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Stories for February 2, 2007

Reporters Discuss Problem Gamblers; Immigration Detainees; Navy-Broadway Permit; Affordable Housing

Feb. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has nearly one million “problem” gamblers...almost 4 percent of all adults. One Friday’s Full Focus, we’ll look at what this means for San Diego and its booming casino business. And...we’ll bring you the latest in the battle over inhumane treatment of immigration detainees.

Italian is 'Bella' at California High Schools

Feb. 2
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State School Superintendent Jack O'Connell is working with the Italian Ministry of Education to improve Italian language courses here in California. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Activists Honor Dead Migrants on the Border

Feb. 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Migrants' rights activists left San Diego today on a 2,000-mile journey. They're remembering people who died while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps met the demonstrators in San Ysidro.

Study: One Million Californians are Problem Gamblers

Feb. 2
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's no secret that casinos lead to gambling. But a new study out this week on problem gamblers may end up sparking debate over whether gaming in California should be curtailed. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

Attorneys Say Otay Detainees Defenseless

Feb. 2
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal immigration officials say some of the people who were being held in an overcrowded immigration detention facility in Otay Mesa are now in an Arizona County jail. Some immigration attorneys are concerned the moves are endangering their clients' rights to a fair trial. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Overcrowding Forces Out Thousands of CA Inmates

Feb. 2
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California will soon force thousands of inmates to move out of the state’s overcrowded prisons, and into private, out-of-state facilities. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

Climate Study Shows Bleak Future

Feb. 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Scientists say the world's future is bleak if nothing is done to control global warming. Emissions of greenhouse gases get the blame for rising air and ocean temperatures.

Low Snow Indicates Dry Winter

Feb. 2
By Steve Milne and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State water officials say this is shaping up to be one of the driest winters on record.

A Million Californians Admit to Compulsive Gambling

Feb. 2
By Ben Markus and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report says more and more Californians are hitting the casino regularly.

Freeze Hurts San Diego Flower Growers

Feb. 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The January freeze has devastated many San Diego County flower growers. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us the nursery industry faces huge losses.

SD Waterfront, Plan for Iraq, Immigrant Detainees

Feb. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former State Senator Steve Peace and County Supervisor Ron Roberts unveil their vision for the San Diego waterfront. What will it take to make their vision a reality? Also, the debate in Congress rages on over President Bush's plan for Iraq. Will the president adopt one of the resolutions being proposed in the Senate, or will he move forward with the "troop surge" plan? And, the American Civil Liberties Union has joined in a lawsuit that alleges the treatment of immigrant detainees at a local detention center is unconstitutional. How have federal authorities responded to the lawsuit?

Local Scientist Warns of Grim Future in Global Warming Report

Feb. 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest science on global warming released today shows that climate change is happening at an alarming rate. The first part of a major study on global warming includes the work of several San Diego researchers. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.