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Stories for January 30, 2008

Appeals Court Rules 10 Percent Hand-Count if Election Results Close

Jan. 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state appeals court has rebuffed San Diego county's challenge to new state election procedures. Secretary of State Debra Bowen has required county registrars to manually recount 10 percent of the vote in close races. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Southern California Museum Raid Reaches To Chicago

Jan. 30
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

A high profile collector in Chicago named Barry MacLean

Poway Community Leaders Call For Hate Crime Forum Tonight

Jan. 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hate crimes in the Poway Unified School District have prompted community leaders to hold a forum this evening. Organizers say school officials aren't doing enough to prevent racial incidents. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

State Pushes to Ban Bonuses Linked to Health Insurance Cancellations

Jan. 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Assembly has unanimously approved a bill aimed at clamping down on health insurers that illegally cancel members' policies. The measure would prevent health plans from paying employees bonuses based on the number of policies they cancel. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Mexico's New Consul General Urges Improved U.S. Dialogue

Jan. 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Mexico's new consul general in San Diego hopes to improve bi-national relations and promote dialogue between the U.S. and Mexico. The consul held her first news conference in San Diego on Wednesday. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson was there.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 30
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ralph Wiggum (I-Springfield) for President

Jan. 30
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

If the presidential election were held tomorrow, I would vote for

Citizen Voices

Jan. 30
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Wood Chips and Algae: Biofuels of the Future

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What will be the biofuel of the future? If there are too many limits on the large-scale production of corn and sugar-based ethanol, what other kinds of biomass can be used to produce fuel? We speak to Steve Kay, dean of biological sciences at UCSD, about using wood chips, yard waste and even algae to produce biofuels. We also discuss the challenges associated with producing enough biofuel to alter the world's current energy infrastructure.

Concerns Arise Over New Rules at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

New rules at the U.S-Tijuana border have many commuters concerned about added delays to their daily routine. KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson joins us to talk about what will be required by the end of this week, and what people are saying about it.

Minutemen to Fight Being Assigned New Adopted Highway Stretch

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An anti-immigration group says it will fight the state transportation department's decision to relocate their Adopt-A-Highway site away from a busy Border Patrol checkpoint to a less-traveled stretch of roadway.

City Blames Rains for Mudslide in La Jolla

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

City officials said Tuesday that heavy rains were to blame for a small mudslide that forced the brief evacuation of two houses in the La Jolla area.

San Diego County Fire Agency Plan Moves Forward

Jan. 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday on two separate proposals to coordinate the region's fire fighting agencies. Both will have to overcome steep political and financial hurdles for the County to make any progress before the next fire season. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Houses Are Cheaper, But You Still Can't Afford One

Jan. 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Home prices keep falling in San Diego County. Does that mean more people can afford to buy a house? A new report says no. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps explains.

Educators Divided Over College Funding Initiative

Jan. 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Community colleges in San Diego County have joined forces to become one of California's most vocal groups supporting Proposition 92. The statewide ballot measure seeks to secure funding for community colleges and stabilize tuition for students. But not all educators support the proposal. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.

UC San Diego Applications Hit Record High

Jan. 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A record number of students have applied for the fall quarter at UC San Diego and nine other UC campuses around the state. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Worst Parade Float Ever

Jan. 30
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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