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Stories for February 8, 2007

Preventive Maintenance Wards Off Expensive Lawsuits

Feb. 8
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Potholes and broken sidewalks are the bane of any city's maintenance budget, and even the city's legal department. Joanne Faryon explains how the city's crumbling infrastructure costs taxpayers millions in lawsuits.

Shootings by Officers Spur Call for Justice

Feb. 8
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's behind the spate of fatal shootings of Latino men by sheriffs’ deputies in Vista? A group of concerned residents wants to find out.

Muslim Girl Scouts Help Community Understand Islam

Feb. 8
By Jody Hammond and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mention Girl Scouting and you picture girls earning merit badges, selling cookies and doing good deeds. There are three troops here in San Diego whose members do all those things, but they may not fit your image of the typical girl Scout. As Jody Hammond tells us, they hold their meetings at a local mosque.

Crumbling Infrastructure Costing S.D. Taxpayers Millions in Lawsuits

Feb. 8
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We've all seen them, maybe driven over them or even tripped on them. Potholes and broken sidewalks --the bane of any city's maintenance budget, and even the city's law department. Joanne Faryon explains how San Diego's crumbling infrastructure is costing city taxpayers millions in lawsuits.

Legislation Would Require Food Chains to Display Nutritional Information

Feb. 8
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ever wondered how much fat was in those fast food fries you ate for lunch? Or how many calories are in your favorite chain restaurant's Caesar salad? If legislation introduced at the state Capitol becomes law, you'd have those answers before you order. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Fines Proposed for Delaying, Denying Workers Comp. Medical Reviews

Feb. 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California regulators are proposing to fine companies that wrongfully delay medical reviews in workers’ compensation cases. Injured workers complain the lack of penalties have allowed companies to abuse the system. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego Dry Cleaner Sets Eco-Friendly Trend

Feb. 8
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has banned the most common chemical solvent used by dry cleaners. The new regulation means several thousand of the state's dry cleaners will have to find other methods to clean clothes. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us about a San Diego dry cleaning company that already has made the shift to an environmentally-friendly system.

Weekend Preview: Annie Leibovitz, Frankie Laine

Feb. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk about upcoming events you won't want to miss this weekend. Annie Leibovitz’s exhibition, "A photographer’s life," is coming to the San Diego Museum of Art. Also, the late American pop-star, Frankie Laine, is remembered

African-American Contributions to Comedy

Feb. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Funny man Darryl Littleton joins us to talk about the contributions African-American comedians have made to the ever-changing world of comedy.

The Business of Micro Loans

Feb. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local nonprofit group is helping women refugees start up their own businesses with the help of micro-loans. Host Tom Fudge speaks with the president of WEI about her all-volunteer organization and how they are helping women in Mexico as well as San Diego.

Scarcity of Treatment Centers Posed as Lack of Fair Housing

Feb. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A not-in-my-back-yard (NIMBY) response is what service providers often encounter when they attempt to locate an alcohol, drug, or mental health treatment facility in a community. But when neighbors object to the location of a treatment facility in their community and a local government complies with those objections, is that government violating fair housing laws?

Lawmaker Wants Lam to Continue Corruption Case

Feb. 8
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Attorney General is being asked to reconsider the firing of San Diego's federal prosecutor. A democratic leader wants Carol Lam to continue her corruption investigation that sent Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham to prison. More on the story from KPBS reporter Alan Ray.

Parks Dept. Invites Public to Comment on Sunrise Powerlink Proposal

Feb. 8
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state parks department wants to hear what people who live in Southern California think about 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.

CA Ski Resorts Welcome Approaching Snowstorm

Feb. 8
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Officials at Lake Tahoe ski resorts are getting out the snow groomers, opening up additional lifts, and happily bracing for skiers from around California, as the first significant snowstorm of the season heads their way. From Sacramento, Ellen Ciurczak reports.