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Stories for April 5, 2007

Bilbray Speaks Out about Congressional Conflicts with President Bush

April 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's spring break for Congress at a time when political battles in Washington over the Iraq war, presidential power and immigration are intensifying. Tonight, we'll find out where 50th Congressional District representative Brian Bilbray stands on these issues and others.

Beach Replenishment Key as Local Coastline Urbanizes Further

April 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego beaches are the county's best known natural assets. But several are losing sand. It seems that the natural replenishing processes have been blocked by development. Local officials want state and federal help to fix the problem. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Viral Threats and Chronic Disease in the 21st Century

April 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For National Public Health Week, we talk with the county's interim public health director about past achievements and the 21st century's public health concerns. Topics include steps against chronic disease, as well as emerging threats such as pandemic influenza, bioterrorism, West Nile Virus, and the recent meningitis death of a Del Mar teenager.

Possible Ballot Measure in Feb. to Vote on Immediate Iraq Pullout

April 5
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California could become the first state to vote on whether the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

Leaders Want Immigrant Sweeps Halted Until Congressional Reforms Solidify

April 5
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Religious leaders and immigrants' rights activists are urging federal authorities to halt the immigration sweeps that netted more than 350 illegal immigrants in San Diego County during the last two weeks. Activists gathered outside the federal building Thursday afternoon and used various religious themes to convey their message. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Community Divided Over Blackwater USA Training Camp Proposal

April 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County holds a public meeting Thursday afternoon to launch an environmental review of a plan to build a private, military-style training camp in San Diego's East County. Residents of Potrero, a small village 45 miles east of downtown on Highway 94, are divided over the proposal by the private military contractor, Blackwater USA. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New Research May Help Restore Sand to Thinning City Beaches

April 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New research may help San Diego county officials find offshore sources of sand to restore thinning beaches without disturbing the natural balance of supply. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Weekend Preview: Easter, Padres

April 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On this Weekend Preview, we'll explore the best places to watch the Padres home opener and where you might enjoy an Easter brunch this Sunday.

Cancer-Surviving Former Priest Turned Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Performs in Studio

April 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Michael Tiernan reflects on his experience in the seminary, surviving cancer and the healing powers of making music.

Former British Secretary of Defence on Civil Rights and War on Terror

April 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are civil rights compromised or preserved by fighting terrorism? The former British secretary of state for defence tells us how terrorist acts during the past decade changed his perspective on global extremism, why he thinks Iraq is a just cause, and how the UK treats terror suspects differently than the U.S.

Potrero Residents Protest Military Contractor’s Plan to Build 824-Acre Facility

April 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why does a private military contractor want to build a large training facility in the East County community of Potrero? Why is the majority of the community opposed to the proposal? Host Tom Fudge speaks to opponents and supporters of the proposal to build an 824-acre training facility for Blackwater USA in Potrero.

Stem Cell Researchers on Ethics and Science

April 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is the ethical and moral responsibility of scientists and researchers when it comes to stem cell research? We ask two prominent human embryonic stem cell researchers what considerations they take into account during scientific experiments, and why they think the U.S. is falling behind other countries in biomedical discovery.