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Stories for May 23, 2006

Prius Nation

May 23
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Commentaries

Maybe I notice so many Toyota Priuses on the road because I now know what they look like. I bought one in January, and since then it seems like I see them all the time. But a lot of people are driving this odd-looking gas miser, and there are two very good reasons for it. Gas prices are at record levels and this year you get a sweet credit for buying a hybrid car. The Prius tax credit typically exceeds $3,000.

KPBS Commentaries

May 23
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The Violet Hour comes to The Old Globe

May 23
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Richard Greenberg is considered one of the best American playwrights in the last 20 years. The Old Globe's Resident Artistic Director Jerry Patch joins host Tom Fudge to talk about the Globe's production of The Violet Hour.

SD Airport Authority one step closer to putting Miramar on the ballot

May 23
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The strategic planning committee of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority voted yesterday to put Miramar on the November ballot. Tom Fudge finds out about this recent development that brings us one step closer to a November vote.

Vice President Dick Cheney visits San Diego

May 23
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to KPBS News Reporter Alison St. John about Vice President Dick Cheney's visit to San Diego. Cheney is in town to deliver remarks at a rally for the Navy and to attend a luncheon for Congressional candidate Brian Bilbray.

San Diego leads nation in on-line job listings

May 23
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you're looking for a job online, San Diego is the place to be. A new study shows that the city had nearly three-and-a-half jobs advertised for every 100 members of the local workforce than any other city last month. The figure is base on ads posted on 1,200 major Internet job sites.

Eminent domain initiative is on the ballot in Chula Vista

May 23
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Professor Phil Saenz about the eminent domain initiative for Chula Vista, known as Proposition C. We also talk about the Mayor's race in Chula Vista, and the push for a new Chargers stadium in that city.

Mayor Sanders discusses local issues in Washington D.C.

May 23
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Mayor Jerry Sanders who joins us from Washington D.C. The Mayor is in Washington to meet with California lawmakers and Bush Administration officials about border infrastructure and the dispute over the Mount Soledad Cross.

Miramar is top pick for new airport location

May 23
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's looking more and more like the Miramar Marine Corps Station will be put to a vote as a possible airport site in November. A key committee of the County's Airport Authority voted yesterday to put Miramar on the ballot. The full board will consider that motion at its June 5th meeting. KPBS environment and science reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Sanders in DC to push for border crossing expansion

May 23
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders met with four California congressional representatives in Washington DC Tuesday to push for expanding the San Ysidro Port of Entry and for a new border crossing. Sanders says educating elected officials has been a major part of his mission. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Dead Sea Scrolls appearing in San Diego soon

May 23
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ancient Dead Sea Scrolls are coming to San Diego's Natural History Museum. Host Tom Fudge finds out what they are and learns the impact they have on religion today.

Study: Household cleaners cause indoor air pollution

May 23
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Household cleaners can cause harmful indoor air pollution, according to a new report sponsored by the California Air Resources Board. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Parental notification measure could be back on ballot

May 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California voters may get another chance to weigh in on a measure that would require doctors to notify parents before performing an abortion on a minor. Supporters of the proposed initiative say they've turned in more than enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Cheney visits SD to rally troops, campaign for Bilbray

May 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Vice President Dick Cheney is in San Diego today to rally the troops. He'll also help Republican Brian Bilbray in his campaign for Congress. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Were San Diegans ever happy with Lindbergh Field?

May 23
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans are busy looking into the future and discussing a possible new site for the county's airport. But to really understand the future, one needs to look back. Tom Fudge speaks with KPBS reporter Pat Finn about the history of Lindbergh Field.