Stories for July 21, 2008
Blackwater Worldwide executives said today they plan to downsize the firm's security business. The controversial contractor plans to instead focus its efforts on expanding military training similar to what's offered at its new Otay Mesa facility. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma.
The California unemployment rate rises to 6.9 percent. And the possible financial collapse of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has forced the government to assure investors that the companies would not go under. That's some of the latest fallout from the steep fall of home prices that has put the economy on the brink of recession. We'll talk about that, and how rising oil prices could change the nature of our economy and the nature of our lives.
California pharmacists will head back to an appeals court this week, to see if they can convince judges to temporarily block a ten percent Medi-Cal pay cut. Pharmacists say the cut is forcing them to lose money on Medi-Cal prescriptions. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
A prosecutor has decided to charge a California mother with escaping a Detroit-area prison 32 years ago.
In January, 2008, San Diego's 1-year trial beach alcohol ban went into effect despite vocal opposition from some groups. The real test of the ban's attempt to make the beaches safer and saner for all visitors was the July 4th holiday. As we hit mid-summer, we'll find out how the beach ban is going and explore whether the ban should be made permanent.
In 2009, the Urban Corps of San Diego will celebrate its 20-year anniversary. The Corps is a job-training and education service for at-risk young adults. Local reporter Elsa Sevilla features nine Corps members in a new documentary on KPBS TV called "A New Beginning for At-Risk Youth."
The Major League Baseball season has just passed the half-way point, and your home town Padres are the worst team in the league. Host Tom Fudge speaks to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the Padres disappointing season, and the chances the team will unload one of its players before the trade deadline. We also talk about the Chargers, who are gearing up for training camp later in the month. And, is professional hockey on its way back to San Diego?
Federal officials will have to consider a rare desert plant as they draw up plans to manage the Imperial Valley's sand dunes. The Bureau of Land Management is squeezed between off roaders who want the freedom to ride and environmentalists who want to protect a delicate habitat. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.
We're just a few weeks into the new fiscal year, and the firefighting costs are adding up quickly. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.
For the first time since the early 1900's a European has won back-to-back British Opens. The weather was dreadful. The scores were high. And Tiger Woods was nowhere to be seen. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
4. Guerilla Warfare and Sneak Attacks: The Politics of Representing War in Films and Comics of the 1950s - with Rocco Versaci (Thursday, 10:30am, Room 30AB)
This is the week that comic book fans and film buffs start descending on San Diego for Comic Con, the worlds largest comic book and popular arts festival. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on the projected economic impact of Comic Con, which opens on Thursday.
Officials at San Diegos Lindbergh Field have revised the growth forecast for the airport, because both airlines and passengers are being affected by the price of oil. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.