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Stories for May 24, 2007

Presidential Commission Inspecting Soldier Care in S.D. Thursday

May 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Presidents' Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors was in San Diego today, hearing about how those wounded on the battlefield are treated once they return home. The commission was created following the scandal over conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier this year. Co-chairing the commission are Former Senator Bob Dole and Donna Shalala, former secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon spoke with Secretary Shalala earlier today.

Scholar Dissects Religion's Public Role in 'God on Trial'

May 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

From the cross atop Mt. Soledad to prayer in school, America is divided over religion’s public role. Legal scholar and political scientist Peter Irons shares a close look at the national religious wars -- including the Soledad cross controversy -- from his new book, “God on Trial: Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields.”

Book Shows Latino WWII Venture as Fueling Civil Rights Movement

May 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Up to 750,000 Mexican-American men served in World War II, and their war-front experience became a major turning point for U.S. Latinos. Many Latino soldiers returned home to find the same discrimination they had left behind. Their questioning of a system that held Latinos to a lower status helped fuel the Mexican-American civil rights activism of the 60s and 70s.

Feinstein Encouraged By Survival of Immigration Legislation

May 24
By Jodi Breisler, Capital News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Senator Dianne Feinstein can breathe a short sigh of relief that her immigration reform legislation has survived its first week. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Teacher Flubs at Wilson Middle School May Bring Federal Sanctions

May 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More details are coming out about a testing mistake at a San Diego middle school. That mistake caused about one-third of the school's test scores to be thrown out. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Court: S.D. County Can't Deny Basic Healthcare

May 24
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state appeals court has struck down a San Diego County healthcare policy that shuts out the working poor. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps explains.

State Utilities Commission Wants Electricity Market Deregulated

May 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California energy officials want to deregulate a part of the state's electricity market. The Public Utilities Commission wants to reintroduce a program that gives customers more choice in buying electricity. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Study Projects Big Shortage of High-Skilled Workers in California

May 24
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study finds California faces a shortage of high-skilled workers. According to the report by the Public Policy Institute of California, 41 percent of the jobs in the state will require a college degree by 2025. But the researchers estimate only 32 percent of working age adults will actually have college degrees by then.

Weekend Preview: Theatre

May 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's all about the classics on San Diego's stages this weekend. We'll talk with KPBS’ theater critic about which ones should be at the top of your list.

Micro-lending Aids Women of West Africa

May 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local micro-lending organization has dedicated itself to aiding the women of Ghana, West Africa. We speak with WomensTrust about how the micro-lending program works and how their program has positively impacted the village of Pokuase in Ghana.

Local Author Discusses Separation of Church and State

May 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What should we do with the cross on Mount Soledad? Take it down, or leave it there? We speak to a local professor about his new book God on Trial, which tells the stories of five recent battles over religion in the public square.

Explosive Testimony during Floyd Landis Hearing

May 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An unusual 10-day hearing to determine if Temecula cyclist Floyd Landis took banned synthetic testosterone during last year's Tour de France concluded yesterday. We speak with a San Diego Union-Tribune sports reporter who attended the hearing and describes the events and the drama of this landmark session.

Tijuana River Pollution Fouling Beaches

May 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

No San Diego County beaches made the "Beach Bummer" list on an environmental group's annual report card. Nine beaches did get poor grades for water quality. The Tijuana River is not on the list. But it causes most of the beach closures in the county. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Once/Interviews with John Carney and Glen Hansard

May 24
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

John Carney and Glen Hansard used to play together in an Irish band known as The Frames. Hansard stayed with the band but Carney decided to try his hand at filmmaking. Now the two are working together again in a new film called

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 24
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting