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Stories for January 24, 2006

KPBS Commentaries

Jan. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Canadians elect a new prime minister

Jan. 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks to a national radio reporter from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about the election results and the man who will be the next prime minister.

Will Samuel Alito be confirmed to the US Supreme Court?

Jan. 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks with two local Supreme Court experts to find out what the future holds for the nation's highest court.

Mayor Sanders plans water and sewer rate increase

Jan. 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New SD mayor Jerry Sanders has warned water and sewer rates may need to be raised. This has provoked questions that touch on yet another layer of possible scandal at city hall. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

County hires new info tech company

Jan. 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Northrop Grummon today won a $660 million contract to provide information technology services to the County of San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Internal auditor says previous audits sugar coated

Jan. 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council accepted a report from the city's internal auditor that revealed massive misinformation came out of the previous auditor's office. The lack of internal controls led to decisions that contributed to the city's billion dollar pension deficit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fed and State police team up to battle crime in TJ

Jan. 24
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More federal police arrived in Tijuana today to help control the latest crime wave to sweep the city. The new group brings the total number of state and federal forces in Tijuana to more than 760. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Angels keep watch over San Diego

Jan. 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to the leader of the San Diego Chapter of the Guardian Angels about how the group protects the people of San Diego.

Two rural sites eyed for new airport

Jan. 24
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's Airport Authority Monday reviewed two locations as potential replacements for Lindbergh Field as the county's airport. The Authority continues to whittle down possible locations as it gets closer to a summer deadline to make a final selection. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Supervisors want more fed funding

Jan. 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Supervisors today added their voices to those protesting the new federal guidelines for handing out Homeland Security funds. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Autism provides insight into animal behavior

Jan. 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Famous autistic Temple Grandin talks about her book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior.

San Diego Opera's 2006 season begins

Jan. 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ian Campbell, General Director of the San Diego Opera talks about the 2006 season which includes renowned singers from 16 different countries taking the stage.

Albertsons to close stores in San Diego

Jan. 24
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Retail analysts say shoppers can expect fewer Albertson's Stores in San Diego County when the sale of the supermarket chain becomes final. Albertson's is currently the second largest grocery chain in the county. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Status of City's Water & Sewer Merky

Jan. 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The first steps San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is taking to try to move the city out of its financial quagmire have only stirred up more mud. He has warned water and sewer rates may need to be raised. But this has provoked questions that touch on yet another layer of possible scandal at city hall. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

City auditor reports errors, says overhaul needed

Jan. 24
By Allison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego's auditor /controller presented his report to city council Tuesday. The report details errors made by the city's internal auditing department in the past, and concludes a major overhaul is needed. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

ACLU speaks up about county's medical marijuana suit

Jan. 24
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The ACLU says it will intervene in San Diego County's federal lawsuit that seeks to overturn California's Medical Marijuana law. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

State may change AIDS tracking system

Jan. 24
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California could soon change the way it tracks HIV patients. The State Senate has just unanimously approved a measure that would adopt a confidential names-based reporting system for HIV. The bill now moves on to the Assembly. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Cash cards used to launder dirty money

Jan. 24
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Criminals who need to launder money have turned to gift and cash cards to clean up their illicit funds. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Earthquake insurance sales rise in CA following Katrina

Jan. 24
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS' Dwane Brown speaks with Nancy Kincaid of the California Earthquake Authority about the rise in earthquake insurance sales since the recent natural disasters.