Stories for November 19, 2007
BETH ACCOMANDO: Was an epic story like Jean Giorno's
star Shah Rukh Khan, nicknamed King Khan, reportedly announced that his film would open bigger than rival
From the deserts of Iraq to Montezuma Hall on the campus of San Diego State University -- veterans of war are returning to school in droves. Not since after WWII have we seen this number off vets enrolling in college. There's been a 68 percent increase in veterans enrolling in the CSU system compared to a year ago.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity is offering help to rebuild homes after the recent wildfires in the county. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has become the most prolific campaign fundraiser in California history.
Every year, the American Dialect Society chooses a "word of the year." We'll talk with Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette, co-hosts of A Way With Words, about this year's contenders and what makes a good word of the year.
The San Diego City Council will consider new laws to restrict landlords from turning houses in residential areas into mini dorms for students. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A new 10-mile toll road opens in the South Bay today -- the first such road in San Diego County. The South Bay Expressway runs from State Route 54 in Spring Valley to State Route 905 near the border. We ask the CEO of the South Bay Expressway how this will relieve congestion, how much it will cost to use, why it took so long to open and how he responds to safety concerns.
Firefighting agencies are on alert as the weather forecast for this week calls for low humidity and high winds, similar to the conditions that caused the wildfires in San Diego last month. Cal Fire has added 15 extra fire engines to the 46 already stationed here, and sent in eight additional crews. More than half a dozen air tankers are also ready to take off if fires break out and conditions permit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Its been a tough year for farmers in San Diego County. Last January, a record cold snap caused widespread crop damage. Now, growers throughout the region are trying to cope with destruction from the wildfires. Last Friday, agriculture officials held a town hall meeting to tell growers how they can apply for financial help. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
San Diego teachers are expected to hand out a drastically different kind of report card to all of their elementary students next year. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
More details are coming out about what went wrong during last month's wildfires in Southern California. State fire officials say bureaucratic red-tape kept military helicopters grounded, and that's prompting lawmakers to act. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.