Stories for January 14, 2011
A record 142,000 people are hoping to attend a University of California campus as a freshman or transfer student this fall. Applications are up significantly for several groups.
California’s Assembly Speaker says he’s found a way to prevent major cuts to state-funded child care.
North County 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was murdered 13 years ago, but the Crowe family's civil lawsuit against Escondido and Oceanside police detectives could finally be moving forward in federal court. KPBS Senior News Editor Mark Sauer, who's covered the case since the girl's slaying in 1998, joins us to explain the latest legal ruling.
San Diego leaders urge unions to consider a contract concession that would freeze base salaries upon which pensions are calculated.
A U.S. Marine died today when the amphibious-assault vessel he was training aboard capsized and sank off the coast of Camp Pendleton, authorities reported.
Blue Shield of California has announced a new policy where customers will get refunds if their rates are found to be too high. The health insurance group announced the refund policy after being heavily criticized for filing a large rate increase request with the state.
A tentative agreement between Chula Vista officials and the city's Police Officers' Association could prevent the layoff of 20 officers from what officials say is an already depleted force.
They say democracy is a terrible system of government until you consider the alternative. But there’s got to be something that works better than democracy in California.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11. Against a backdrop of recent mail bomb threats from Al Qaeda in Yemen and growing concerns about homegrown terrorists, Priest explores the growing reach of homeland security, fusion centers, battlefield technologies, and data collecting into the lives of ordinary Americans.
Highlights of this episode from Miami Beach include a rare, Qing Dynasty (early 18th century) vase; a 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins Model 6120 guitar; and a charming oil painting by popular Victorian artist John George Brown, valued at $40,000 to $50,000. Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Eric Silver at Miami's Wolfsonian Museum to examine its large collection of World's Fair objects.
Mayor Jerry Sanders' priorities for his final two years in office include changing the pension system, allowing more managed competition for city projects and expansion of the downtown convention center.
In his first budget plan, California Governor Jerry Brown called for more than $12 billion in spending cuts and a restructuring of state government.
Accused mass shooter Jared Loughner has been assigned Judy Clarke, a San Diego attorney with federal death penalty experience. Larry Burns, a U.S. district judge based in San Diego was assigned to hear the case after Arizona judges recused themselves.
The crossborder trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico has been a difficult one over the last few years. This week, both countries met to try to improve it.