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SCHEDULING NOTE: Roundtable will air at 89.5 FM at 12:30 p.m. today, instead of noon.

Stories for April 9, 2009

Transportation Officials Worry Southbound Border Checks Could Cause Traffic

April 9
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cal Trans officials in San Diego are worried plans on both sides of the border to check vehicles headed south into Mexico could cause traffic jams on San Diego freeways. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Appeals Court Blocks Medi-Cal Rate Cut to Hospitals

April 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal appeals court has blocked the state of California from imposing a five percent cut in the rate Medi-Cal pays hospitals. State lawmakers argue the rate reduction would have saved California 80-million dollars a year. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Calexico Schools Anxiously Await Federal Aid

April 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking the federal government for nearly five billion dollars in economic stimulus money for California schools. School officials in the Imperial Valley hope the money will save teaching jobs there. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Changes In Wildfire Risk Due to Climate Change

April 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers at UC Berkeley say climate change will bring about major shifts in worldwide fire patterns, and those changes are coming fast. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the findings show fire risk increasing in Southern California.

Tokyo!

April 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Michel Gondry's Interior Design, one of three tales in Tokyo! (Liberation Entertainment)

The Oceanside Museum of Art Fragrance On Sale Now!

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

These days it seems as if every celebrity has a perfume line aiming to represent their "essence" and increase their marketability. Joining the fray is the Oceanside Museum of Art. Conceptual artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter has designed an environmental fragrance for the museum as part of an installation called Institutional Wellbeing. Brian and Museum Director of Exhibitions Teri Sowell join us to talk about the exhibit.

Angels Rookie Adenhart Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Los Angeles Angels' Thursday night game has been postponed following the death of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart.

Military Jury Acquits Marine of Iraq Murder

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A military jury has acquitted a Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq.

Exploring 400 Years of the Telescope

April 9
These Days

2009 is the International Year of Astronomy for good reason - it's the 400 anniversary of the telescope. We'll talk about the history of the telescope and its impact on astronomy, as well as modern attempts to understand the universe.

North Coast Rep's "Rabbit Hole" Deals with Loss and Grief

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

When a tragic accident turns a family upside down, how does that family cope with the loss? We'll explore what it is like for parents to lose a child in the North Coast Rep's "Rabbit Hole," which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Recession Hits California's Schools

April 9
By Capital News Connection, Eric Niiler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's pre-school programs got a C-minus grade from a national education group. It's likely the recession will hit middle and low-income students harder than others. Eric Niiler reports from Washington.

San Diegans Encouraged to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle

April 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What difference can an individual to conserve resources and combat global warming? The answer lies in the collective effort of many people. Stand for Less is a pilot program starting in San Diego that brings encourages all residents to embrace a more conservative, sustainable lifestyle.

Delay In Carlsbad Desalination Approval

April 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A company that wants to turn seawater into fresh water in Carlsbad says it's on track to start construction later this year. But Poseidon Resources has to wait at least another month to find out they get over the last regulatory hurdle in a six-year process. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

More Teens Using OxyContin to Get Loaded

April 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The prescription drug OxyContin is a powerful pain reliever. It's increasingly a popular choice among young people who want to get high. Doctors say when taken incorrectly, OxyContin is highly addictive, and dangerous. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Another Teen Critic Weighs in on Adventureland

April 9
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Do you identify with the twentysomethings of Adventureland? (Miramax)

Oceanside Museum of Art Gets Its Own Fragrance

April 9
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Institutional Wellbeing, on view through August 9th at Oceanside Museum of Art.

Zia: The Born-Again Pizza Experience

April 9
By Andy Trimlett and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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The current slices on offer at Zia's Gourmet Pizza. Photo by Andy Trimlett