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Stories for December 11, 2007

13th Annual Critics' Choice Award Nominations

Dec. 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

California's Top Lawyer Sues Feds Over Inefficient Transformer Use

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's top lawyer is joining several environmental groups in suing the federal government. They don't like a recently passed Department of Energy rule that allows electric companies to use less efficient transformers. Transformers move electricity through the power grid.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Audit Looks at CSU Hiring Practice

Dec. 11
By Steve Milne and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new state audit out today says CSU campuses don't always consider gender and ethnicity when hiring professors. The report says women and minorities were not always represented on hiring search committees. State Assemblywoman Lori Saldana requested the audit. She says it's an eye-opener.

S.D. School Board to Discuss Parental Notification and 8th Grade Promotion

Dec. 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school board members are expected to tackle two hot button issues about the role of parents in their children's lives. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Officials Taking an In-Depth Look at California's Water Supply

Dec. 11
By Elizabeth Wynne Johnson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State and local resource managers thirst for information about the ebb and flow of California's water supply. New legislation making its way through Congress could help satisfy that thirst with stepped up nationwide monitoring and data analysis. And a new focus to the role of climate change. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports from Capitol Hill.

SEC Charges San Diego's Former Auditor with Fraud on Bond Sales

Dec. 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Securities and Exchange Commission has reached a $15,000 settlement with the city of San Diego's independent auditor, for filing false and misleading reports in 2003. The case is part of the SEC's ongoing investigation into the city's failure to disclose its pension deficit to investors. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Former U.S. Ambassador Talks About the Future of Global Security

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What does the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations think about the future of global security? Was he successful at reforming the U.N.? We'll chat with KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner about her interview with the controversial John Bolton.

Capitol Hill Update: CIA Videotapes, War Spending, Energy Legislation, Farm Bill

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The director of the CIA testifies behind closed doors today about destroyed videotapes; Democrats and the White House spar over war spending; legislators debate a major energy bill; and why do farmers need large government subsidies? Eric Niiler with Capitol News Connection joins us live from Washington, D.C. to update us on the latest news from our nation's capitol.

Fire Departments in Neighboring Counties Frustrated Over San Diego's Lack of Resources

Dec. 11
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fire departments outside San Diego County are frustrated that local leaders aren't doing more to beef up firefighting resources. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

San Diego Band Pinback Releases New Album

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

San Diego's thriving music scene gave birth to the band Pinback in 1998. It went on to garner national acclaim for its three albums, most notably 2004's “Summer in Abaddon.” On Sept. 11, Pinback releases their latest album “Autumn of the Seraphs.” The band's two reluctant rock stars, Rob Crow and Zach Smith, join us in studio to play some new music and talk about their career success.

Part 2: Palomar's One-Room Schoolhouse Faces Mounting Pressures

Dec. 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A one-room schoolhouse may sound like a thing of the past. But California still has a handful in operation. In fact, one still exists here in San Diego County - located on Palomar Mountain. Yesterday KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis introduced us to the seven students at the school. Today she explains why this one-room school may be forced to shut down at a time when state officials prefer smaller school environments.

Wondering What Happened to Your Cabbage Patch Doll?

Dec. 11
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Wondering What Happened to Your Cabbage Patch Doll?