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Stories for December 10, 2008

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 10
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Looking for a Culture Fix? Some Lustable Reading

Dec. 10
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

I'm a little tired this morning. I stayed up too late catching up on

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 10
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New City Hall - To Build or Not to Build?

Dec. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s Center City Development Corporation holds a public meeting tonight to present a second analysis of proposals to build a new city hall downtown. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Pondering the Meaning and History of Christmas

Dec. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday of the year for most Americans. But we are torn, as a society, as to its meaning. We'll talk about the meaning we've brought to the holiday through our customs and religious convictions. And we'll speak about the psychological benefits and challenges that come result from this high-stakes holiday.

Obesity Weighs On Low-Income Teens

Dec. 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New research reveals California teens from low-income families are nearly three times more likely to be obese than their peers from richer households. The U-C-L-A Center for Health Policy Research says there are number of reasons why. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Calif. Budget Deficit Nearly $15 billion

Dec. 10
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says California's budget shortfall has grown to $14.8 billion for the current fiscal year.

Auto Industry Bailout Nearing Approval

Dec. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic lawmakers are working to put the final touches on a $15 billion emergency loan for the nation's Big 3 automakers. While the proposal hasn't passed, it seems like only a matter of time before the auto bailout is approved. How will the money be spent by GM and Chrysler? What would have happened if the automakers didn't get this emergency cash infusion from the federal government? How does any of this stuff affect San Diego? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Dean Calbreath and Lance Roberts about the latest news on the automaker bailout.

Mayor Jerry Sanders Discusses Budget Challenges, Goals for 2009

Dec. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are Mayor Jerry Sanders top priorities for 2009? What are the biggest budget-related challenges the City of San Diego will face in the next couple years? What are the mayor's thoughts on the new city council and city attorney? Host Tom Fudge sits down for an in-depth interview with Mayor Sanders. We also discuss the water supply, and alternative energy usage in San Diego.

Goldsmith Takes the Helm as New City Attorney

Dec. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's new city attorney was sworn into office this week. Former judge Jan Goldsmith takes over the post after it was held for four years by controversial Mike Aguirre. KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner reflects on the job ahead for the new city attorney.

Assembly Speaker's Son Charged with Murder is Released on Bail in San Diego

Dec. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authorities say a former Assembly speaker's teenage son charged with the murder of a San Diego college student has been released from jail after posting bail.

Calif. Treasurer: Public Works Projects Could Come to Halt

Dec. 10
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local government officials are bracing for more economic troubles following the state treasurer's word public works projects around California could come to a halt in a matter of days. Jenny O'Mara reports.

State Will Be Out of Money Sooner Than Expected

Dec. 10
By Dwane Brown, Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Controller John Chiang says California could run out of money in February -- a month sooner than even his most pessimistic estimate. The state's $11 billion shortfall this fiscal year could cause the state to halt funding for infrastructure projects within weeks. Joining us on Morning Edition is Steven Levy, director of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy.

Lung Cancer Vaccine May Offer Hope for Patients

Dec. 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There is no cure for advanced lung cancer. Patients usually die within a year of being diagnosed. But there could be some hope on the horizon. A San Diego biotech company has developed a vaccine it hopes will extend the lives of lung cancer patients. The vaccine has shown promise in early tests. It's now in the final phase of clinical trials. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

New Trustees Push To Recall Laid-Off Teachers

Dec. 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The newly-elected San Diego City school board is delivering on its promise to make the district more responsive to local teachers. The trustees voted yesterday to bring back roughly 200 teaching positions that were cut last summer. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.