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Stories for April 24, 2006

Residents could be offered tax-free disaster preparedness supplies

April 24
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We're a step closer to a nine-day tax holiday to buy disaster relief supplies. Legislation giving Californians the option to purchase things like batteries, flashlights and first aid kits free of state tax through 2010 has cleared its first committee hurdle.

What role does the U.S. Marine Corps Air Force have in Iraq?

April 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We hear quite a bit about our ground troops in Iraq, but what's the role of the Marine Corps air component? Retired Lieutenant Colonel Jay Stout hears the stories of Marines who served abroad. And then shares them with host Tom Fudge.

City proposes using tobacco settlement toward pension deficit

April 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego is grappling with labor unions today over a proposal to pay 100 million dollars into the pension system, using tobacco settlement money as collateral. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Imperial Valley continues to grow

April 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Kevin Kelley, with the Imperial Valley Press, about the biggest issues currently facing the Imperial Valley. Kelley talks about growth, unemployment, illegal immigration, and the idea of building an airport in that area.

SD based Naval medical ship heads for Asia

April 24
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the second time in the last two years, a San Diego-based Naval medical ship is headed for Southeast Asia. This time, the USNS Mercy is going on a proactive mission. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Cokie Roberts visits San Diego

April 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tom Fudge speaks with NPR's contributing senior news analyst Cokie Roberts about the politics and culture of Washington.

NPR reporter Deborah Amos shares stories about Iraq

April 24
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dwane Brown talks to NPR News reporter, Deborah Amos, about her experiences covering Iraq.

Aguirre talks about Sanders' recovery plan

April 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to City Attorney Mike Aguirre about the Mayor's financial recovery plan. Last week, Aguirre said that the Mayor's plan to fix San Diego's pension deficit could be illegal. Aguirre also talks about the Mayor's proposal to alter the city's lease agreement with the Chargers.

Proposed airport sites could become economic disasters

April 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report finds four remote sites being considered for a new regional San Diego airport are economic disasters because they are too far from downtown. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

April 24
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dwane Brown, sitting in for Tom Fudge, looks at the best bets for your weekend itinerary with David Coddon, Assistant Arts Editor for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Heroin trafficking consumes small town

April 24
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chiva is slang for heroin and it's the title of Chellis Glendinning's new book. In shocking details, Glendinning writes about heroin trafficking in Chimayo, a small town in New Mexico that boasts the most per-capita overdose deaths in the country.