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Stories for March 31, 2009

Bill Would Extend Insurance Discount To Californians Laid-Off from Small Firms

March 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

SD Unions Being Asked to Concede Millions

March 31
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council will get an update tomorrow on negotiations between the Mayor’s office and the city’s five labor unions. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details on what the largest union is being asked to concede.

Detoured Whale Still Cruising San Diego Harbor

March 31
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Growing Movement to Carry Guns Openly is Playing Out in SD

March 31
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Thousands of Kids in Local Foster Care System Are In Need of a Good Home

March 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Legal Update with Dan Eaton

March 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

GOP Donor Disatisfied with Party

March 31
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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).

Frozen Credit Market Could Be Thawing

March 31
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Good news for several public works projects on hold for months in California because of the credit crunch.