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Stories for April 28, 2008

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April 28
By N8 Ngibbs and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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All We Are Saying, Is Give Peace Officers A Chance...

April 28
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices
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So, while it is not much of a raise, I am pleased to see that our firefighters received one, nonetheless. And finally, two weeks ago, the city council got off their collective butts and gave the police a MUCH need raise, to boot!

Citizen Voices

April 28
By Sgarrett and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Insurance Commissioner States Homeowners Rights for Fire Victims

April 28
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner says insurance companies cannot force owners who lost their homes to rebuild on the same site. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Students Allege Involuntary Enrollment in ROTC Classes

April 28
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Some students at San Diego's Mission Bay High School say they're getting placed into Junior ROTC classes against their will. They're urging school district officials to do something about it. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

California Expected to Meet Summer Energy Demand

April 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California should have enough power to keep the lights on and air conditioners humming this summer. The operators of the state's power grid say some voluntary conservation measures may be needed in Southern California to reduce strain on the system. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Pros and Cons of the New Face of Journalism

April 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Most people agree the Internet is the future of the news media. On one level, it's simply a new platform for journalistic stories. But the platform is opening up the profession to a multitude of new players who don't enter the profession in the conventional way. We talk about the age of the blog and ask whether it represents a new approach to a journalism that has a very different set of values.

Financial Expert on the Key to Comfortable Retirement

April 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Are you financially prepared for your retirement years? How much money do you need to save to live comfortably? Is the baby boomer generation ready for what's ahead? We talk with a financial planner who's landmark research on what people will need when they retire is nationally recognized as wise retirement planning.

Mexican Oil Reform Threatens Changes to U.S. Energy Supply

April 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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President Felipe Calderon wants to reform Mexico's oil industry. Jeremy Martin from the Institute of the Americas at UCSD explains how this might impact gas prices here in the U.S.

17 Suspected Illegal Immigrants Found on Boat off San Diego

April 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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U.S. authorities say a boat carrying 17 people suspected of crossing illegally from Mexico has been found about 10 miles off the coast of San Diego.

Web Extra: Deadly Shootout Another Battle in Tijuana Drug War

April 28
By Amy Isackson, Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A bloody gun fight in Tijuana early Saturday morning was one of the deadliest incidents in years along the U.S.-Mexico border. Fifteen people were killed and nine injured. It's the latest battle in a long-running drug war raging in Mexico. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson covered the story from Tijuana over the weekend.

Thousands of San Diegans Request Property Tax Cut

April 28
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The sagging real estate market has prompted thousands of San Diegans to ask for a cut in their property tax bills. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

High Gas Prices Fueling Retail Slump

April 28
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The high price of gasoline in Southern California is hitting retailers on two fronts. Stores are paying more to bring in their merchandise and their customers have less money to spend. All that pressure is adding up to tough times for the retail industry. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

Firefighters Gaining Ground on LA-Area Wildfire

April 28
John Antczak
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Overcoming an overnight flare-up, fire officials made headway Monday against a stubborn wildfire east of Los Angeles.