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Stories for September 10, 2008

SD Teachers Union Blasts District For Labor Tactics

Sept. 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many San Diego public school teachers who got pink slips over the summer are back in district classrooms. But the local teachers union is still not satisfied. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains.

California Lawmakers Question Homeland Security Over Border Fence Delays

Sept. 10
By Sara Sciammacco and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California lawmakers questioned homeland security officials over delays and cost overruns on construction of fences along the US-Mexico border. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

Calif. Emergency Responders Head to Texas to Prepare for Hurricane Ike

Sept. 10
By Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As Hurricane Ike heads towards Texas, the state of California is sending help.The Governor's Office of Emergency Services has sent more than 300 emergency responders to Texas to help officials there prepare for the hurricane. Kelly Huston is the deputy director of the state agency. He says many of those sent were already in the region.

10 Marines Injured in Pendleton Truck Rollover

Sept. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authorities say 10 Marines have been injured in a truck rollover at Camp Pendleton.

SEDC Audit Reveals Fraud

Sept. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A long-awaited city audit of San Diego’s Southern Economic Development Corporation concludes the generous bonuses that top staff awarded themselves amount to fraud. Mayor Jerry Sanders says he will ask the District Attorney whether the fraud is criminal. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

CCDC Scraps Multi Million Dollar Project

Sept. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego’s downtown development corporation decided today to scrap a $400 million project in downtown, because of former President Nancy Graham’s undisclosed conflict of interest. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Que Viva! Cine Latino

Sept. 10
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The stunning animated film Tyger screens for free tonight. (Guilherme Marcondes)

Tri-City Medical Center Looking At Its Options

Sept. 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some board members of North County's Tri-City Medical Center say they'd be open to selling the hospital to get enough money to modernize the facility. The hospital district has failed three times to get voters to approve a bond measure to finance the upgrades. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Delays at San Ysidro Crossing Continue as Agents Learn New Computer System

Sept. 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Agents at the San Ysidro border crossing who aren't used to a new computer system are causing delays for people driving across, especially in Sentri lanes. Federal officials say things should return to normal next week. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Chula Vista Kidnap Victim Accused of Kidnapping in Mexico

Sept. 10
By Amy Isackson

A man who was kidnapped in Chula Vista a year ago is now himself accused of kidnapping in Mexico. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 10
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cancer Survivor, Researchers Discuss Best Way to Communicate about Cancer

Sept. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How do we talk about serious diseases like cancer? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to a cancer survivor and a professor who studies how families, patients, and doctors talk to each about cancer and disease. They explain how their research at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center in San Diego can help people become better communicators when dealing with difficult health problems.

Presidential Race Jumps into High Gear Following the Conventions

Sept. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The presidential race went into high gear with the conclusion of the Democratic and Republican national conventions. We'll get some analysis of the events these past two weeks from KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.

SDSU Fraternities Ordered to Dry Out

Sept. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

SDSU has initiated a ban on alcohol for the first five weeks of the 2008-09 school year for fraternities. (Sororities are already dry per national policy.) Fraternity recruitment was already alcohol free, but the ban now includes the two weeks leading up to recruitment, traditionally a time for considerable alcohol consumption, culminating in several cases of alcohol poisoning and sexual assaults. We find out why the ban was enacted, how it's working, and how this policy compares with other California schools.

Public Input Sought for Ways to Reform SD City Council

Sept. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you frustrated with the way the San Diego City Council does business? Do you have ideas for how you would like to change San Diego City government? Carl DeMaio, and Donna Frye want to hear your input. Host Tom Fudge speaks to Councilman-elect Carl DeMaio about an effort he is leading, along with Frye, to reform the policies at City Hall. Frye and DeMaio plan to unveil the reform proposals when the new City Council takes office on December 8, 2008.

Drought Water Bank Created to Supply Communities Facing Shortages

Sept. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) hosted a Drought Summit where state, federal and local officials met to discuss ways to deal with the state's water supply shortage that has resulted from ongoing dry weather conditions. One of the most significant actions to come out of the summit, was the creation of the 2009 Drought Water Bank. Host Tom Fudge speaks to Wendy Martin with the DWR about how the Drought Water Bank will work, and what kind of impact it will have on the state's water supply.

Judge Says Classroom 'God' Banners Free Speech

Sept. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego federal judge has upheld the free speech claim of a Christian math teacher asked to take down classroom banners with the words "God" and "Creator."

OPEC Decision Raises the Price of Crude Oil

Sept. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The price of crude oil dropped below $104 for the first time since April, but that didn't last too long. Prices are back up this morning as news broke OPEC would decrease output. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, a Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago.

Another Vote, Another Rejection for State Budget Proposal

Sept. 10
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Assembly Democrats voted against a Republican budget proposal. It does not raise taxes, but adds more spending cuts than proposed by Democrats or Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Free Screening: Divided We Fall

Sept. 10
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

San Diego, Ca - Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath (2008), the first feature-length documentary film on hate violence following Sept. 11, 2001, will screen in 50 cities across the U.S. next month in a grassroots campaign for deep dialogue about racism, religion, and renewal in America. San Diego State University is hosting a screening on Monday, Sept. 15. at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Letters Building (AL), Room 101 on SDSU's campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. The screening will be followed by a community dialogue session facilitated by Emily Kugler.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 10
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tax Breaks For Solar Energy

Sept. 10
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Legislation that would pave the way for the expansion of solar energy in California will be decided by Governor Schwarzenegger. Two bills give tax breaks to homeowners and commercial solar facilities. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.