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Stories for August 13, 2007

Carol Lam to Replace Top Attorney at Qualcomm

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Qualcomm Inc. said today that its head lawyer resigned after a string a legal setbacks at the world's second-largest chipmaker for cell phones.

Romney Visits San Diego and Calls to Bolster Border Patrol Ranks

Aug. 13
By Scott Horsley, Npr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney took a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego today. Afterwards, Romney called for an increase in Border Patrol agents. But he also said the U.S. needs to crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers and local governments that make it easier for them to stay here.

Superintendent Appoints Interim For Embroiled School Executive

Aug. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Carl Cohn, Superintendent of San Diego City schools, has sent board members a memo appointing an interim chief administrative officer. The school district's CAO, Jose Betancourt, has been under scrutiny for weeks, since being convicted on federal conflict of interest charges.

UC President Announces Resignation Effective Next Summer

Aug. 13
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The president of the University of California system announced today he'll be stepping down next summer. Robert Dynes says he'll be leaving because of changes in his personal life.

Governor Says Budget Delay Imperils Calif. Healthcare Reform

Aug. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some lawmakers say the stalemate over California's budget could torpedo any chance of reforming the state's troubled health care system this year. But Governor Schwarzenegger remains optimistic. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

State Denies Request to Overturn 30-Year Ban on Long-Line Fishing

Aug. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The National Marine Fisheries Service asked a state agency to allow longline fishing off the California coast. That method of fishing has been banned by the state. The federal agency wants to test new longline fishing gear as part of an experiment. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Critics Say SDSU Expansion Plan Fails to Address Impacts

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Critics of San Diego State University's expansion plans say the university is underestimating the impact of the project on traffic, neighborhoods and the environment.

Local Schools Gearing Up to Switch Campuses

Aug. 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A couple of Clairemont middle schools are gearing up to switch campuses. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

BBC Mundo Journalists Travel Across U.S. Speaking Only Spanish

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two journalists from BBC Mundo just finished a journey through the Southern United States to see if they can successfully travel thousands of miles speaking only Spanish. We talk to the correspondent and the video producer from BBC Mundo about their experiences on the road.

Cutting-edge Autism Research at UCSD Attracts $10 Million for New Center

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Autism is a brain disorder affecting an estimated two million people in the U.S. It is the fastest-growing developmental disability affecting nearly one in every 150 births. UCSD was recently awarded $10 million by the National Institutes of Health to open one of six Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE). The Center hopes to find ways for earlier diagnosis and intervention of the disease.