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Stories for March 31, 2008

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March 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexico Launches Repatriation Program to Help Deported Migrants

March 31
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexico launched a pilot program today in Tijuana to help Mexican migrants who are deported from the United States. The program is called Human Repatriation and guarantees food, shelter and temporary jobs to deportees. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

California Lawmakers Debate Volunteer Law

March 31
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The volunteer landscape in California could change quite a bit next year. State regulations require volunteers on public projects like trail clean-up or watershed restoration to be paid the prevailing wage. But for the past four years, there's been a law in place that allowed volunteers to work without pay. That's going to sunset at the end of the year.

Oceanside Police Want Parents to Pay When Kids Play Hooky

March 31
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Oceanside Police Department wants to get the attention of parents whose kids play hooky. It has asked the City Council to adopt a law that would let police to issue fines to the parents of students who are truant. KPBS Reporter Alan Ray has the story.

Navy SEAL from SoCal to be Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor

March 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An elite Navy SEAL who threw himself on top of a grenade in Iraq to save his comrades will be posthumously awarded the nation's highest military tribute - the Medal of Honor, a presidential press secretary announced Monday.

Caramel

March 31
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The new Lebanese film

Labor Demonstrators Commemorate Cesar Chavez Day

March 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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To mark Cesar Chavez Day, hundreds of labor union demonstrators in red tee-shirts marched through downtown San Diego to draw attention to labor battles in the region. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 31
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Statewide High-Speed Rail Supporters Target November Ballot

March 31
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's been an on-again, off-again measure on the state ballot – but backers of a high-speed rail project in California say this November voters will decide once and for all whether to approve billions in bond funds for the train that will run up and down the state. Jenny O'Mara reports.

City Propositions Address Public Safety, Strong Mayor, and Auditor

March 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A campaign has begun to pass three propositions on the June ballot that will affect future reforms at the city of San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John introduces us to Propositions A, B, and C.

Protest Music Evolves from Folk Ballads to Hip Hop Beats

March 31
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh, Alan Ray

Is there protest music today? We look at the contemporary musical landscape to determine if protest music from the 1960's and 70's has a modern day equivalent.

Border Patrol Recruiting at Military Bases

March 31
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Border Patrol is looking for a few thousand good men and women at U.S. military bases in Germany. The Border Patrol is under pressure to hire an additional 2,500 agents by the end of the year. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Selling Out: Industry Success or Compromising Artistic Integrity

March 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is a musician who sells one of their songs to a TV show or a commercial a "sell out"? What if the musician alters the lyrics of that song to include a line about the TV show or the product being advertised? We speak to experts in the music industry about the concept of "selling out."