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Stories for June 11, 2008

Roberts Bites the Bullet

June 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Supervisor Ron Roberts says he’s ready to put a parcel tax on the November ballot to pay for more fire protection in the County. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Initiatives Cost Money Too

June 11
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

But even if they do find a solution, are we going to help them out? The gist of the poll results discussed in the article is that the people want to balance the budget by cutting spending that impacts other people. Don't take my money, don't cut my programs.

Protestors Want Blackwater Out of San Diego

June 11
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blackwater Worldwide may have succeeded in opening its Navy training center in Otay Mesa, but it has not succeeded in quieting its critics. More than 100 opponents turned up for a protest Wednesday. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps was there.

Poll: Many Californians Favor Higher Taxes Over Health Care Cuts

June 11
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest Field Poll shows a vast majority of Californians are strongly opposed to cutting healthcare programs as a means to balancing the state's budget. Yet that's exactly what the governor is proposing. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Citizen Voices

June 11
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SD High Schools Aren't Making the Grade

June 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego public high schools students are doing poorly on state standardized tests. That's based on a new analysis of high school performance in the district. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Tenth Initiative Qualifies For Calif. Ballot

June 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California voters will have at least ten ballot initiatives to consider next November. The latest to qualify is a bond measure for alternative fuel vehicles and renewable energy. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Barry Goldwater, Jr. Says Father Would Be Disappointed by Modern-Day Conservatism

June 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The late Senator Barry Goldwater, Sr. is considered by many as the father of the modern-day conservative movement. How would he feel about American conservatives in today's divisive political climate? We ask his son, Barry Goldwater, Jr., about his father's legacy.

Rattlesnake Bites on Rise in San Diego County

June 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Rattlesnakes are no stranger to San Diego County, but are they increasing in number and getting more venomous? Local experts answer your calls about rattlesnakes.

USGS Critiques Feds' Water Deal with Farmers

June 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests the federal government's plans to clean up thousands of acres of polluted cropland could repeat the same environmental problem that caused the death or deformation of thousands of birds in the 1980s.

Costs Rise for New State Prison

June 11
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It will probably cost California more money than expected to build a new death row complex at San Quentin State Prison. That's according to a new report by the State Auditor. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Oil Analyst Phil Flynn Discusses Skyrocketing Gas Prices

June 11
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The national average for regular self serve gasoline is now above four dollars. Yesterday crude oil prices were above $137 a barrel. But even with the price of crude coming down from time to time the price of gas and diesel keep going up. The oil markets have gotten so overheated that even Saudi Arabia is talking about an oil summit to find some stability. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, oil trader and analyst with Alaron Trading in Chicago, and an oil consultant with Fox News.

S.D. School Board Denies Superintendent Extra Powers

June 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School board backed-away from giving new Superintendent Terry Grier extra powers under a revised district policy. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Medical Marijuana Debate Hits San Diego Appeals Court

June 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Attorneys from two California counties say the state's medical marijuana law conflicts with federal statutes and should be overturned.

Obama Vies for Clinton's Supporters

June 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The presumptive Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are set following last week's final primary races. We'll take a look at the strategies of the two candidates as they gear up to battle each other for the White House.

Hardboiled Fun with the Books of Hard Case Crime

June 11
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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