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Stories for January 23, 2007

San Diego's Business Climate

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's in store for San Diego businesses this year? On Tuesday's Full Focus, we'll talk with the new leader of the regional Chamber of Commerce about the future business climate.

Jazz Legend Jimmy Cheatham Remembered

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego jazz legend and UCSD professor Jimmy Cheatham died last week. Full Focus remembers him with a 2005 segment when he performed with his Sweet Baby Blues Band and talked with host Gloria Penner about his music, his life, and his work as a teacher.

S.D. Postpones Decision on Homeless Agencies' Payment

Jan. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council has postponed a decision to fulfill an agreement made with homeless agencies ten years ago. At stake is more than a million dollars. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

S.D. Owes Homeless Agencies Over $1 Million

Jan. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council will consider Tuesday whether to honor a deal made when Point Loma's Naval Training Center was closed in 1996. The city owes homeless agencies more than a million dollars for an agreement not to put homeless services on the site. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Homosexuality in the Muslim World Subject of New Plays

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two plays currently on stage at Diversionary Theater in Hillcrest deal with homosexuality in the Muslim world. We speak with the award-winning playwrights.

Proposed Spanking Ban Stirs Controversy

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California assemblywoman, Sally Lieber, proposed a bill that would make it illegal for parents to spank their young children. But, would the bill be an invasion of privacy? We’ll speak with Lieber as well as a licensed family therapist in San Diego.

Tijuana Mayor's Bodyguard Ambushed

Jan. 23
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gunmen ambushed the chief bodyguard to the mayor of Tijuana early Tuesday morning. The bodyguard was not injured. However, the attack broke a period of relative calm in Tijuana. Federal troops arrived in the border city three weeks ago to crackdown on crime. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Beckham Brings Game Face to U.S. Soccer

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We’ll speak with Union-Tribune sports reporter Mark Zeigler about the Major League Soccer signing of British star David Beckham. Zeigler talks about where Beckham’s estimated $250 million salary will come from, as well as the long and short-term impact the signing will have on soccer in the United States.

Stomach Flu On the Rise

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Norovirus, known as the “winter vomiting disease,” is contagious, easy to spread, and very unpleasant. It’s making its way to cities across the country including San Diego. We’ll speak with a local epidemiologist about the norovirus.

Legal Update: President’s Power to Increase Troops

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There may be legal and constitutional issues surrounding President Bush’s choice to increase troop levels in Iraq. We’ll speak with legal analyst Dan Eaton about the congressional resistance to the president’s plan and the balance of power between branches of government during disputes.

City Approves Building Despite FAA Warnings

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego has approved construction of a 180-foot-tall building near Montgomery Field despite FAA objections. We speak with a representative of the city and the FAA about the dispute surrounding the controversial development project in Kearny Mesa.

Restrictions Lifted on Stem Cell Licensing

Jan. 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California stem cell researchers are breathing a sigh of relief. The foundation that holds the patents to all embryonic stem cell lines says scientists will no longer need to pay a licensing fee to conduct research. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Deputy Shootings Down Countywide

Jan. 23
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fatal shootings by police and Sheriff's deputies dropped throughout San Diego County last year. Even so, the Sheriff's Department is investigating its own policies on the use of force. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.

San Diegans Urged to Fight Global Warming

Jan. 23
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says he wants to lower the city's greenhouse gas emissions. A new study says meeting the mayor's goal would require taking half the cars off the road. As KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us, a San Diego climate researcher says local residents can fight global warming.

Farmers Look to Insurance Companies

Jan. 23
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California farmers are looking to their insurance companies to help them recover from the freezing weather that ruined so much of California's citrus crop. Marianne Russ has more.

City Attorney Seeks Open Negotiations with Employee Unions

Jan. 23
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre wants you to see what happens as the city negotiates new contracts with five public employee unions. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that he'll ask the City Council next week to open the negotiations to public view. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has more.

60 Years Later: Writer Gets Book Deal

Jan. 23
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This weekend the 23rd annual San Diego State University Writers' Conference takes place in Mission Valley. KPBS anchor Dwane Brown spoke with an 82-year old writer who got a publishing deal after attending last year’'s conference.

MySpace Site to Distribute Amber Alerts

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

MySpace.com is teaming up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The popular social networking site will now distribute Amber alerts to notify members about children missing in their communities.