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Stories for May 10, 2011

Gas Price Relief May Come In Time For Summer Driving

May 10
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego drivers are getting a small break at gas pump as oil prices come down and more relief may arrive in time for the summer driving season.

Catholic Church Goes Green To Counter Global Warming

May 10
By Peggy Pico
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Pope Benedict XVI issues a “call to action” to deal with climate change.

KPBS Strengthens News Service

May 10

To fulfill its goal of being the premier local news analysis organization in San Diego, KPBS is taking significant steps toward better serving the community. Starting on Monday, May 23, KPBS 89.5 FM will begin airing 24 hours of news and informational programming. KPBS’ shift to a full schedule of news and information features several significant changes: “These Days” is changing its name to “Midday Edition” and will be an hour-long program at noon. “Editors Roundtable” will become “The Roundtable” and move to noon on Fridays as part of “KPBS Midday Edition.” All of the same popular and highly rated programs currently airing on KPBS radio will remain, however they may be airing at a new time. There are several new programs being added to the radio schedule: “World Have Your Say,” “To the Point,” “Q,” “PBS NewsHour,” “The Splendid Table” and “Being.”

Board Of Supervisors Approves Discount Drug Program

May 10
City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a discount drug program in which residents can save up to 65 percent on some prescriptions.

California State University Considers Drastic Budget Cuts, 32% Tuition Hike

May 10
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego State University students face a huge tuition hike next year. California State University laid out its worst-case scenario today, fearing $1 billion in state cuts.

Chief Lansdowne Apologizes For Police Misconduct

May 10
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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Police Chief William Lansdowne apologized on behalf of his department and pledged to do everything possible to regain the public's confidence and "repair the damage done."

Del Mar City Manager Resigns

May 10
City News Service

Del Mar City Manager Karen Brust resigned today, effective June 30, to to take the same position with the city of San Juan Capistrano.

Insight: Underwater Homes And Bike Valets: The Latest In Housing & Transport

May 10
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Las Vegas has the highest percentage of underwater homes and in Santa Monica sometimes you don't have to park your own bike.

Obama Passes On High Tech High

May 10
City News Service

A San Diego charter high school today fell short in its effort to have President Barack Obama deliver its commencement address.

SD Blood Bank To Re-Open Today At New Location

May 10
City News Service

After nearly 40 years on Upas Street near Balboa Park, the San Diego Blood Bank's main donor center will re-open today in a new location east of downtown San Diego.

The Long View On American Attitudes Toward Immigration

May 10
These Days

We'll speak to author and journalist Peter Schrag about the brief but amazing history of America's ambivalence toward immigrants.

The Secrets Of Asian Cooking

May 10
These Days

Asian cooking has its own styles, its own flavors and its own cooking techniques. On this month's Food Hour, we'll discuss how to buy from Asian markets and prepare new dishes, as well as select some delicious menu items from Asian restaurants in San Diego.

Jerry Brown: Called By A California In Crisis

May 10
These Days
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Governor Jerry Brown has had some unexpected setbacks recently as Republicans refused to support a measure that could have avoided drastic cuts. Now, as a profile piece in the New York Times Magazine suggests, Governor Brown may be ready to call that bluff and prescribe some very harsh medicine to our state.

Sports Update: NFL Labor Dispute, Padres Struggle

May 10
These Days
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With the season opener a little more than four months away, NFL owners and players are still in disagreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. This leaves many NFL teams like the San Diego Chargers in limbo after completing the NFL draft. In the meantime, there is still Padres baseball to be played. With us to discuss the NFL labor talks, Chargers and the San Diego Padres is North County Times Sports columnist Jay Paris.

Covert War With Iran: A 'Wilderness Of Mirrors'

May 10
Mike Shuster, NPR
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In recent years, Iran has seen defections, assassinations of nuclear scientists and bombings in ethnic areas. Whether it's an orchestrated campaign or a set of unconnected acts is unknown, but there is no doubt it is contributing to the destabilizing of Iran's government.

A New Gold Rush Leaves A Mark In Southwestern States

May 10
By Ruxandra Guidi
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During the 19th Century, gold mining fueled the expansion into the so-called Wild West. Today, rising gold prices have led to a new gold rush with ten old mines reopened in the last decade.

Insight: Politicians Continue To Battle Over The Future Of I-5

May 10
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Legislation that sought to slow the controversial expansion of Interstate-5 in San Diego has been taken down a notch. But the people behind it say it still has some teeth.