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Stories for January 16, 2007

Schwarzenegger Calls for Mandatory Health Insurance

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger has an ambitious plan to do major surgery on California health care. He's calling for mandatory health coverage for every resident. On Tuesday's Full Focus we'll look into the pros and cons of the governor's plan.

Why We Root for the Home Team

Jan. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Commentaries

The San Diego Chargers just followed up their best regular season in team history by bombing out in the NFL playoffs. Their loss to New England was a body blow to local fans. And it underlines the strange fact of sports in our lives. We invest so much ego and emotion in something we have virtually no power to influence a home teams performance.

Frigid Temperatures Wreaking Havoc on CA Growers

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California growers aren’t getting a break from Mother Nature. Nearly every winter crop is affected by the continued frigid weather. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

U.S. Attorney Carol Lam Resigns

Jan. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's U.S Attorney Carol Lam has officially handed in her resignation. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

KPBS Commentaries

Jan. 16
By Tfudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Rapid Growth, Border Fence Threaten Fragile Tijuana Estuary

Jan. 16
By Marianne Gerdes and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When it comes to environmental issues, living in the border region poses a unique set of challenges. The Tijuana Estuary's environmental health has been a source of contention between our two countries for decades. But now it's viewed as a model of cross-border environmental cooperation. Independent producer Marianne Gerdes takes a look at the threats to this fragile and valuable habitat.

U.S. Attorney Carol Lam's Resignation Official

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. Attorney Carol Lam has announced her resignation. She's one of several U.S. attorneys who is being pushed out by the Bush administration. Host Gloria Penner talks with Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma about Lam's departure.

Dozens of Migrants Rescued from Freezing Temperatures

Jan. 16
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Mexican Border Patrol has rescued 60 migrants in the Tecate mountains since the weekend. That’s when the mercury fell into dangerous territory for those trying to cross the California Mexico border illegally. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Salton Sea Restoration Plan Narrowed to Ten Choices

Jan. 16
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California is a step closer to picking a restoration plan for the state’s largest lake. The Imperial County’s Salton Sea is choking on salt and pollution. Public comment ended Tuesday on ten potential plans to reverse the lake’s ecological decline.

Sexual Harassment Laws Updated in 2007

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Legislature passed a law two years ago requiring companies with 50 employees or more to provide training to supervisors against sexual harassment every two years. This year is a mandatory retraining year, but there have been some important changes made to the law. We get an update with a local attorney who specializes in workplace harassment.

Capitol Hill Update: First 100 Hours of Congress

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How are lawmakers in Washington D.C. reacting to President Bush’s latest plan for the war in Iraq? What has the new Congress accomplished in its first hundred hours? We speak with Ben Shaw of Capitol News Connection, as part of our monthly Capitol Hill Update.

Peter Falk Reminisces About Career in New Book

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We speak with veteran actor Peter Falk about his career as recounted in his new book: Just One More Thing, Stories From My Life.

United Service Organizations Bring Aid and Comfort to Military Abroad

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For generations of Americans, the United Service Organizations was Bob Hope and sexy singers visiting U.S. military installations all over the world. While the organization is still involved with providing aid and comfort to service members and their families, how has the USO changed? We speak with San Diego USO president Susan Farrell who describes her organization’s mission.

Embedded Local Journalist Reports from Iraq: Week 5

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tony Perry, the San Diego Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, is an embedded journalist in Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. We get a live weekly update from Tony about life in a war zone as he lives 24 hours a day with local Marines.

S.D. Council Voting on Ballpark Bonds

Jan. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council will vote today on whether to refinance a $170 million worth of ballpark bonds. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego Politicians Comment on Ethics in DC

Jan. 16
By Chad Pergram and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Few towns have endured as much political scandal in the past few years as San Diego. "Stripper gate" prompted the convictions of former councilmembers Michael Zucchet and Ralph Inzunza. And then there was the bribery conviction of former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Ethics is now at the top of the agenda in another city: Washington, DC. Chad Pergram examines the allure of power in Washington and what makes politicians go wrong.