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Stories for January 3, 2007

S.D. Region Communicates Well in Emergencies, But Could Do Better

Jan. 3
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new Homeland Security report card says first responders in San Diego County do a good job communicating in emergencies -- much better than during the Cedar Fire three years ago. Even so, KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports public-safety agencies want to make major upgrades to communications equipment.

State Reimburses County Schools for 2003 Wildfires

Jan. 3
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County schools will get reimbursed $1.7 million in state funding for the financial losses they experienced during the 2003 wildfires. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Judge Agrees to Delay Arellano-Felix Trial

Jan. 3
By Amy Isackson

A federal judge in San Diego grudgingly agreed to consider delaying the trial for alleged Mexican drug cartel leader Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix. Judge Larry Burns scheduled a hearing in three weeks. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

S.D.'s Emergency Communication Receives Top Rating

Jan. 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego emergency response agencies are among the best in the nation for their ability to communicate effectively with each other in a disaster. The Federal Department of Homeland Security rated San Diego in the top four large urban areas. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Descendants of Korean Immigrants to Mexico Remember the Past

Jan. 3
By Elsa Sevilla and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A century ago, hundreds of Koreans were brought to Mexico to work in Mexican haciendas, making heavy sacrifices and facing countless hardships. Elsa Sevilla talks to some of their descendants living in Tijuana and San Diego keeping their memory alive.

Gardening Advice for the Winter Months

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Winter Solstice has just occurred, bringing us another minute of light each day. But, we still have a ways to go before spring blooms anew. We speak with two gardening experts about how to garden through the winter months and take calls from listeners.

Whale Watching Underway in San Diego

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Whale watching season is officially under way. We speak with the Birch Aquariums’ director of programs and exhibits about the gray whale, a once-endangered species that has made a comeback and may be viewed this time of year as it migrates along the California coast.

How to Cope with a Bad Boss

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The word “boss” instantly invokes thoughts, emotions, and even images of higher-ups that are often negative. Most of us have bosses and most of us also don’t know how to deal with them. We speak with the author of Yes Lives in the Land of No, who argues that the employee actually has more power and control over his or her boss than previously thought.

San Diego’s Tourism Remains Bustling

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego tourism officials are bullish on the industry but concerned about the possible effect of the city’s financial problems. We speak with the new president of the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau about tourism in 2006, the fast pace of hotel construction, and a proposal by the hotel industry to tax itself in order to avoid a possible increase in the city’s hotel tax.

Study Shows Possible Link Between Breast Cancer and Hormone Use

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study shows rates of breast cancer between 2002 and 2003 rapidly declined, particularly among older women who stopped using hormones. Cancer rates were shown to decline by 7 percent. Host Gloria Penner talks with Dr. Neil Hirschenbein, a local specialist, about the potential link and the risks involved for women using hormone therapies.

San Diego Gets High Marks for Disaster Response

Jan. 3
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Department of Homeland Security has given San Diego top marks when it comes to disaster communication. Heather Hill has the story.

Environmental Groups Eager to Receive Prop. 84 Money

Jan. 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmental groups and government agencies are gearing up to get a share of billions of dollars for water and park projects. The money is up for grabs because voters passed Proposition 84 in November. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

CA Gets Poor Grade for Children's Health

Jan. 3
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report card on the well-being of California’s children gives the state poor marks in a number of areas. The report comes from the non-profit advocacy group Children Now. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

New Law Caps Pay Day Loan Interest Rates Charged to Military Personnel

Jan. 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are more companies providing Pay Day Loans in California than there are McDonalds fast-food chains. Most of them are in low income neighborhoods and many are clustered around military bases. This year a new federal law goes into effect to stop these store front lenders from charging members of the armed forces over 400-percent interest a year. And California lawmakers will try to pass a bill to put teeth into that legislation. KPBS Reporter Alison St John has more.