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Stories for December 15, 2008

Books of 2008

Dec. 15
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 15
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Powerful Storm Moves Through San Diego County

Dec. 15
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A powerful storm is moving through San Diego county and forecasters say the wintery weather is not over yet. The heavy rain that fell today was partially responsible for for an accident that claimed one life. A person was killed and another injured in the San Diego area when an armored truck rolled down an embankment. National Weather Service Forecaster Forecaster Stan Wasowski says its a typical winter storm that comes out of the gulf of Alaska.

SD School Board Fights for JROTC, Marching Band

Dec. 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Unified School Board will fight a state law that strips physical education credits from students in Junior ROTC and marching band programs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Recession Wipes Out Gains in Uninsured Rate

Dec. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The percentage of Californians without health insurance fell slightly in 2007 compared to 2005. But a new report from the U-C-L-A Center for Health Policy Research says that gain has already been wiped out in the current recession. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Imagining a World of Electric Cars

Dec. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The price of gas has reached a low point in it's wild fluctuations of the past year. But gas prices will surely rise again. And the auto industry is on the verge of making the plug-in hybrid car a real option for American motorists. We'll talk about the latest news on electric cars, which could dramatically reduce the amount of gas the average motorist needs to buy.

NPR Lays Off 64 Employees, Axes two Shows

Dec. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

NPR announced it would lay off 7% of its staff, or 64 full-time employees. Half the layoffs come from news and programming. Two shows, including Day to Day, are being cancelled. This is NPR's first downsizing in 12 years, the result of a $23 million gap in revenue.

Former Defense Contractor Headed for Prison

Dec. 15
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The former defense contractor who admitted bribing ex-Congressman Randy Cunningham is headed to prison. A federal judge sentenced Mitchell Wade today to 30 months in prison. Wade must also pay a $250,000 fine. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

KPBS Tests Analog Shutdown on December 17 at 6:58 p.m.

Dec. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

To help viewers be prepared for the federally mandated shutdown of television analog signals on Feb. 17, 2009, KPBS and all over-the-air, full-power broadcast television stations in San Diego will participate in a soft-shutdown of the analog signal. In partnership with Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable, the test will occur on KPBS as well as simultaneously across all broadcasters’ channels at 6:58 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, and will last for two minutes. The test will allow television audiences to see if their television set(s) are ready for the DTV transition, and if not, will inform them of the steps they must take.

A Look Back at the Buzzwords of 2008

Dec. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bailout. Caribou Barbie. Gas-sipper. Sound familiar? These are just a few of the new buzzwords of 2008. We'll take a look back at how American language grew with new slang over the last year with A Way with Words co-host Grant Barrett.

Inside Sacramento: Budget Gap Dominates Talk in State Capitol

Dec. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's legislative leaders can't reach an agreement on how to resolve the state's $14.8 billion budget deficit for this year. What's causing this friction between the governor and the legislators? Why can't Governor Schwarzenegger rally the state's politicians behind a plan to reduce the state deficit? Host Tom Fudge speaks to John Myers, from "The California Report", about the latest budget-related news from Sacramento.

San Diego City Attorney's Office Takes Ethics Training

Dec. 15
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawyers with the San Diego city attorney's office got a refresher course in ethics over the weekend. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has more.

Powerful Storm Slams Southern California

Dec. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The powerful storm hitting California has caused at least one traffic fatality and has forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in a suburb devastated by wildfire just last month and now under threat of mudslides.

SD Film Critics Society Gives Slumdog Top Honors

Dec. 15
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Californians Worried About Gift Cards

Dec. 15
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you're worried about giving gift cards with so many stores going under, you're not alone. The California Department of Consumer Affairs says gift cards are the top source of questions right now for the agency. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Big News for Professional, College and High School Football Teams in San Diego

Dec. 15
By Dwane Brown, Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chargers pulled-off a dramatic come-from-behind victory in Kansas City yesterday to keep their playoff hopes alive. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Fear Plagues Tijuana Resident

Dec. 15
By Amy Isackson

For many people in Tijuana, life goes on in spite of the drug war that’s claimed more than 350 lives since the end of September. But, for others, the violence and the constant threat that something might happen has sent them into despair. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson talked with a woman at a recent peace march in the city and sent this audio postcard, as part of our continuing series Border Battle in collaboration with Tijuanapress.com.

Hopes for a Stimulus Package for San Diego

Dec. 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If the new administration under Barack Obama offers a stimulus package to build infrastructure projects, the San Diego region will be ready to jump. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.