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Stories for June 12, 2007

New Harvard Study Shows Housing Slump May Continue Into 2008

June 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you're waiting for the housing market to recover from the slump, you may have to wait a bit longer. A new Harvard study indicates the slump may last until 2008. That's due in part to the implosion of the subprime lending market. We'll explore the fallout.

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman

June 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

(opening June 8 at Landmarks Hillcrest Cinemas) bears the subtitle The Last Hangman. Apparently that's not entirely accurate but the film proves to be a fascinating portrait of a man whose profession was executing people.

S.D. Council Urges More Funding For Brush Abatement

June 12
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fire experts say this could be the worst fire season in a century. Yet, as we reported last week, the city of San Diego hasn't increased funding for brush management since the catastrophic 2003 Cedar Fire. Now there's a new development: yesterday the council recommended more funding for brush abatement in the mayor's budget. Rebecca Tolin reports.

VP Scott on What Sets SDSU Apart as an Elite Research University

June 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cutting edge research has put SDSU on the map. San Diego State University has been named the number one small research university in the nation. We'll find out what sets SDSU apart and what kinds of R&D is happening on campus.

Hunter Seeks Funds for Campaign Donor's Stalled Aircraft Program

June 12
By Erica Werner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic lawmakers argued Tuesday that Congress should stop spending money on an aircraft built in San Diego that's never become airborne over two decades of research and testing. Republicans pushed for continued support.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

High Home Prices in North County May Forecast Drop, Not Rebound

June 12
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A record average sale price for homes in San Diego's North County may not mean the housing market is rebounding. In fact, one economist suggests just the opposite may be true.

San Diego Gas Prices Continue Slight Decline From Record Highs

June 12
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego gas prices continue to retreat from record high levels last month. The latest survey by the Utility Consumer's Action Network finds the average price of a gallon of gas at $3.22.

Mentally Disabled Citizen Still Missing After Dubious Deportation

June 12
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The search for a U.S. citizen who may have been wrongly deported to Tijuana continues. 29-year-old Pedro Guzman has been missing for a month. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Senate to Vote on Proper Labeling For Sweetened Alcohol Drinks

June 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Assembly has approved a bill that would require sweetened alcoholic drinks like Mike's Hard Lemonade to carry warning labels. Supporters say the measure is needed because these so-called "alcopops" are packaged to look like soft drinks. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Authorities Teaming-Up to Form Regional Water Management Plan

June 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Record low rainfall and a slowdown in water supplies from the Sacramento River Delta means conserving water is more critical than ever. Now, San Diego officials are creating a new plan to manage the region's water. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Reporter: Congressional Earmarks Allow For Kickback Loopholes

June 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The politicking that sent former San Diego Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham to prison is still going on in the nation's capital. That's what reporter Marcus Stern says about the process of earmarks. Congress uses earmarks to allocate money for specific projects. Some are controversial because of their cost or the frivolous nature of the project. Earmarks also provide an easy way for politicians to get kickbacks because there's less public scrutiny over the process.

Author Shares Travel Memoir from Italy, India and Indonesia

June 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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After a messy divorce and a four year bout of depression, author Elizabeth Gilbert set out on a healing journey to Italy, India and Indonesia. She joins us to talk about how her travels altered the course of her life.

New San Diego Port Commissioner Discusses Future Plans

June 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Laurie Black is sworn in today as the newest member of the San Diego Port Commissioner. She joins us in studio to talk about redevelopment plans at North Embarcadero, the Broadway Pier and Lane Field.

Authors Discuss Saga of Randy “Duke” Cunningham

June 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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How did Randy "Duke" Cunningham go from being a "Top Gun" to one of the most corrupt members of Congress in U.S. History? We speak with Marcus Stern, Dean Calbreath, and George E. Condon Jr. about their new book, "The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, The Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught".