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Stories for October 1, 2007

Judge Delays Mortgage Broker's Trial in Cunningham Bribery Case

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge has delayed the trial of a New York mortgage banker charged in the corruption case against former San Diego Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham.

New Law Aims to Curb Fatal Crashes on "Blood Alley" Highway Stretch

Oct. 1
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Legislation aimed at curbing deadly accidents on a stretch of highway known as “blood alley” has been signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. It would create a double fine zone in the area and makes it easier for communities around the state to do the same.

State Treasurer Says Budget Needs Tune-Up to Avoid Deficit Balloon

Oct. 1
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's treasurer says the state's lawmakers need to fix the budget before the spending plan's annual structural deficit balloons out of control. Bill Lockyer projected the state's finances over the next 20 years. He concludes the current structural budget debt could grow to more than $14 million in two decades.

New Version of Bill Could Help Prevent Nurses' Back Injuries

Oct. 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California nurses hope the fourth time's the charm for a bill that would require hospitals to have safe lift teams available at all times. Governor Schwarzenegger, a former weight lifter, has vetoed the last three versions of the measure. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Ads Seek to Tell Californians About Water Crisis

Oct. 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Association of California Water Agencies is reaching out to residents to tell them about the state's water crisis. The Association is made up of public agencies that are responsible for 90 percent of the water delivered in the state. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Tech Talk: Open Access Wireless Services

Oct. 1
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Mondays we talk about news in the tech world with Brian Cooley, Editor-at-Large at CNET.com.

Testimony from Cunningham and Scandalous Details Expected in Brent Wilkes Trial

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The trial of defense contractor Brent Wilkes is set to start this Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Downtown San Diego. Wilkes has been accused of bribing former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. We speak to Seth Hettena who will be covering the trial for KPBS News.

Political Violence Expert Examines the Stability in Iraq

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The war in Iraq continues to dominate newspaper headlines and the political consciousness of the Americans. Professor Dipak Gupta joins us to lead a discussion about Iraq, how far it is from political stability and how far the American commitment should be to the country.

Local Hospital Officials to Discuss Solutions for Overcrowded ERs

Oct. 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Overcrowded emergency rooms seem to be the norm these days. Hospital officials from throughout San Diego County will hold a summit tomorrow to discuss what they're trying to do about it. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators Falls Again

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

All six components of San Diego's Index of Leading Economic Indicators were down in August, fueling fears of a recession. Economist Alan Gin compiles the index. He tells us where the local economy is heading, how far down in may go and which economic realities are the most likely to have an impact on your life.

Microlending: Benefits of Giving A Hand Up – Not a Handout

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Microfinancing is the idea of giving a group of people a small amount of capital to start a business to get out of poverty. This practice proves itself time and time again as impoverished women are improving their lives, becoming self-assured of their abilities and paying back the entire amount of the original loan approximately 98 percent of the time. The president and CEO of Grameen Foundation explains why a hand up – and not a handout – works.

East Coast Author Feels the Shocks of Moving to California

Oct. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Author Amy Wilentz shares her experience in a new book titled, “I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger.”

Jewish, Christian & Muslim Followers Join for Cross Cultural Project

Oct. 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of San Diegans who belong to churches, synagogues and mosques around the region are working together on a project they believe will inspire more cross cultural understanding. The Abraham's Path Initiative, launched by Harvard University, is bringing different denominations together to focus on what they have in common, rather than what divides them. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.