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Stories for May 7, 2007

Why California Nurses are Rallying for Kuehl's Healthcare Plan

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California nurses are rallying in Sacramento on Tuesday in support of Senator Sheila Kuehl's plan for universal coverage. Find out why they favor her plan and not Governor Schwarzenegger's.

State Sues School to Recoup Millions in Students' Lost Tuition

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state attorney general filed a lawsuit today that seeks $2.5 million in lost tuition from the former owners of a defunct computer-training school.

School Threats Unnerve Locals Following Gunfire Report Last Week

May 7
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

After a handful of violent threats were found scrawled on the walls of school bathrooms last week, school administrators have increased security on campuses and are urging parents to send their children to school. But are parents listening? And are students afraid to go to school? Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has an update.

Journalist Says Marine Morale Good Despite Continued Strife in Iraq

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Grim news continues to come from Iraq. Today at least 25 people were killed by a suicide bomber in Ramadi. The number of American troops killed since the war began more than four years ago exceeds 3,300. Tony Perry, the San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, went back two days ago for his fifth tour covering Camp Pendleton Marines in Iraq. He is in Fallujah in the Al Anbahr province. Gloria Penner interviewed him earlier today to discuss, among other things, troop morale.

True Tales of Mexican Migration

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Freelance journalist Sam Quinones travels over Mexico and the United States interviewing and collecting stories about how immigration has changed both cultures. Some of those tales are in his newest book “Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.” He also weaves throughout the book the life of a Mexican named Delfino, who at age twelve left his home in the mountains of Mexico for Los Angeles.

Wildfire Awareness Week Declared; Fire Officials Say Be Prepared

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California firefighters are preparing for a very difficult fire season. After a year with record low rainfall in many areas, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared this week “wildfire awareness week,” and the department of Forestry and Fire Protection is warning people to be prepared.

Local Businesses Joining National Coalition for Health Care Reform

May 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Bumble Bee Foods has joined a national coalition of businesses that wants to reform the country's troubled health care system. Coalition members will push their ideas to lawmakers in Washington and Sacramento this week. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Final Chance This Week for HS Seniors to Pass California Exit Exam

May 7
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's all or nothing for hundreds of San Diego high school seniors. This is the last week they can retake the California High School Exit Exam in time for graduation. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Review Finds Vista Deputies Were Justified in Use of Deadly Force

May 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California attorney general's office has concluded Vista Sheriff's deputies use of force was justified when officers shot and killed four Latino men. The attorney general's review supports District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' decision. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Sacramento Planned Parenthood Pleads for More Budget Support

May 7
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The height of the budget season is just weeks away in Sacramento, and there are lots of grounds looking for money. Planned Parenthood, for instance, says it needs more funding from the state because it's already turning away thousands of people who need help every month. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Early Primary Could Cost County $11 Million

May 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has attracted more presidential hopefuls the past few weeks. The state has gotten more attention since shifting its presidential primary to February. But the change comes at a cost to the state's counties. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Poway School Open Today on Schedule, But With Increased Security

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Poway Schools will open on schedule today -- but with increased security -- after threats of violence were found on campuses last week.

Council Today to Consider City Budget, Including Aguirre's Staff

May 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego city council will consider the proposed budget for the mayor's office and the city attorney this afternoon. City Attorney Mike Aguirre is expected to push for more staff for his office. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Mysterious Disappearance of Bees Raises Concern

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Billions of bees mysteriously disappear across the country. From honey to pollination, this $15 billion per year industry is vital to our food supply. We speak with the San Diego County entomologist about the impact to local agriculture, and a local beekeeper who knows the importance of bees.

California Prepares for Dangerous Fire Conditions

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego fire officials are nervous about the threat of a large-scale fire this year. Lack of rainfall and dry vegetation create hazards for residents all over the county. A battalion chief with the San Diego Fire Department explains why the conditions forced an early declaration to the fire season.

Capitol Hill Update: Iraq War, 2008 Election, D.C. Madame

May 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How is the early campaigning for the 2008 election impacting the legislative process in Washington D.C.? What's the next step in debate between President Bush and the Democratic Congress over the Iraq war? Host Alison St John speaks to Eric Niiler from Capitol News Connection about the big stories on Capitol Hill this week.