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Stories for February 1, 2007

Proposed Temecula Gravel Mine Sparks Controversy

Feb. 1
By Adriana Alcaraz and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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People in the Temecula area may soon have a new neighbor that’s not welcome. A giant construction company wants to build a gravel mine. Some residents feel the project will destroy their quality of life, while a group of researchers says there’s a lot more than that at stake.

Local Farm Has Passion for Clydesdales

Feb. 1
By Elsa Sevilla and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Most Americans recognize the Clydesdale horse as a mascot for a famous beer company. But the breed originated from hard-working farm horses in Scotland.A small farm in the mountains east of San Diego has a passion for Clydesdales. Producer Elsa Sevilla brings us this story.

1920s San Diego Artist's Work on Display

Feb. 1
By Pat Finn and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The work of San Diego artist Belle Baranceanu, who produced most of her paintings and murals during the 1920s and '30s, is the subject of a new exhibit at the Museum of San Diego History in Balboa Park. Exhibit curator Bram Dijkstra talks about Belle's life and art as counterpoint to this visual essay.

Tijuana, Border Region Face AIDS Crisis

Feb. 1
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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When you think of an AIDS epidemic, faraway places like Africa and Asia usually come to mind. But experts say Tijuana is teetering on the brink of an HIV/AIDS outbreak. Since the city shares the busiest border crossing in the world with San Diego County, infection rates on this side are spiking too. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

Mexican Drug Traffickers to be Held Without Bail

Feb. 1
By Amy Isackson
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All four Mexican drug traffickers extradited to the United States earlier this month will be held without bail in San Diego. The four appeared in federal court in San Diego Thursday. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

CA Lawmaker Wants to Ban Light Bulbs to Slow Global Warming

Feb. 1
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A California lawmaker has a light bulb of an idea to cut energy use and slow down the march of global warming. Assembly member Lloyd Levine has introduced a bill that would require state residents to stop using incandescent light bulbs. He wants people to install compact florescent bulbs instead. Levine says the switch would save energy which would keep greenhouse gas emissions out of the air.

Report: State Policies Preventing Students from Graduating

Feb. 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report finds state policies that make it easier for people to attend community colleges are actually preventing students from finishing their education there. Researchers say the state gives campuses money for each student in class, not for how many students graduate. Researcher Nancy Shulock says the state is also allowing too many students to take college-level classes when they're simply not prepared.

Mesa Community College Becomes First Smoke-Free Campus

Feb. 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Mesa College has become the first community college in San Diego County to go completely smoke-free. The policy change was prompted by a student who suffers from asthma. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Weekend Preview: Theater

Feb. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We talk with KPBS theater critic Pat Launer about what San Diego theater has to offer this month.

Spoken Word Poets Slam “These Days” with Talent

Feb. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Are you ready for some poetry? Well get ready, because today we'll hear in-studio performances by several major figures in San Diego's spoken word and slam poetry scene.

The Super Bowl of Advertising

Feb. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Advertising during the Super Bowl is what's on everyone's mind. $2.6 million is the magic number for a 30-second ad, and some of them are guaranteed to be made by amateurs. We’ll speak with the president of a San Diego marketing company about what to expect for this years ads.

Americans May Suffer from Over-Diagnosis

Feb. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Some doctors argue that we are being over-treated for diseases that really are no threat to our health. We speak with a doctor who feels that Americans are being over-diagnosed.

America's Finest Waterfront?

Feb. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Former State Senator Steve Peace and County Supervisor Ron Roberts say they have an ambitious vision for San Diego's bay front that includes moving the terminals at Lindbergh Field, and more park land along the bay side. We speak to Peace about the specific elements of the plan and how to make this idea a reality.