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Stories for July 9, 2008

Wait, See, Hope and Pander - The Plans for Withdrawal

July 9
Citizen Voices

And now Iraqi National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie says that the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) -- the future security arrangement being hammered out between the Iraqi government and the U.S. -- must contain

San Diego Unified Experiences Personnel Shuffle

July 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 100 San Diego school district administrators and principals will be reassigned to different campuses and positions over the summer break. Its part of Superintendent Terry Grier's reorganization plan. But as KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis reports, some parents and teachers don't like the changes.

Stealth Election?

July 9
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

This is Diaz's second race for the position, having come in third with 16 percent of the vote in the 2006 election.

Kafka's Papers Found (not the ones we're looking for)

July 9
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries

Kafka is a headliner! Franz Kafka is in theinternational news this week. July 3 marked the 125th anniversary of his birth with special events held in his honor in Germany and elsewhere. The following story broke July 8 in

Citizen Voices

July 9
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California High-Speed Rail Route Approved

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California High Speed Rail Authority has given its final approval to a route that would link the state's major cities and regions.

Calif. Power Demand Expected to Be High During Heatwave

July 9
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California agency that monitors energy use says demand has been below expectations, but is likely to be high during the next few days.

Coastal Commission Postpones Navy Broadway Hearing

July 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Navy faces more delays in its effort to develop its new Headquarters on San Diego Bay. The California Coastal Commission has postponed for a second time its hearings on the ambitious project. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more

Border Patrol Finds 2 Bodies in Desert Heat

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Border Patrol says agents discovered two dead bodies in some of the most inhospitable terrain along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Citizen Voices

July 9
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fire Destroys San Diego Rescue Mission

July 9
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A warehouse belonging to the San Diego Rescue Mission went up in flames last night. The fire engulfed the University Avenue building, destroying donated furniture, clothing and household appliances. Nothing was salvageable. The estimated replacement value is over a million dollars.

KPBS Commentaries

July 9
By Kdiamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Excess Administrative Costs Add to Healthcare Tab in California

July 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The public interest group CALPIRG says California spends nine-billion dollars a year on health insurance-related administrative costs. The group says much of this spending is wasteful. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Inside Sacramento: Budget Stalemate, Firefighting Costs, November Ballot Measures

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's the latest news on the budget stalemate in Sacramento? How do lawmakers plan to tackle the state's $15 billion budget shortfall? How much has the state spent on fire suppression this year? Host Tom Fudge speaks with The California Report's Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers about the hot topics in the California State Capitol right now.

Democrats Worry That Obama Is Shifting to Center

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is fighting back accusations that he's moving towards the center to appeal to conservative voters. We'll talk with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner about Obama's positions on things like gun rights, the death penalty and federally supported faith-based initiative. And we'll discuss the Obama-Clinton fundraising partnership.

Report on October's SD Wildfires Being Released

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A detailed report on the origin and causes of three devastating wildfires that swept across San Diego County in October is being released online.

SD Mayor Questions Salaries of Two City Employees

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is questioning why the president and finance director of one of the city's two nonprofit redevelopment arms were paid more than their approved salary range.

Democratic Party Endorses Aguirre

July 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Democratic Party voted last night to endorse incumbent Mike Aguirre for city attorney. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

CAL ISO Wants Consumers to Reduce Power Use

July 9
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

With high temperatures and wildfires burning to the North, California energy officials want consumers throughout the state to reduce power use. We're joined now on Morning Edition by Gregg Fishman with the California Independent System Operator, the agency that monitors the state's power grid.

Market Analyst Phil Flynn Discusses Falling Gas Prices

July 9
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Oil prices fell as much as $6 a barrel yesterday and the Oil Price Information Service says retail gas prices in the US held steady at a record $4.11 a gallon. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, a Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

Hellboy II Web Feauturette

July 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 9
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting