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Stories for September 8, 2010

San Diego City Water Rates May Rise Again

Sept. 8, 2010
By Alison St John

The city of San Diego is preparing to inform its residents of another water rate increase. Critics say the city should only pass the extra cost of water along to users if water agencies adopt reforms.

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Miramar Troops Deploy To Afghanistan

Sept. 8, 2010
By Kyla Calvert

About 600 San Diego-based troops will begin a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan in the coming weeks. The first group of Marines and sailors left Wednesday after a steak and egg breakfast at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Cost Of Health Insurance Rising For Individual Policy Holders

Sept. 8, 2010
By Kenny Goldberg

State regulators have approved Health Net's application to raise insurance premiums an average of 16 percent for individual policy holders. The increase follows approved rate hikes for Blue Shield and Anthem Blue Cross.

Dredging Begins In Mission Bay Channel

Sept. 8, 2010
City News Service

Work will begin this week to begin dredging the Mission Bay Channel to make it safer for recreational and commercial boaters accessing the Pacific Ocean, it was announced today.

SeaWorld Looks For Answers In Whale's Death

Sept. 8, 2010
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

SeaWorld San Diego officials hope to find out why a performing killer whale died in the prime of its life. Park veterinary staff hope tissue and blood samples will provide answers.

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Obama Pitches Trio Of Economic Proposals

Sept. 8, 2010
Associated Press

President Barack Obama strongly defended his opposition to extending Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans on Wednesday and delivered a searing attack on Republicans and their House leader for advocating "the same philosophy that led to this mess in the first place."

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On Rosh Hashanah, SD Israel Coalition Calls For Peace At Home And Abroad

Sept. 8, 2010
By Susan Murphy

The San Diego Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashanah starting tonight at sunset. The holiday marks the Jewish New Year. As leaders in Israel and Palestine renew efforts to end conflict in the Middle East, one local group is calling for a year of peace in San Diego.

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John Denver: A Song's Best Friend

Sept. 8, 2010

"John Denver: A Song's Best Friend" celebrates the late singer/songwriter's legacy with classic performances from his popular 1970s television specials, rare footage from his Sing Australia! (1984 and 1994) and Red Rocks concerts (1973 and 1982), and interviews with the people closest to him, including ex-wife Annie and producer and arranger Milt Okun. Recorded August 2004.

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Books Take a Hit at Gay Bookstore

Sept. 8, 2010
Randy Dotinga

Culture Lust contributor Randy Dotinga talks with the new owner of Obelisk, Hillcrest's gay and lesbian bookstore, about the future of independent bookstores and the purchasing habits of gay and lesbian consumers.

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Short Films On Museum Walls

Sept. 8, 2010
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's best showcase for short films takes place this Thursday at MCASD's downtown location. Alt.pictureshows returns with films from all around the world screened on a continuous loop so you can physically channel surf the museum. We talk with curator Neil Kendricks.

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What Can Be Done To Reduce Feral Cat Population?

Sept. 8, 2010
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

There are close to one million feral cats living in San Diego County. We discuss how the feral cat population got so big, and what's being done to prevent the number of stray cats from growing.

San Diego Retiree Health Benefits Heading For Negotiation

Sept. 8, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego faces a $1.3 billion unfunded retiree health liability. Do you think the city should have the right to change benefits promised to workers? Why do you think the city has let this problem go on for so long?

700,000 Calif. Kids Eligible For State Insurance, Not Enrolled

Sept. 8, 2010
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

A study by the Urban Institute shows some 700,000 California children who are eligible for state paid health programs are not enrolled. That's a third of the state’s 1.5 million uninsured children.

Schwarzenegger Headed to Asia For Trade Mission Despite Lack of Budget

Sept. 8, 2010
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Governor Schwarzenegger leaves Thursday for a six-day trade mission to Asia. He’s decided to go despite the fact that California still has no budget in place. Schwarzenegger will visit China, Japan and South Korea to promote investment in California and the state’s products.

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myKPBS Film Club: 'Role/Play'

Sept. 8, 2010
By Beth Accomando

Get free passes to "Role/Play" at the Birch North Park Theater by visiting the myKPBS Film Club page.

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BP Report Blames Multiple Companies For Gulf Spill

Sept. 8, 2010
Scott Neuman, NPR

A new BP report concludes that "multiple companies and work teams" are to blame for the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and the largest oil spill in U.S. history, including the rig's owner and a company doing cement work on the well bore just before the explosion.

Retiree Health Negotiations May Hinge On One Question

Sept. 8, 2010
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Negotiations between San Diego and its unions over how to lower retiree health costs haven’t officially begun. But the two sides showed their positions Tuesday at a city council meeting and the talks could get off to a rocky start.