Stories for April 20, 2007
On Wednesday, a 5-to-4 Supreme Court ruling upheld a federal law banning late-term abortions. Planned Parenthood officials have reacted strongly against the decision. This is the first time the court has upheld a ban on a specific method of abortion, and analysts say the decision will have far-reaching effects.
Home renovation -- a new kitchen say, or a bathroom - can create tons of waste, be it remodeling or construction. KPBS recently reported most of that waste goes right into our landfill -- instead of the recycler.
It's now firmly established by the scientific community that the earth's climate is getting warmer, and that human beings are a primary cause. Over the last two weeks, KPBS News has been exploring climate change in a series dubbed A Matter of Degrees.
There remains confusion over budget authority and disagreement over pay raises for public safety workers between the mayor and city council. The council may vote on raises for firefighters next week, although the city attorney has said that the council cannot change the mayor's offer to any group, only vote it up or down. Mike Aguirre has also said the 9 percent pay raise for SDPD officers is illegal because it breaks the debt-limit law, and no income stream was identified to pay for it.
Governor Schwarzenegger has put a stop to construction on a new death chamber at San Quentin State Prison. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
The bishop of San Diego's Roman Catholic Diocese was in federal court on Friday. He's answering questions about church finances. The diocese seeks bankruptcy protection amid allegations of sexual abuse. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.
The State Senate has approved what some are calling the largest expansion of Indian gambling since it was introduced. One measure established new gaming rights for the Yurok tribe, which its author says is the poorest in California.
District officials want to add sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes to a handful of San Diego elementary schools next year. Its part a new movement to create more K-8 schools. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
A recent audit shows some county jail inmates have been receiving federal and state payments, despite rules that say they aren't eligible when they're behind bars. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
Gasoline prices keep climbing in San Diego. The Auto Club says prices are now moving closer to record territory. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
This week, the nation was shocked and saddened by Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech University. Also, SDSU was on high alert following a threat of violence that later turned out to be a hoax. And, the San Diego City Council is discussing Mayor Jerry Sanders' 2008 budget proposal.