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Stories for May 19, 2006

Over the Hedge

May 19, 2006
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

RJ (voiced by Bruce Willis) is a savvy raccoon with a seemingly bottomless golf bag full of goodies. He may be a wild critter but he seems to have learned a lot about the materialistic consumerism of humans. As the film opens, he attempts to get junk food from the local park's vending machine. When he fails to satisfy his hunger, he turns to the goodies lying in the cave of a hibernating grizzly. But burly old Vincent (Nick Nolte) wakes just in time to witness the accidental destruction on all his winter goods'as well as his favorite red wagon and blue ice chest. RJ is naturally to blame and Vincent holds the rascally raccoon responsible for restocking the den. This prompts RJ to head towards a new housing complex that's just sprouted up on the edge of a tiny forest. Here RJ finds just the 'foragers' he'll need if he's to fill grizzly's order for junk food within the week timeframe he's been given. But Verne (the cautious turtle voiced by Gary Shandling) is suspicious both of RJ and of the ominous world of suburbia that lies just over the hedge.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 19, 2006
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor announces new head of EPA

May 19, 2006
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Linda Adams to be the head of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Healthcare, Immigration, Airport

May 19, 2006
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the first deadline for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program passed, President Bush laid out his plans for immigration reform, and a new report says that a joint-use airport at MCAS Miramar can work with no "unacceptable interference."

State Attorney General links meth to increased domestic violence

May 19, 2006
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's Attorney General says the methamphetamine epidemic in this state has led to a dramatic rise in domestic violence. Sacramento reporter, Ellen Ciurczak has more.

Police to investigate San Ysidro shooting

May 19, 2006
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Mexican government is calling for an investigation into a shooting by two federal agents at the San Ysidro border crossing that left 22 year old Oscar Garcia of Tijuana dead. A union representing the Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting defended the officer's conduct. Meanwhile, San Diego police are interviewing witnesses to the incident.

Mexico's President addresses immigration reform

May 19, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexican President Vicente Fox talked about U.S. immigration reform during a visit to Tijuana's largest maquiladora Thursday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.