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Stories for January 7, 2008

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 7
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Leaders Say State Budget Woes to Dominate 2008 Agenda

Jan. 7
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's budget woes will overshadow the Governor's State of the State address on Tuesday. Legislative leaders say they're gearing up for the issue that will command much of their attention. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.

Judge Sentences Arellano Felix Higher-up to 30 Years

Jan. 7
By Amy Isackson

A federal judge in San Diego has sentenced a high ranking member of Tijuana's Arellano Felix Drug Cartel to 30 years in prison. He's the last of the group of men U.S. authorities caught on a fishing boat off Baja California about a year and a half ago. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Alvin and Once Make Strange Bedfellows

Jan. 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Local Officials at Odds Over Auditor Appointment Process

Jan. 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city officials are at odds over how to make sure the city's internal auditor is independent. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New Recycling Ordinance Requires Locals to Use Their Bins

Jan. 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The new year has brought some changes to trash and recycling in the city of San Diego. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Clear Skies Forecast in Wake of Biggest Storm in Three Years

Jan. 7
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County got a whopping amount of rain from the weekend storm. Forecasters were right for the most part, but some predictions were a little off. KPBS Reporter Dwane Brown has more on the rainfall totals.

GOP Candidate Duncan Hunter Blasts Media For Debate Exclusion

Jan. 7
By Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republican Presidential Candidate Duncan Hunter lashed out against the media for excluding him from televised debates leading up to tomorrow’s primary. Sara Sciammacco reports from New Hampshire.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 7
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressman Bob Filner’s Take on the New Hampshire Primary

Jan. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressman Bob Filner, representing California's 51st District, talks about the New Hampshire primary and gives his Congressional perspective on the election.

Supreme Court Considers the Constitutionality of Lethal Injection

Jan. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to resume the execution of prisoners. Since then, more than 1,000 inmates have been executed. But execution by lethal injection, which is used by 37 of the 38 states which have the death penalty, is now under review by the Supreme Court on grounds that it may violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

Reflecting on America's Economic House of Disorder

Jan. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Economically, 2007 was the year of the bad housing market. The bubble of high housing prices burst last year, bringing down with it employment numbers, consumer spending and consumer confidence. We talk with two guests about the year in business and economics, and how they were profoundly affected by housing prices. Also, we get the predictions for what to expect in 2008.

Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton Analyzes Charger's Playoff Performance

Jan. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chargers head into the second round of the NFL playoffs, while the nation's top college football teams battle it out for the BCS National Championship. We analyze the latest news from the sports world with Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, a local sports radio talk show host and former Chargers play-by-play announcer.

Many Without Power for Days as Rain, Snow Continue in California

Jan. 7
By Juliet Williams and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tens of thousands of Californians were still without power after a series of fierce storms pounded the state over the weekend and toppled nearly 500 miles of power lines.

Flurry of Bill Introductions Begin as State Legislature Returns from Break

Jan. 7
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When the state legislature starts up again today, the flurry of bill introductions will begin. But how do lawmakers come up with ideas for potential new laws? From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara has some answers.

S.D. Council to Consider Change to Reduce Retiree Health Care Deficit

Jan. 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council will consider a change today that would reduce its billion dollar retiree health care deficit to $700 million. If approved, the city will pay millions more into its retiree health care fund every year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Search Underway for New School Superintendent

Jan. 7
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school superintendent Carl Cohn officially stepped down as the district's leader last month. Now the school board faces the daunting challenge of replacing the veteran educator. Many parents and teachers say they’re not sure what to expect. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Living For The City

Jan. 7
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Counting down to the season premiere of

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 7
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting