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Stories for September 3, 2008

Citizen Voices

Sept. 3
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An Energy Crisis, an Alaskan Delegate, and a Vote

Sept. 3
By Joe Spurr and Political Fix by Gloria Penner
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Approaching the

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Sept. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

10% Hand Count in Close Races Overturned

Sept. 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California appeals court has ruled that San Diego County’s Registrar of Voters does not have to manually count 10% of the vote in close races. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

State Republicans Must Decide Between Convention and Budget

Sept. 3
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Despite the record breaking late budget, some state GOP lawmakers are attending their national convention. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Jury Says SDG&E Negligent in Marine Helicopter Crash

Sept. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A jury has found San Diego Gas & Electric negligent in the deaths of four Marines who were killed when their helicopter hit an unlit utility tower on Camp Pendleton in 2004.

Medical Workers are Concerned about State Budget Cuts

Sept. 3
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Doctors, hospitals, and other providers in San Diego are urging state lawmakers to pass a budget that minimizes cuts to healthcare programs. Providers say our local safety net is already at risk. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Round-Up of California Bills in Jeopardy

Sept. 3
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers were busy passing hundreds of bills over the holiday weekend. But, unless they reach a budget deal by the end of the month, the Governor promises he'll veto all of them. Sacramento reporter Marianne Russ has a round-up of the bills in jeopardy.

Baja's Coastal Development Boom Slows Down

Sept. 3
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The development boom along Baja California's coast has slowed dramatically during the last few years. Developers say the U-S mortgage crisis and the economic downturn have deflated sales. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

93-year-old Woman Relives Youth When Diary is Found

Sept. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

When New York Times journalist Lily Koppel climbed into a dumpster outside her apartment building, she didn't know the extent of the treasures that lay inside. What came of it was a book based on a 75-year-old diary kept by a young New York woman in the 1930s. We'll talk with the author about finding the diary's owner, now 93 years old, and unraveling the hopes and dreams that we all possess.

Facing Death & Dying

Sept. 3
These Days

We all will die someday...it is unavoidable. But how do we deal with and prepare for death? How has the Western approach to death evolved over the years? And is there a 'right' way to prepare for the end of our lives? We'll talk about death and dying and the role that hospice and palliative care play in the process.

Why We Drive the Way We Do

Sept. 3
These Days

Human beings have fretted about traffic since they started to do something other than walk. The advent of horses, carts, carriages, bicycles, automobiles and skateboards have all caused annoyance and accidents and a re-figuring of the complex dance we engage in trying to get from one place to another. A new book examines why we drive the way we do, what that says about us and why we are worse drivers than we think we are.

Republicans Regroup to Salvage Convention

Sept. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The national Republican convention got underway this week in St. Paul, Minnesota but the mood has been dampened by Hurricane Gustav. We'll talk with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner, who is at the convention, about the atmosphere, the speeches and the Republican plan to keep control of the White House.

Suit Dropped Against Officer Whose Dog Died in Car

Sept. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city attorney's office has dropped a civil lawsuit against a San Diego police officer whose police dog died when he left it in a hot patrol car with the windows closed.

State Regulators Say Utility's Violations Led to Deadly Oct. Fires

Sept. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State regulators on Tuesday blamed two companies for violating power line regulations and causing three of the deadly fires that swept through San Diego County last fall.

Chair of the SD Republican Party Talks About RNC

Sept. 3
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is half over. Last night's speeches set the stage for the main events. Tonight, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will address the convention in preparation for her nomination. Joining us on Morning Edition is KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner. She is watching the action and meeting with San Diego delegates in Saint Paul.

Gloria Penner Gives a Rundown of the First Full Day of Speeches at the RNC

Sept. 3
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

With Hurricane Gustav no longer a threat to the Gulf Coast, last night the Republican National Convention resumed its full schedule of speeches. KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner has been covering both conventions and is now in Saint Paul, Minnesota.