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Stories for January 11, 2006

Closing arguments to begin in pension board hearing

Jan. 11, 2006
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin tomorrow in the preliminary hearing in the state's corruption case against six former trustees of San Diego's pension board. The six are accused of breaking conflict-of-interest laws. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

How do terrorist groups develop and why?

Jan. 11, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks with two university professors about the internal dynamics of terrorist organizations, why people join, and the economics that drive it.

Hueso wins District 2, District 8 still undecided

Jan. 11, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ben Hueso is clear winner in District 8, but Kevin Faulconer only has a 544 vote lead over Lorena Gonzalez with 2,500 absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted.

How influential is the San Diego Union Tribune?

Jan. 11, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Union Tribune is the largest collector and processor of news in San Diego. Host Tom Fudge asks about the impact of having only one big paper in a city of our size?

Districts 2 and 8 elect new council members

Jan. 11, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

While one candidate won himself a San Diego city council seat with a wide margin in yesterday's District 8 election, the District 2 election, which includes downtown, was much tighter. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

ACLU wants auditors to hurry up

Jan. 11, 2006
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego is requesting that the Sheriff's Department hurry up with the external audit it called for last August. The audit will examine the marked increase in fatal shootings by Sheriff's deputies in 2005. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Hearing to tackle education funding

Jan. 11, 2006
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The majority of community colleges in San Diego County receive less than the state average for funding per student. But local education officials hope to change that. For the first time, state lawmakers will hold a hearing tomorrow to tackle the issue. KPBS reporter Beth Ford has more.

The U.S. military relies heavily on Reservists

Jan. 11, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Since September 11th the United States has mobilized over hundreds of thousands of Reservists. Host Tom Fudge asks about the impact of relying on the Reserves as heavily as the military does.