's all about the food. We speak with Chef Bernard Guillas from the Marine Room Restaurant to get holiday cooking tips.

Recovery Continues Two Years After Tsunami

Dec. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's been two years since the devastating tsunami in Sri Lanka. We speak with the head an aid organization about the recovery and the ongoing challenges.

UCSD Medical School Seeks Body Donations

Dec. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Medical students and doctors alike depend on cadavers to study, educate and learn about anatomy. We speak with local doctors from UCSD’s Body Donation Program about the importance of working on humans, why technology is creating new ways to study anatomy, and how the program is reacting to body donation scandals at several universities.

New Border Security Consortium Seeks Immigration Solutions

Dec. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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SDSU is the only California institution to join the new Southwest Border Security Consortium. The director of Homeland Security Projects for the SDSU Research Foundation talks about how the consortium came about, what projects the member institutions are currently working on, and what they hope to achieve.

San Diego Arrest Rates Drop

Dec. 21
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Police made fewer arrests in San Diego County last year, compared to 2004. The San Diego Association of Governments reports that young people make up a smaller percentage of those arrests. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has details.

S.D. Police Among Lowest Paid in Region

Dec. 21
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report finds San Diego police officers are among the lowest-paid in the region. The city's mayor says he'll find more money to keep officers from leaving the force. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has the story.

San Diego Lawyer Says Jury-Selection Process Flawed

Dec. 21
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A San Diego defense lawyer says the county's jury selection process is flawed. Court officials dispute that contention, but acknowledge errors have been made in the selection of jurors and are correcting them. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

New Report Measures SD's Cultural Vitality

Dec. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There is a new report out by The Urban Institute that measures cultural vitality in cities across the United States. In the report San Diego is one of the top 10 U.S. cities for employment in the arts, but in other areas San Diego doesn’t rank so well. Full Focus explores what cultural vitality is and how San Diego ranks.

Study Finds SD Police Paid Less; Struggling to Fill Positions

Dec. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A study released today shows San Diego City police officers are taking home less money than police in other departments regionally. Heather Hill has more.

Denver Blizzard Affecting Lindbergh Flights

Dec. 21
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Denver International Airport flight operations are likely to be severely curtailed, at least until tonight, because of the blizzard that's blasted Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. KPBS senior editor Alan Ray has more.

Journalist Tony Perry Reports from Iraq

Dec. 21
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Every Thursday at this time KPBS checks in with Los Angeles Times San Diego Bureau Chief Tony Perry, who's embedded in Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton. KPBS senior editor Alan Ray has more.