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Stories for December 10, 2007

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 10
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Lawmakers Urge More Firefighting Resources in San Diego

Dec. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A congressional hearing in Fallbrook today considered ways federal resources could respond better to future wildfires, but focused mainly on the need to strengthen San Diego County resources. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Medicare's Open Enrollment Begins

Dec. 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's open enrollment season for people on Medicare. And that means seniors who have one of the Medicare prescription drug plans have some decisions to make. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Security Firm Blackwater Facing Opposition from California Locals

Dec. 10
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A proposal by security contractor Blackwater has divided residents of this sleepy mountain village into two camps: Those who welcome the company's plans to build a firing range here and critics who want to keep it out of town.

Two U.S. Citizens Detained in Mexicali For Alleged Weapons Smuggling

Dec. 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Two U.S. Citizens were detained in Mexicali over the weekend for trying to enter Mexico with a machine gun and a large amount of ammunition. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Congressmen Discuss How Best to Tap Federal Wildfire Resources

Dec. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A congressional hearing in Fallbrook today considered ways federal resources could respond better to future wildfires, but focused mainly on the need to strengthen San Diego County resources. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Despite History, Cal. Lawmakers Optimistic About Healthcare Reform

Dec. 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Some say there are two chances for placing a healthcare reform measure on next year's ballot: slim and none. But others remain optimistic the governor and Democratic leaders can reach an agreement. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Political Analysis of Religion on Presidential Race

Dec. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Last week presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a speech in which he tried to explain how his Mormon faith would, or would not, influence his judgment as president. Romney's situation, and questions about his Mormonism, have been compared to the questions raised about John F. Kennedy's candidacy before he became this country's first Catholic president. We talk about what a candidate's belief in God and religion may say about what kind of person and leader he or she would be.

California Senate Considers Nuclear Power

Dec. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Politicians, energy representatives, and environmentalists convene in San Diego to discuss nuclear energy in California. We speak with California State Senator Christine Kehoe about how nuclear energy can help our increasing demand for power and reduce the impacts of global warming.

Certain Plastic Water Bottles Could Be Toxic

Dec. 10
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Those hard plastic water bottles many of us use may be toxic. And one San Diego grocery store is looking at ways to replace the products on its shelves that use that type of plastic. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Former UC San Diego Employee Arrested in Bomb Hoax

Dec. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A former lab technician at the University of California San Diego was arrested Sunday in connection with a bomb threat against a research building on the La Jolla campus, authorities said.

California's Preschool Standards May Increase Next Year

Dec. 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Preschool students who speak English as second language may have to meet a new set of performance standards next year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

California's Health Care System Negotiations Continue

Dec. 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Negotiations on a plan to reform California's health care system continue in Sacramento. The goal is to put a measure on the November ballot. Recent history suggests it would be a losing proposition. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Part 1: Palomar's One-Room Schoolhouse Faces Mounting Pressures

Dec. 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Palomar Mountain School is San Diego County's last operating one-room schoolhouse. It barely escaped the October wildfires, but now mounting political and economic pressures may threaten its existence. In this first of two reports, KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis gives us a glimpse of life at the school.