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Stories for July 5, 2006

Congressional leaders meet in SD for immigration hearings

July 5
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressional leaders will meet with law enforcement officials in Imperial Beach this morning to discuss border issues. It's the first in a series of hearings on immigration reform scheduled by House Republicans. U.S. Border Patrol officials will take part. People on both sides of the immigration debate are planning to demonstrate outside the hearing room.

Pension roll-back court battle continues

July 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Attorneys in the legal battle over whether to role back San Diego pension benefits were back in court today. Judge Jeffrey Barton called a special hearing to consider a new legal ruling on state conflict of interest laws. KPB reporter Alison St John has more.

It's summer and I've got nothing to plant!

July 5
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In summer the weather is dry and the soil is hot. For the most part, that means this isn't the time to stick things in the ground. But there is room for cultivation of some varieties of plants. We'll find out what those things are, we'll talk about blooming plants that will do well in pots, and take calls on all gardening matters from our listeners.

Mayor wants to bring back needle exchange program

July 5
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to bring back a clean needle program that was shut down last year. He says the program that allows IV drug users to exchange dirty needles for clean ones will help the city battle a regional health crisis. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Immigration hearings begin in Imperial Beach

July 5
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation holds a public hearing on immigration today in Imperial Beach. Tom Fudge speaks with the Republican Congressman who is chairing the hearing.