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Stories for December 31, 2009

Developments Facing New Laws For Landscaping In 2010

Dec. 31
By Alison St John
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A little noticed change in the law will affect landscaping in new housing developments in the coming year.

Customs Agents Stop Fungus At Mexico-U.S. Border

Dec. 31
By Ed Joyce

During the last two months of 2009, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists frequently intercepted a fungal disease, black leaf spot, preventing it from entering Southern California.

Environmental Group Chides CBS For Story On State Water Woes

Dec. 31
By Ed Joyce
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An economic analyst with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is criticizing a recent CBS "60 Minutes" report on California's water problems.

Top Stories Of 2009: Drug Wars In Tijuana

Dec. 31
San Diego Week
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KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson looks at the impact the Tijuana drug cartels have made on both sides of the border through the past year.

Top Stories Of 2009: Project Envision Examines Food

Dec. 31
San Diego Week
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KPBS Investigative Reporter and Envision Host Joanne Faryon examines how the food we eat impacts our health, economy, and environment.

Top Stories Of 2009: Water Shortages

Dec. 31
San Diego Week
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KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce predicts severe water shortages to come in 2010 after the fourth straight year of drought.

Top Stories Of 2009: Health Care Reform And Swine Flu Epidemic

Dec. 31
San Diego Week
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KPBS Health Reporters Tom Fudge and Kenny Goldberg examine the top health stories this year, such as health care reform and the swine flu epidemic.

Top Stories Of 2009: Massive Budget Cuts To Education

Dec. 31
San Diego Week
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KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis examines the impact of hundreds of millions of dollars being cut from school districts in San Diego County.

Top Stories Of 2009: Military Expansion And San Diego Budget Crisis

Dec. 31
San Diego Week
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KPBS Senior Metro Reporter Alison St John and KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr talk about the most important stories they've covered this year.

Free Public Transportation And Police Checkpoints For New Year's Eve

Dec. 31
By Tom Fudge

Free bus rides and police checkpoints will be part of the effort to insure San Diegans don't drink and drive this New Year's Eve.

Decade In Review: Corporate Scoundrels And Scandals

Dec. 31
Tamara Keith, NPR
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The business world has been rocked by one scandal after another in the past decade. From Bernie Ebbers to Bernie Madoff, it's been a confusing and angry time for investors.

Looking Ahead At San Diego's Housing Market

Dec. 31
By Alison St John
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San Diego is one of the few housing markets nationwide that has seen some price increases in recent months. But experts are cautious about what next year may bring.

San Diego City's Campaign Contribution Limits Challenged

Dec. 31
By Alison St John

Prominent San Diego Republicans want a federal judge to grant an injunction overturning campaign finance restrictions on next year’s City Council elections.

The Best and Worst of 2009

Dec. 31
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You can listen to my Top Ten picks or read the complete best and worst of 2009.