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Stories for February 5, 2007

The Messengers

Feb. 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The Messengers

San Diegans Urged to Clear the Air

Feb. 5
By Milan Kovacevic and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Environmental Protection Agency projects that San Diego's air pollution will get worse over the next decade and a half, with heavy health consequences. Producer Milan Kovacevic brings us a report on how pollution affects San Diego's future.

Local Scientists Contribute to Landmark Global Warming Report

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Several local scientists contributed to the landmark international climate change report that concludes humans are to blame for global warming. We'll talk with two Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers about the report's findings and how global warming will impact our region.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 5
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Audio Recordings Reveal Intimate Glimpse of Schwarzengger at Work

Feb. 5
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Newly-released audio recordings of private meetings between the Governor and staffers offer a rare, intimate glimpse of Schwarzenegger at work. They also show the Governor as harshly critical of Democratic leaders behind-the-scenes. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Local Paramedics Hold Protest Over Wages, Health Benefits

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of paramedics and emergency medical technicians in San Diego County are demanding higher pay and better health care coverage. Today, they picketed on Balboa Avenue, hoping their voices would be heard. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

SDSU Releases Redevelopment Plan Revision for Public Review

Feb. 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University officials are bringing back a campus redevelopment project for residents to scrutinize. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Arellano-Felix, Alleged Cartel Members Back in Court

Feb. 5
By Amy Isackson

The alleged leader of the Arellano Felix drug cartel and three of his supposed top lieutenants will be in federal court in San Diego Monday. At issue is determining a trial date and assigning an attorney for one of the defendants. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Environmentalists Oppose Federally-Endorsed Dam Proposal

Feb. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal energy officials have endorsed a controversial proposal to build a dam in the Cleveland National Forest. Environmentalists say the billion-dollar proposed hydroelectric project would destroy the pristine wilderness area. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Proposed Smog Fee Hike Would Pay for Alternative Fuel Research

Feb. 5
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of Democratic state lawmakers wants to increase a common vehicle fee to pay for research into alternative fuels. They're proposing to hike the smog abatement charge from $12 to $16. That's the fee you pay to opt out of the smog check requirement if your car is six years old or newer.

S.D. City Council Takes on Budget Battle Ground Rules

Feb. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council will vote today on ground rules for the upcoming budget battle. The mayor is trying to close a multi-million-dollar budget gap, but the city council wants to make sure he doesn't cut city services without consulting them. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Gardening Advice

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

We speak with two gardening experts about how to save gardens from the frost and drought.

The Benefits of Taking a Nap

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How can taking a daily nap change your life? We speak to Dr. Sara Mednick, author of Take a Nap! Change your Life, about her research on the importance of napping. According to Dr. Mednick's research, fitting a nap into your everyday schedule will increase alertness, boost creativity, and reduce stress.

Legal Update: Valentine’s Day, Steve Foley

Feb. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Valentine's Day is usually reserved for flowers and chocolate, but there are many discrete and unusual legal issues surrounding this romantic day. We speak with These Days’ legal analyst about the legal hassles that turn this romantic holiday into a nightmare. Also, does Steve Foley have a legitimate case against the Coronado Police Department and the off-duty officer who shot him?

San Diego Moving Forward on North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

Feb. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A week after former State Senator Steve Peace unveiled an ambitious vision for San Diego's waterfront, the city of San Diego may take action on its own. Its North Embarcadero Visionary Plan has been in the works for ten years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Sunrise Powerlink Public Meetings Begin This Week

Feb. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Public meetings kick in this week on the controversial Sunrise Powerlink project. San Diego Gas and Electric wants to build a 150-mile transmission line that would link energy sources in the Imperial Valley to San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.