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Stories for June 7, 2007

Scripps Ranch Volunteers Organize Grassroots-Style Fire Prevention

June 7
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The surburban community of Scripps Ranch has learned some tough lessons from the Cedar Fire. After losing 312 homes in 2003, residents have formed the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council. By canvassing door-to-door and applying for grant money, volunteers have created fire breaks for some 800 homes in Scripps Ranch.

Wife of Marine Promotes Her Book, "Shared Courage"

June 7
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 2003, Michelle Keener was 29 years old, a new mother and newly married to a Marine when her life took a turn she'd hoped would never come. Her husband was called to war. Keener has written a book about her life as a military wife during a time of war. She is in San Diego promote her book. "Shared Courage: A Marine Wife's Story of Strength and Service." KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon sat down with Keener this morning.

Fired U.S. Attorney Iglesias: RNC Must Possess Damning Emails

June 7
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the U.S. Attorneys dismissed by the Bush administration, David Iglesias of New Mexico, surfaces over and over again at the center of the scandal. He's gone public about the political strong-arming he was subjected to by Republican lawmakers. Now he sits down for an exclusive interview with Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma.

Immigrant Rights Consortium to Focus on Education, Advocation

June 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

25 legal, faith, and labor groups in San Diego County have joined forces to form the Immigrants Rights Consortium. The group aims to provide support for immigrants and educate people about the immigration debate. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

TJ Police Absolved of Dirty Gun Allegations, But Not Collusion

June 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal authorities in Mexico say the Tijuana Municipal Police force's guns are clean. The long awaited test results conclude events that left Tijuana's local force with a black eye last January. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

CA Resists Fed Measure That Could Trump Stricter Emissions Cap

June 7
By Eric Niiler, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A House bill threatens to block California from having its own vehicle emission standards. One California lawmaker vows to defeat that attempt. Eric Niiler reports from Capitol Hill.

San Diego DA Hosting Citizen Workshops to Learn About Gangs

June 7
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans are getting a dose of reality from local law enforcement today. San Diego County's district attorney is hosting a series of workshops for citizens. Among other things, they're learning about the war on gangs. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Senate Approves Single-Payer Health Bill, But Gov. Likely to Veto

June 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State Senate has approved a measure that would create a single-payer, universal healthcare system in California. Critics call it socialized medicine, but supporters say it’s the gold standard for healthcare reform. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

To Cut Greenhouse Emissions, Sanders Wants to Cap Engine Idling

June 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The city of San Diego has a new program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money. The plan limits engine idling of more than 4,000 city vehicles. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Weekend Preview: Music, Food, Theater

June 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Music, food, and a new play top this week's list for what to do in San Diego this weekend.

Ice Cream Tester Shares His Experiences

June 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. We speak to John Harrison, the official taster for Dreyer's Ice Cream, about his favorite flavors, tasting techniques, and his more than 35 years spent in the ice cream industry.

Local Art Show Features Work of Urban, Hip Hop Artist

June 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Justin Bua is one of hip hop's most celebrated visual artists. He created the image "The DJ," provided the artwork for numerous album covers, and has designed limited edition shoe lines. This weekend, his work will appear in an exhibition at Distinction Gallery called "The Beat of Urban Art," which is also the title of a new book featuring his artwork.

Independent Budget Analyst on the Mayor’s Proposed 2008 Budget

June 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak to the City of San Diego's independent budget analyst about the mayor's proposed budget for 2008. We discuss her analysis of the proposal, recommendations she has for the 2008 fiscal year, and the mayor's long-term plans for paying down the city's retiree healthcare and pension debts.

Military Wives Feel Impact of Husbands' Deployments

June 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Uncertainty is the byword for families of American military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The wife of a U.S. Marine joins us to discuss her book about the experience coping alone with a husband overseas and how she found a mission in helping others like herself.