Stories for March 16, 2011
Japan’s unfolding crisis has some San Diegans thinking about their own safety. Local emergency-response agencies are seeing a spike in people preparing for disasters closer to home.
Drastic rate hikes will not be implemented for 340,000 Blue Shield of California members.
San Diego County Supervisors disagree over the effects of their new general plan for future growth in the unincorporated areas. The board is grappling with requests from more than 200 property owners who object to the new zoning.
The United States government and the Japanese government are at odds in their evacuation orders, according to the New York Times. Japan is calling for an evacuation for everyone living within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, while the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a mandatory evacuation order for all U.S. citizens (including the military) within a 50-mile radius of the plant.
Millions of people faced another night with little food, water or heat as a blanket of snow in parts of the devastated northeast added to the misery. With aftershocks still rumbling days after the quake and tsunami, Japan struggled to stabilize a damaged nuclear power plant amid criticism of a lack of information and humanitarian aid.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it has flown drone aircraft over Mexico to help investigate drug gangs, and the practice has been going on for years.
California State University is evacuating its students in Japan following last week's earthquake and tsunami.
This week's episodes of "BBC World News" will be pre-empted to bring you the latest news from Japan on "NEWSLINE." Produced by NHK, Japan's news leading public broadcaster, "NEWSLINE" features global news and current affairs, business, sports, science and technology trends plus global weather forecasts from over 30 news bureaus throughout the world.
Lisa Napoli, formerly with Public Radio's MARKETPLACE program, got the opportunity of a lifetime when she was invited to start a radio station in Bhutan. There she got a front row seat as this mystical Himalayan nation transitions from timeless monarchy to 21-st Century democracy.
Journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts join us to talk about marriage and faith. The Roberts have been reporting on stories for more than 40 years, just about as long as they've been married to each other. They're out with a new book about how they've joined two faith traditions into a long, successful marriage.
Current conditions in the border region, including the influx of guns from the U.S. and elsewhere; the City of Juarez's hiring of former Tijuana Police Chief Julian Leyzaola, the effect of media coverage of the drug wars on Tijuana tourism and its economy and the upcoming visit of former Mexican President Vicente Fox to San Diego in April.