Stories for August 10, 2010
San Diego’s economy could take a hit from major federal defense spending cuts announced by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Studies show San Diego is one of the biggest recipients of DOD money in the nation.
Surgeons at UCSD have performed what they say is the nation's first stomach reduction surgery through the mouth. It's part of an effort to take minimally invasive surgery to another level.
Two giant pandas born at the San Diego Zoo, now 3 and 5 years old, will be sent to China at the end of the summer, it was announced today.
Bail was denied today for a Mexican official accused of using his post to gain access to confidential law enforcement information in the United States, then sharing it with high-ranking members of a violent Tijuana drug gang.
Controversial Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was greeted today by dozens of protesters when he arrived to give a speech at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo.
We speak to filmmaker Laura Varela about her documentary, "As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos." The stories of three Mexican-American Vietnam veterans and their families take us through a journey of their lives: growing up in the Mexican-American community in San Antonio, Texas; their military service in Vietnam and their lives after the war. We'll also hear from Nick Aguilar, a Chula Vista resident and Vietnam veteran, about his experience during the war.
How will local farmers be affected by the light brown apple moth quarantine? We speak to a nursery owner and the county's agriculture commissioner about the risks the moth poses to local agriculture, and the challenges the quarantine will create for farmers who ship products out of the state.
Since the Los Angeles Times revealed the extremely high salaries and benefits the small, working-class Southern California charter city of Bell paid their city manager and council members, scrutiny has fallen on what other cities pay their public employees. We look at the results of a KPBS survey of cities in San Diego County as well as the trend toward charter cities.
Some are calling it the Summer that never happened. We'll discuss the unusually cool and cloudy weather we've experienced the past couple of months, and what it's done to to your Summer!
State workers in California may not be furloughed after all. A judge has granted a temporary restraining order against the governor's decision to reinstitute the three unpaid days off a month. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.
The ACLU in San Diego has filed a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of immigrant detainees with mental disabilities. The civil liberties group wants court-appointed attorneys for those who can't represent themselves.
Furloughs for State Workers are on hold, at least for now. The three unpaid days off a month were supposed to begin again this Friday, but a judge has called them off.
California's power companies want ratepayers to cover all uninsured costs from wildfires. The utilities claim an insurance crisis has made the request necessary.
The nation's education czar says graduating more Latino students is a key to fixing the country's economy. That’s because more college-educated Latinos will help the nation compete.