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Stories for March 24, 2008

Something Stinks and Not Just the Seals

March 24
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices
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While litigation back and forth over seal waste at the Children's Pool has been going on for several years, it was interesting to note this week some new waste of the city's own making at that local landmark.

McCain Visits Chula Vista VFW After Fundraising in La Jolla

March 24
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain was in Chula Vista today speaking to military families at the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It's McCain's first trip to California since locking up the GOP nomination. Reporter David Nogueras was there.

Citizen Voices

March 24
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More Dead Birds Infected with West Nile Virus Found in San Diego

March 24
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More dead birds infected with West Nile virus have been found in San Diego County. It's the earliest time of the year the disease has ever been detected here. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diego Still Catching up on Audits

March 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego city's long delayed 2006 audit is now approved, but the national credit rating agencies still are not ready to restore the city's credit worthiness. The city has been barred from the public bond markets since 2004 because of inaccurate financial accounting and for hiding its billion dollar pension deficit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Veteran Space Correspondent Recounts Accomplishments in Space Exploration

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In 1957, the Soviet Union launched “Sputnik,” the first man-made object ever to orbit the earth. We speak to reporter Jay Barbree about the most important achievements that have happened in space exploration in the last 50 years.

Experts Discuss the State of Hate in California

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, hate crimes rose across the country in 2007. Many of the reported hate crimes have centered around the issue of immigration, particularly in states like California, where there are 80 known hate groups. We talk about the rise in hate crimes and the issue of immigration.

Addressing Challenges and Benefits of Going ‘Green’ in Business

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Everyone is talking about being more "green." But how easy is it to change the way you live and work? Can businesses leave a smaller carbon footprint and still be viable? We talk about how to make businesses more sustainable and still make a profit.

PETA’s Dan Mathews Isn’t Out to Make Friends

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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How effective is aggressive animal rights activism? PETA Vice President Dan Mathews joins us in-studio to talk about bringing celebrities on-board the animal rights campaign. He explains which famous folks have helped and have damaged the message of animal rights, how he rose from a receptionist to a V.P. within the organization, and why the group doesn't care if you think they're nuts.

Mayor Sanders Releases 2006 Budget Audit

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Mayor Jerry Sanders will release the Fiscal 2006 audit opinion today. It could help San Diego get back into the bond market, which would dramatically improve the city's financial position.

San Diego, Tijuana Officials to Discuss Bi-national Sewage Problem

March 24
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A city councilman from San Diego and one from Tijuana are meeting to try to solve the bi-national sewage problem. Councilman Ben Hueso will meet with his Tijuana counterpart tomorrow. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

California Testing New Tsunami Warning System

March 24
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California state officials are trying a new way of testing the tsunami warning system. On Wednesday, they'll use the so-called "live code" that goes out to the public when there is a real threat of tsunami -- not the "test codes." Melanie Bedwell with the state Office of Emergency Services says this first test will take place in Humboldt County, but she says there's more to come over the next few years.

First Official Work Day for New S.D. School Superintendent

March 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Unified's new superintendent Terry Grier officially clocks-in as the district's top leader today. He's already issued an action plan for his first 100 days on the job. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

San Diego County Residents Still Urged to Conserve Water

March 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In the coming months, you'll likely see more advertising in San Diego County about water conservation. Historic dry conditions in the Colorado River Basin and restrictions on supply from Northern California are stretching already-limited supplies. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Rising Salt Levels in Colorado River Could Impact S.D. Economy

March 24
By Todd Zwillich and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Scientists warn rising salt levels in the Colorado River could get worse with climate change. They say that could have an economic impact here in San Diego. Todd Zwillich has this report.

Black Carbon Pollution a Major Player in Global Warming

March 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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New research from UCSD shows black carbon pollution is a major player in global warming. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

California's Restaurants Feeling Economic Pinch

March 24
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Higher prices for everything from gas to dairy are hitting California's restaurants. Since the start of this year, restaurant owners around the state have been feeling the pinch. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.