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Stories for April 11, 2007

Discussion With Susan Davis

April 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Susan Davis, San Diego's democratic congresswoman from the 53rd District, is home for Easter Break. She joins us in studio to talk about Washington's hot-button issues: immigration reform, the looming showdown between Congress and the President over Iraq, and No Child Left Behind Act. We'll also find out about her bill to help states hold mail-in elections.

Documentary "Crossing Arizona" Sheds Light on Immigration Debate

April 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

"Crossing Arizona" puts a human face on the hotly debated issues of illegal immigration and security on the US/Mexico border. Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers -- an estimated 4,500 a day. Documentary filmmaker Dan DeVivo examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it.

Issa on Syria, Carol Lam, Iraq, and Immigration Reform

April 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressman Darrell Issa has been making waves. He talks with Full Focus about his recent talks with Syria's President, and whether his criticism of Carol Lam led to her ousting as U.S. attorney. We'll also talk about the Iraq war and immigration reform.

Schwarzenegger Well-Received at D.C. Environmental Conference

April 11
By Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. He met with California lawmakers and gave a speech at Georgetown University. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.

Tijuana's Customs Director Feels Pressure From Organized Crime

April 11
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Mexican customs official says his agency is feeling more pressure from organized crime groups. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

State Proposal Would Penalize Those Without Health Insurance

April 11
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Under Governor Schwarzenegger's healthcare reform package, all Californians would be required to have health insurance. People who don't comply could be penalized. Critics say that's an outrage. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Issa Favors Longer U.S. Soldier Tours, But Says Iraqis Must Step Up

April 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Defense Secretary says all active-duty Army soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will serve 15-month tours -- three months longer than the usual standard. San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa supports the change. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Local Critics Recommend the Best New Books

April 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Book critics Debra Ginsberg and Tiffany Lee-Youngren discuss their favorite recently published books. Topping the list are a couple of psychological thrillers, a collection of short stories from China, and a memoir from a synesthetic savant with Asperger's syndrome.

Asperger’s Syndrome on the Rise

April 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Autism is on the rise, yet experts are still searching for what causes it and how to treat those affected by the disorder. Asperger's syndrome is a specific high-functioning form of autism that affects one out of 150 children by the age of eight. An autism expert and author joins us to discuss Asperger's syndrome.

Capitol Hill Update

April 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

From bills targeting the war in Iraq to considerations for stillborn babies, Marianne Russ, the capitol bureau chief of Capital Public Radio, tells us about the latest news from Sacramento.

Going Green: City of San Diego's Efforts

April 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is recognized as the leading local government in the United Stated using renewable energy. But is the city taking advantage of its sunny weather to move ahead with solar energy to meet its own goals? In the next installment of our series on what San Diegans are doing about global warming, KPBS reporter Alison St John looks at the city’s use of renewable energy.

Powered by the Sun: Poway School Adopts Solar Energy

April 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Monterey Ridge Elementary in the Poway Unified School District is the newest in a growing list of solar powered schools in San Diego County. KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis explains why there’s a lot more to this school than just solar panels.