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Stories for April 23, 2008

Hate and the Democrats

April 23
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner
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National Democratic Chairman Howard Dean has a problem. It's the hate spewing forth from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's campaigns that is dividing the Democratic Party and could

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Defining Winning

April 23
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices
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Depending which school of professional thought you believe:

Citizen Voices

April 23
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Advocates Want Increased Benefits for Permanently Disabled Workers

April 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Advocates for injured workers are pushing a measure that would increase benefits to Californians who suffer permanently disabling injuries on the job. Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed similar bills the last two years in a row. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

California's Legal System Among Worst According to U.S. Chamber

April 23
By Steve Shadley and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There's a survey out today that shows California's legal system is among the worst in the nation for businesses. From Sacramento Steve Shadley reports that the study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks each state based on attorney interviews and the outcome of class action lawsuits.

Small Vinters Receive Approval to Open Wine Tasting Rooms

April 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County Supervisors today passed a Boutique Winery Ordinance. It allows small vineyards in San Diego's backcountry to open wine tasking rooms without expensive permits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Landslide Prompts Evacuation of Four Houses in La Jolla

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Four multimillion dollar homes in San Diego's upscale La Jolla area have been evacuated as a precaution after a landslide cut a 30-foot-deep crevice in a nearby canyon.

My Blueberry Nights, Body of War, Zombie Strippers, and More

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We talk about Wong Kar-Wai's first English language film “My Blueberry Nights” and Phil Donahue joins Beth Accomando and Scott Marks to talk about his new documentary “Body of War.”

Film Club: My Blueberry Nights, Body of War, Zombie Strippers, and More

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We talk about Wong Kar-Wai's first English language film “My Blueberry Nights” and Phil Donahue joins Beth Accomando and Scott Marks to talk about his new documentary “Body of War.”

Gloria Penner’s Post-election Analysis of the Pennsylvania Primary

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Which Democratic candidate won the presidential primary in Pennsylvania on Tuesday? We have post-election analysis with Gloria Penner on the results of the election and what it means for Democrats to win the general election in November. Also, we get an overview of the San Diego City Council District 1 race.

Real Estate Foreclosures Slowing, Local Home Prices Continue Dropping

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Local home foreclosures slowed last month, but the rate of mortgage failures is still much higher than last year. Is this a sign of improvement in the housing market, or an indication that the worst is yet to come? We speak to Andrew LePage with DataQuick Information Systems, and Union-Tribune reporter Dean Calbreath about the latest news on local real estate.

Six Months Later, Fire Survivors Fight to Become Homeowners Again

April 23
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Six months after the fire, displaced survivors are still struggling to put their lives together. KPBS Reporter Nicole Lozare spent some time with two families in Ramona -- one of the most hard hit places during the 2007 wildfires. Both families owned their own homes before the fires, but now it's doubtful they will ever be able to own again.

Native Plants Recovering from October Wildfires

April 23
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Last October's wildfires ravaged much of San Diego County's native plants and animals. The fires burned nearly 600 undeveloped acres that are part of the Wild Animal Park near Escondido. This week a team of ecologists are taking stock of how the burned area is recovering. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

San Diego's Airport Saga Continues

April 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The future of Lindbergh Field moves into another phase this morning with the first in a series of joint meetings to work on a long-term vision of expansion. But there are still serious questions swirling around the Airport Authority's short term Master Plan. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Most S.D. Wildfire Victims Still in Struggle with Insurance Companies to Rebuild

April 23
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Even though it's been six months since wildfires ravaged more than 1,600 homes in the San Diego area, only a handful have begun to rebuild. That's because for many wildfire survivors, dealing with their insurance companies was like a second disaster. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

S.D. School Board Approves 1,200 More Employee Cuts

April 23
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Unified school board voted yesterday to eliminate 1,200 school employees jobs. That means teaching assistants, secretaries, custodians and other school workers will be out of a job by the end of this school year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Charlie Wilson's War on DVD

April 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The film begins in 1989 with the Democratic Congressman from the Second Congressional District of Texas receiving an award for the role he played in the defeat of Communism. Previously known more for his drinking and womanizing, this once obscure congressman became known for leading Congress into backing the largest CIA covert operation supplying the Afghan Mujahideen in its efforts against the Soviets in Afghanistan. The film then flashes back to tell us how Wilson got to that podium to accept that award.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 23
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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