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Stories for April 4, 2007

Changing Media Landscape

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Will newspapers go the way of the dinosaur? Is traditional TV news a thing of the past? On Full Focus, we'll take a look at the changing media landscape -- and what folks are doing to keep up. And we'll tell you how to protect yourself against home invasions. Those stories and more, on Wednesday's Full Focus, at 6:30 and 11 p.m., on KPBS Television, channel 15, cable 11.

In Face of Brazen Home Invasions, How to Sniff a Burglar's Ruse

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of thieves has been traveling through neighborhoods and using a ruse to gain entry into residences. While they are detracting the resident, another suspect goes inside the home and directly to the master bedroom to steal jewelry and other items.

City to Require All Depts Consider Enviro-Friendly Purchases

April 4
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego has adopted a new program that requires all city departments to consider certain environmental criteria before making routine purchases. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on the implementation of the program, and its expected impact.

Winners Announced for Public Contest to Invent New Laws

April 4
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you've ever come across an issue or problem and thought, "there oughta be a law" about that, then this next story should interest you. State Senator Joe Simitian has announced the winners of his annual contest to see which Californians could come up with the best new bills. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Feds Want Family Planning Services to Hinge on Citizenship Proof

April 4
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Bush Administration and California officials are at odds over the state's ten-year-old Family Planning program. The federal government wants the state to require undocumented immigrants to show proof of citizenship to get services. State officials say that would be a bad move. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Supermarkets Threaten Lock-Out in Face of Potential Strike Vote

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three rival supermarket chains involved in labor contract talks with thousands of Southern California employees say they will each lock out workers if any of the chains becomes the target of a strike.

59 U.S. Soldiers Naturalized Today at San Diego Naval Station

April 4
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today naturalized 59 members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The ceremony was held aboard a Navy ship docked at the San Diego Naval Station. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

City to Leverage Purchasing Power to Stimulate Green Economy

April 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The City of San Diego will use its significant purchasing power to help stimulate the market for recyclable and green products. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Local Professor Composes Music for Opera Based on Legend of Chief Standing Bear

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCSD music professor and composer Anthony Davis talks about his new opera based on the legend of Ponca Chief Standing Bear. Davis's 9-year-old son performs one of the characters in "Wakonda's Dream."

FM94/9's DJ Halloran Shares His Favorite New Music

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We know it can be hard to find the time it takes to listen and discover music, so we've brought it to you. FM94/9's music director and afternoon DJ, Michael Halloran, joins us to talk about his recent discoveries in the realm of rock and roll music.

CSU Faculty Reach Tentative Deal to Boost Salaries

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

CSU faculty members have reached a tentative agreement with university administrators. The deal calls for a nearly 21 percent salary increase over four years. Host Tom Fudge speaks with a faculty union representative from SDSU about the deal, the possibility that it will be approved by rank-and-file faculty and whether it gives Cal State professors what they think they deserve.

Dave Winfield on Baseball's Bad Rap: Steroids, Salaries, Sales

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are the biggest problems currently facing Major League Baseball? With Barry Bonds closing in on the all-time home run record, baseball fans all over the world should be celebrating the historic milestone. Yet, many sports fans are turned off by the sport that's been criticized for labor disputes, overpaid athletes, and most recently the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some players. Host Tom Fudge speaks to Hall of Famer Dave Winfield about baseball's troubles, and why they must be solved.

Junk Food Advertising Contributes to the Problem of Child Obesity

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Childhood obesity is a rapidly growing problem and it appears that advertising and the media are contributing to this, according to a new study. Children and teens are bombarded with an average of 21 food ads per day, with about a third of the ads focused on candy and snacks. How far is too far when it comes to influencing children's health? What do parents need to be looking for and how should they counteract the ads that children see?

Councilman Hueso Appointed to California Coastal Commission

April 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Councilman Ben Hueso about his appointment to the California Coastal Commission. We also ask him about the latest news coming out of District 8.