Stories for October 12, 2009
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Sunday that lifts a restriction on using student test scores to evaluate teachers. The change comes as California tries to compete for special federal education dollars. The federal government will award states money if they tackle tough reforms.
"Fiesta Latina” is a concert hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama on the South Lawn of the White House. The sixty-minute program, taped live by WETA Washington, D.C., on October 13, 2009 celebrates Hispanic musical heritage. The special will include Marc Anthony, Eva Longoria Parker, Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, George Lopez, Thalía, Tito "El Bambino", the Bachata music group Aventura, and the Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with Sheila E. leading the house band.
San Diego County emergency officials say they've upgraded evacuation plans after many people ignored orders to leave their homes during deadly wildfires two years ago.
Grammy-winning, singer-songwriter Steve Earle has a new album of songs written by his mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Earle is on tour promoting "Townes" and he'll be at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach tonight. Watch Van Zandt perform his own song "Waiting to Die" from the 1981 documentary "Heartworn Highways."
Slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk will get a special day of recognition in California, making him only the second person in state history to gain such a designation. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of the bill establishing "Harvey Milk Day" each May 22, Milk's birthday, was announced Monday.
KPBS is working on a project called Food. We're following your dinner from the plate to the fields, farm and ocean. Americans are eating more than we used to, it's making us fatter and in some cases sick. KPBS Investigative Reporter, Amita Sharma, has been looking into an alarming statistic facing residents in National City -- the city has the highest diabetes rate in San Diego County. What can be done to improve the health of the residents of National City? We'll tell you about what one community organization wants to do that they think will help.
North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris discusses talks on Morning Edition about how the Chargers may fair up against the undefeated Denver Broncos next Monday night.
El Cajon Boulevard has been San Diego's hub of prostitution for decades. Reporter Keegan Kyle, from voiceofsandiego.org, found out why and also looked into how the business of prostitution is changing.
There are six County Public Health Centers and one County Immunization Clinic in San Diego County offering the H1N1 flu vaccine. The vaccine is currently available for people in the high risk groups for complications from H1N1 flu:
What should we do to prepare for the next big earthquake that will hit California? We speak to earthquake and disaster preparedness experts about how San Diego could be affected by the next large earthquake to hit the state. We also learn about how people can participate in a statewide earthquake drill happening later in the week.
Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain. We speak with a local doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia treatment as well as a woman who is living with the condition.
National City has long been known for the mile of cars stretching along its coastline. But that image could soon change. The city has a vision of returning to its agricultural roots, and to a time when people were healthier.
Scripps Health has begun performing genetic tests on heart patients to decide what drugs they should receive.