Stories for March 31, 2009
People who've been laid off by small businesses in California could get a break on their health insurance. A bill in the Legislature would extend a federal subsidy to Californians who worked in businesses with fewer than 20 employees. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
The San Diego City Council will get an update tomorrow on negotiations between the Mayors office and the citys five labor unions. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details on what the largest union is being asked to concede.
A young gray whale that wandered into San Diego Bay and became a popular tourist attraction passed the three-week mark in the harbor today. A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant saw the 30-foot cetacean surfacing about 150 yards offshore from the maritime agency's local headquarters about 10 this morning, USCG Petty Officer Jetta Disco said.
The battle over the right to own guns is turning into a movement to wear them -- openly. And the local campaign is playing out at San Diego beaches, malls and restaurants. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
There are more than 70,000 children in the foster care system in California, and around 5,400 foster care kids in San Diego County. What steps does a family need to take if they are interested in adopting, or becoming a foster family? Why do almost half of the foster care adoptions end in the first 18 months? We speak to a representative from San Diego County Adoptions, and to the CEO of Walden Family Services about the local foster care system, the challenges associated with adopting, and rewards associated with bringing a child in need into your family.
What job protections do military service employees have when called to duty? Can a MySpace be sued for defamation and invasion of privacy? And is the film "Hillary: The Movie" a campaign ad or free speech? We'll get a legal updates on these cases with KPBS legal analyst Dan Eaton.
A major donor of the Republican Party has switched political allegiances. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy (MICK-Elroy).
Good news for several public works projects on hold for months in California because of the credit crunch.