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Stories for April 3, 2007

Policing San Diego

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego police department is having a hard time keeping officers. On Tuesday’s Full Focus, we’ll look at how well the department is doing in keeping the public safe. And find out what San Diego’s new Republican Party chairman will be doing to prepare for the ’08 election -- on Tuesday’s Full Focus, at 6:30 and 11 pm, on KPBS Television, channel 15, cable 11.

CCDC Hosts Architects to Discuss Downtown Revitalization

April 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Navy Broadway Complex and the Embarcadero are not the only parts of downtown San Diego on the verge of profound change. The city’s downtown redevelopment arm, the Center City Development Corporation, held a workshop yesterday with several nationally recognized architects, to brainstorm on how to make San Diego’s downtown a place to be proud of. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New Reaganite Chairman of S.D. Republican Party Talks of Future

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week, San Diego Republicans elected a new party chairman. Swedish-born Tony Krvaric's hero is Ronald Reagan. We'll find out more about Krvaric's roots, his political philosophy and his plans for San Diego's Republican voters as they approach a new election cycle.

Councilwoman Frye Calls on Mayor to Halt Sunroad Construction

April 3
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The dispute over the height of the Sunroad Office Tower project took another turn today. San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye called on Mayor Jerry Sanders to step in to prevent a public safety hazard. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Police Department Moves to Fill Vacancies

April 3
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Low pay and other options for potential recruits have triggered a shortage of officers in the San Diego Police Department. Reporter Amita Sharma will look at what the agency is doing to beef up its force.

No Strike -- CSU and Faculty Reach Labor Agreement

April 3
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Faculty Association and the California State University reached a tentative labor agreement on Tuesday. The settlement calls off a system-wide strike which was set to begin next week. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Researchers Applaud Federal Rejection of Stem Cell Patent Claims

April 3
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers in California are hailing a decision by federal regulators that rejected key patent claims on human embryonic stem cells. Researchers say the move should make it much easier to do their work. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Environmentalists Say Water Standards Delay Endangers Swimmers

April 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmentalists say a federal agency is dragging its feet when it comes to setting ocean water quality standards. The group says the delays are putting swimmers at risk for diseases. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Mother and Son Share Their Family’s Experience with Alcoholism

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

New research shows that people who begin drinking by age 14 are at great risk of becoming alcoholics. Toren Volkmann and his mother, Chris, join Tom Fudge to tell Toren's story of teenage binge drinking, his road to recovery, and what families can do to help emerging alcoholics.

Frontline Producers Discuss Documentary on Lou Gehrig’s Disease

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Academy Award-nominated directors Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan discuss the story of 29-year-old Stephen Heywood’s struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Ascher and Jordan wrote, produced and directed the story for “Frontline,” which airs tonight on KPBS Television.

Padre’s Set to Take on Giants in Tonight’s Season Opener

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Will the San Diego Padres win the National League Western Division for the third consecutive year? Hopes are high for the Friars as they get ready to play their first regular season game against the San Francisco Giants this afternoon. Host Tom Fudge speaks to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the team's chances of ‘three-peating’ in the West.

Imperial Beach to Become “Tsunami Ready”

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In the event of a tsunami, at least one local community will be prepared. Imperial Beach could soon become one of the few cities along the California coast to be designated "tsunami ready." Imperial Beach lifeguard captain Robert Stabenow talks about what that means, and how the preparedness plan he helped develop is supposed to work.

Clean-up Efforts Underway in 5 Million Gallon Sewage Spill

April 3
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Crews continue to work at the site of a sewage spill in the Buena Vista Lagoon, on the border between Carlsbad and Oceanside. More than five million gallons of raw sewage spewed into the lagoon after a sewer main broke Sunday evening. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports.

Hundreds Arrested in San Diego Immigration Raid

April 3
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Federal immigration officials have been raiding homes in neighborhoods throughout San Diego. During the last two weeks, authorities have arrested 340 undocumented immigrants. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.