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Stories for April 30, 2007

Obama Shines at San Diego Democratic Convention

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Democrats gathered in San Diego last weekend. Among the attendees were their party's big name presidential contenders. We'll get a review from KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps.

Immigration Activists Call for School Walkout on Tuesday

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Immigration activists are urging people across California to miss work or skip school on Tuesday. San Diego school officials say campus police will be out in full force to prevent student walkouts. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis reports.

Police to Issue Harsher Slaps For Noisy Neighbors: a $1,000 Ticket

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many college area homeowners are fed up with students packing mini-dorms and hosting loud parties. But starting today, anyone creating a neighborhood nuisance with too much noise will have to pay. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

Copper Thieves Plunder Local Schools as Metal Prices Skyrocket

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Copper thieves are preying on local schools, and they are hitting East County schools hard. The spree is part of the widespread and rapidly growing crime of metal theft due to soaring prices of metals.

Special Olympics Volunteers Defect to Form New Nonprofit

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An investigation by Special Olympics Southern California of its San Diego Office has been criticized for how it's been handled. Officials closed the office in March along with sports events and practice sessions without warning and explanation. Now a group of disenchanted volunteers and coaches is setting up its own nonprofit to host sporting events for athletes with developmental disabilities.

U.N. Expert Says Minutemen a Threat to Migrants' Human Rights

April 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A United Nations human rights expert kicked off a three week tour in San Diego today on Monday to look at how undocumented migrants are treated in the United States. Results of the tour will be presented to UN this summer. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Governor Moves to Untangle Traffic After Bay Area Tanker Crash

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger says he wants to see the collapsed portion of a San Francisco Bay area highway repaired as quickly as possible. Late Sunday night, he toured the destruction caused by a tanker crash and fire in an area known as the “maze.” It's a series of ramps and interchanges near Oakland. Schwarzenegger says it was quite an experience.

Neighboring States Team Up To Share Colo. River During Drought

April 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California and six other Colorado River states have a plan to share the dwindling resource during drought periods. More than 30 million people rely on the river. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Tooth Decay in Young Kids Rising for First Time in 40 Years

April 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the first time in 40 years, tooth decay among young children is rising. A new federal study shows an increase in the incidence of cavities in the baby teeth of children under five. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Push Continues For Clearer Labels on Soft-Drink-Style Alcohol

April 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A State Assembly committee has narrowly approved a measure that would require warning labels on flavored alcoholic drinks known as “alcopops”. Supporters of the bill say underage drinkers are big consumers of these beverages. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

California Publishes Names of Worst Tax Violators

April 30
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

You might call it an “on-line hall of shame” for tax delinquents. The state has posted the names of the biggest sales tax violators online. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Documentary "Hoop Dreams" Still Relevant 13 Years Later

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Documentary filmmaker Steve James talks about how he approaches his subjects in the critically-acclaimed films "Hoop Dreams," "Stevie," and "The War Tapes."

Legal Update: Freedom of Speech, Virginia Tech Shooting

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Does freedom of speech allow a potential threat against others in a school setting? KPBS "These Days" legal analyst Dan Eaton discusses the social context of the legal system in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings. He tells us how new court cases will determine the "artistic license" of students.

Democratic Presidential Candidates Come to San Diego

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What were the highlights from the California Democratic Party Convention? Host Alan Ray speaks to KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps and San Diego Union-Tribune politics editor Michael Smolens about the big news stories that came out of the convention.

Pistolera Performs in Studio

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

The band Pistolera performs in the KPBS studios and discuss their original brand of Latin pop-folklorico.

San Diego Police Department Targets Noisy College Area Residents

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Police Department starts a new program today to target loud residents in the College Area. The SDPD media services manager explains the purpose behind the 6-month pilot program, how it works, and how it fits into the bigger battle against so-called "mini-dorms" in the College Area.

Young Democrats Party at San Diego Convention

April 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's no question the Democratic Party is strong in California. A record 3,400 people turned up for the weekend convention in San Diego. Among them were future politicians, waiting in the wings. It's a group that promises a big turnout in 2008 -- just as it has in past election years. KPBS Reporter Andrew Phelps took the pulse of young Democrats this year, and he has this story.