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Stories for April 12, 2007

SAIC Founder Bob Beyster

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The founder of super-secret mega-contractor SAIC retired as Chairman of the Board three years ago while his company was still employee-owned. Now he has a book out about building the successful $8 billion major government contractor. It was published the same time as a critical article about SAIC and its practices appeared in Vanity Fair. In a one on one interview, we'll look at the good, the bad and the ugly of SAIC.

Sit Down With Congressman Filner

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chairman of the Veterans Affairs committee joins us to talk about the struggle between the White House and Congress over Iraq, immigration and more.

New Smart Meters Will Read Your Electricity Use, Hour by Hour

April 12
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A decision today by the California Public Utilities Commission is going to change the way you pay your electric bill. It may even change how much you pay. Joanne Faryon is here to explain.

New Study Shows the State's Poorest Pay the Most Local Taxes

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study finds that the poorest fifth of California's households is paying the most in state and local taxes. Matt Gardner with the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says that's partly because low-income families spend nearly everything they earn just to get by.

State Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 35

April 12
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger is hailing a state Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that he says will make a big difference to commuters. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

SDG&E Says 'Smart Meters' Will Talk to Your Appliances by 2011

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

SDG&E’s Peter Hidalgo says the smart meters will eventually be able connect with -- and talk to -- home appliances with imbedded chips. To reduce electric use and save money. Hidalgo says the system will be especially valuable when the utilities find supplies tightening.

High Wind Advisory Tonight in Mountain and Desert Counties

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory until 9 p.m. in the mountains and deserts of San Diego County. The weather service says gusts could clock in at up to 55 miles per hour.

S.D. Home Prices Steady Despite Lowest Sales in Ten Years

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Homes sales in San Diego county fell to a ten year low last month, but home prices were steady.

Study: California Led U.S. in Harmful Emissions Over 14-Year Period

April 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study on global warming pollution shows California led the nation in harmful emissions over a 14-year period. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Prominent Bloggers Debate 'Code of Conduct'

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do bloggers need a code of conduct? We'll talk with two prominent bloggers about how to regulate threatening comments and cyber-bullying on blogs. Is it just a matter of time before the blogosphere requires a system of legal enforcement?

Last Minute Tax Tips

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What do you need to know before filing your federal tax return? IRS spokesman Rafael Tulino offers some last minute tax tips for the millions of people who haven't filed their 2006 return. Tulino talks about the telephone excise tax refund, filing for an extension, and the benefits of filing electronically.

Weekend Preview: Pink Floyd, Amina, Film-School Confidential

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We'll talk about what's happening in music, film and art this weekend in San Diego with critics Anders Wright and Anna Maria Stephens.

La Jolla Playhouse Announces New Artistic Director

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the La Jolla Playhouse announced that New York director Christopher Ashley will be the theater's new artistic director, replacing Des McAnuff, who steps into the role of director emeritus for the Playhouse.

The Late, Great Jackie Robinson

April 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Roosevelt Robinson became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. In the 60 years that have passed since his historic first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson's legacy lives on. Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to author Cal Fussman about Robinson's first years in the big leagues, and his impact on professional sports and race relations in America.

A Grim Near Future: How Climate Change Could Affect San Diego

April 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Imagine a San Diego that is hotter, much hotter, and drier. A place where wildfires and drought make living a daily challenge. The scenario is not science fiction, but one of many possibilities resulting from global climate change. KPBS environmental reporter Ed Joyce examines the risks to California and San Diego from global warming.

Global Warming Kids: Middle Schoolers Take on Climate Change

April 12
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The debate over global warming has provided considerable information for people to consider. But for students in elementary and middle school, the information may be trickling down in bits and pieces. KPBS’ Beth Accomando sat down with a group of middle school students in Lemon Grove to get their thoughts on global warming.