Stories for August 11, 2009
Prices at the pump may have finally stopped going up – at least for now.
San Diego Gas and Electric wants to build a new electric substation near Jacumba to tap renewable energy sources. The substation is one part of a project submitted to the state public utilities commission this week.
Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego County is taking the sting out of its horsewhips. On Wednesday, it will become the first track in California to require the use of riding crops that can't raise welts.
There have been reports California's state senate leader was planning to file a lawsuit against Governor Schwarzenegger. We asked non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy what Democratic Leader Darrell Steinberg is trying to do.
Have we become a scientifically illiterate nation? If so, what affect will this ignorance about science pose to our future? We speak to the co-author of "Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future" about the book, and to discuss what can be done to increase our science IQ before it's too late.
In a time when retail seems to be dominated by chain stores, there are some independents that are holding their own. Nationally-known retail expert George Whalin names the 25 best independent retail stores in the nation in his book "Retail Superstars."
San Diego's Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine is working to meet a Thursday deadline for a major loan on it's research center. The center will be the most visible benefit to San Diego of Prop 71, which funds stem cell research.
San Diego Unified public schools near the Miramar Corps Air Station will share a $2.5 million federal grant intended for programs that could make life easier for military students between deployments.
The federal government issued guidelines Friday to the nation's schools on what to do about the likely return this fall of the new H1N1 swine flu virus. "We can't stop the tide of flu from coming in, but we can reduce the number of people who become severely ill from it," said Thomas Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.