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Stories for November 29, 2006

San Ysidro Border Crossing Expansion Awaits Funding

Nov. 29
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing could begin as soon as spring of 2009. Federal officials say the major roadblock is funding. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Closing Arguments Begin in S.D. Pension Trial

Nov. 29
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Attorneys are making closing arguments in the first phase of San Diego's pension trial. City Attorney Mike Aguirre wants to roll back employee pension benefits to help fix the city's huge budget deficit. And labor unions are not happy about that. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

Mt. Soledad Cross Battle Returns to Court

Nov. 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The long running battle over the Mount Soledad cross was back in San Diego federal court Wednesday. The city of San Diego is asking to be released from the case. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

City Council Considers Solutions to "Mini-Dorm" Problems

Nov. 29
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A San Diego City Council committee spent more than two hours talking about ways of regulating "mini-dorms" Wednesday. Mini-dorms are single-family homes rented to multiple college students. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Crowded Mini-Dorms Causing Neighborhood Unrest

Nov. 29
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University students who can't find a place to live are piling into rental homes and turning them into "mini-dorms," rankling neighbors. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Expert Gives Tips on Regulating Blood Sugar

Nov. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For people with Type 2 diabetes, controlling blood sugar levels is vital to reduce the risk of long-term complications. Yet, two out of three Americans with the disease are not keeping their blood sugar in check. Guest host Steve Walker talks with the medical director of the Scripps Whittier Institute for Diabetes about how people can better regulate their blood sugar.

Officials Want Reporters to Have More Access to State Prisons, Inmates

Nov. 29
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A national media expert says other states give reporters more access to specific prison inmates than California does, and some say things need to change here to shed light on a significant area of taxpayer spending. From Sacramento, Jenny O’Mara reports.

Cities in Focus: Poway Mayor

Nov. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Guest host Steve Walker talks with Poway Mayor Mickey Cafagna about some of the issues facing San Diego's sixth smallest city.

Mini-Dorm Battle Brewing at City Hall

Nov. 29
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A San Diego City Council committee is looking into ways of regulating “mini-dorms.” These are single-family homes rented to multiple college students. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

New KPBS-TV Show Features City's Neighborhoods

Nov. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new show on KPBS-TV takes a closer look at neighborhoods around San Diego. Tonight, local film producer Noah Tafolla examines Ocean Beach. He talks about the history and culture of this unique coastal community.

Trial of Saddam Hussein Examined

Nov. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dennis Culkin, a former press officer for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, talks about the trial of Saddam Hussein. He discusses the 18 months he spent observing the trial, the rules of the Iraqi legal system, and the media coverage of the event.

Professor Details Life at Baghdad University

Nov. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Life in Baghdad has changed radically in the past few years. A professor who teaches in Baghdad talks about university life in a war-torn country.

Crowded “Mini-Dorms” Trouble College Area Residents

Nov. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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College Area residents are furious about so-called “mini-dorms” near SDSU’s campus. These frustrated residents argue that the noise, trash, and partying of SDSU students who live off-campus in single-family residences are affecting their quality of life. Host Tom Fudge speaks with Councilman Jim Madaffer and representatives from SDSU about this issue.

S.D. SAIC Receives $95 Million Missile Defense Contract

Nov. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has signed a contract for $95 million to work on a ballistic missile defense system for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Local Business Group Striving to Keep Chargers in S.D.

Nov. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A business group says it's going to do what it can to keep the Chargers in San Diego County. They plan to get the word out that Qualcomm Stadium needs a more modern facility.

S.D. City Council Votes to Ban Giant Retail Stores

Nov. 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It doesn't look like San Diego will be getting a Wal-Mart Supercenter anytime soon. The city council voted last night to ban certain giant retail stores including Wal-Mart. The council was divided over the issue with five members supporting the ban and three opposing it. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.