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Stories for July 16, 2008

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 16
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

"Comprehensive" Immigration Reform

July 16
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

Is the problem really the porous border with Mexico? What about the border with Canada, and how is it really less porous?

23% of S.D. High School Students Dropped Out Last Year

July 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Department of Education says nearly a quarter of San Diego public high school students dropped out in the 2006-07 school year. The San Diego Unified School Superintendent calls that an embarrassment. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

California's Dry Times Continue

July 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dry conditions in California the past two years are predicted to give way to more normal rainfall next year. But a state meteorologist says if those long range forecasts are wrong, a third dry year would challenge the state's water supply. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Demaio Disclosures In Question

July 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A freshly elected San Diego city council member has come under fire for failing to adequately disclose the source of his income prior to running for office. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Citizen Voices

July 16
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

West Nile Virus Activity Picks Up

July 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Health officials say they've never seen so much West Nile virus activity this early in the summer. Officials concede the disease hasn't infected people yet this year…but warn that could change at any time. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Allergists Explain Why Pollen and Peanuts Make Us Sick

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As many as 40 to 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, but little is known about why the body reacts to things auch as pollen, mold or peanuts. We'll explore what is known about allergies and how local research may lead to better treatment for allergy sufferers.

Crews Scrambled to Transition from Fair to Racetrack

July 16
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of people are in Del Mar for the opening day of the track's six week horse racing season. The trainers haven't been the only ones racing around the track in the last week and a half. The Thoroughbred Club's Mac Mcbride says crews have scrambled to turn the County Fair venue into a race track.

SEDC Under Scrutiny for Question Pay to Top Execs

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Southeastern Economic Development Corporation, which is responsible for redeveloping seven square miles just east of downtown, is under investigation for questionable pay practices to its top executives. Voice of San Diego reporter Will Carless broke the story and joins us to discuss his investigation and how the city is responding.

City Council Discusses Pension Reform, Pay Raises

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are some of the potential ballot measures that will be put to San Diego voters in November? How might the city change the pension benefits it offers to future non-safety employees? Why are some people in city government arguing that deputy city attorneys should have civil service protection? Host Tom Fudge speaks to KPBS News Reporter Alison St. John about last night's City Council meeting where the local propositions for the November ballot were discussed.

Congress Looks to Take the Reins on Horse Racing Regulations

July 16
By Elizabeth Wynne Johnson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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With the start of the new horse racing season at Del Mar today, there are questions about national regulation of thoroughbred racing. Congress is looking to take the reins on safety issues and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horses. In California, the racing industry is already making changes. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports from Capitol Hill.

Summer Movies for Kids

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Summer is a great time for movies, but what movies are good for the whole family? Sean Phillips of Yahoo Movies demystifies the movie ratings system for families, and Dan Bennett of the North County Times shares his picks for best family movies this summer. Dan will also give us a preview of the upcoming San Diego International Children's Film Festival.

Opening Day for Del Mar Horse Racing

July 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The turf meets the surf today. The annual Del Mar Racing season begins. The first day at the races means crowds, great hats, and the anticipations of an exciting season of racing. We're joined on Morning Edition by Joe Harper, the President, CEO and General Manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Carlsbad Bans Smoking on Beaches and Parks

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Carlsbad City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban smoking on its mile-long stretch of beach and in its parks. Carlsbad is the last San Diego County coastal community to snuff out cigarettes.