Stories for December 3, 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.