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Stories for December 4, 2008

Son of Former Assembly Speaker Pleads Not Guilty

Dec. 4
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The 19-year-old son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and three other men have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the stabbing death of a college student in San Diego.

San Diego Gas Prices Fall to Lowest Level Since 2004

Dec. 4
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego gas prices are down again, falling to the lowest level since 2004. The Utility Consumer's Action Network reports the average price of a gallon of regular is now $1.84. One reason for the price decline is a drop in demand. The state tax board says Californians used less gas in every month this year, when compared to a year ago. The board's Anita Gore says consumption dropped a dramatic eight percent in August.

Needy San Diegans Get Free Surgeries

Dec. 4
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's hard for the uninsured to see a doctor, let alone get needed surgery. But thanks to a host of medical volunteers, 19 uninsured San Diegans will get free surgical procedures this Saturday. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Chula Vista Nature Center Could Be Closed

Dec. 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chula Vista Nature Center could be a casualty of an on-going budget crisis. The center offers environmental education programs for visitors and about 15,000 school children each year. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

San Diego Closer To Another Sewage Waiver

Dec. 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego is a step closer to getting a third five-year exemption from the federal Clean Water Act for the Point Loma Sewage Treatment Plant. The waiver is subject to a public hearing next month. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Kurosawa Classics

Dec. 4
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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This image from Yojimbo is forever seared in my memory. (Seneca International)

Former Assembly Speaker's Son Charged With Murder

Dec. 4
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Witnesses to the fatal stabbing of a college student and its aftermath give a horrible portrait of the 19-year-old son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

Sports Update: Chargers' Struggles, Aztecs, Padres Off-Season

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's wrong with the Chargers? Who's at the top of SDSU's wish list for head football coach? And, what off-season moves are the Padres making? Host Tom Fudge speaks to local sports talk show host Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the latest news on San Diego's sports teams.

Imperial Valley Hit Hard by Nation's Economic Problems

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The economy in the Imperial Valley is struggling, just like many other communities around the nation. What's unique about the Imperial Valley's economic problems? What can be done to revive the region's housing market? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Brad Jennings, editor of the Imperial Valley Press, about the economy, and the impact of off-roaders. We also talk about why it took the Imperial County Registrar of Voters three weeks to count 11,500 outstanding ballots.

In Studio: Kruger Brothers' Worldclass Bluegrass

Dec. 4
These Days
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Described as mesmerizing, intense and tranquil, the Kruger Brothers are one of the top bands in bluegrass and Americana music today. Originally from Switzerland, the band now makes it home in the heart of banjo country in North Carolina. The Kruger Brothers perform live in studio.

Discovering 350 Years of Jewish History in America

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The history of Jewish people in America dates back more than 350 years. Like many immigrants, Jewish settlers came to the U.S. To escape persecution and to seek the America dream. We'll talk about a new exhibit at The New Americans Museum called "From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America."

San Diego Battles to Get Contaminated Ground Water Cleaned Up

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In the 1980s, a huge petroleum spill was discovered in an aquifer under the Mission Valley Terminal, a fuel-holding and distribution facility near Qualcomm Stadium. Though not used since the 1940s, the city of San Diego again wants to tap the aquifer as a water source to help deal with the region's water shortage. But cleanup efforts appear to be a long-way off.

Plastic Bag Ban Moves Ahead in San Diego

Dec. 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Plastic carryout shopping bags would be prohibited in San Diego if an ordinance advanced by a City Council committee ultimately passes. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

New Poll Shows Which Groups Voted for Prop 8

Dec. 4
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report provides insight into which groups of Californians voted for or against Proposition Eight last month. That's the measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state. The PPIC survey illustrates just how deep the divide over prop.eight runs. Marianne Russ reports.

Hello Obama, Goodbye Mama

Dec. 4
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

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The First Ever Culture Lust Gift Guide!

Dec. 4
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone