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Stories for November 7, 2007

Happy Birthday Public Broadcasting (I Quit!)

Nov. 7
By Michael Marcotte and Off Mic

Forty years ago today,

Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

Nov. 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

But the controversy over Carter's book began with just its title, and it may have stirred more controversy than even the soft-spoken man from plains had anticipated. Demme almost makes a running gag of the fact that the first question Carter is inevitably asked is why such a provocative title? Fresh Air's Terry Gross suggests a tamer title, but Carter insists that he did want it to be provocative. But the problem is that some people seem unable to get past the title to read the book and allow Carter to make his case. &

The " Blue Bark" Mystery

Nov. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A caller asks a delicate question about the phrase “blue bark shipment,” a term involving the transport of deceased members of the military. Martha and Grant discuss this puzzling expression and the challenge of tracking down its origins.

Off Mic

Nov. 7
By Mmarcotte and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Nov. 7
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Post-Fire, Schwarzenegger Visits San Diego to Encourage Tourism

Nov. 7
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger traveled to Southern California Wednesday in an effort to encourage tourism in the areas that have been most recently hit by wildfires. He held an event near Lake Arrowhead, which is a region that was affected by the flames.

Streamlined Budget Process on Horizon for San Diego School Board

Nov. 7
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego school board is revamping the district's budget process so that future spending plans are easier to read and understand. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Bolstered Border Funding Hinges on Stricter Punishment Rules

Nov. 7
By Jodi Breisler, Capitol News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego could see more money and law enforcement agents with a proposed measure in Congress. But employers could also face stricter punishments for hiring illegal immigrants. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Despite Wary Governor, Researchers Advocate Cigarette Tax Bump

Nov. 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest healthcare reform plan proposed by Democrats would be funded in part by raising cigarette taxes $2 a pack. Governor Schwarzenegger doesn't like it, but tobacco control advocates say it makes sense. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Analysts Predict Rebound to Slowing San Diego Housing Market

Nov. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In September, Southern California home sales fell to their lowest level in about two decades. Is speculation partially responsible for the recent downturn? We talk with local real estate experts who tell us what the numbers mean, why the effect of the recent subprime mortgage meltdown still impacts sales and when we can expect a turnaround to the struggling housing market.

KPBS Border Reporter Discusses Trends in Illegal Immigration

Nov. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local immigration officials investigate more human smuggling into San Diego County from Mexico via international waterways. KPBS border reporter explains how this might point to a new trend in illegal immigration.

KPBS Reflects On Its Role During the 2007 Wildfires

Nov. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

During the 2007 wildfires that hit San Diego County, KPBS Radio broadcast an unprecedented 79 hours of continuous crisis coverage. Much of the broadcast involved calls from San Diegans who were on the front lines of the fires, offering and seeking information. We look back at the crisis with KPBS' news director and a reporter.

As Oil Nears $100, the Worst May be Yet to Come

Nov. 7
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

World oil prices are near $100 a barrel. San Diego county gasoline prices took double digit jumps in the past two weeks, and there are predictions that the worst may be ahead. KPBS Morning Edition news anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Phil Flynn, an oil trader and analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and asked him what's driving oil prices.

Landmark Global Warming Bill Could Benefit California Firefighting

Nov. 7
By Todd Zwillich and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Senate Environment Committee is debating a landmark bill aimed at curbing global warming. Federal wildfire suppression efforts stand to benefit. Todd Zwillich reports from Capitol Hill.

Another Smuggling Boat Found in Del Mar This Morning

Nov. 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Customs and border agents are on the beach in Del Mar this morning. Apparently they've found another smuggling boat. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson was there and has this report.

Local Controversial Water Project Heads to Senate

Nov. 7
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A showdown over a popular water-projects bill moves to the Senate today. Yesterday, House Republicans joined Democrats to override the president's veto. As KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps tells us, that bill includes a local project with a controversy all its own.

Burn Patients Face Long, Difficult Recovery

Nov. 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Life is getting back to normal for most of us in San Diego County. But that’s not the case for people who were severely burned in last month’s wildfires. For them, recovery will be long, difficult, and painful. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.