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Stories for April 18, 2007

The Toll of War on Families

April 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the Iraq War enters its fifth year, we turn to those among us who have seen their sons and daughters sent to the battlefields and into the heart of danger. And, what greater challenge is there than for a parent to watch her child prepare for war in a distant and hostile land.

At Least One Suspect, Two Police Killed in Tijuana Shoot-Out

April 18
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The series of shoot-outs between police and heavily armed men has left three other people injured and led to a temporary evacuation of a hospital.

Report Says Many Immigrant Children Miss Out On School

April 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report finds a growing number of immigrant youth in California are not getting any kind of education or schooling. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Local Farm Has Passion for Clydesdales

April 18
By Elsa Sevilla and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most Americans recognize the Clydesdale horse as a mascot for a famous beer company. But the breed originated from hard-working farm horses in Scotland.A small farm in the mountains east of San Diego has a passion for Clydesdales. Producer Elsa Sevilla brings us this story.

SDSU Housing Expansion Part Salve for Community Complaints

April 18
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In the wake of community outcry about mini-dorms and growing concern about student overcrowding in the College Area, San Diego State University is proposing a residence hall expansion project. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on the campus housing plan and community reaction.

The Reality of a Warmer World: Climate Change in San Diego

April 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How could climate change affect San Diego? How will we cope with the reality of a warmer world -- a world where wildfires and drought would be common. We'll examine the risks to California and San Diego from global warming with Richard Somerville, a leading climate scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

State Power Grid Operator Says Tampering Suspect Nabbed by FBI

April 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The company that operates California's power grid says a suspect has been arrested in connection with computer tampering at its Folsom headquarters. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

S.D. Planned Parenthood Director Appalled by S. Court Ruling

April 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Officials at the San Diego chapter of Planned Parenthood say they’re outraged by the Supreme Court decision upholding the federal ban of a particular abortion procedure. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

SDSU to Add High-Rise Dorms as Salve for Housing Shortage

April 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University plans to solve a campus housing shortage by adding high-rise dorms. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Wrongfully Convicted Voice Support for Legislation to Reduce Errors

April 18
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Men who were wrongfully convicted and spent years in prison are speaking out on behalf of state legislation they say will reduce such errors. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports the three bills cleared a key policy committee on Tuesday.

Police and FBI Say Violent SDSU Threat a Hoax

April 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Police and the FBI say a violent threat targeting San Diego State is a hoax. Officers say they've detained a suspect who so far has no obvious ties to the university. That person threatened to commit an act of violence similar to what happened to Virginia Tech. Police spokesman Robert McManus says they hope to dispel any fears on campus.

National City Passes Ordinance to Restrict Diesel Truck Use

April 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

National City passed an ordinance last night restricting the operation of diesel trucks. Parents and teachers had complained about a truck driving school being too close to an elementary school. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Doctor Offers Advice to Avoid Medical Mistakes

April 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How can the average person ensure that they are getting the best possible medical care? When should you seek a second medical opinion, and how can you tell if someone has been misdiagnosed? We’ll talk to Dr. Laura Nathanson about her new book "What You Don't Know Can Kill You." Dr. Nathanson discusses ways the non-medically trained individual can protect themselves from a potentially life-threatening medical mistake.

Preserving California’s State Parks

April 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's State Parks. The Southern California director of the foundation identifies the biggest threats to state parks and outlines the organization's Earth Day plans to clean up and help restore three state parks in San Diego County.

More Oppose Road That Might Threaten San Mateo Creek

April 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A proposal to cut a 16-mile toll road through the San Onofre State Beach has more opposition. A national conversation group says the road threatens a creek in the area. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Miramar Landfill to Exceed Capacity in Five Years

April 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

By 2012, the Miramar Landfill is expected to be full. What will the City of San Diego do about that? Planners say the city hopes to pile garbage higher and expand the landfill, but is there anything else that can be done? Reporter Joanne Faryon has looked into some possible alternatives, including the recycling of demolition and construction waste.

President of Animal Rights Group Discusses Pressing Issues

April 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world. Ingrid Newkirk, the president and co-founder of the organization, talks about what she is trying to accomplish, how the organization is portrayed in the media, and her new book on helping animals.

Miss Mexico Tones Down Controversial Pageant Dress

April 18
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Miss Mexico will tone down the dress she wears to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant. The dress has caused outrage. The designers are headed back to the drawing board. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

S.D. EarthFair Organizer Shares Thoughts on Global Warming

April 18
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The 18th Annual Earth Day festival kicks off Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Balboa Park. Today we wrap up our series on global warming with someone who’s tried to make a difference in the environment since she was a kid.

The Car-less Lifestyle in San Diego

April 18
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Imagine a San Diego without cars. Experts say San Diegans drive more than the rest of Californians. At least half of all greenhouse gases here come from transportation. One man is trying to reduce his carbon footprint. He's giving up the Southern California lifestyle. As part of our special series on global warming, KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps meets someone who lives a carless existence.