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Stories for January 22, 2007

Tijuana Police, With Their Families, Plea for Return of Weapons

Jan. 22
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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About 150 Tijuana Municipal officers and their families asked federal authorities again today to please return municipal officers' weapons. Federal officials took the guns away more than two weeks ago as part of a massive crackdown on organized crime. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

2007 Economic Forecast Hopeful

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is the economic slowdown over? Will 2007 be a good year for housing, income, and inflation concerns? Full Focus asks the top economist for a national bank those questions and more about how the economy will affect your standard of living in the months ahead.

Major Arts Venue Emerges Downtown

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Yesterday, downtown San Diego's major new attraction opened to the public. It's the expanded Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego that includes both a renovation of the 1915 Santa Fe Depot baggage building and a new three-story structure. Full Focus finds out more about the museum's expansion.

S.D. School Board Proposes Plan for Failing Eighth-Graders

Jan. 22
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego School Board is considering a proposal that would force some eighth grade students into a special high school program where they can get more instruction. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the details.

Chula Vista in Power Struggle over Power Plant

Jan. 22
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Disagreement about what to do with an aging power plant in the South Bay has attention focused on Chula Vista. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill brings us the story.

Chula Vista Mayor Opposes Power Plant Redevelopment Project

Jan. 22
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An aging power plant on the waterfront in Chula Vista may make way for a redevelopment project. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the power plant is also located in an area mentioned for a new Chargers stadium.

Viagra Sued for Deceptive Advertising

Jan. 22
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nation’s largest AIDS treatment organization is suing the maker of Viagra over its marketing practices. The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation says Pfizer is illegally promoting Viagra as a sexual performance drug. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diego Opera Season Opens with Music by Boris Godunov

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with an internationally acclaimed opera conductor about conducting the San Diego Opera’s upcoming production of Boris Godunov.

Museum of Contemporary Art Expands Downtown Location

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with the director and principal architect of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego about the expansion of the museum’s downtown location into the Santa Fe Depot.

Embedded Local Journalist Reports from Kuwait: Week 6

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tony Perry, the San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, was an embedded journalist in Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. We get a weekly update from Tony about life in a war zone as he leaves Iraq and travels to other Middle Eastern countries. He joins us live from Kuwait.

Mayor Jerry Sanders Discusses the State of the City

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In this month's State of the City address, Mayor Jerry Sanders said he is optimistic about San Diego’s future. But he also said he underestimated the gravity of the financial problems facing the city. We’ll speak with him about whether he and the City Council are doing enough to return San Diego to financial health.

S.D. Offers One-Stop-Shop for Homeless

Jan. 22
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Agencies working with San Diego’s homeless population hope an event downtown Monday will lure some die-hard homeless off the streets. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Defense Attorneys Hard to Come By for Drug Cartel Case

Jan. 22
By Amy Isackson and

Finding a defense attorney for an alleged member of Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel is proving to be difficult. Suspected top lieutenant Manuel Arturo Villareal was caught off the coast of Mexico last August and is awaiting trial in San Diego. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

S.D. Police Recruits Say Money Isn't Everything

Jan. 22
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Training for the newest batch of San Diego Police recruits starts today -- two days after the police union began negotiating a new contract with the city. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps says for some recruits, it's not about the money.