Stories for April 1, 2009
As parents we spend so much of our time talking to our kids — and then wonder why they don't seem to hear us. In heated moments, we find ourselves stuck in power struggles, but can't figure out what to say to stop the fighting. Sometimes we just don't know how to answer a tough question.
UC San Diego researchers say unless the effects of climate change are reduced, California faces a dismal economic and environmental future. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has more on what's predicted in the latest assessment from the Climate Action Team.
The Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security has announced that the federal government will spend $20 million to improve the Otay Mesa border crossing. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
A new study reveals watching smoking in movies during adolescence greatly increases the risk of becoming a smoker in later life. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
San Diegos Chief Financial Officer says the city will get about $3 million less in sales tax revenue. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.
President Barack Obama says he's still committed to reducing the amount of pork-barrel spending done by individual members of Congress, but outside of Senator John McCain and a few others, he's not getting much support in the effort to reform earmark spending. That's because directing money to specific projects is a time-honored tradition in Congress and has kept many lawmakers in office for many years. KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner is here to discuss the pros and cons of earmark spending, and how much earmarking is going in our local congressional delegation.
The Oxford American magazine explores the American South through writing, photography and, once a year, music. The annual Southern Music Issue has become a favorite among readers and collectors, with its accompanying CD featuring all genres of southern music, from jazz, blues, country and rock and roll, to rockabilly and gospel. This month, the magazine published its 10th Anniversary Southern Music issue. We'll talk with Oxford American founder and editor Marc Smirnoff about the music included in this special edition.
Census workers are gearing up for the 2010 census which is officially one year away. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on what is at stake.
When they plugged California's $42 billion budget hole in February, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders said everyone had to give up something to repair the state's finances.
Although the state's economy is struggling right now, long-time journalist James Flanigan argues that Southern California should be an economic model for the United States and the rest of the world. What makes the Southern California economy so unique? What sectors of the Southern California economy are likely to grow in the future? What kind of impact has immigration, both legal and illegal, had on the region's workforce? We discuss the new book "Smile Southern California: You're the Center of the Universe."
American auto makers are getting another chance to restructure their business models, but the Obama administration has made it clear they won't be getting a blank check from the government. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.
Starting Wednesday you'll have to cough up an extra penny on the dollar for just about everything you buy. That's because a temporary state sales tax hike is taking effect. Marianne Russ reports.