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Stories for March 15, 2006

Immigration reform bill debate drags on

March 15
By Jill Morrison and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is trying to finish debate on the immigration reform bill this week. But Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein is urging her colleagues to take their time. Jill Morrison reports from Capitol Hill.

Sand dune protected, federal court rejects BLM plan

March 15
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A federal court has handed a major victory to environmentalists trying to protect the nation's largest sand dune park in Southeast California. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

New Crime novel from local writer T. Jefferson Parker

March 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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All of T. Jefferson Parker's 13 novels deal with crime, life and death in sunny Southern California. His new novel, The Fallen, takes place in San Diego amidst city hall and police corruption. Parker talks with host Tom Fudge about The Fallen and writing crime novels in Southern California.

Cross-border collaboration to promote regional economy

March 15
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Business leaders from both sides of the California Mexico border met in San Diego today to discuss plans for boosting economic cooperation. One theme that emerged was how to create a regional economy given the immigration debate that's raging in Washington. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Freedom of Information Act requests delayed

March 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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How long does it take to receive documents from a Freedom of Information Act request? Host Tom Fudge speaks with Law Professor William Aceves who is still receiving documents he requested 17 years ago as a graduate student.

Attorney General will sue company for taking cell phone records

March 15
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's Attorney General is suing a Florida company for illegally obtaining and selling cell phone records. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Documentary investigates human migration across Arizona's border

March 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The documentary film, Crossing Arizona, looks at how immigration policies and heightened security are playing out along Arizona's desert border. The film also looks at the rising death toll of migrants crossing dangerous terrain.

SD sheriff deputies now armed with tasers

March 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego sheriff deputies now have a new way of dealing with violent suspects. They can shoot them with a taser gun. Tom Fudge finds out what these guns are, when they'll be used, and why San Diego has decided to buy them.

Are women forced to choose family over work?

March 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Women are not entering the workforce as they once did. Some experts say mothers' overcrowded lives are limiting their roles in the work force. UCSD sociologist Mary Blair-Loy talks about how women are now negotiating career and family.

Poll: Majority of Californians support doctor-assisted suicide

March 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Advocates of doctor-assisted suicide say they're encouraged by a new public opinion poll that reveals strong support for the concept. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story

Understanding Bonds 101

March 15
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Sometime this year, you'll very likely be asked to consider a major bond issue that might pay for improvements to roads, levees, and ports as well as new schools. Lawmakers are haggling over just what should be funded - but in the end, it's the rest of us who'll actually decide whether to give a bond plan the go-ahead or not. Marianne Russ has a lesson in Bond 101.

Scripps scientists discover therapeutic uses for botox

March 15
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Botox is best known for its cosmetic use in getting rid of wrinkles. But scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla have made a discovery that could expand its use in treating more serious problems. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.