Stories for May 7, 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Schools will open on schedule today -- but with increased security -- after threats of violence were found on campuses last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.