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Stories for July 9, 2007

Off Mic

July 9
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Chargers Home in Oceanside

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Get the lowdown on the potential deal between the Chargers football team and the City of Oceanside to build a new stadium. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.

The Man Behind Sunroad Enterprises

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Aaron Feldman owns one of the most infamous buildings in San Diego. Feldman is president of Sunroad Enterprises, builders of the too-tall building near Montgomery Field. A few weeks ago Sunroad agreed to lower its building's height after a public and political uproar over the risk it posed to planes landing at a nearby airport. Reporter Joanne Faryon takes a look at Feldman, how FAA warnings managed to be eluded, and what a local’s journalist’s investigation has revealed about the executive.

San Diegan Recounts His World War II Experience

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

And now, we bring you the story of Carlos Montoya, a San Diegan who recounts his World War II experience.

Walmart Critics: New Financial Plan Exploits Low-Income Customers

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Walmart is in an expansion mode. The company wants to establish super centers in the City of San Diego, but was turned down. A ballot measure could turn that around next year. Meanwhile, Walmart stores plans to expand financial services to 1,000 stores by the end of 2008, offering check-cashing and credit cards. Critics believe this is taking advantage of low-income customers.

Wilkes Lawyer Booted From Trial For Refusing Background Check

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A judge has removed high-profile defense attorney Mark Geragos from a case involving CIA contracting because the lawyer refused to submit to background checks.

Assembly Committee Approves Fuel Standards Bills

July 9
By Samantha Young and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- An Assembly committee on Monday reversed itself on a pair of global warming bills, approving new fuel standards that last week it had deemed too burdensome on industry.

Grocers Optimistic About Union Negotiation After July 4 Recess

July 9
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Grocers and union officials were back at the bargaining table on Monday in an effort to hammer out a new contract for the region's three largest grocery chains. The two sides are back from a five-day break that began on July 4.

Consumer Groups Call for Tighter Regulation as AT&T Hikes Rates

July 9
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California consumer groups say newly-announced rate hikes by AT&T are an indication regulators need to do more to exert their control over the telecommunications market. The company is raising the cost of a host of optional services on business packages, directory assistance and toll calls.

Tijuana Police Employ Lie Detectors in Probe For Dirty Cops

July 9
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana's Municipal police have a new tool to help fight crime within their ranks. The city's top police chief says the new polygraph machine will help root out corruption. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Conservationists Oppose El Centro-to-San Diego Power Line Plan

July 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Gas and Electric wants to build a 150-mile-long power line that would stretch from El Centro to San Diego. The state Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings to determine whether there's a need for the $1.3 billion project. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

State's Population Projected to Reach Nearly 60 Million by 2050

July 9
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California will add another 25 million people by mid-century. That's the latest projection from the State's Department of Finance. The figures also show a shift in the ethnic makeup of residents. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Path to Parenthood: 'China Ghosts' Recounts Adoption Experience

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In the past 15 years, over 62,000 Chinese children, mostly girls, have been adopted by Americans. We speak with a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and his wife, who have adopted two children from China. He has written a new book about the journey of adoption, called "China Ghosts: My Daughter's Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood."

Another Hot Summer Stresses California's Power Grid

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hot weather and the need for energy are putting a strain on California's power grid. Will the heat force black-outs? A spokesman for the state's electricity supply explains the energy forecast for the summer.

Distracted Drivers Face Penalties for Carelessness on the Road

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Driving distractions were once largely limited to personal grooming, changing the radio station, and talking with passengers. Nowadays, cell phones, iPods, DVD players, video games, and even fax machines facilitate distracted driving. How much does technology impact driving habits, and how will legislation address distracted drivers? We speak with a politician, a safe driving advocate, and a CHP officer about technological distractions on the road.

Capitol Hill Update: Iraq War Withdrawal and Farm Bill Proposals

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democrats were unsuccessful in their attempts to set a deadline for troop withdrawals from Iraq, but they aren't giving up their goals of restricting the president's power to wage war. We discuss the latest news in Washington D.C., as well as the proposals to alter the Farm Bill to make more healthy food available to low-income Americans.

Minutemen Protest Fallbrook Church's Informal Labor Center

July 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Not satisfied with protesting at day-labor sites, migrant camps, city halls and the San Diego County Fair, anti-illegal immigration activists are targeting a Catholic church in Fallbrook.

Sharp Healthcare Nurses Threaten to Strike

July 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Union nurses at Sharp Healthcare are threatening to walk off the job next Monday. Their contract expired in June, and nurses say management has refused to meet their demands on a new labor agreement. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Voting Machine Vulnerability Tested

July 9
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For weeks now computer scientists have been trying to hack into California voting machines to test their vulnerability. The state faces three big elections next year and the review is unprecedented. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with San Diego County's new Registrar Debra Seiler about the local impact.

Second-Grade Reading Skills Test Questioned

July 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of San Diego County second graders take a state test every year that measures their reading skills. But the fate of that testing program is in question. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SDSU Professor's Study Shows Mail Carriers Need Sun Protection

July 9
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego State University professor wants to change the Post Office uniform. It's just one of her suggestions after a four-year study on letter carriers and sun protection. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.