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Stories for March 12, 2007

Governor Calls on Business to Fund Healthcare Coverage

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling for mandatory health care coverage for every Californian. To help cover the cost, he is asking employers and the health care industry to share the financial burden. We'll ask a business owner and a health care provider what they think of the governor's plan and if it is possible to find common ground.

Del Mar Mayor Reveals the City’s Financial Woes

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In his State of the City address last week, Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard said that the city is "near the point of no recovery." We'll hear from the mayor on why one of the county's wealthier communities is financially strapped and the plans to save the city from financial ruin.

In Wake of Reed Scandal, Local Medical Center Holds Open House

March 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Officials at San Diego's Navy Medical Center near Balboa Park say the problems uncovered at Walter Reed Army Hospital are not an issue here. They held an open house for the media today to prove their point. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California School Superintendent Wants Help From Private Business

March 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California School Superintendent Jack O'Connell says he wants private businesses to play a greater role in educating public high school students. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Daily Clock Flux Makes Rhythm Tough For TJ Commuters

March 12
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The moon was still high in the sky this morning as thousands of drowsy commuters streamed across the border from Tijuana. Mexico doesn't move its clock forward for another three weeks. People had to wake up an hour early to make it to work in San Diego on time. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Daylight-Saving Time Causing Confusion for Border Crossers

March 12
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many may already be feeling the effects of "springing ahead" and losing that precious hour of sleep, but some local community members are having an even harder time with the change. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on that story.

Dems Want Rove Questioned About Lam Dismissal

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressional Democrats on Monday singled out presidential adviser Karl Rove for questioning about the firing of San Diego's U.S. Attorney Carol Lam and seven other federal prosecutors.

In Plea Deal, Briber of S.D. Politicians Gets 2 1/2 Years

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former strip club owner who admitted bribing politicians in San Diego and Las Vegas was sentenced Monday to federal prison.

SDSU's President Comments on Possible Strike

March 12
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Professors and staff at 23 California State University Campuses including San Diego State are preparing for a possible strike at the end of the month. The union and CSU administrators have been locked in a labor dispute for more than two years. San Diego State President Stephen Weber says he has mixed feelings about a possible strike. He spoke on KPBS Radio's These Days program.

San Diego Beaches Washing Away

March 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Several San Diego County beaches are losing sand. The natural replenishing processes have been blocked by development. Local officials want state and federal help to fix the problem. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

The Ali Jackson Quartet Performs in Studio

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ali Jackson Jr. is part of a new generation of jazz musicians that continue the long tradition of preserving the musical roots while keeping an open and absorbing mind. Jackson performs original music in studio and discusses the delicate balance of individualism and collaboration that jazz is built upon.

Earlier Primary Heightens the Need for Campaign Cash

March 12
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's a safe bet that legislation to move up California's presidential primary from June to February will soon become law. Analysts say now more than ever, the candidates will need the help of the state's legislative leaders. From Sacramentio, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Don't Let Daylight-Saving Time Deprive You of Sleep

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As clocks "spring forward" an hour for daylight-saving time on the second Sunday in March, the weekend is an hour shorter and many people find themselves losing an hour of sleep. A local expert on sleep disorders provides helpful tips on how to minimize the impact of the time change on sleeping patterns.

Contractor's Cooperation Continues in Duke Cunningham Case

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A defense contractor who pleaded guilty to bribing former GOP Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham continues to cooperate and may be a trial witness against another contractor and an ex-CIA official who were indicted last month, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

President Bush Visits Latin America Amid Protests

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush visits five Latin American countries over a seven-day period to discuss alternative fuels, U.S. aid, and trade. Jeremy Martin from UCSD's Institute of the Americas tells us why the president made the trip, what he hopes to accomplish, and what to make of all the protests.

President Weber on SDSU Month

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

March is SDSU Month with this year's celebration commemorates the school's 110th anniversary of its founding in 1897. The president of San Diego State University, Dr. Stephen L. Weber, joins us to discuss recent accomplishments as well as challenges faced by the university. We ask Dr. Weber about future growth and revisions in the campus master plan.