Stories for June 25, 2012
The San Diego City Council today approved a proposed merger between two quasi-independent agencies that had been in the redevelopment business until the state shut down the practice.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has now reached agreements with most of the state’s public employee unions that include one unpaid day off each month for the next year.
Expanding the health safety net for low-income people is a key part of the federal health overhaul law. California is moving ahead with the expansion despite uncertainty about the law’s constitutionality.
California should offer “health retreats” for farm workers. That’s one tactic for improving mental health access for California Latinos included in a study commissioned by the state.
Explore the phenomenon behind "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the mysterious life of its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, including why she never published again. The documentary reveals the context and history of the novel’s Deep South setting, and the social changes it inspired after publication. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and others reflect on the novel’s power, influence, popularity, and the ways it has shaped their lives.
For the dramatic ritual that opens Parliament, the queen’s coachmen don full livery, and two of her horse-drawn carriages parade through the streets. One holds the queen — the other carries the crown jewels. This episode leads viewers through the elaborate state opening of Parliament, from the secret removal of the crown jewels from their Tower of London vault to the moment when the House of Commons slams the door in the face of the queen’s representative to the eventual conclusion when the rowdy Commons stand before their queen.
Buckingham Palace’s 650 rooms form the nerve center of the British monarchy. It’s from here that the queen directs the business of the royal family, entertains heads of state and conducts her private life. This episode goes beyond the palace gates for a rare glimpse inside. Ghana’s President Kufour and his wife, along with their entourage, have arranged a state visit. For the magnificent banquet, the queen personally reviews the table arrangements, and the royal chef certifies that the presentation of every plate is perfect.
KPBS is pleased to announce Peggy Pico as the new host of KPBS Evening Edition. Pico, who was the station’s Science and Technology Reporter, will officially begin hosting the evening news program beginning July 2.
Dental care can be a matter of life and death. Yet millions of Americans can’t afford a visit to the dentist. An investigation by FRONTLINE and the Center for Public Integrity reveals the shocking consequences of a broken safety net. Poor children, entitled by law to dental care, often cannot find a dentist willing to see them. Others kids receive excessive care billed to Medicaid or major surgery for preventable tooth infections. For adults with dental disease, the situation can be as dire — and bankrupting.
San Diego's Project Concern International has won a federal grant to expand a program that targets maternal health in the South Bay.
A proposed power plant is firing up the residents of University City. The neighborhood planning association is holding a special meeting on the issue tonight at 6 at University Towne Center.
Legislation that would ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in California goes before a state Senate committee this week.