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Stories for April 25, 2007

USD Emergency Text Message System to be Operational Next Week

April 25
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How can universities best reach the student body in the case of an emergency? Some say text-messaging might be the quickest and easiest way to reach today's tech-savvy students. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

Local Program Treats Marines Suffering from Brain Injuries

April 25
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More and more Marines are returning from the war in Iraq with brain injuries. Recovering from such trauma can be a long and frustrating process. Some Camp Pendleton Marines are getting back on track with help from a special program at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Revamped Del Mar Thoroughbred Race Track Helps Prevent Injury

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

One highlight of San Diego’s summer season is thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar track. But what fans don't see and might not know is that after the race, injuries can prompt prized horses to be euthanized. But there’s a change in store when the track opens this July, and it involves recycled rubber and wax.

Latino Immigrants Bring New Christian Spirit to U.S.

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study says the influx of Latino immigrants is altering the religious landscape in the United States. The study by the Pew Hispanic Center says Latinos are practicing a different kind of Christianity. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

San Diego Symphony Director Ling Trades Baton for Piano

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Jahja Ling is now in his third season as the San Diego Symphony’s music director. In addition to conducting, he is showing audiences a different side of himself -- that of a performer. We’ll check in with him about this season’s highlights and what it’s like to trade in the baton for the piano.

Health Care Squeezed As Sanders Tightens the Budget Belt

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to shrink the number of health care plans available to city employees from 21 to six and bring them under the city’s control. The mayor's cost-saving measure has been accepted by police officers as part of their new contract -- but firefighters are fighting a pay freeze.

Hunter Chides Dems for Provision That Troops Wait to Engage

April 25
By Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter sharply criticized Democratic leaders over the Iraq war spending bill. The bill will be voted on later Wednesday in Washington. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.

Key Democrat Nunez Endorses Clinton for President

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has picked up a key endorsement from a top Democrat in California. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Federal Report Says California Hospices Lack Timely Oversight

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new federal report indicates a large number of hospices in California haven’t been inspected in a timely fashion. The report says California led the nation in the percentage of hospices that were past due for inspection. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

State May Sue EPA Over Auto Emissions

April 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California says it plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency. Governor Schwarzenegger says the EPA has dragged its feet on the state's request to impose stricter auto emission standards. KPBS Environmental reporter Ed Joyce has more.

New Bill Would Ban Toxins in Plastic Packaging by 2015

April 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Senate has passed a bill that aims to clean up our waterways. The legislation would ban certain chemicals from plastic packaging. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Hot Fuzz, Jindabyne, Red Road, Black Book

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

New films by Paul Verhoeven and the team behind "Shaun of the Dead" are currently in area theaters. We'll talk to our film critics Beth Accomando and Scott Marks about what they think about what's on the big screen in San Diego. We'll also get a DVD recommendation from the film curator at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

Film Club: Hot Fuzz, Jindabyne, Red Road, Black Book

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

New films by Paul Verhoeven and the team behind "Shaun of the Dead" are currently in area theaters. We'll talk to our film critics Beth Accomando and Scott Marks about what they think about what's on the big screen in San Diego. We'll also get a DVD recommendation from the film curator at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics

April 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Does more sex equal safer sex? Conventional wisdom would say probably not, but economist Steven Landsburg explains why things are not always as they seem. We speak with Landsburg, author of "More Sex is Safer Sex," about how some things that seem totally irrational actually make perfect sense.

San Diego Border Patrol Operation Results in 5,000 Arrests

April 25
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Border Patrol officials say during a two-month special operation they arrested almost 5,000 illegal immigrants. The arrests took place in the central section of the border, between the San Ysidro mountains and Campo. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

San Diego School Board Approves K-to-8 Plan

April 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school board members approved a plan Tuesday to allow seven elementary schools to provide a kindergarten through eighth grade education. Most elementary schools stop at the fifth grade. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.