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Stories for June 4, 2007

Analyst: Sanders Never Should Have Apologized About Sunroad

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The FAA calls Sunroad Enterprises' proposal to build two hotel towers near Lindbergh Field “hazards to air navigation.” Yet Sunroad remains committed to the project, and questions the way FAA decides building heights in the area. This runs simultaneous to Sunroad's battle over the height of an office tower near Montgomery Field. Will San Diego continue stay out of the battle between FAA and Sunroad?

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June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Nurses Union Files Violation Complaint for 7 Sharp Hospitals

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Sharp HealthCare nurses filed a quality-of-care complaint with the California Department of Health Services detailing hundreds of alleged regulations violations at Sharp's seven hospitals.

'Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl' Virus Could Devastate San Diego Crops

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An insect-borne virus that has killed tomato plants across Central America, Florida, and Georgia has been detected in California for the first time -- in Imperial Valley. Tomatoes are the sixth largest crop in the San Diego County with $60,000,000 in sales in 2005. We'll find out how devastating the virus, called tomato yellow leaf curl, may be to local growers. We'll also hear about how the Diaprepes root weevil has already ravaged six areas in the county, in a direct threat to our region's billion-dollar nursery industry.

Pre-'08 Election, Online Startup Looks to Pierce Partisan Walls

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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So much has been made about the promise of the Internet to connect people across boundaries and to scrutinize politicians' words and actions -- but its ability to shape the political process has yet to be tapped. Now, a group of Republicans and Democrats is hoping to use that kind of direct citizen involvement to choose a bipartisan White House ticket for 2008.

California Politicos Brave 'Finals Week' As Bill Deadlines Loom Large

June 4
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's crunch-time at the State Capitol. By Friday, lawmakers in each house will know if their bills still have a shot at becoming law -- or if they're dead for the year. That means long hours this week as they consider hundreds of measures. Marianne Russ reports.

San Diego County Sues Feds Over Low Medicare Payments

June 4
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County is taking part in a class action lawsuit against the federal government. The suit alleges the Medicare system underpays doctors in San Diego and in more than 175 other counties nationwide. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

As Students Ready for Prom, Officials Prep to Bolster Alcohol Safety

June 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County high school seniors are gearing up for their proms and grad nights. Administrators say they're gearing up too. Some plan to use alcohol detection devices, while others plan to bolster police presence at big events. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Water Conservation Critical During Delta Shutdown, Officials Say

June 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Local water officials want us to increase our conservation. The need is more acute because of the temporary shutdown of the state water project in the Sacramento Delta. The Delta supplies more than two-thirds of Southern California's water supply. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Hawaiian Singer-Songwriter Performs in Studio

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We speak with John Cruz, a Hawaiian singer-songwriter and Grammy award-winner, about his new album, "One of These Days." Cruz plays at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach tonight (Monday, June 4th) at 8 p.m.

San Diego City Council Looks to Finalize Ban on Big-Box Ordinance

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Today, the San Diego City Council votes to finalize a ban on big-box retailers, such as Wal-Mart Supercenters. Supporters of the ban say that these superstores hurt small businesses and bring traffic while opponents cite low the benefits of consumer choice and low prices. We ask San Diego Union-Tribune City Hall staff writer how government can regulate business, whether or not Mayor Jerry Sanders will veto this regulation, and why this emotional debate divides both the City Council and the community.

New Group Aims for Bipartisan Presidential Candidate

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A group called Unity08 believes America's major political parties are failing the country. Members are organizing to nominate a bipartisan presidential ticket in the nation's first online political convention and first national presidential primary. The chairman of Unity08 and its CEO explain why their group was formed and how they plan to revolutionize the country's political process.

Capital Hill Update: Immigration, Alberto Gonzales, Tuberculosis

June 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Congress is back in session today and immigration reform is the hot topic. Will our politicians pass a bill? Also, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales remains under fire from the controversial U.S. attorney firings.

E-Waste Bill Moves to State Assembly

June 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The California Assembly is expected to consider a bill this week that prevents the sale of electronic products that contain certain toxins. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

State May Ax San Diego's Last-Standing One-Room Schoolhouse

June 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California lawmakers may soon decide the fate of San Diego County's last one-room schoolhouse. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego County Finally Has Comprehensive Disaster Plan

June 4
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Nearly four years after the deadly Cedar Fire torched Southern California, San Diego county finally has a new, more comprehensive disaster plan. The story from KPBS reporter Alan Ray.