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Stories for May 10, 2007

Real Estate Sag Saps Jobs, Too

May 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's sagging housing market is hurting more than just mortgage-holders, the job market is also logging losses. The construction, financial and retail sectors each lost several thousand jobs last year. We get a job market update from a local economic analyst.

'Bodies' Art Exhibit Comes to S.D. Showcasing Human Corpses

May 10
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's the one thing we take with us from birth to death. And yet, few of us know much about our own bodies. Prepare to see human specimens, full and partial corpses, preserved using an innovative polymer process. A new exhibition, ‘BODIES’, will showcase the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and other systems of the human body. It will be on display at Westfield UTC, beginning May 12.

State Compacts With Indian Tribes Facing Community Opposition

May 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Senate has approved individual compacts for six Indian tribes negotiated by Governor Schwartzenegger. The tribes include five of the wealthiest in Southern California, including the Sycuan. The compacts face a rockier road in the Assembly, where there is considerable labor opposition. David Ross will talk about what the Sycuan compact includes -- adding 3,000 slots and a second casino on non-tribal land -- and detail community opposition to the deal.

Schwarzenegger Proposes Privatizing State Lottery Operations

May 10
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Schwarzenegger Administration is floating a plan to turn over California lottery operations to a private company. The Governor's advisers say the state earned just over $1 billion from the lottery in the past year. However, Arnold Schwarzenegger says the lottery could be more efficient.

Allstate to Stop Writing New Homeowner's Insurance Policies in CA

May 10
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Allstate plans to stop writing new homeowner's insurance policies in California this summer. Allstate has been the third biggest seller of homeowner's insurance in California, but the company been scaling back on new policies here for the last couple of years.

Bajagua to Build Tijuana Sewage Plant Despite Federal Suspension

May 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A company called Bajagua that won a sole source government contract to build a sewage treatment plant in Tijuana to clean water that flows to San Diego says it’s still moving forward. That despite the fact that the federal agency in charge of the project has suspended activity. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Local Teachers Pushing to Gut 'No Child Left Behind' Legislation

May 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego teachers say they're sick and tired of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. They're pressuring local lawmakers to gut the legislation during reauthorization this year. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

New Provision Could Handcuff San Onofre Toll Road Development

May 10
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A congressional panel approved an amendment that could affect a plan to build a toll road through part of San Onofre State Beach. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Study: Decline Rate of Grocery Worker Health Coverage is Shocking

May 10
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A University of California economist says it is no surprise that health care benefits are again a stumbling block in contract talks between three major grocery store chains and union workers.

State Officials Agree to Lower Barriers to Solar Power Adoption

May 10
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's new solar plan is in need of a major revision. As it's written now, the law undermines conversion to solar power. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

California Voting System's Security, Reliability to be Tested

May 10
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is moving forward with a review of voting systems in all 58 counties. She's asking University of California computer scientists to try to hack into machines to find out if they're secure.

Weekend Preview: Dinosaur Jr, Modest Mouse, Lux Boreal

May 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dinosaur Jr comes to town after releasing their first album since 1998 and a group of artists hold a benefit for one of their own in Barrio Logan. Listen to the Weekend Preview to plan your weekend entertainment.

Filmmaker Explores Evolution Debate in New Documentary

May 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For a time, the state of Kansas was the epicenter of the national debate over the teaching of evolution versus intelligent design. Filmmaker Randy Olson, who also is an evolutionary scientist with a Ph.D., returned to his home state to explore the issue in a documentary. He discusses the making of his film, "Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus."

A Proactive New Look at Real Human Cadavers

May 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Human anatomy has fascinated people for hundreds of years and there's a new provocative exhibition in town that gives San Diegans the opportunity to see the human body first-hand. Bodies...The Exhibition features 21 whole-body cadavers and more than 200 partial bodies and organs. We speak with the chief medical adviser for the exhibition about the process of preserving human bodies and what to expect at the show.

Military Spouses Endure Financial Challenges During Deployment

May 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Military families face the same financial pitfalls that most Americans do. The major difference is that at least one member of the family is away from home for an extended period of time fighting in a war. Military financial expert and columnist June Walbert illustrates the financial challenges endured by the spouses left behind and discusses potential solutions.

International Agency Suspends Controversial Sewage Proposal

May 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The International Boundary and Water Commission has halted plans for a U.S. government-financed plant to treat sewage that flows north from Tijuana, Mexico, into United States.