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Stories for April 16, 2008

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Court Ruling Could Open Door For California Executions to Resume

April 16
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on lethal injection could open the door for California to resume executions. That’s because California uses the same three-drug cocktail the high court upheld in the Kentucky case. The ruling allows a separate death penalty case in California to now move forward.

Feds Grant San Diego County $2 Million to Counsel Wildfire Victims

April 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County has received a $2 million federal grant to continue providing mental health services to survivors of the October wildfires. The County has been offering special help ever since the disaster. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Border Officials Say Tourists Should Not Avoid Tijuana Because of New Travel Alert

April 16
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. and Mexican officials at the border in Tijuana say a recent travel alert for Mexico should not deter tourists from visiting Tijuana. About 12 million Americans visit Mexico annually. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

400 San Diego Students Get a Close-up Look at Cutting-Edge Science

April 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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School kids at Torrey Pines Elementary in La Jolla huddled around a classroom table today to watch a doctor dissect a cow's eyeball. It was just one of many experiments that took place in honor of Science Discovery Day. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Scripps Researcher Says Rules to Help Fish Hurt Fish

April 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows fishing regulations intended to help fish are actually contributing to declining and unstable fish populations. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

FM 94.9’s Michael Halloran Picks the Best New Alternative Music

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

FM 94.9's Michael Halloran talks about R.E.M., The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkley, Why?, and San Diego's own P.O.D.

Voters Face Two Property Rights Measures on June Ballot

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's June primary will have two propositions on the ballot: Prop 98 and Prop 99. Both deal with the issue of property rights and eminent domain, though they differ in their approach and scope. We discuss these propositions with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.

Practicing Bike Safety on San Diego’s Mean Streets

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A year ago, Tom Fudge was hit by a car while riding his bike to work. What followed was a story of hospitalization and medical recovery that continues to this day. We mark the anniversary of his accident by talking about the love of cycling that many people have, and the difficult and sometimes dangerous relationship that bikers have with the roads of our city that are clearly built for cars.

Inside Sacramento: Taxes, Taxes, and More Taxes

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most Californians probably filed their taxes by last night's deadline, or at least applied for an extension. Many think Californians are taxed more than people in other states, but John Myers, the Sacramento bureau chief for KQED public radio and "The California Report,” begs to differ.

San Diego Looks to Building Green to Cut Emissions, Energy Use

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In response to growing greenhouse gas emissions, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law in 2006, the Global Warming Solutions Act. This law requires California's greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. It's the first enforceable state-wide program in the United States. It's bound to affect many industries, including businesses small and large. Tami Rogers and Joanne Faryon have the story.

Group Says New California Utility Fee Unfair

April 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A utility watchdog group says California regulators are unfairly tacking on new fees to utility bills. The latest fee will pay for a $600-million think tank on climate change. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

San Diego School District Suspends Solar Energy Efforts

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It seems solar energy takes more green. The San Diego Unified School District has suspended its solar energy efforts because power bills soared after the green initiative.

S.D. Council Rejects Private Prosecutor Request for Sunroad

April 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has done an about-face, and agreed to prosecute a former San Diego city employee who became a Sunroad executive. The city council refused the mayor's request to hire a special prosecutor. KPBS reporter Alison St John explains.

San Diego County Ends Contracts With Escondido Homeless Care

April 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County has ended $227,000 in contracts with Escondido's nonprofit St. Clare's Home, which cares for homeless and abuse women with children.

Library Screening: San Diego's Homeless Youth

April 16
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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April 16
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 16
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting