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Stories for March 14, 2007

Gas Prices Rising Again in San Diego County

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's behind the record high gas prices? Full Focus finds out why the cost of gas continues to skyrocket in San Diego.

State Education Report Cites Illogical Funding, Over-Complexity

March 14
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California schools are doing a poor job, and a massive overhaul of the system -- combined with lots more money -- will be needed to make changes. That's the finding of a 1,700-page report that was requested by legislative leaders and released, in part, on Wednesday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Treating Wounded Soldiers

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Will there be more political fallout over the shoddy treatment of wounded soldiers? On Wednesday's Full Focus, we'll talk about what's behind failures to adequately care for military personnel wounded in the Iraq War.

South Bay Residents Encouraged to Plant Trees for Arbor Week

March 14
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

What steps can be taken to reverse global warming? One approach is to plant trees, which soak up carbon dioxide. The San Diego Regional Energy Office runs a program to plant trees in urban areas throughout San Diego. Joanne Faryon has the story.

Kyoto Prize Winner & Wife/Colleague Share Lifelong Experiences

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Professor Leonard Herzenberg, Ph.D. is credited with revolutionizing how harmful diseases, including HIV and leukemia, are identified and treated. A professor of genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, he developed the Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS), for which he received the 2006 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology. His wife and lifelong colleague, Leonore Herzenberg, Ph.D., is also a professor of genetics at Stanford. Host Tom Fudge talks with the Herzenbergs about their collaboration in life and in science for more than half a century.

CCDC to Spend $100 Million on Affordable-Housing Downtown

March 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego's Centre City Development Corporation has voted to make a record amount of money available for affordable housing downtown. The city's redevelopment arm says it will spend more than $100 million on housing for median and low-income residents. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fighting Fires with Goats

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Anyone who owns a home on a hillside knows the value of keeping nearby brush at a minimum. But how do you do that? One answer is goats. They're quiet. They're agile. And they're champions when it comes to eating combustible plants.

Bush Administration OKs Governor's Healthcare Reform Plan

March 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Bush Administration has given their A-OK to Governor Schwarzenegger’s healthcare reform package. In San Diego on Wednesday, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Levitt said the federal government will do what it can do help. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Acclaimed Author Shares Stories of Growing up in CA Migrant Camps

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Life has always been hard for migrant workers in California. But you might not get that impression reading the children's books of Juan Felipe Herrera. The stories of his childhood -- told in his books -- are filled with magic, bright sunshine, festivals and the taste of good food.

New Mid-City Elementary School Opens Doors Next Year

March 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About 500 students who live in San Diego’s mid-city neighborhood will attend a new elementary school next year. It's named after an Olympic track star who spent a lot of time inspiring youngsters. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

S.D. Latino Film Festival Takes the Spotlight

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Latino film festival keeps getting bigger. And this year it's bigger than ever with 185 films. Also this year, the festival is featuring animated movies from Latin America. These Days has more.

South Bay Residents Offered Free Trees to Celebrate Arbor Week

March 14
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's Arbor Week in California -- and a local non-profit organization is celebrating by giving away a thousand trees to residents of the South Bay. The San Diego Regional Energy Office announced the so-called “shady deal” outside a home in Chula Vista. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

Wild Animal Park Unveils Simulated Tour of Africa

March 14
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is inviting visitors aboard the African Express. That's a new bus tour through hundreds of acres of simulated forest and savannah in the San Pasqual Valley. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

Early California Presidential Primary

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Next year, it looks like California will be a lot closer to the front of the line when it comes to voting for President. The Legislature has voted to move our Presidential primary from June of 2008 to February. These Days has more.

Plans for Liquefied Natural Gas Plant off Mexico's West Coast Dropped

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chevron is dropping plans to build a $650 million liquefied natural gas terminal off of Mexico's West Coast near the California border.

Report: $600 Million Needed to Repair San Diego Schools

March 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's going to take an extra $600 million to repair and renovate aging San Diego schools. That's the finding of a new report about construction projects in the San Diego Unified School District. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.