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Stories for February 9, 2007

Reporters Discuss SAIC Contractor Abuse; S.D. City Hall Power Struggle; State of the County

Feb. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, one of San Diego’s most powerful companies is under the microscope. On Friday’s Full Focus, we’ll find out why SAIC is coming under fire.

17th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Feb. 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off its 17th year tonight at AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres. The festival showcases dozens of shorts, documentaries and features. It also allows audiences the opportunity to interact with filmmakers. One of the highlights of this years event is a three-film tribute to and Q&A with documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner. KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando has this look at his work.

Investigative Report Finds SAIC Not Delivering on Mega Contracts

Feb. 9
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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People usually associate names like Boeing and Lockheed Martin with big defense contract work. But for years, a San Diego company has been striking gold with the U.S. Government. It earned $8 billion in federal government contracts alone last year. But an investigative piece in next month's Vanity Fair finds that despite the company's success on Wall Street, it hasn't delivered on some of its biggest projects costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma looked into the story.

Hannibal Rising

Feb. 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Hannibal was kept behind bars for his next screen appearance in

Autism on the Rise in CA

Feb. 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new federal report showing autism to be more widespread that previously believed doesn’t include numbers from California. Even so, the latest figures from California health officials show a disturbing trend. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Evidence Seized from Minuteman in Migrant Camp Vandalism Case

Feb. 9
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Police have seized evidence from the home of a San Diego Minuteman in connection with an investigation into recent vandalism at a migrant camp in Rancho Penasquitos.

S.D. County Gas Prices Surge

Feb. 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Expect to pay more for gasoline in San Diego. The Auto Club says gas prices went up eight cents a gallon this week. The Auto Club's Marie Montgomery says the price spike is typical this time of year.

Approaching Rain May Not Ease Drought

Feb. 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An approaching storm may deliver some rain to San Diego County this weekend. Forecasters say the wet weather will most likely hit Saturday. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the rain won't ease the region's dry winter.

Congressman Bilbray Pushing for Tough Immigration Reform

Feb. 9
By Charles Davis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Republican, Congressman Brian Bilbray is a longtime critic of illegal immigration. Now he plans to push the issue even harder in his new role as Chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus. He will be replacing the founder of the Caucus, Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo, who specifically chose Bilbray as his successor. From Washington, Charles Davis reports.

Local Budget Legislation, Bajagua Project, Bush’s 2008 Budget

Feb. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This week, the San Diego City Council passed legislation requiring Mayor Jerry Sanders to seek council approval before making mid-year cuts to city services. How will Mayor Sanders respond to the council's action? Also, the controversy surrounding the proposed construction of the Bajagua sewage treatment plant at the US-Mexico border is heating up. And, President George W. Bush released his $2.9 trillion budget for 2008. Who were the winners and losers with that budget proposal?

CA Moves Forward in Changing Date of Presidential Primary

Feb. 9
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A bill that would move California’s presidential primary from June to February has cleared its first legislative hurdle. Marianne Russ reports.