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Stories for February 27, 2007

California Lawmakers Propose Lifting Term Limits

Feb. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California and San Diego are major magnets for immigrant labor. How do the large number of foreign workers here impact wages and the job market? On Tuesday's Full Focus, we'll bring you the latest findings on this contentious issue.

Offering Credit to Illegal Immigrants Called Risky

Feb. 27
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's no secret that banks are constantly on the lookout for new customers. Bank of America executives believe they've found a budding market for their credit cards: undocumented workers. But some critics say the idea is rife with risk. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

New Study Says Immigration Helps California’s Economy

Feb. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California and San Diego are major magnets for immigrant labor. How do the large number of immigrants working here impact the job market and wages? A new study offers insight on this contentious issue.

Study: Immigrant Workers Benefit CA Wages, Job Opportunities

Feb. 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study says immigrant workers in California help increase wages and job opportunities for U.S. born workers. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

S.D. Council Postpones Housing Density Vote

Feb. 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans descended on City Hall today to protest a proposal they said would threaten the 30-foot height limit on new buildings along the coast. The city council agreed to postpone a vote until the proposal is thoroughly vetted. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Grocery Contract Negotiations On-Going

Feb. 27
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The two sides in the new round of contract talks between the union for 65,000 Southern California grocery workers and the Big Three grocery chains don't even agree on the importance of the end of the current contract.

Body Parts Found in River, Along 2 San Diego Freeways

Feb. 27
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A human head and a hand found Tuesday along the shoulders of two busy San Diego freeways may belong to an unidentified body discovered floating in a river, police said.

Study: Narcissism Among College Students at All-Time High

Feb. 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State students say they may be self-centered but the campus culture is to blame. A new report criticizes college students for being more narcissistic than previous generations. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

House Committees Reach Deal on Cunningham Subpoenas

Feb. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three House committees subpoenaed in connection with the bribery investigation into imprisoned former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and his associates reached an agreement with federal prosecutors Tuesday allowing the subpoenas to be withdrawn, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

San Diego Author Presents New Crime Novel

Feb. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk with local crime novelist T. Jefferson Parker about his new novel “Storm Runners.”

Green Options for Old South Bay Plant

Feb. 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmental groups want the 40-year-old South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista dismantled. The groups claim the plant is inefficient, outdated and pollutes the air. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us one group believes the plant's power can be replaced with green energy.

Newspaper Subscriptions Down, Online News Up

Feb. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Tuesday, public television's “Frontline” series presents a look at the changing media and asks whether it's good for journalism. We interview series co-producer Lowell Bergman about the financial problems suffered by daily newspapers, which provide the majority of America's serious news coverage. Can the internet, which is gaining readers and ad revenue, do as good a job?

Negotiations Ongoing Between Grocery Chains and Union Leaders

Feb. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As major grocery store chains and union leaders negotiate a new contract, employees and consumers can only remember the costly strike and lockout from 2003.

S.D. Council Approves Water, Sewer Rate Hike

Feb. 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

After seven hours of debate, San Diego City Council voted last night for what was called the biggest water and sewer rate hikes in the city’s history. The increase will raise more than $400 million to fix the crumbling sewer and water systems. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Report: Two North County Hospitals Among Worse for Treating Pneumonia

Feb. 27
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report shows San Diego County has two hospitals with much higher than average mortality rates for pneumonia patients. North County’s Palomar and Pomerado Hospitals were among 28 of the worst performers in California for treating pneumonia. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.