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Stories for March 3, 2009

Marine Corps Says Jet Crash Was Avoidable

March 3, 2009
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Marine Corp says a series of bad decisions, a lack of communication and a failure to follow procedures all contributed to the crash of a F-18 military jet that killed four people.

Pensions for Breakfast

March 3, 2009
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Taxpayers’ Association held a breakfast meeting this week to chew over the subject of San Diego city’s pension benefits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Baja California Officials Say US Travel Alerts Unfair

March 3, 2009
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexican Tourism officials says US federal agencys' alerts about travel south of the border are unfair. Baja California officials are again turning to a US public relations firm to help tell their story. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

State Fines Scripps Mercy Chula Vista $25,000 For Serious Errors

March 3, 2009
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista has been fined 25-thousand dollars for a lapse that led to a patient's death. The California Department of Public Health says the hospital didn't have a safe and timely system for administering medications. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Teachers, District Strike Deal Over Golden Handshake

March 3, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego teachers union struck a deal with the San Diego Unified School District to offer more than 600 veteran teachers extra money to retire early. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis hasa more.

San Diego Scientists Tackle the Flu

March 3, 2009
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is in the midst of its annual flu season... and this year it's not very severe. But the next one may very much worse, and a worldwide flu pandemic is bound to happen. The only question is when. KPBS health reporter Tom Fudge reports on the threat of pandemic, and some exciting research that may lead to a cure for influenza.

State Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Marijuana in California

March 3, 2009
By Alan Ray, Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new bill in the California legislature is raising some eyebrows. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Writer Targets Agro-terrorism in New Novel

March 3, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local wrtier Susan Arnout Smith, author of "The Timer Game," talks about her new thriller "Out at Night," about agricultural terrorism.

Grammy Winning Klezmatics Perform

March 3, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Klezmatics are a Klezmer band for modern times. They perform traditional Jewish music but incorporate eclectic musical influences like gospel, punk, Arab, African, and Balkan rhythms. Their 2006 album “Wonder Wheel,” featuring the Jewish songs of Woody Guthrie, won a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album.

What Makes the Imperial County's Economy Unique?

March 3, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Imperial County traditionally has one of the highest unemployment rates in California. With a large number of seasonal agriculture workers contributing to the region's unemployment rate, it is difficult to get a complete picture of the Imperial Valley's economic health by just analyzing statistics. The economy of the Imperial County is very unique, and different from many other communities in California. Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to Brad Jennings, from the Imperial Valley Press, and a couple of community leaders from El Centro about how the nation's economic crisis is affecting the Imperial County.

Neko Case Plays a Secret Show at Casbah Tomorrow Night

March 3, 2009
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Neko Case is playing a secret and FREE show at the Casbah, Tuesday night (March 3rd). & It's first come, first serve, so get ready to wait in line. They'll be handing out wristbands starting at 3pm (one per person). To get you excited, here's a video of Case talking about making the new album, Middle Cyclone. & The recording process in the old barn is so perfect, especially as it becomes a home for forgotten pianos. & Love the whole thing...

Sierra Snowpack Not Enough To Fill Reservoirs

March 3, 2009
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest measurement of the Sierra snowpack shows California is still lacking what's needed to replenish half-full reservoirs. San Diego water officials say continued dry weather makes mandatory rationing more likely. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.