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Stories for May 22, 2007

San Diego Food Bank Offers 'Food 4 Kids' Program for Poor Youth

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We live in the richest corner of the richest state in the richest country in the world. So it's hard to believe that thousands of San Diego school children go hungry. Now, thanks to a program launched by the San Diego Food Bank, many of those children are being helped.

Assisted-Suicide Supporters Add New Safeguards to Legislation

May 22
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Supporters of legislation that would allow the terminally ill to get life-ending medication are making some changes. Among them is a new provision requiring the patient have three months or less to live before they can get a prescription for the medication. The bill used to allow that at six months.

Supreme Court: Parents Needn't a Lawyer to Sue School Districts

May 22
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County parents who have kids with disabilities were applauding a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday. The justices say moms and dads don't have to hire a lawyer to sue a school district. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Kitty Dukakis Endorses ECT to Battle Depression

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We know Kitty Dukakis as the wife of former governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. Not so well known is Mrs. Dukakis' 20-year bout with disabling depression. She used alcohol and drugs for relief. But nothing worked until she turned to a radical idea: electroconvulsive therapy, or, ECT.

Disparity Widens Between SoCal Cost of Living and U.S. Average

May 22
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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As if stratospheric home prices and skyrocketing gas prices weren't enough to break a San Diegan's wallet, now there's one more cost hike to worry about: food. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

In Face of Possible Drought, County Seeks New Landscaping Rules

May 22
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County officials are looking at using drought-tolerant plants at county facilities because of dry conditions. They also want to conserve water. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

California AG Threatens to Sue EPA Over Strict Air Pollution Policy

May 22
By Capitol News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Attorney General Jerry Brown is threatening to sue the EPA for blocking California's tough automobile pollution plan. The state is leading the way on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.

Senator Boxer Fails to Kill Guest Worker Program

May 22
By Jodi Breisler, Capitol News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Senator Barbara Boxer unsuccessfully tried to kill a guest worker program Tuesday. She’ll now work to cut the number of proposed workers in half. The program is part of an overall reform package being debated in the U.S. Senate. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Union and Grocery Chains Meet Again Tuesday to Renegotiate

May 22
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Union workers and company officials from three of Southern California's largest grocery chains are back at the bargaining table Tuesday. Some 65,000 unionized workers have been working day-to-day under terms of an expired contract since early March.

Another Alternate Route Proposed for SDGE Powerlink Project

May 22
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The California Public Utilities Commission has added another possible route for San Diego Gas and Electric's proposed Sunrise Powerlink. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has the story.

San Diego May See Wind Power in its Future

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What role does wind power have in San Diego's sustainable energy mix? California has an ambitious goal of generating 20 percent of its energy with renewable resources by the year 2010. Solar is an obvious choice for San Diego, but where does wind fit in? One big commercial wind farm already exists and controversy is brewing over proposals for a second in the remote McCain Valley.

College Graduation Ceremonies May Invoke Religious Terms

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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As graduating students and their parents across the country listen to commencement speeches, can speakers legally invoke religious terms in what they say? We speak with a These Days legal analyst about how God and religion can be used in graduation ceremonies.

Neurologists Shed Light on Migraines

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Have you ever had a migraine headache? If so, you can understand the pain that more than 28 million Americans feel when they experience one of these severe headaches. We speak to a pair of local neurologists about the causes of migraines and the latest treatment options available.

Immigration Bill Awaits Bipartisan Consensus

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Senate started debate on the new bipartisan immigration proposal endorsed by the White House, but many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are displeased. We speak with an op-ed writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune about what he thinks of the proposal, how it might change immigration policy, and why this issue won't be solved anytime soon.