Stories for September 24, 2007
California's average weekly wage was up more than four percent in the fourth quarter of last year. The State Bureau of Labor Statistics reports California's average weekly wage was $987. Bureau economist Amarr Mann says that's $126 above the national average.
Federal officials in San Diego unsealed indictments Monday charging 14 people in connection with what they say is the largest international steroid trafficking investigation in U.S. history. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Governor Schwarzenegger will decide the fate of a bill that would boost the Medi-Cal reimbursement rate for family planning services. Supporters complain family planning clinics haven't received a significant rate hike in 20 years. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
There's a new obstacle in California's bid to have stricter motor vehicle emission requirements than the rest of the country. Los Angeles Congressman Henry Waxman says the White House is illegally lobbying the Environmental Protection Agency to deny California's permit request for a waiver under the Clean Air act. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.
Lawmakers are still huddling behind closed doors, crafting plans and in discussions on the thorny issues of health care and water storage. Those are the focus of special sessions called by the Governor. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.
Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Latino votes will matter more than ever in the upcoming presidential election. Well speak with syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette about Latino identity, how Latino voters have been rallied by the debate over immigration and how they might come down in the race from president.
With seven games left in the regular season, the Padres eye the post-season. Meanwhile, the Chargers look to rebound from a disappointing loss to New England as they take on the Green Bay Packers in chilly Wisconsin. And, the SDSU Aztecs football team tries to extend its home winning streak. We analyze the latest San Diego sporting news with Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, a local sports radio talk show host and former Chargers play-by-play announcer.
Flying has never been worse. The summer of 2007 was marked by record cancellations and delays in flights. The airlines blame bad weather and an antiquated air-traffic-control system, but critics argue that airlines are making profits (forecasted at $4 billion in 2007) at the expense of customers. Neil Senturia will talk about the current state of flying the unfriendly skies.
James Watson is a molecular biologist best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, he was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He was the first director of the National Center for Human Genome Research at NIH. He is the first person to have his personal genome mapped and made public. And he's recently wrote his memoir "Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science."
Residents of Carlsbad are getting nervous about talk of more air traffic at Palomar Airport. A recent study suggests north county residents could use the airport to fly to places like San Francisco, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Baja, supplementing Lindbergh Field in the future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
By this time next year, you should be able to buy DVDs that allow you burn movies from the Internet and play them on any machine . . anywhere. KPBS Reporter Alan Ray talked about the development with C-NET.com Editor At Large Brian Cooley.
In August of 2005, a ward in a California youth prison who was locked alone in his cell for two months killed himself. The suicide of 18-year-old Joseph Maldonado prompted a special investigation. It also inspired a bill just approved by the California Legislature.
A record number of students will be attending UC San Diego this fall semester. Many of them moved into their new campus digs over the weekend. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.