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Stories for October 20, 2008

Off Mic

Oct. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Reporting From Ohio

Oct. 20
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

Before visiting family in Ohio this week, I'd assumed this swing state & mdash;a battleground for Democrats and Republicans & mdash;would be a hothouse of political conversation. After hanging out with native and transplanted Ohioans kind enough to offer me a piece of their minds (with some coaxing and humor), only a few times did conversation turn to national politics.

Citizen Voices

Oct. 20
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Homes Sales Rise

Oct. 20
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Home sales in San Diego County jumped by more than 56 percent in September compared to the same month a year ago. A real estate information service says prices during the same period dropped more than 30 percent. Dataquick's Andrew LePage says the the numbers relect a positivenote for a real estate market that's been dragging. However, he says the good news is tempered by the nation's financial problems.

California's Unemployment Rate Reaches 12-Year High

Oct. 20
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's unemployment rate is at a 12 year high. Governor Schwarzenegger is directing two million dollars for job assistance to workers in Southern California who lost their jobs in the recent wildfires. The federal money will help the unemployed with job searches and training. From Sacrament, Marianne Russ has more.

140 Dead in Tijuana in 25 Days

Oct. 20
By Amy Isackson

The wave of violence south of the border continues. A dozen people were murdered in Tijuana and Rosarito this weekend. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Bad Health Indicators for California Kids

Oct. 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report from UCLA shows the number of California children who are overweight has declined. But researchers say other health indicators for California kids aren't so good. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego Fine Tunes Living Wage Ordinance

Oct. 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council votes this afternoon on amendments to the city’s Living Wage Ordinance. The city adopted the ordinance in 2005, but it is not consistently enforced. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Analyzing the Presidential Candidates' Economic Plans

Oct. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How do Barack Obama and John McCain plan to tackle the nation's current financial crisis? Does either candidate have a specific plan that addresses the root causes of the United States' economic problems? As the fourth installment in our "Getting By" series, Host Tom Fudge speaks to Economics Professor James Hamilton about what the presidential candidates are saying, and whether they have a realistic strategy for fixing the core problems in the U.S. economy.

Hacksaw Hamilton Discusses Chargers Inconsistencies, Padres Off-season

Oct. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are the Chargers a Super Bowl contender or a pretender? Are the Padres really interested in trading pitching ace Jake Peavy? If so, why? Does the World Series match-up between the Rays and the Phillies have the makings of another fall classic? Host Tom Fudge speaks to long-time local sports talk-show host Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the hot sports stories in the news this week.

Strategies for Small Business Success During Down Economy

Oct. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How are San Diego's small businesses getting by in this tough economy? What are some things that local entrepreneurs can do to survive during the current financial crisis? Host Tom Fudge speaks to the local and national leaders of SCORE, which is an association that gives free advice to small businesses. We also discuss the resources available through SCORE, and effective strategies for small business success.

Composer Discusses African Folk Influences

Oct. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Percussionist Lukas Ligeti talks about the influence of African music on his compositions and about his father, the influential Hungarian composer Gyorgi Ligeti. Tonight, Ligeti will be honored as part of the NWEAMO International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music.

Federal Officials Break Ground on Imperial Valley Water Project

Oct. 20
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal officials visit the Imperial Valley this week to break ground on a new reservoir project designed to save Colorado River Water. The Colorado is also a major source of water for San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has more.

San Diego City Attorney Sues Fire Cleanup Firms

Oct. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

City officials have filed a lawsuit against two companies it had hired to clear debris from home sites ravaged by last year's wildfires, alleging they falsified records and knowingly overcharged by at least $2 million.

Today is the Deadline for Voter Registration

Oct. 20
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today is the deadline to get your voter registration cards turned into the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. The office in Kearny Mesa is open until midnight. The general election is just two weeks from Tuesday. And as Marianne Russ reports state election officials are anticipating a record turnout.