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Stories for May 14, 2007

STDs on the Rise in San Diego -- How the Resurgence Happened

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in San Diego County. We'll talk with the county's STD control officer about why we are seeing more gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia cases, and what people need to do to protect themselves.

Supreme Court Orders Review of 2002 S.D. SUV Rollover Case

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Supreme Court ordered a state appeals court Monday to review a decision giving $82.6 million to a woman who was paralyzed after her Ford Explorer rolled over.

12 States Sue Bush Administration Over Fuel Efficiency Standards

May 14
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's attorney general and a number of other states are suing the Bush Administration over fuel efficiency standards. A federal court in San Francisco is hearing the suit on Monday. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Gas Prices a Major Factor in Postage Rates Hike

May 14
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New postage rates take effect on Monday. The cost of sending a one ounce, first class letter will now cost you two cents more -- up to 41 cents. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on the price hike and a new type of stamp that could save you money in the future.

National City May Ban Novelty Lighters to Thwart Kids' Misuse

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

National City wants to ban novelty lighters because children are mistaking the lighters for toys and igniting fires or burning themselves. National City officials will vote on an ordinance to stop novelty lighters from being sold in their city on May 15. If approved, the ban would be the first of its kind in the county. We'll hear from National City's Mayor about why we need to snuff out sales of novelty lighters.

Navarrette: Pending Federal Immigration Debate to Pivot on Amnesty

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set a Wednesday deadline for a vote that will determine whether the Senate will begin debate on immigration reform. Is Congress headed for a breakthrough -- or a breakdown? We'll talk with Ruben Navarrette about the Senate's attempt to avoid a bipartisan stalemate that could derail hopes for an immigration reform bill this year.

Governor Proposes More Education Funding, Massive Welfare Cuts

May 14
By Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing a slightly larger state budget than the one he unveiled in January. The newly revised spending plan includes more money for education. However, the fiscal blueprint fails to fix the fact that California spends more money than it takes in.

Foggo, Wilkes Plead Not Guilty to New Charges

May 14
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former top CIA official pleaded not guilty Monday to new charges that he pushed a proposed $100 million government contract for his best friend in return for lavish vacations, private jet flights and a lucrative job offer.

Feds to Fill Longest U.S.-Mexico Tunnel Ever Discovered

May 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Federal officials will fill in the longest tunnel ever discovered under the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday. Authorities say they'll plug that tunnel in Otay Mesa, and seven others by the end of the month. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Five Percent of San Diegans Can Afford to Buy an Average Home

May 14
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A leading business publication calls San Diego's real estate market the most overpriced in the country. Forbes.com looked at the 40 largest cities in the United States.

Nobel-Winner: Climate Change Threatens California Water Supply

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Nobel-prize winning scientist says global climate change threatens California's water supply. The lack of snowpack in the state's tallest mountain range could cause a water crisis by the end of the century. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

'Forever Stamp' Aims to Soothe Postage Rate Increase

May 14
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Postage rates go up today. And the postal service is selling a new kind of stamp. From Sacramento, Ellen Ciurczak reports.

Leading Global Warming Scientist Shares Recent Findings

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Climate change is one of the biggest scientific and political issues today. We speak with one of the world's most qualified scientists about the research, the politics, and the skepticism behind global warming.

How to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer among Americans and it's a lot easier to get than many people think. We speak with experts about what causes skin cancer and how you can protect yourself from the summer heat. We also discuss the myths associated with sun exposure and how these misconceptions might be affecting your health.

National City Bows Out of Chargers Stadium Talks

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are the Chargers’ hopes of building a new stadium in San Diego County starting to look more like a "hail mary" pass than a goal line situation? National City officials cited the large costs associated with building the infrastructure around the stadium as one of the primary reasons they couldn't proceed with the stadium bid. We speak with the mayor of National City about the decision.

Downtown San Diego Booms with Redevelopment Projects

May 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As president of downtown San Diego's redevelopment agency, Nancy Graham is responsible for the implementation of projects and programs that are designed to enhance the quality of life downtown. We analyze the relationship between the Centre City Development Corporation and the San Diego City Council, ask what projects are included in its estimated $1 billion purse, and find out what makes some plans are more important than others.

California Ranchers Face Tough Year

May 14
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dry pastures and rangeland have put California ranchers in a tough position this year. The lack of rain means there's less grass for cattle to eat. That means ranchers have to move them to greener pastures, sell them earlier than planned for a cheaper price - or buy hay or other feed to fatten them up. Matt Byrne with the California Cattlemen's Association says that's expensive.

Relief Coming to Clogged I-5

May 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you're stuck along a clogged stretch of I-5 near Del Mar at the moment take note. You may get some relief from the congestion by the end of the summer. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

More Budget Cuts Feared in Governor's Revised Proposal Today

May 14
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to call for more spending cuts when he unveils his revised budget on Monday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara has more.