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Stories for April 16, 2007

Undocumented Immigrants Throng to Receive Help Filing Taxes

April 16
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

At a non-profit social services office in North Park, there aren't enough seats to accommodate everyone who's come to get help filing their taxes. People perch on beat-up desks at the ACORN office or stand.

SDSU Police Captain Says Force Ready in Wake of Virginia Tragedy

April 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The police captain at San Diego State says officers are stepping up their presence on campus today. He says the deadly shooting at Virginia Tech University is all too familiar. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Jewish Academy Hosts Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students from the San Diego Jewish Academy will join local Holocaust survivors for a day of remembrance. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on the ceremony and their international project for Remembrance and Hope.

How Life Has Changed for Muslims Since 9/11

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How has life changed for Muslims in America since 9/11? As part of our week-long series in conjuction with the Public TV series, America at a Crossroads, we explore the misperceptions of Islam and the challenges that Muslim Americans face in a post 9/11 world.

Default Notices for California Homeowners at 10-Year High

April 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More California homeowners are receiving default notices. A real estate tracking firm says the default notices jumped to their highest level in nearly 10 years. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Bill Would Criminalize Public Safety Employees Who Sell Privy Data

April 16
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The media frenzy surrounding the recent DUI arrest of actor Mel Gibson is prompting some state legislative action. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

New Waste Prevention Bill Would Prevent Sale of Toxic Electronics

April 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bill making its way through the State Assembly would prevent the sale of electronic products that contain certain toxins. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Local High School Students Cooking Up Biodiesel

April 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Today in our KPBS radio series "A Matter of Degrees: Climate Change in San Diego," we visit the San Diego High Educational Complex in downtown. Students there are cooking up batches of biodiesel. It's part of an alternative energy program that may find its way into more San Diego public schools. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.

Expert Shares Advice on Reducing Greenhouse Gases at Border

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Environmental experts say the U.S. Mexico border region is ripe for collaboration to reduce green house gases. But they say governments on both sides of the border stand in the way. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson spoke with SDSU professor Alan Sweedler who has researched and developed energy policy in San Diego for 25 years.

As Feet Drag, City Landfill Piles High

April 16
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In our series, A Matter of Degrees: Climate Change in San Diego, we ask the city of San Diego why it has yet to enact a recycling ordinance that could significantly reduce what’s buried in the Miramar landfill. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon tells us the city could legislate companies to recycle their construction waste, but 40 feet stands in their way.