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Stories for March 22, 2006

Who's Monitoring Your Online Searches And Why?

March 22
These Days
Midday Edition

Search engines like Google are increasingly in the news, both because of privacy concerns and questions around censorship and filtering of search results. These Days host Tom Fudge moderates a panel of experts discussing the ethical issues surrounding internet search engines.

CA below national avg. for home ownership

March 22
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fewer Californians own homes than almost any other state in the country. That's according to a new report, which finds homeownership is 57 percent in the state. Sacramento reporter, Marianne Russ has the story.

Democratic leader tours border, urges comprehensive immigration reform

March 22
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid toured the California Mexico border today. Reid called for comprehensive immigration reform in advance of next week's Senate immigration debate. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

State wants medicinal marijuana lawsuits dismissed

March 22
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors and San Bernadino County are seeking to overturn the Compassionate Use Act, which allows the use of medicinal marijuana. The state wants the lawsuits dismissed. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

African American couple suing 7-Eleven for discrimination

March 22
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An African couple is suing 7-Eleven alleging the retail corporation used racist practices to prevent the pair from buying a franchise in Encinitas. The husband and wife say 7-Eleven required them to take a psychological test and used it as an excuse to deny their request to buy a franchise. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Federal transportation official visits SD for airport discussion

March 22
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans frustrated by the endless debate over where to locate a new airport might be heartened that a federal transportation official is taking an interest in the issue. The chair of the Federal Transportation Department's aviation subcommittee, Congressman John Mica, came to town to chair a roundtable on the question. But anyone hoping for some guidance from above, came away empty handed. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California's air is second most toxic in nation

March 22
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Environmental Protection Agency says airborne chemicals in California contribute to a cancer risk that's much higher than the national average. The EPA report is based on emissions of some 177 different carcinogens. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.