Stories for October 4, 2006
San Diego Unified School District officials say more students are attending charter schools this year. The news comes as the district releases its official student enrollment numbers. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Republican Congressmen gathered in San Diego Wednesday to applaud President Bush for signing a $21 billion border security bill into law. Supporters say the bill is a step toward solving illegal immigration. Critics call the legislation shameful. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Researchers say more California teenagers are abusing prescription painkillers. The finding was published in a state survey on alcohol and drug abuse. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Fish are the newest addition to America's line of defense against terrorism. A local company has used a freshwater bluegill as an early warning sensor that could detect a toxin in the water supply. The co-founder of the company discusses the potential for sentry fish.
A new PBS documentary looks at problems in health care today and what people are doing to change it. Host Gloria Penner talks with the executive producer.
These days, religion plays an increasingly greater role in American politics. Former U.S. Republican Senator and ordained Episcopal priest, John Danforth, discusses why he thinks Christianity is dividing the nation.
The Public Policy Institute of California recently released its survey "Californian's and the Future." The research highlights voters' thoughts on the governor's race, the infrastructure bonds, and the future of the state.
It's getting closer to election time and campaigns everywhere are getting going. Steve Padilla is seeking re-election as mayor of Chula Vista. The incumbent mayor talks about his record and his goals for the second largest city in the county.
Californians often make decisions by voting directly on state and local initiatives rather than relying on a totally representative framework. It can be an effective way to circumvent legislative gridlock, but it has its pitfalls as well. Political scientist Brian Adams discusses this process and takes calls from listeners.
A new front in the debate over illegal immigration opens up tonight in Escondido. City Council members are expected to vote on a proposal that prohibits landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. The proposed ordinance would require landlords to submit documentation of their tenants' immigration status to the city, which would then verify the information with the federal government.
Two of eight Camp Pendleton-based servicemen accused of murder in the death of an Iraqi man in April are scheduled to be arraigned today. Pfc. John Jodka and Corporal Marshall Magincalda are facing general courts-martial.
Part of the huge multi-billion dollar infrastructure package on the California ballot includes money for transportation projects. A recent study found that five of the state's biggest cities, including San Diego, have substandard roads. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us whether Proposition 1A and Proposition 1B would have an impact on San Diego's clogged commute.