Stories for March 13, 2007
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 wont fly unless there's enough parking or ways for fans to get to a game. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sister Regina and brothers Miqui (left) and Rafael.