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Stories for December 6, 2007

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 6
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Fire Chief Lobbies For Second Helicopter

Dec. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego city’s fire chief hopes to have a second helicopter by the time the next fire season rolls around next year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Solana Beach Considering Ban on Condo-Hotels

Dec. 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Solana Beach is considering an ordinance that would ban the construction of condominium-hotels in the city. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Annual Fitness Report: San Diego School Children Out of Shape

Dec. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County public school children are still out of shape. That's according to the annual Physical Fitness Report released by state education officials today. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Tecate Smuggling Tunnel to be Plugged with Cement

Dec. 6
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Federal officials plan to plug the drug smuggling tunnel discovered beneath the border in Tecate earlier this week. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

San Diego Drug Agents Bust Major Trafficking Network

Dec. 6
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says drug agents have disrupted a major distribution network of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroine. 59 suspected drug traffickers were arrested in San Diego County. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.

Big Waves Batter Ocean Beach Pier

Dec. 6
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

High surf and high tide are pounding the San Diego coastline again today. The Ocean Beach pier is closed due to surf damage. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps was there this morning.

Weekend Preview: Ahmad Jamal, Shonen Knife, Punk Rock Karaoke, Craft Shows

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We'll talk about a top notch jazz pianist playing at Anthology tonight and punk karaoke at the Casbah.

Baseball's Homerun King Arraigned in Federal Court

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Major League Baseball's homerun champ Barry Bonds faces arraignment in federal court on perjury charges. Union-Tribune sports reporter Mark Zeigler explains how Bonds' trial might impact steroids in sports, why the government's case against Bonds remains unclear and how a company with ties to San Diego might influence the case.

Southern California on Flood Watch as Storm Approaches

Dec. 6
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California officials are bracing for the worst as a major storm moves into the southern California region. Office of Emergency Services officials have opened and emergency operations center in Orange County.

Controversy Stirring Over Proposed Changes to S.D.'s General Plan

Dec. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The first update of San Diego's General Plan in almost 30 years got an initial hearing this week. Already changes proposed by the mayor have sparked controversy among labor advocates. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Students Smiling Bright from New Statewide Dental Program

Dec. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Kindergartners at Sandburg Elementary in Mira Mesa are smiling bright after their first dental check-up yesterday. The screening is part of a new statewide effort to catch problems before they start. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.

Governor Prides Himself in Trimming Comp Program, But Workers Can Pay Price

Dec. 6
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Schwarzenegger says reforming the state’s workers compensation system has been one of his proudest achievements. Before the reforms were passed in 2003 and 2004, California employers paid among the highest workers comp premiums in the nation. The governor says since then, premiums have fallen by more than 50 percent, and employers have saved billions of dollars. But critics say those savings have come at injured workers’ expense. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.