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Stories for March 24, 2009

Public Pension Debate Heats Up

March 24
By Alison St John and Off Mic

Pensions are a touchy subject these days, mainly because anyone with a 401(k)-type plan is dealing with the shock of opening statements that show in black and white just how much their hard-earned savings have shrunk.

Off Mic

March 24
By A. St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Quantum of Solace on DVD and BluRay

March 24
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

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Sanders Happy With Federal Plan for Border Security

March 24
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says the city’s border with Mexico is secure. But he says he applauds the Obama administration’s plan to send more resources to the southwest to fight Mexican drug cartels. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

County Will Pay For Ocean Water Testing

March 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Supervisors voted unanimously today to pay for beach water quality testing. The money is intended to be a short-term fix until the state resumes funding the program. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Pilot 'Screamed in Horror' When Jet Hit Home

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A military pilot who ejected from a crippled fighter over a San Diego neighborhood "screamed in horror" when he saw the jet had crashed into a home.

When Being a Geek is Chic

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why are geeks the new chic? And how will they dominate the world? We'll talk with the author of "The Geeks' Guide to World Domination" to find out how you can empower your inner geek.

Who's Going to Pay for Journalism?

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Newspapers are failing, networks and local television stations are rapidly losing revenue. What's a democracy to do? How will we keep an eye on the powers that be if local journalists and investigative reporting disappear? There seems to be general acknowledgement that we need independent journalism if we are to govern ourselves. But who is going to pay for it?

Local Attorney Fights for Military Justice

March 24
These Days

How is the military justice system different from the civilian system? What kinds of military cases occur in San Diego and how are they handled? These Days takes a look at some recent high-profile military cases handled by San Diego attorney Jeremiah Sullivan.

Magnitude 4.8 Quake Strikes Near Salton Sea

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A moderate earthquake struck early Tuesday on the edge of the Salton Sea in Southern California's Imperial County, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries or damages.

SDSU Aims to Be a Leader in Helping Veterans Reach Higher Education Goals

March 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 1.6 million Americans have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and San Diego State University wants to be a leader in helping our nation's veterans reach their higher education goals. What programs and services does SDSU offer to veterans? How will the GI Bill be enhanced this summer? We speak to the president of the SDSU Student Veterans Organization, and the assistant veterans coordinator about the challenges they faced, and how improvements to the GI Bill can benefit veterans who are considering college.

California Benefits From Political Alliance

March 24
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two of the nation's most well-known politicians are continuing an interesting alliance. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy (MICK-Elroy).

Hueso Talks About Running for State Assembly

March 24
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council President Ben Hueso recently announced his intention to run for the 79th District State Assembly seat in 2010. KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr sat down with Mr. Hueso to talk about his candidacy and why he decided to run.

Charging For Magnet School Bus Service An Option?

March 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students are demanding the San Diego Unified School District protect magnet school bus transportation next year. The district wants to cut magnet school buses to save 10 million dollars. Parents and teachers also plan to speak-out against that idea at today's school board meeting. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.