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Stories for May 31, 2006

Some fear HIV epidemic in Tijuana

May 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana may be emerging as a hotspot for HIV infection. New research suggests as many as one in every 125 Tijuana residents ages 15 to 49 could be infected. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story about a situation some fear could turn into an epidemic.

Is Tijuana on the brink of an AIDS epidemic?

May 31
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tom Fudge talks to KPBS television reporter, Amita Sharma, about the increasing cases of HIV and AIDS in Tijuana.

San Diego's Homeland Security funds slashed

May 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal Homeland Security money earmarked for the San Diego region will be cut almost in half next year. The Department of Homeland Security announced today it will allocate less than $8 million to San Diego, down from $15 million. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Is there a Democrat who can beat Schwarzenegger in November?

May 31
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Treasurer and the State Controller are both Democrats and both running for Governor. Yet while Schwarzenegger's popularity is still below 50 percent, Phil Angelides and Steve Westly still can't seem to generate any enthusiasm about their campaigns.

San Diego City Council Votes on Budget for `07

May 31
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council voted on the first budget under the strong mayor form of government today. Tom Fudge speaks with the budget and finance chair, Toni Atkins, about the dollars and sense of San Diego.

Scripps Health unveils plans for cardiovascular institute

May 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Scripps Health has unveiled its plans to create a state-of-the-art cardiovascular institute. Scripps officials say their goal is to create the region's finest center for heart care and cardiovascular research. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Bob Filner aims to win an 8th term in Congress

May 31
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Congressman Bob Filner about his re-election campaign in the 51st District. Filner is being challenged in the Primary Election by fellow Democrat Juan Vargas. Filner talks about illegal immigration, the War in Iraq, and the search for a new airport.

What will baseball history say about a home run record on drugs?

May 31
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Over the weekend San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth on the list of most career home runs. Now, forty homers separate him from Hank Aaron, and the most hallowed baseball record. What does this mean, in light of the substantial allegations of steroid use that have been leveled against Bonds?

"Immigration" tops the list of political buzzwords

May 31
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Global Language Monitor tracks the comings and going of words in the media, Internet and Blogosphere. GLM President Paul Payack joins host Tom Fudge to talk about what words are falling in and out of flavor, and what that says about our political opinions and preoccupations.

Immigration officials focus on interior enforcement

May 31
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they've beefed up interior enforcement around San Diego County away from the border. They say they're going after illegal immigrants who have already been ordered deported from the United States but remain in the country. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Unarmed Iraqi civilians killed by Camp Pendleton marines

May 31
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The most serious case of alleged U.S. war crimes in Iraq is being blamed on a small group of Camp Pendleton Marines. Tony Perry is the San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. He talks about the twenty four Iraqis who were killed in Haditha and the marines who are being blamed.