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Stories for February 7, 2007

Local Researchers Discover Potential of Adult Stem Cells

Feb. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Could stem cells from adults be as promising as those from embryos? On Wednesday’s Full Focus, we’ll look at how a local biotech is working to cure diseases using adult stem cells.

Supervisor Roberts Comments on the State of the County

Feb. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last night, the Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors gave his third State of the County Speech. Full Focus host Gloria Penner talks with Ron Roberts about his speech and the work of the powerful Board of Supervisors.

Tijuana Police Chief Accuses Feds of Altering Guns

Feb. 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tijuana's Municipal Police chief says federal authorities in Mexico altered a few local officers' guns and he wants to know why. Federal agents confiscated all of the local police officers' guns last month as part of a massive crackdown on organized crime in Mexico. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

New Law Allows Families of Fallen Firefighters to Receive Donations

Feb. 7
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Families of the firefighters who died battling the Esperanza wildfire in Southern California last year will finally be able to accept more than a million dollars in public donations.

Aged-Out Foster Youth Have New Place to Call Home

Feb. 7
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Seven former foster care youths are getting a place to live and a fresh start thanks to a new affordable housing program. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

New Door Opens for Aged-Out Foster Teens

Feb. 7
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of San Diego young people forced out of the state's foster care system have a new place to call home. Foster teens are much more likely to be homeless, do drugs and commit crimes. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Hybrid Could Be Wave of Future

Feb. 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The spike in gas prices to more than $3 a gallon last year sparked interest in hybrid vehicles. But, as KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, some newer hybrid cars aren't available to the public.

Citizen Groups Call for Investigation into S.D. Police Involved Shootings

Feb. 7
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An eclectic group of citizen organizations are calling for a state investigation into police involved shootings in San Diego. Art Cribbs is with the Coalition for Justice.

Employment Help for Members of Military Online

Feb. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks with the co-founder of HirePatriots.com about how this organization gives back to military troops. Why is it important to offer day jobs to the military and what has Hire Patriots done about it? We discuss why the founders felt the need to create and maintain this organization as well as how they are helping out the military community.

Forestry Board Urges San Diego to Plant More Trees

Feb. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's tree canopy covers only 19 percent of the city. And members of San Diego's Forest Advisory Board think we can do a lot better. Board chair Vicki Estrada talks with host Tom Fudge about the benefits of an urban forest and why San Diego has planted so few trees, compared to other communities. Also, we'll take listener calls about the challenges of planting and maintaining trees, and what kids of species would provide our city with the greatest benefit.

Ron Roberts Updates Listeners on County Issues

Feb. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts about the state of San Diego County. Roberts talk about the financial health of the county, creating a regional communications system for local law enforcement, and the importance of developing the downtown waterfront.

Advantages Seen to Running Barefoot

Feb. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Running without shoes isn't a popular way for most people to exercise, but many marathon runners swear by the technique. Host Tom Fudge asks two barefoot runners why they chose to run this way, the long-term benefits of running without shoes, and the interesting things they find in their feet.

California Legislature Considers Trans Fat Ban

Feb. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most people know that trans fats -- unnatural hydrogenated oils -- raise bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol, clog arteries, and contribute to heart disease. But should the government ban them? Host Tom Fudge talks to a local county health official and the president of the California Restaurant Association.

Davis Resigns from Pension Board

Feb. 7
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former bank president Peter Q. Davis, who ran twice for Mayor of San Diego, has quit the city's pension board in a disagreement over recent estimates of the pension shortfall. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has the story.

Capitol Hill Update: Bush's Budget, Iraq Plan

Feb. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Who are the winners and losers in President George W. Bush's latest budget proposal? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Ben Shaw with Capitol New Connection about the latest news out of Washington D.C. Shaw also talks about the debate over Bush's plan for Iraq, and the latest developments in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Davis Resigns from Pension Board Over Odds with Mayor

Feb. 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego pension board member Peter Q Davis has resigned. Davis says he had differences with Mayor Jerry Sanders, who appointed him last year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Closing Achievement Gap Top Priority for O'Connell in 2007

Feb. 7
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's African-American and Latino students continue to lag behind whites and Asians in the classroom. In his 2007 State of Education Address yesterday Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said closing that "achievement gap" is his top priority.

Ku Klux Klan Using Immigration as Reason to Rebound

Feb. 7
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

After years in decline, the Ku Klux Klan is undergoing a resurgence. In part, it's fueled by growing tension over immigration. KPBS reporter Alan Ray talked with an expert on extremism --Brian Levin --who says it's not time to worry about the Klan revival, but it is important to watch.