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Stories for April 26, 2007

Hosting a Democratic Party -- Prez Hopefuls in S.D. This Weekend

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Democrats are gathering in San Diego, and they're drawing their party's big name presidential contenders. What's on the agenda? Who's coming? What will happen? What big themes will the candidates hit? We'll get a preview from the U/T's political editor.

Bilbray Says Bank of America Profiteering From Illegal Immigrants

April 26
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bank of America is testing a pilot program in Los Angeles that offers credit cards to people without social security cards. Some say other banks will follow, but Congressman Brian Bilbray wants stiffer rules for such programs. He says the bank is profiteering from illegal immigrants. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Free Trash Pickup at Risk as City Looks for Budget Fat

April 26
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's a $38 million sacred cow. Free residential trash pick-up. But this time of year, when the city deliberates on its $3 billion budget, it may not be so sacred. Joanne Faryon is here to explain.

Inside a Leader's Mind: How 125 Top Innovators Deal With Crisis

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What makes an outstanding leader? The author of "True North" interviewed 125 top execs, entrepreneurs, political leaders, and social innovators -- and found that each discovered their own internal compass in a moment of crisis that clarified their values and what motivates them as they lead.

City in Riverside County Goes Solar to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

April 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In Riverside County, one city is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by using solar power. As KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us, the energy savings are expected to pay for the project.

Proposed National Power Corridor Cuts Through San Diego

April 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The federal government could override state decisions on where new power lines could be built. The Department of Energy has declared two parts of the country critical to the nation's electricity grid. One of those national corridors includes most of Southern California. KPBS environmental reporter Ed Joyce explains.

$7 Billion Bill Approved to Help Ease Overcrowded State Prisons

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is thanking lawmakers for their approval Thursday of a bill that's aimed at easing state prison overcrowding. He says the $7 billion-plus agreement will add more than 50,000 beds and is a giant step forward for public safety.

Prison Guard Union Head Calls Overcrowding Plan Dangerous

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of the union representing prison guards in California says the state legislature's plan to address overcrowding will put his members in danger.

Local School Officials Call Cameras Effective Crime Prevention Tool

April 26
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some East County school administrators hope video cameras will prevent crime and violence on campus. A dozen high schools have roughly 300 high-tech cameras monitoring student activity. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Discussion Heats Up Over California Healthcare Overhaul

April 26
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, committees in the State Senate and Assembly approved two different Democratic plans to overhaul California’s healthcare system. The governor appears unconcerned that both proposals are quite different from his own. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Weekend Preview: Music

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former member of Wu Tang Clan will hit the stage this weekend, and one of the most influential new bands of the decade will play the Spreckles Theater tonight. It's the Weekend Preview.

Local Sanctuary Takes Unwanted or Abused Lions, Tigers, Bears

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The exotic animal trade is a $15.8 million industry in the U.S., second only to guns and drugs. Many of the exotic animals are treated poorly and risk abandonment when owners grow tired of the commitment. We hear the story of a local woman who recently acquired three lion cubs and the challenges of creating a home for unwanted lions, tigers and bears.

Local Officials Hope to Keep West Nile Virus Under Control

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

With the mosquito breeding season getting under way, San Diego County is ramping up its efforts to prevent West Nile Virus by eliminating breeding areas. The county's supervising vector ecologist discusses current efforts to prevent the spread of the virus and how county residents can help.

A Look Behind of the Nation's First African-American Newspaper

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Freedom's Journal was the first African-American newspaper in the United States. Author Jacqueline Bacon discusses how her new book traces the influence of the newspaper that used information in its columns to create a rich, detailed portrait of African-American life in the late 1820s

San Diego's Young Entrepreneur of the Year Named

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Young Entrepreneur of the Year is Jeff Jordan. The 23-year-old president of Rescue Social Change Group explains how his company is revolutionizing the behavior change community by applying business models to affect social change.

CA Democratic Convention Comes to San Diego

April 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Democrats are coming! The Democrats are coming! This weekend, San Diego will play host to the California Democratic Party State Convention. KPBS Reporter Andrew Phelps talks about the big names coming to town, and the main issues they plan to discuss.

Anti-Terror Dolphins, Sea Lions Train in San Diego

April 26
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diegans have grown up seeing dolphins and sea lions perform at Sea World, where they're trained to thrill audiences. But not so far away, at a Navy installation on Point Loma, the highly intelligent marine mammals are undergoing training for very different purposes. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.