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Stories for November 14, 2006

SEC Sanctions City of San Diego

Nov. 14
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned the city of San Diego today for lying to Wall Street about its debt. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

Environmentalists Suing Government for Holding Back Global Warming Report

Nov. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three environmental groups are suing the federal government. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, claims the Bush administration is holding back a report on global warming. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Camp Pendleton-Based Marine Pleads Not Guilty

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Camp Pendleton-based Marine corporal has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi man in Hamdania last April. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

English-Learning Students Struggle to Keep Up

Nov. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Roughly one in four students in San Diego County is learning English as a second language. Most speak Spanish as their first language. Teachers say politicians have placed incredible pressure on these young people because students are required to learn a new language but get no break on state and federal academic standards. KPBS Education reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.

SEC Announces Settlement with San Diego

Nov. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a settlement with the city of San Diego. The so-called “Cease and Desist Order” concludes a long term investigation into the city’s failure to disclose its pension deficit to bond holders. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

CA's First Responders Practicing for Large-Scale Emergencies

Nov. 14
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In about a half-dozen areas around the state, first responders will practice reacting to large-scale emergencies, including a terrorist attack and an earthquake. Sacramento reporter Ellen Ciurczak has the story.

Report: CA Schools Remain Racially Divided

Nov. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report gives California lawmakers poor marks for not addressing the racial divide in the state’s public schools. Researchers say more California schools remain separate and unequal. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Evangelical Churches Growing in America

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Will the mid-term election results decrease evangelical support of the Republican Party? What’s the difference between a megachurch and a seeker church? Why are those kinds of churches growing in popularity? Host Tom Fudge speaks to professors Rebecca Moore and John Evans about the latest trends in evangelical America.

Developments in Diabetes Management and Prevention

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Diabetes is a lifelong disease that has long required careful management. A professor of medicine at UCSD discusses promising therapies that help diabetes patients take control and what we can do to lower the risk of developing the disease.

SEC Rules San Diego Committed Securities Fraud

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal regulators say the city of San Diego committed securities fraud in the under funding of its pension plan. The ruling today by the Securities and Exchange Commission comes two weeks after the start of a landmark trial to roll back benefits granted in 1996 and 2002.

Role of Creationism in Public Schools

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is the role of creationism in public schools? Robert T. Pennock was an expert witness in a lawsuit suit that challenged the constitutionality of allowing intelligent design creationism to be taught in a public school. He explains how schools are dealing with the issue in his recent book.

Councilman Scott Peters Re-elected as City Council President

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Yesterday, San Diego City Councilman Scott Peters was unanimously re-elected as City Council president. Councilman Peters talks about being how he intends to work with the mayor and the city attorney, and how he plans to solve the dire financial situation at City Hall.

Congressman Bob Filner Poised for Veterans' Committee Chairmanship

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressman Bob Filner won re-election during the huge Democratic wins last week. Now, he is poised to become the chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Host Tom Fudge talks to the congressman from Washington, D.C. about his agenda for the new term.

Third Pendleton Marine Pleads Guilty in Exchange for Lesser Charges

Nov. 14
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Another Camp Pendleton based marine has agreed to a plea deal in connection with the death of an Iraqi man last spring. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.