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Stories for March 13, 2007

San Diego Takes Stock of the Damage Caused by the Winter Freeze

March 13
By Marianne Gerdes and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Govornor Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the federal food and agriculture department last week to declare San Diego County a disaster area because of the crippling freezes that plagued the state in January. Producer Marianne Gerdes takes us on a tour of North County groves, nurseries and gardens where damage from the freeze is still being measured.

Ron Sims Shares Aggressive Strategies to Tackle Global Warming

March 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ron Sims was talking about global warming before it was politically correct or even acknowledged. Today, as the King County Executive, he sets environmentally friendly policy for the greater Seattle area. On Tuesday's show, Full Focus talks to Sims about what we should do to prepare for the predicted weather extremes ahead.

First Hearing on Tuesday for Teen HPV Vaccination Bill

March 13
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A controversial measure to require a new cervical cancer vaccination for teenage girls had its first hearing before the Assembly Health Committee at the state Capitol on Tuesday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

State Lawmakers Divided on Route to Investigate Lam Dismissal

March 13
By Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Washington is in an uproar about reports of White House involvement in the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors late last year. Angry lawmakers are calling on the administration to explain the move that included the firing of San Diego's U.S. Attorney Carol Lam. But California lawmakers are divided on what action should be taken. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.

For First Time in Years, State Traffic Deaths Dropped in 2006

March 13
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Traffic deaths in California are down more than nine percent for 2006. The Highway Patrol says it's the biggest decrease in over a decade. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Defense Dept.'s Veteran Care Solution: Quadruple Member Costs

March 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the military faces heat for its care of veterans, the Defense Department is proposing fee increases for its TRICARE health benefit plan. Some nine million active and retired military could be affected. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story. Defense Dept.'s Veteran Care Solution: Triple Member Costs

Chargers Probe Region for Best Fan Parking Options

March 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Executives of the San Diego Chargers were in Stockton Tuesday talking with their traffic and parking consultants. The team says parking is a so-called “threshold issue.” A new stadium site won’t fly unless there's enough parking or ways for fans to get to a game. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Foreclosures Signal Unstable Housing Market

March 13
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Economists are worried about an unstable housing market in San Diego. Home sales increased slightly last month. But so did foreclosures. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

King County, Washington, Takes on Global Warming

March 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

While many people debate the issue of how to address global warming, the county executive of King County, Washington, takes proactive steps to reduce carbon emissions through clean energy standards and other governmental programs. Ron Sims tells us why he chose to tackle climate change dilemmas head-on and how his energy programs are influencing other cities across the country.

What Lies Beneath? The Forgotten Cemeteries in San Diego

March 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Gravestone Project turned up information about San Diego's lost cemeteries and cleared up certain cemetery myths. Anthropology professor Seth Mallios headed the project and will release his new book, "Cemeteries of San Diego," on March 19.

Good Grades Not Proof of Learning

March 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two reports released last month by the Department of Education show that grades are rising among high school students, yet learning is lagging. California Sen. Tom Torlakson speaks with us about what these reports mean and what he is doing to reform education.

High Expectations Pressure Parents to Delay Kindergarten

March 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should you wait until your child is 6 years old before enrolling them in kindergarten? What kind of impact can holding your child back a year have on their long-term development? Professor Gedeon Deak talks about the concept of red-shirting kindergarteners and other important issues relating to early child development.

Rigorous Kindergarten Curriculum has Some Questioning Child's Readiness

March 13
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Remember Kindergarten. Learning to use scissors, reciting your abc's, a quiet nap on your blue foam mat. Well, that's all ancient history now. Kindergarten today is more about academics then play-time. And that has many parents wondering whether the average five year old is ready or not. KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon explains.

As Heat Continues, Farmers Must Absorb Large Water Bills

March 13
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County citrus and avocado growers have had quite a year already. First there was the January frost - which led to a loss of fruit. And now, near record temperatures are sending their water bills soaring. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

Me and my siblings

March 13
KPBS Commentaries

Me and my sister Regina and brothers Miqui (left) and Rafael.

KPBS Commentaries

March 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Iras Looking Glass

March 13
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Commentaries

Its a rare thing for a public radio show to make the transition to TV. But

KPBS Commentaries

March 13
By Tfudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting