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Stories for July 11, 2006

Aguirre willing to go to court to battle pension roll-back

July 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre says he's willing to go to trial to roll back pension benefits for 11,000 city workers. The news comes after a Superior Court judge turned down his request for an immediate ruling. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Man gets dumped, goes on honeymoon anyway, stays for two years

July 11
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with Franz Wisner, author of the memoir

Sanders unveils police recruiting, retention plan

July 11
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says the growing shortage of experienced police officers is a crisis. Sanders unveiled a recruitment and retention plan today at city council. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.

Environmentalists suing over lead hunting bullets

July 11
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmentalists say they're suing the California Fish and Game Commission because the agency is violating the nation's endangered species law.

Survey: Californians overcharged for prescription drugs

July 11
By Stephanie Collins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new survey released Tuesday indicates 6.6 million uninsured Californians are being overcharged for their prescription drugs. Mary Sweeters of the CALPIRG Education Fund says the situation in California is representative of a growing trend across the United States. She urges politicians to get involved.

PBS documentary looks at the violent 18th Street Gang

July 11
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with filmmaker Ricardo Pollack about his new documentary

Mexican presidential candidate Lopez Obrador protests election results

July 11
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party received a razor-thin margin of 243,000 votes in Mexico's presidential election. Tom Fudge speaks with experts and callers to discuss Lopez Obrador's response to the results.

Will a planned toll road kill the waves at Trestles?

July 11
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to representatives from the Surfrider Foundation and the Transportation Corridors Agency about the plan to build a toll road to expand state Route 241.

Congress evaluating No Child Left Behind Act

July 11
By Terry Gildea and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congress is evaluating the No Child Left Behind act. Passed in 2002, it requires that states meet national educational standards or risk losing federal funds. But San Diego Democrat Susan Davis has concerns about how the data for the program is collected. From Capitol Hill, Terry Gildea has more.

Local playwright brings new play to Point Loma

July 11
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Host Tom Fudge talks with playwright and director J. Marcus Newman about his new play Moms in America.

Superior Court Judge denies Aguirre

July 11
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney wanted to roll back hundreds of millions of dollars in pension benefit increases without a trial, but a Superior Court Judge has denied him. KPBS News reporter, Alison St. John, tells us more.

Mayor to brief council today on pension scandal investigation

July 11
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Sanders is expected to brief the City Council today on the status of an investigation into the pension scandal. The council has spent more than 17 million dollars looking into why the city failed to properly disclose the debt to investors.