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Stories for May 2, 2007

How to Nurture Your Nest Egg With the 'Retirement Bible'

May 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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People are not prepared for the growing burdens of retirement. We'll find out how much money people need to retire, how they can stretch their nest egg, and where they might go for help.

Commercial Rooftop Garden Cultivates Green Energy Benefits

May 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Jim Mumford is turning his commercial rooftop into a green oasis. Good Earth Plant Company, in industrial Kearny Mesa, is the first commercial building with a large-scale rooftop garden. He says these so-called eco-roofs have many environmental benefits, such as filtering stormwater, reducing energy costs, and lowering air temperatures caused by the urban heat island effect.

Proposed Budget Would Double Funding to Repair City Streets

May 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Are San Diego city streets making the grade -- or literally falling apart? Mayor Jerry Sanders says they're bad enough to warrant a 2008 budget increase for street repair. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

California AG Sued Over Language to Modify Term Limits Law

May 2
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A group that supports the existing term limits law in California is suing state Attorney General Jerry Brown. The group, U.S. Term Limits, says Brown has filed misleading language for a new ballot measure that would change the law. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Council Members Skeptical of Mayor's Budget Promises

May 2
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego City Council members began hearings Wednesday of the mayor's proposed budget. They had plenty of questions about the mayor's claims that his cuts will not result in any reduction in services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Environmentalists Frustrated By San Diego Bay Cleanup Delays

May 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A plan to clean up San Diego Bay has been talked about for years. Environmental groups are frustrated because there's been more talking and no cleaning. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Controversy Rises Over Private Military Contractor, Blackwater

May 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Blackwater is planning a new military facility in the community of Potrero, but the private security company has been met with fiery opposition. Author Jeremy Scahill is an expert on Blackwater and he joins us today to discuss the rise of Blackwater and its role within international conflict. We are also joined by the president of the International Peace Operations Association, which is seeking to increase the role of the private sector in defense and peace related services.

Diocese Bankruptcy Raises Controversy

May 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We speak to California Western School of Law professor Scott Ehrlich about the latest news on the San Diego Catholic Diocese's bankruptcy case. Ehrlich talks about the bankruptcy proceedings that were recently completed by the Catholic Diocese in Tucson and Portland, and discusses the next steps in the San Diego case.

UC Davis Hosts Real ID Discussion

May 2
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What was billed as the nation's only open meeting on Real ID took place at UC Davis on Tuesday. A few hundred gathered to discuss setting national standards for drivers licenses and ID cards. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Protests, Support for Immigration Raids in San Diego

May 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Pro-immigrant activists marched through downtown San Diego. It was part of a national day of protest. The protestors denounced a recent surge in immigration raids. Federal agents have been targeting companies that hire undocumented workers. That usually leads to deportation for Mexicans who came here illegally.

More Wildfires Predicted for Southern California

May 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Dry conditions and a warmer summer may fuel a dangerous wildfire season for California. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us that a federal agency is worried about fire conditions across a huge area of the country.