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Stories for January 30, 2007

Voter Project Presents Alternative Waterfront Plan

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A grand plan to redevelop San Diego's waterfront from the airport to Chula Vista is being promoted by local political heavyweights. On Tuesday’s Full Focus, we’ll look at details of the proposed plans.

S.D. County Tackling Identity Theft with Shredders, Cabinet Locks

Jan. 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County supervisors are tackling identity theft in a low-tech way. Today the supervisors decided to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect personal information on paper. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps explains.

Seven Border Tunnels Remain Unfilled

Jan. 30
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many underground tunnels carved beneath the border between Mexico and the United States are not being plugged - even though smugglers dug them to transfer contraband. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

Seven Unfilled Border Tunnels Concern National Security Officials

Jan. 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Seven of the largest drug smuggling tunnels discovered under the U.S. Mexico border have not been completely filled in. Authorities are concerned smugglers could tap into the tunnels and reuse them. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Camp Pendleton Marines Return from Iraq, Hand Over Command to East Coast Team

Jan. 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The leadership of Regimental Combat Team 5 will arrive back at Camp Pendleton late tonight.They have handed over command of the Marines deployed in AlAnbar Province, Iraq.KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

CA Regulators Cracking Down on Health Plans' Cancellation Policies

Jan. 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California health plans may face greater scrutiny when they terminate an individual's policy. The Department of Managed Health Care is considering whether to require insurers to get independent review of cancellation decisions. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Film Club: Pans Labyrinth, Venus, Rules of the Game

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This week on Film Club of the Air, host Tom Fudge talks with KPBS film critic Beth Accomando and Scott Marks about some of the films currently playing in area theaters. We'll get our critics thoughts on Oscar contenders like Pans Labyrinth and Venus, as well as on Jean Renoir's cinematic classic, Rules of the Game.

Conscientious Objector Speaks Out

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Growing numbers of military personnel are trying to become conscientious objectors to current military operations, but what sort of argument do they have? We speak to Pablo Paredes, a local sailor who refused to deploy in 2005, and a KPBS reporter who covered the story of another serviceman who wanted out of the military.

NPR's Juan Williams Discusses His Interview with President Bush

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with NPR News senior correspondent Juan Williams, about an interview he conducted with President George W. Bush. Williams shares his thoughts on Bush's comments and gives us a behind the scenes perspective on his meeting with the president.

ACLU Says Immigrant Detainees Treated Unfairly in Local Detention Center

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union believes that immigrant detainees are being forced to live in overcrowded, unsafe conditions at the Otay Mesa detention center. If the entire California prison system is overcrowded, then why does the ACLU believe the detainees are being treated in an unconstitutional manner? We speak to KPBS News reporter Amy Isackson about the living conditions at the detention center, and what the ACLU hopes to accomplish by filing this lawsuit.

More Than 200 Otay Detainees Moved After ACLU Files Lawsuit

Jan. 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 200 inmates have been transferred from an immigration detention center near the border just two days after the ACLU filed a lawsuit claiming the facility is overcrowded. Among those transferred is the lead plaintiff in the case. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials would not comment on the move. They say it’s common to transfer detainees to facilities where beds are available. However, as KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson explains, ACLU attorneys and detainees suspect immigration officials may have other motives.