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Stories for April 14, 2008

Citizen Voices

April 14
By Candice Suerstedt and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Attempted Assassination of Tijuana Police Official Leaves 2 Dead, 8 Injured

April 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two gunmen died and eight people were injured when gunmen tried to kill a high ranking police official in Tijuana over the weekend. Baja California's Attorney General says the attack is revenge for cracking down on organized crime. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Young@Heart Free Screening

April 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

If you would like to attend a special advance screening of the new documentary

Nearly 100% Chance of Major Earthquake in California within 30 Years

April 14
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's almost 100-percent certain that a quake like the one that rocked Northridge in 1994 will hit again within the next thirty years. That's the finding of a report by the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Geological Survey and others.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sanders Wants to Hire Private Prosecutor for Sunroad Executive Case

April 14
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to hire a special prosecutor to decide whether the city should resurrect a case against a Sunroad executive. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Living With Multiple Sclerosis

April 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable neurological disease that affects 400,000 Americans. But MS is not considered a fatal disease. In fact, many people with MS live long, productive lives. We talk about what its like to live with MS, and what research is being done to find a cure.

Mayor Sanders Rolls Out New Budget Plan

April 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has begun unveiling his $1.2 billion budget for the new fiscal year. Some city services like pools, parks, and libraries would be negatively impacted by the proposed budget. Despite a diminishment in services, the overall budget will grow by 7.4 percent. We get some analysis of the budget and the hurdles ahead to pass it.

California Legislation Would Ban Toxic Chemicals in Baby Products

April 14
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers are expected to vote today on a bill to ban certain toxic chemicals from baby products like toys and shampoos. But the bill is getting a lot of push-back from manufacturers, who say the science isn't there. From Sacramento Marianne Russ reports.

Some Say Beach Booze Ban Changing Character of Pacific Beach

April 14
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Police department is handing out 15 citations each week to people drinking alcohol on public beaches and in public parks. The ban was enacted by the city council after a Labor Day riot on Pacific Beach made headlines around the world.

450 Pink-Slipped San Diego Teachers Taking School District to Court

April 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego public school teachers who got pink slips last month are taking the school district to court this week. They're hoping to force the district to rescind layoff notices. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

California Breast Cancer Research Program Launches $23 Million Initiative

April 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Breast cancer research in the state will be getting a major boost. The publicly-funded California Breast Cancer Research Program is launching a $23 million initiative. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

State Inmates Clear Less Brush in SD Than County Inmates Used To

April 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State inmate camps in San Diego County spend barely a third as much time clearing brush in wildfire prevention as the now disbanded county camps did in the 1980s.