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Stories for August 14, 2007

Analyst: Drop in S.D. Gas Prices Could Be Shirk Move By Big Oil

Aug. 14
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego gas prices continue to come down and industry watchers expect the trend to continue through Labor Day. The Utility Consumer's Action Network reports the average price of a gallon of gas is now $2.87 a gallon.

Suit Forces Walmart to Remit $4 Million in Unpaid Overtime Wages

Aug. 14
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Walmart will pay nearly $4 million in overtime wages to 50,000 workers throughout California. It's part of a settlement reached between Walmart and the California Labor Commission. The mega retailer says the underpayment was due to payroll processing errors.

Aguirre Seeks Tens of Millions in Environmental Lawsuit

Aug. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre has filed a civil complaint against an oil company for failing to clean up fuel leaking under Qualcomm Stadium. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

School Board Member Calls For Resignation of Ex-CAO Betancourt

Aug. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego school board member wants to know what the district is going to do with former chief administrative officer Jose Betancourt. Superintendent Carl Cohn replaced him yesterday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

New Findings Reveal How Women's Brains Differ From Men's

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

After discovering that almost all of the clinical data in existence on psychology, neurology, and neurobiology was focused entirely on male patients and male test subjects, Dr. Louann Brizendine started the country's first clinic to study women's brain structure, function and mood. In her book, "The Female Brain," Dr. Brizendine outlines the findings that have changed the way doctors view female patients and their symptoms.

New Dean Brings Global Experience to USD's Institute for Peace and Justice

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego opened in 2001 to serve as a forum for discussing and educating the public and students about peace issues. However, despite its six years of existence in Linda Vista, the institute has not had a dean until quite recently. Dean William Headley has tackled peace and social justice issues as a priest, a counselor, an academic, and an advisor to the president of charity. Today, he discusses how these experiences have shaped his philosophies about peace-building and his plans for the Institute for Peace and Justice and its role in San Diego.

Bazaar del Mundo vs. Plaza del Pasado: Two Years Since Old Town's Operations Changed Hands

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's been two years since Delaware North took over Old Town State Historic Park's concessions operations as Plaza del Pasado. What's changed since ownership changed from Diane Powers? How is attendance? What about the bottom line? We talk with the major players in Old Town and take your calls.

Legal Update: Taxing Bonds' Homerun Ball, Foul Ball Liability

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Will the person who caught Barry Bonds' record-breaking homerun ball be taxed on this valuable piece of sports history? Legal analyst Dan Eaton tells us why this prized baseball might not be a financial gain for the recipient after all. Also, what legal issues arise from spectators who are injured by objects from the field of play entering the stands? Dan Eaton explains the liability of baseball teams to protect spectators from foul balls.

San Diego Land Use Chief Resigns in Further Sunroad Controversy

Aug. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of land use at the city of San Diego has resigned, after it emerged he had lobbied to keep the height of the Sunroad Centrum building over the FAA's safety limit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

State Board Ups Taxes on Flavored Malt Drinks Like Smirnoff Ice

Aug. 14
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Taxes on so-called “alco-pops” -- or flavored malt beverages -- are going up. The controversial decision made by a state board on Tuesday could mean an additional $40 million for state coffers. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Officials Say Power Grid Stable Despite Heatwave

Aug. 14
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southern California residents will feel the heat again today as a hot spell keeps temperatures above normal. Power grid managers say the warm weather will push up demand for electricity. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

City Official Allegedly Lobbied in Favor of Sunroad Last Week

Aug. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Intrigue continues to plague San Diego City Hall in connection with the height of the Sunroad Centrum building near Montgomery Field. The latest wrinkle involves a high level city staffer, who allegedly is still lobbying for more than the 160 feet height limit the FAA allows. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.