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Stories for February 14, 2007

San Diego State Revises Expansion Plans

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For years, SDSU has been struggling to expand into a nearby neighborhood. There was powerful citizen resistance. This month, university officials announced a revised master plan. Tonight, we'll find out what's in the new plan and how it will affect the surrounding community.

2004 Election Results Questioned

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The 2008 presidential election is already taking shape. On Wednesday’s Full Focus, we’ll look at past voting irregularities and ask whether the public can expect fair and accurate voting in the upcoming election.

Road Work Ahead in San Diego

Feb. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego commuters will see road works springing up in several new locations this year, as Caltrans pumps more money into freeways around the County. Plus, the race to keep up with rapidly increasing traffic will pick up next year as new state bond money kicks in. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more from Caltrans' annual transportation update.

President's Budget Could Lead to More Uninsured Children in California

Feb. 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush's proposed budget could cause nearly a quarter of a million California children to lose their health insurance. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says the president's budget would limit enrollment in the Healthy Families program. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

House Debating Non-Binding Resolution on Troop Levels in Iraq

Feb. 14
By Bob Costantini and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Debate continues in the U.S. House heading toward a Friday vote on a resolution disapproving of President Bush's announced and partially implemented troop surge in Iraq.

Two Linked to Cunningham Corruption Plead Not Guilty

Feb. 14
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The former number three man in the CIA and a defense contractor, both longtime friends, appeared in a federal court today to answer to public corruption charges. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma was there.

S.D. Port Commission Approves $325 Million Waterfront Plan

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The former downtown home of the then-minor league San Diego Padres will be converted into a $325 million waterfront hotel and retail complex under a conceptual plan approved by the San Diego Port Commission.

Valentine's Day Special on These Days

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This hour, we go from romance to breaking up in many genres. Listen to San Diego-based musician Greg Laswell, film critic Scott Marks, and editor of the New York Times Modern Love column Daniel Jones all discussing modern romance.

Space Travel for Non-Astronauts

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The majority of space travel is reserved for professionals, but those days may be ending soon. Host Tom Fudge talks to a Virgin Galactic "Accredited Space Agent" about the affordability of space travel.

Millions Flee Iraq, Few Reach the U.S.

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The United Nations estimates that two million Iraqis have fled the country, yet only 466 of them have been offered refugee status in the United States since the war in Iraq began in 2003. Where are all the other refugees going? What can the U.S. do expand the number of refugees being admitted to this country? Host Tom Fudge speaks to the International Rescue Committee about how they're helping Iraqi refugees.

Is the City Council "Stronger" than the Mayor?

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why is it taking so long for KPMG to complete San Diego's 2003 financial audits? Host Tom Fudge speaks to San Diego City Council President Scott Peters about the debate over budget powers, and when he expects the long-overdue audits to be completed.

Corruption Indictments Follow in Wake of Cunningham Scandal

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal grand jury indicted Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former CIA Executive Director Kyle Foggo today on charges of fraud, conspiracy and money-laundering. The indictments are connected with the corruption scandal of Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Host Tom Fudge speaks with Dean Calbreath, a San Diego Union-Tribune business reporter, about the recent indictments and what this means for San Diego.

Agreement Reached Over SDG&E's Remote Meter Reading System

Feb. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Utility advocates signed a settlement agreement with San Diego Gas and Electric over the use of a smart metering system. The system allows the utility to remotely read customer meters.

Vietnam Vets Testing New Therapy to Treat PTSD

Feb. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Veterans’ Administration Hospital in San Diego is gearing up to care for a new generation of Vets, as Marines and sailors are discharged from the Iraq war. Experience from past wars tells doctors the wounds will be both physical and mental. KPBS reporter Alison St John reports on a research project using Vietnam Vets to test new and unconventional ways of helping treat post traumatic stress.

Bee Disease Preventing Beekeepers from Beehive Success

Feb. 14
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A mysterious illness that's killed off massive numbers of honey bees nationwide is affecting beekeepers here in San Diego County. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.