Stories for February 20, 2008
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The San Diego Unified School District has avoided federal sanctions under the No Child Left Behind Act. District officials say they took a closer look at last year's test scores and found a big discrepancy. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
A seventh man affiliated with a ring of kidnappers in San Diego's South Bay is in custody. The man is charged with kidnapping a man for ransom in Bonita two years ago. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
San Diego County's two largest cities have a new agreement to speed up fire response times. San Diego and Chula Vista will combine their emergency call centers. KPBS Reporter Andrew Phelps has details.
San Diego's budget analyst says the city's budget has a long term problem: its income doesn't match its expenses, even in the good years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
If you are an American taxpayer, you should definitely listen to this segment. We speak to IRS Spokesman Raphael Tulino to discuss tips and helpful hints for this tax season. If you've already filed, you should still tune in to hear Tulino discussing the passage of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, and how the payments will be determined and sent out.
A marine researcher says global warming is playing a role in ocean "dead zones." The low-oxygen zones that started off the Oregon Coast has started spreading south to California. There's also a large dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on what could be in store for the ocean off San Diego's coast.
What are the advantages to building "green"? Should governments require developers to embrace "green" techniques, or should it be optional? How expensive is "green" building? Norm Miller from USD's Burham-Moores Center for Real Estate explains why he thinks incentives are the way to go, while Bill Dumka, developer of a LEED-certified community in San Diego, explains what goes into this type of housing.
For the average person, the sport of NASCAR may look like a bunch of big, colorful cars driving around an oval a couple hundred times until one driver is determined the winner. While that description is somewhat true, the sport is actually very complex and very popular. NASCAR has the second-largest television viewing audience of any sport and one of the longest seasons: from mid-February through mid-November. If that wasn't enough to peak your interest in the sport, did you know that NASCAR's two-time defending champion, Jimmie Johnson, grew up in El Cajon?
The presidential nominating contests continued on Tuesday in Wisconsin, Washington, and Hawaii. We talk with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner about how the Democratic and Republicans candidates did, and we find out who's running for San Diego City Attorney.
What happens when a family tries to live without products from China? Sara Bongiorni talked her husband into trying it. And the result was expensive and inconvenient to say the least. We'll hear from Sara about her year-long experiment and what it taught her about the relationship between Chinese manufacturing companies and American consumers.
Crime in Oceanside has dropped to its lowest levels in more than 30 years.
One in eight families in San Diego County is affected by Alzheimers Disease. The mammoth task of taking care a loved one with the devastating disease usually falls on a relative. Reporter Amita Sharma spoke with a San Diego man who quit his job to look after his father who is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's.
A Federal Court Judge has handed down a 12-year sentence to former San Diego defense contractor Brent Wilkes. Wilkes was convicted on 14 counts for his role in the Randy Cunningham bribery scandal. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Under a landmark law passed in 2006, California is trying to cut its production of heat-trapping greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The state may create a carbon cap and trade system as a way to meet that goal. But a coalition of environmental groups are against the pollution trading system. They say it won't bring emissions reductions. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
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