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Stories for December 27, 2011

Congress Really Is As Bad As You Think, Scholars Say

Dec. 27
Scott Neuman, NPR
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Congressional approval ratings are on the rocks, hovering in or near single digits for the first time since pollsters started measuring them. But just how bad is the current congressional stalemate?

San Diego Home Prices Drop

Dec. 27
City News Service
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San Diego's home prices dropped 0.6 percent between September and October, and fell by 4.5 percent from October 2010, according to the latest Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes released today.

2011: San Diego's Top Government/Politics Stories

Dec. 27
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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On KPBS Midday Edition, we look at San Diego's top government and politics stories. From Occupy San Diego to plans to expand the convention center, we'll take a look back with KPBS reporter Katie Orr.

Vets Deal With Murky Medical Marijuana Rules

Dec. 27
Midday Edition
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Returning veterans who must deal with pain are finding it difficult to reconcile the different rules followed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department.

New Powerful Painkiller Has Abuse Experts Worried

Dec. 27
Associated Press

Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation's second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse.

No U.S. Troops, But An Army Of Contractors In Iraq

Dec. 27
Tom Bowman, NPR
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The U.S. troops have left Iraq, and U.S. diplomats will now be the face of America in a country that remains extremely volatile.

Family Of Murdered SDSU Student Wants Killer To Remain In Prison

Dec. 27
City News Service
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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of a San Diego State student by an on-duty California Highway Patrol officer who will face a parole board at a state prison in a few weeks.

Water Main Break Causes Large Sink Hole In Clairemont

Dec. 27
By Nico Smedley and City News Service
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A water main break in Clairemont caused a large sinkhole early today and sent water gushing through the middle of a residential street for more than an hour, police said.

Growing Number Of Latino Youths In Juvenile Hall For Drug Offenses

Dec. 27
By Ruxandra Guidi
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A new report finds that the number of youths in juvenile hall in San Diego County is on the rise, and made up primarily of Hispanics.