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Stories for March 26, 2007

With Tia Olga and my son Josh

March 26
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Commentaries

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Cities Wooing Chargers

March 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Chargers officials want a vote on the stadium issue on the November 2008 presidential ballot. But which ballot? Chula Vista? National City? Oceanside? The team wants a location identified by this Summer -- so the race is on. Tonight we'll look at the ups and downs for all the involved parties.

Part 1: Navy on a Mission to Build Up SEAL Force

March 26
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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They train over on Coronado, but little is known about them. The Navy SEALs -- that stands for sea, air and land -- are renown for their stealth, speed, and precision. It's well known that they're operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. What exactly they're doing over there is kept secret. But as KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports, one mission is clear -- and that's the need to build the force.

KPBS Commentaries

March 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Real World Immigration Reform in 2007

March 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last year, the hot button domestic issue leading up to the mid-term elections was immigration reform. Some believe that Republican Brian Bilbray defeated his opponent because of his hard-line stand on illegal immigration. After all the debates, headlines, protests, and emotion, very little has happened to change the immigration laws.

Albertson's Employees Give Union Strike Mandate

March 26
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of grocery store workers are closer to walking off the job. Employees of Albertson's have given their union a strike mandate. Joanne Faryon is here to tell us more.

Governor Pushes Controversial Plan for More Dams

March 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger is renewing his call to build new dams in California. Likely sites include one on the west side of the Sacramento Valley and on the San Joaquin River east of Fresno. Monday at Friant dam, Schwarzenegger said the controversial projects are necessary to contend with a growing population and threats to the water supply such as earthquakes, storms and a melting Sierra snowpack:

Cancer Expert Says Edwards is Right to Continue Campaign

March 26
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Talks shows and blogs have been filled with criticism of presidential candidate John Edwards, who's decided to stay on the campaign trial despite his wife's diagnosis with incurable cancer. A San Diego expert on the psycho-social aspects of cancer say Edwards is doing the right thing. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Toll Road Faces Uphill Path

March 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A proposal to cut a 16-mile highway through the San Onofre State Beach faces several hurdles. Supporters say the toll road is needed to reduce congestion on I-5. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

High School Robotics Competiton Raises Enthusiasm for Science

March 26
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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About a month ago, more than 30 high school teams in California got a crate full of metal parts. Their mission was to build a robot to compete in San Diego's first regional robotics competition. Qualcomm and NASA sponsored the event which took place over the weekend in San Diego. KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis followed three local teams and has this report.

Talk Continues about Banning Alcohol on Beaches

March 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Residents in coastal areas of San Diego constantly debate banning alcohol on the beach. Members of the Beach Alcohol Task Force tell us what can be done about the alcohol-related issues in areas like Pacific Beach and Mission Beach.

NPR Investigates America's 30-Year War on Drugs

March 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

National Public Radio correspondent John Burnett discusses "The Forgotten War," an NPR news investigation into America's 30-year drug war. The series examines how drug supply and demand and imprisonment have impacted this multi-billion dollar war.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Increase in Numbers

March 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Almost a quarter of all technology and engineering companies started in the last ten years had at least one senior executive, president, CEO, or CTO born outside the United States. Serial entrepreneur Neil Senturia, a San Diego State University instructor and host of a weekly radio show about entrepreneurship, explores what that might mean for American entrepreneurship and business.

San Diego Considers Incentives for Developers of Low-Income Housing

March 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego is considering creating a system of incentives for developers to create affordable housing. The so-called density bonus system offers developers the ability to increase density, to offset the cost of affordable housing. But some critics say the proposed ordinance is poorly written and will results in environmental calamities in coastal areas. We'll hear both sides.

Western States Debate Proposed

March 26
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One statewide broadcast organization is hoping the earlier Presidential primary will entice candidates not only to pay attention to issues out west, but also to debate them in California. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

Marine Accused of Murdering Iraqi in Court Today

March 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The squad leader of a group of Marines accused of murdering an Iraqi man in Hamdania Iraq last year is in court at Camp Pendleton this morning. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Who Should Watch the City's Books

March 26
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego's first-ever audit committee meets today. It's another important step toward getting the city back into good financial standing. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has a preview.