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Stories for April 20, 2007

The Future for Abortion Rights

April 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Review: 'Hot Fuzz'

April 20
By Beth Accomando
Tease photo

Here come the fuzz! Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, the comic geniuses behind 2004's “Shaun of the Dead,” take on the American cop film to deliver “Hot Fuzz.”

Green Remodeling: How Recyclables Might Be Landfilled Anyway

April 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Climate Change Experts Describe Potential Effects on San Diegans

April 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.’

Mayor and City Council Continue Clash Over Public Safety Budget

April 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 20
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Halts Construction of Overbudget Death Chamber

April 20
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger has put a stop to construction on a new death chamber at San Quentin State Prison. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

San Diego Bishop Answers Victims Face-to-Face

April 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

State Senate Approves 22,000 More Slot Machines for Five Tribes

April 20
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Seven Elementary Schools May Become K-8

April 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

District officials want to add sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes to a handful of San Diego elementary schools next year. It’s part a new movement to create more K-8 schools. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Audit Shows 200 Inmates Received $400k+ in Gov. Payments

April 20
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Gas Prices Close-In On Record Territory

April 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

VA Tech Shooting, SDSU Hoax, SD City Budget

April 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.