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Stories for November 28, 2006

S.D. City Council Takes on Big Box Regulation Debate

Nov. 28
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego City Council votes this afternoon on whether to regulate big box stores and ban superstores like Walmart Superstores. Advocates for Walmart Superstores say they give customers more choices. But Dianna Spyridonidis, CEO of the Business Improvement Council of San Diego, says there is a domino effect after a Superstore comes to a neighborhood.

Local School Districts Recieve More Funding for "Reading First" Programs

Nov. 28
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Three San Diego County school districts will get additional federal money to keep their ‘Reading First’ programs intact. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

South Bay Power Plant Postponement Requested

Nov. 28
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Environmental activists and some elected officials from the South Bay are urging the Port of San Diego to postpone its decision to build a new power plant in Chula Vista. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

San Diego Judge Receives Prestigious Award

Nov. 28
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In October, Judge Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was presented with the prestigious Devitt Award for judicial service by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma talks with Wallace about his life and his contributions to the law.

New National City Mayor Talks about Possible Charger Stadium

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Gloria Penner talks with newly-elected National City Mayor Rom Morrison about the possibility of a Chargers stadium, former Mayor Nick Inzunza's immigration sanctuary plans for the city, and other issues to be faced by the new mayor.

San Diego Food Bank Works to Restore Its Image

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego food bank is a huge source of free food for hungry people in San Diego. And it partners with many local charities. But the food bank is in trouble. We talk about why and how they plan to turn things around.

Doctor Explores Process of Medical Second Opinions

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Have you ever asked for a second opinion on a medical diagnosis? Dr. Peter Salgo talks about the benefits of seeking a medical second opinion, and the proper procedures for making the request.

Government Appeals Councilman Zucchet's Acquittal

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More than a year ago, a U.S. district court judge threw out the jury’s convictions on seven corruption charges of Michael Zucchet. Now, the U.S. Attorney says she’ll appeal the judge’s decision.

Many Evangelicals Join Growing Environmental Movement

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Fundamentalist Christianity is not usually associated with environmental issues. But there is a growing movement toward Evangelical environmentalism. We speak with the director of a Christian non-profit organization that focuses on environmental issues and poverty.

City Council Seeks Limits on Growth of Superstores

Nov. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego City Council will meet today to discuss ordinances aimed at regulating "big box" stores, including one that would ban retail superstores that sell merchandize and groceries. The proposal is aimed squarely at Wal-Mart, which plans to build dozens of Supercenters in California.