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Stories for May 22, 2006

Are women forced to choose family over work?

May 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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 women, career and family.

LGBT students receive scholarships for their work in the community

May 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in San Diego is honoring local students for their work in the LGBT community. Tom Fudge speaks with two of those students about their experiences and a local PFLAG organizer about the scholarship program.

Prop. 81 Aims to Improve Public Libraries

May 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should the state issue $600 million in bonds to pay for the construction and renovation of public libraries? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Richard Rider and Jose Aponte about Proposition 81.

Cheney in CA for fundraising tour

May 22
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Vice President Dick Cheney is in California on a two-day fund-raising tour to help Republican Congressional candidates. Cheney was greeted by protesters when he arrived at an event in Sacramento Monday. Sacramento Reporter Marianne Russ has more.

Sanders in Washington to discuss binational economic issues

May 22
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's mayor is in Washington DC this morning. It is his third trip to the nation's capital this year to lobby for San Diego's interests. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New SD Red Cross CEO discusses organization's challenges

May 22
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The local chapter of the American Red Cross covers 10,000 square miles from San Diego to Imperial Counties. The charity is charged with providing emergency help to an estimated 3.3 million people in this area. Like the national organization, San Diego's chapter of the Red Cross has had its share of ups and downs. KPBS Morning News Anchor Dwane Brown talked about the organizations future with its new Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wiemann.

Local elementary school receives new guitars

May 22
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students at a local elementary school will receive brand new guitars today thanks to a popular guitar manufacturer and a local group the promotes music in schools. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Airport Authority hearing final report from consulting team

May 22
By Ed Joyce, Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is chewing over the final report from a consulting team during its meeting this hour. KPBS Reporter Beth Ford Roth says some board members were unhappy with the consultants report on expanding Lindberg Field.

Safety officials warn boaters to wear life jackets

May 22
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many boaters will be hitting the water this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. And safety officials want to pound one point home: wear a life jacket. Sacramento Reporter Ellen Ciurczak has more.

Eight years after passing prop 227, teaching English learners is still hard

May 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposition 227 was meant to reform bilingual education and improve the performance of English language learners. Today, eight years later, there's no evidence that English learners are better off. Host Tom Fudge speaks with reporter Kathryn Baron, whose six-part series on the effects of 227 try to determine why quality education for English learners remains an elusive goal.

Property tax increases would upgrade Grossmont Hospital

May 22
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On June 6th, East County voters will decide whether property owners should pay slightly higher taxes to support improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story on Proposition G, a $247-million bond measure.

Red Cross CEO talks about organization's future

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The local chapter of the American Red Cross covers 10,000 square miles from San Diego to Imperial Counties. The charity is charged with providing emergency help to an estimated 3.3 million people in this area. Like the national organization San Diego's chapter of the Red Cross has had its share of up's and down's. Joining me to talk about the organizations future is new Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Wieman.

U.S. Marine talks about reconstruction in Fallujah

May 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Government is spending billions of dollars to rebuild Iraq. Host Tom Fudge speaks with a U.S. Marine in Fallujah who surveys the city to determine what needs to be done.