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Stories for December 3, 2007

Number of Unqualified Teachers in California Drops, Study Says

Dec. 3, 2007
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report finds the number of teachers lacking credentials in California classrooms is down sharply. The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning says 42,000 teachers lacked the proper credentials in the first school year of the decade.

Arellano Felix Lieutenant Asks Forgiveness For Crimes

Dec. 3, 2007
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge in San Diego has sentenced a former top lieutenant in Tijuana's Arellano Felix Drug Cartel to 40 years in prison. Ismael Higuera Guerrero negotiated a deal with the U.S. government after being extradited from Mexico last spring. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

$26 Million Needed to Forge Unified San Diego Fire Agency

Dec. 3, 2007
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego officials took a step today towards creating a unified fire protection agency for the county's backcountry. But the decision leaves open the question of where the money will come from. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Newly Revamped Medical Program For the Poor Still Controversial

Dec. 3, 2007
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County has launched a revamped medical program for the poor to comply with a recent court order. But some believe the CMS program still doesn't follow state law. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diego's Buildings Get Voted As Either Onions or Orchids

Dec. 3, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Which San Diego buildings are onions and which are orchids? We'll talk to the organizers of this program to find out which way the jury and the citizens of San Diego voted in this year's Orchids and Onions competition.

Local Physician Seeks to Protect Healthcare System from Terrorism

Dec. 3, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

America changed drastically following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As it fights two wars abroad and terrorism at home, the U.S. psyche is fixed on who the enemy is and how it will strike. One area considered vulnerable is America's medical system. We'll talk with a San Diego physician about the weaknesses in healthcare and what he thinks needs to be done to prevent terrorism on American medicine.

Trial Starts for Marine Charged in Iraqi Soldier's Death

Dec. 3, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Prosecutors claim Lance Cpl. Delano Holmes murdered an Iraqi soldier while the two men stood guard together in Fallujah. But the 22-year-old Marine reservist says he acted in self-defense.

San Diego County Officials Consider Fire Consolidation Plan

Dec. 3, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should the County of San Diego consolidate fire resources under a single authority? County officials debate fire service consolidation at today's San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) meeting. We ask the LAFCO chief of policy and research what exactly the agency proposes, why it is necessary, how much it will cost and why some officials disagree with the idea altogether.

Free Rebuilding Workshops Offered to S.D. Fire Victims

Dec. 3, 2007
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans who lost their homes in the wildfires can get a lot of help rebuilding. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more about a series of free workshops that starts today.

Power Grid Company Suggests Ideas for More Renewable Power Sources

Dec. 3, 2007
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The company that operates California's power grid has suggestions on how renewable power sources can be added to the statewide system. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.