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Stories for January 7, 2009

SD Unified Board Pinpoints $22M in Budget Cuts

Jan. 7
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School Board has pinpointed roughly $22 million-worth of mid-year budget cuts in anticipation of what lawmakers might decide in Sacramento. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

What I'm Watching: State of Play

Jan. 7
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
Tease photo

David Morriseey and John Simm in the BBC serial drama

Schwarzenegger to Restart Budget Talks

Jan. 7
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will restart stalled budget talks in hopes of getting an agreement to deal with California's projected $42 billion deficit. The Republican governor says he'll ask the Legislature's four top leaders to meet with him Thursday to try once again to reach a compromise.

Consumer Advocates Blast Blue Shield Deal

Jan. 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blue Shield of California has agreed to reinstate insurance to nearly 700 people whose health coverage was terminated after they became ill. Consumer advocates say the deal with the State of California lets the company off easy. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Hueso Says San Diego Facing Major Budget Cuts

Jan. 7
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council President Ben Hueso says the city will see millions of dollars in budget cuts in the upcoming year. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 7
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gloria Penner Looks At Presidential Challenges Past and Present

Jan. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

When President-elect Barack Obama takes office on January 20, he'll face many challenges, from an economy in recession to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How will these events shape his presidency? And what challenges have previous presidents faced? We'll talk about this with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.

Michigan Parole Board to Hear Case of Fugitive Mom

Jan. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Michigan Parole Board will consider whether to release a California woman who was returned to prison 32 years after she escaped.

Second Chance Founder Explains How You Can Live a Heroic Life

Jan. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you hoping to make significant changes in your life in 2009? What are some things you can do to turn your life around? What will be some of the biggest hurdles you will face along the way? What should you keep in mind as you face the difficult challenges along the path to self-improvement? We speak with Scott Silverman, founder and executive director of the Second Chance program, about "A Guide to Living a Heroic Life."

Ben Hueso Discusses Goals for 2009, Role of Council President

Jan. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's on the San Diego City Council's agenda for 2009? We ask the new City Council President, Ben Hueso, about his plans for the new year. We also discuss the role of the council president, and Hueso's background in politics.

Market Analyst Explains How European Energy Conflicts Will Affect the US

Jan. 7
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Russia has cut-off gas supplies to Ukraine, leaving many countries in Europe in the dark. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn a Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

Trailer Tuesday: Underworld-Rise of the Lycans

Jan. 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando