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Stories for July 3, 2007

Post-Abortion, Women's Groups Say Most Feel Overwhelming Relief

July 3
By Joanne Faryon

Tonight, we continue our special abortion series. We are focusing on a Supreme Court decision which upheld a ban on a specific abortion procedure dubbed “partial birth abortion. Monday, we told you how that decision changed the dynamic of the abortion debate. It legitimized a faction of the anti-abortion movement that believes women are often the victims of abortion. Today, the other side speaks out.

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KPBS Public Broadcasting

How to Protect Yourself During California's Dangerous Heat Wave

July 3
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A heat wave is blanketing San Diego. County officials don't want to lose any lives to high temperatures. There are hundreds of places to stay cool this summer.

Locals Employ New Methods to Help Fight Alzheimer's Epidemic

July 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Devastating Alzheimer's disease afflicts more than 5 million Americans, most of them cared for by relatives. An increasing number of support groups and residential communities are springing up to help in this difficult and stress-filled work. What are the latest developments in preventing, delaying, and treating Alzheimer's and what is available to help the helpers?

Governor Taps UCLA Environment Director for Air Resources Chair

July 3
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger has tapped a Democrat to replace the recently fired Air Resources Board Chair. The new appointee starts amid upheaval at the agency in charge of overseeing greenhouse gas reductions in California. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Deadly Plane Crash Near Palomar Airport Causes Fire, Blackouts

July 3
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two people died this morning when their private plane crashed into an electricity transmission tower near McClellan Palomar Airport. The crash knocked out power to more than 1,700 hundred homes and businesses and started a brush fire.

Blue Cross Company Under Fire For Dubious Policy Terminations

July 3
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Another insurer in California is under fire for revoking health insurance coverage. The California Department of Insurance says B.C. Life and Health improperly canceled a number of policies in 2004 and 2005. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

GOP Opposees New Sentencing Rules to Mitigate Prison Crowding

July 3
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A controversial bill to overhaul prison sentences is moving forward in the state legislature despite strong opposition by Republican lawmakers. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Chula Vista Mayor Urges Calm Towards Antsy Bay Front Developer

July 3
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox urged labor leaders to make peace with a Tennessee developer today. Gaylord Entertainment is threatening to withdraw its plans for a billion-dollar development on Chula Vista's bay front because of union demands. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

"Cool Zones" a Reprieve For Elderly as July Heat Wave Continues

July 3
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County public health officials are urging people to take advantage of “cool zones” as a July Fourth heatwave continues. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Spice Up Your Grill this July 4th

July 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The July 4th holiday will have many listeners in their backyards, sweating over the grill. There's a lot to consider when grilling meat or vegetables and we'll review techniques from the author of "Mastering the Grill: Owner's Manual for Outdoor Cooking."

Legal Analyst Questions Bush's Clemency Grant to Libby

July 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush grants clemency to former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby for his role in a CIA leak investigation. These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton places this commutation in historical context. Also, he explains how new laws hitting the books in California on July 1st will affect you.

The Evolving American Identity

July 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What exactly is "American identity" and how has it changed throughout this country's history? On the eve of Independence Day, we talk about what it means to be an American and how that identity has evolved over the past two centuries.

Women's Rights Groups Say Most Women Relieved After Abortion

July 3
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today, we continue our series, Choice and Regret: A Look into the Current Abortion Debate. In part one of our series, we told you about a faction of the anti-abortion movement that believes most women regret their decision to have an abortion. Now, the other side of the story. Joanne Faryon introduces us to a San Diego woman who became pregnant when she was a teenager.