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Stories for April 22, 2008

Third Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival

April 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Blackwater USA Resurrects Plans to Open Training Center in San Diego County

April 22
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blackwater USA has resurrected plans to open a military training center in San Diego County. The private security contractor abandoned a bid last month to build a facility in the small town of Potrero in East County amid protests from local residents. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.

California Lawmakers Could See Pay Cut

April 22
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers and other state officials could be looking at a pay cut. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

San Diego School Board Could Issue Another 1,100 Layoff Notices

April 22
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Custodians, teaching assistants and other school employees are at the San Diego Unified school board meeting right now to protest another round of possible layoff notices. The school board is expected to vote on whether to issue roughly 1,100 notices. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis is at district headquarters.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 22
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Drowning in Junk Mail

April 22
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Junk mail sent to San Diego city residents each year would cover the entire football field at Qualcomm Stadium - 45 feet deep. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

California's Fire Season Could Start Earlier This Year

April 22
By Steve Shadley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Wildfire season typically begins around the middle of May in California, but there already have been a few flare-ups in the Central Valley. That means the season could be starting early this year. From Sacramento, Steve Shadley reports.

Greenhouse Gas vs. Green Backs

April 22
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

Thankfully, the Envision taping held no such interrogation. The audience got to ask questions of two of the guests, including the very cool

Citizen Voices

April 22
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Legal Update: Lethal Injection, DUI’s, Immigration

April 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Supreme Court rules on the legality of lethal injection and whether prior DUI convictions can add time to a convicted felon's sentence. Meanwhile, the Ninth District Court of Appeals decides to take a second look at a case in which a Mexican national could be deported for aggravated DUI. These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton fills us in on four different legal cases.

Expert on the Importance of Driving Green

April 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today is Earth Day, but chances are, if you're like most Americans who do not drive eco-friendly cars, you weren't helping the environment today. But as gas prices continue to soar higher and higher, Americans are starting to think about alternative fuel cars. But even if most Americans decided to do the right thing for the earth and switch to low or zero-emission cars, are there enough out there to satisfy demand?

Obama and Clinton Face Off in Pennsylvania

April 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How important is Pennsylvania to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's hopes of winning the Democratic nomination for president? What kind of impact will the protracted Democratic contest have on that party's chances of winning the general election? We speak to Democratic political activist Ira Lechner, and the Union-Tribune's Michael Smolens about the latest news on the presidential race.

Mayor Sanders Vetoes City Council Pay Raise

April 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council decided to not seek a pay raise. But more than 3,000 city employees do make more than the city council, whose salary is $75,000 per year.

Southern California Wildfires Require Comprehensive Approach

April 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should wildfires be allowed to burn out, or should they be suppressed to prevent further damage? Why do wildfires happen, and what affects do they have on our ecosystem? We speak to a couple fire ecologists about the environmental impact of wildfires.

San Diego City Council Back Tracks on Pay Raise

April 22
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council will not get a pay raise. They let the mayor's veto of their vote for a raise stand. However, they voted to keep their car allowance. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Former Realtor Targeted Hispanic Immigrants in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

April 22
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The FBI reports mortgage fraud cases are skyrocketing nationally. Yesterday, a key figure in a San Diego scheme admitted to forging documents to secure loans for mostly Latino borrowers who couldn't afford them. A judge then sentenced Alejandro Lopez to three months in prison and four months in a residential re-entry center.

Council Approves San Diego Firefighter Raises

April 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Firefighters get a 5 percent pay hike under a one-year contract given preliminary approval by the San Diego City Council.

Wildfire Recovery: Rising from the Ashes in San Diego County

April 22
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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For one victim of last October's wildfires in San Diego County, losing her home has been a blessing of sorts. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce first introduced us to Linda Laird at her sifting party last year. Six months later, here's an update on her recovery.

District Attorney: Cops 'Acted Reasonably' in Fatal Struggle

April 22
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's district attorney says three police officers should not face criminal charges in the death of a man who resisted arrest. Darryl Johnson struggled with police after he was stopped on his bicycle in 2006. Here's KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps with the DA's side of the story.

I Know I'm Not Alone

April 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 22
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting