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Stories for May 25, 2007

The True Price of Gas

May 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gas prices are way up, and aside from the fuel’s inherent potential to cause financial hardship, that means other goods are also more pricey -- such as food. But at the root of the price surge are factors as complex as its monetary repercussions. NPR’s Scott Horsely has more.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

May 25
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Yo ho, yo ho a pirate's life for me part three. That's right Jack Sparrow and company are back in theaters for the third and supposedly last installment of the Disneyland ride-turned-movie

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Soaring Food Prices Draining San Diegans' Income...Further

May 25
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Anguish at the gas pump is nothing new. But now consumers are facing agony at the grocery store too. Food prices have soared nearly 6 percent in the last year. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

War Wounded's Mental Hurdles Include Stigma of Asking for Help

May 25
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bob Dole and Donna Shalala, co-chairs of the President's commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors, held a meeting in San Diego Thursday to address PTSD, including identification, care, and removing the stigma of asking for help. A second session addressed veterans' support benefits and case management processes. Joanne Faryon attended the conference and interviewed Donna Shalala.

Aguirre Assails Sanders' Budget Cuts as Political Retaliation

May 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders has proposed to cut 17 of 340 positions from the city attorney's budget to save $1.6 million. This week Aguirre ended the shaky peace between himself and Sanders, blasting Sanders' proposal as retaliation born out of ill will for the embarrassment Sanders feels over Sunroad.

CHP Commissioner Promises Heavy Presence This Weekend

May 25
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's a holiday weekend -- and that means Highway Patrol officers will be out in force around the state. CHP Commissioner Mike Brown says 80 percent of their officers will be on the roadways, looking for problems.

Pelosi Denies Dem Defeat After Congress Approves More Iraq Funds

May 25
By Jodi Breisler, Capital News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on the defensive. Before returning to California for the Memorial Day holiday, she says Democrats have not lost the battle with the White House over Iraq. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Schwarzenegger Wants Parolees to Wear GPS Tracking Devices

May 25
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Calling it an historic event, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday a new initiative aimed at gang violence.

Baja Tourists Expected to Spend About $25 Million This Weekend

May 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Baja California is expecting about 170,000 tourists this Memorial Day weekend. Tourism officials expect visitors to spend about $25 million. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

State Reaps Gas Sales Tax Windfall Despite Lower Consumption

May 25
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gasoline consumption is down since pump prices started going up. The California State Board of Equalization tracks how much tax money is being collected on gas. The numbers indicate that consumers bought less gas this February than they did the year before. Sales dropped two and a half percent. The price at the pump was 17 cents a gallon higher this year.

Saving Salton Sea Now Up to State Legislature

May 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The plan to restore California's largest lake, the decaying Salton Sea, is now in the hands of the state legislature. After years of debate and delays, the restoration project kicks into another gear. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Bill Would Protect San Diego's Urban Canyons

May 25
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic State Senator Christine Kehoe wants to protect 7,000 acres of urban canyons in San Diego. The city council supports the measure.

Immigration Reform, Food Prices, County Funds

May 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the Senate debates a new immigration bill. Can a deal be reached? Also, food prices are on the rise at local supermarkets. And, Should the County take a closer look at how the Board of Supervisors use its discretionary funds?