Stories for January 29, 2010
Winter storms have bolstered the Sierra snowpack and started to replenish California's water supply, but officials said Friday that may not mean much for farms and cities.
The U.S. Society for Professional Journalists has joined a chorus of journalism and human rights groups that are calling on Mexican authorities to fully investigate crimes against reporters. The groups say Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous places for reporters.
It took a Kansas jury on Friday just 37 minutes to find Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller. The prosecution said all along that this was a clear-cut murder case, and the defendant even admitted the crime.
What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the PBS series FACES OF AMERICA. Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans. Among Gates’ guests are comedian Stephen Colbert; journalist Malcolm Gladwell; musician Yo-Yo Ma; director Mike Nichols; Queen Noor of Jordan; heart surgeon Mehmet Oz, M.D.; multi-award winning-actor Meryl Streep; and former Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
In honor of Black History Month, President and Mrs. Obama hosted a concert in the White House East Room. Artists include Yolanda Adams, Joan Baez, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Howard University Choir and The Freedom Singers, featuring Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Toshi Reagon. Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman are guest speakers.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget would eliminate state funding for adult day health care services beginning in March. Operators of the programs are trying to fight back.
The San Diego County health department has stopped issuing weekly swine flu updates, in another sign of waning flu activity.
As executive director of Somali Family Service, Ahmed Sahid works to help Somali and other East African refugees and immigrants build self-sufficiency and decrease their dependence on public assistance in the United States.
Active community leader Randy K. Jones is an attorney with two decades of experience in federal criminal litigation and government law. He’s a rare lawyer, who brings dedication to law, a broad national and international perspective, and a life-long commitment to making a positive difference in the world to the versatile role of today’s legal professional.
KPBS Arts producer and Culture Lust blogger Angela Carone talks with Morning Edition hosts Dwane Brown and Pamela Davis about Museum Month in February and two new plays on San Diego stages.
President Barack Obama discussed the need for more job creation, and more bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. during his first State of the Union address. What were the key elements of the speech, and did the president inspire Republicans and Democrats to do a better job of working together?
The California Supreme Court dismissed conflict-of-interest charges against five former San Diego retirement board officials early this week. How might the state Supreme Court's ruling impact future conflict-of-interest cases involving public officials?
San Diego was one of only four large metro areas in the nation to see an increase in home prices late last year. Why is the local housing market improving in San Diego, while home prices are declining around the rest of the country?