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Stories for May 24, 2006

School board votes to revamp high school science program

May 24, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City school board voted Tuesday to revamp the district's high school science program. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

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Da Vinci Code, Star Wars Fan Films, and more...

May 24, 2006
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Film critics discuss some of the new films in local theatres. Films include "Da Vinci Code," "Down in the Valley," "District B13," and a "Star Wars" fan-films.

Callers sound off on the affects of an aging society

May 24, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

America's baby boomers will begin reaching the tradition retirement age at the end of this decade. And there's every reason to believe our nation's population bulge will be old, and alive, for many years to come.

Supreme Court restores H.S. exit exam requirement

May 24, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's Supreme Court restored the high school exit exam as a graduation requirement today. Hundreds of San Diego County students are now wondering if they'll receive their diploma. It also poses a problem for school districts because commencement ceremonies are just around the corner. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Schwarzenegger, Fox to discuss immigration, security & trade

May 24, 2006
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger says border security, immigration and trade will top the agenda when he meets with Mexican President Vicente Fox Thursday. Fox will stop in Sacramento to meet with the Governor and lawmakers. Schwarzenegger says he's hoping for an open discussion - and says the topic of border security is about more than just immigration.

CHP credits decline in accidents to stepped up visibility

May 24, 2006
By Jane Morton and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Highway Patrol issued 28,000 speeding tickets to drivers on San Diego freeways last year. That's a big number, but it is down from the year before. The CHP says the number of accidents related to speeding are also down. The patrol credits their stepped up visibility and a 20-percent increase in what they call enforcement contacts. Reporter Jane Morton spent a morning on patrol for speeders and filed this report.

First wave of National Guard Troops head for the border

May 24, 2006
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two hundred National Guard soldiers are scheduled to arrive at the California-Mexico border next week. Six hundred more soldiers will head to other border states and signal the launch of President Bush's plan to use the National Guard to assist the Border Patrol. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Sanders won't take position on airport site

May 24, 2006
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says he won't take a position on a ballot measure that would select Miramar as a future airport site. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Personal data of 26 million veterans stolen

May 24, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Personal data, including social security numbers and birthdates, have been stolen from 26 million veterans nationwide. Tom Fudge speaks with the San Diego District Attorney's Office about how they plan to prosecute for this identity theft locally.