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Stories for January 31, 2007

SDG&E Reduces Estimates of Powerlink’s Customer Savings

Jan. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Gas & Electric's controversial Sunrise Powerlink won't provide as much savings to customers as originally estimated. On Wednesday's Full Focus, We'll look into the revisions and the future of the controversial power line.

Mayor's Cost Cutting Measures Don't Fare Well with Council, Residents

Jan. 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A cost cutting measure by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has raised the hackles of some council members and residents. They’re reacting to the mayor’s announcement he will eliminate the Office of Neighborhood and Customer Services, KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Families of Iraq Veterans Struggle to Remain Together

Jan. 31
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Combat and the human horrors of war have changed Iraq soldiers. Divorce rates among Iraqi war veterans are spiraling. Reporter Amita Sharma spoke recently with one couple who say they’re on the brink of divorce.

Resistance Over Park Closures Sparks Need for Environmental Review

Jan. 31
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The U.S. Forest Service is changing its proposal to restrict access to some popular hiking areas in the Cleveland National Forest. Forest officials want to close three areas during the nesting season for golden eagles. The raptors nest from December through May in San Diego County's back country. Cleveland National Forest spokeswoman Joan Wynn says there was more resistance to the plan than officials expected.

CA Senators Team Up to Encourage Vocational High School Training

Jan. 31
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A couple of California senators want to beef-up vocational education in high schools across the state. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the details.

Witness Comes Forward in Migrant Camp Vandalism Case

Jan. 31
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego police say there's a witness who saw six people destroy migrants' belongings in a Rancho Penasquitos canyon last weekend. The witness told police he saw the vandals go from migrant camp to migrant camp slashing worker's property. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

CA Increases Incentive for Recycling

Jan. 31
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California consumers can now get more money for recycling their bottles and cans. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on the statewide incentive program.

Health Benefits a Major Issue in Grocery, Union Contract Talks

Jan. 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Contract talks between supermarket chains and the union representing some 65,000 Southern California workers are underway. Health care benefits are emerging as a major issue. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Study: Military Significantly Impacts San Diego Economy

Jan. 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new study by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce concludes twenty per cent of jobs in San Diego County are either directly or indirectly supported by military spending, KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Expert Advice on Wedding Planning

Jan. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge talks with Peggy Post who has written ten books on etiquette, including the fifth edition of Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette and the latest edition of the Emily Post Wedding Planner.

Many Emancipated Foster Youth Become Homeless, Unemployed

Jan. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A recent report has brought attention to how California assists its foster youth once they turn 18 years old. Host Tom Fudge speaks with a foster teen who has been through the system, with the author of the report, and with the executive assistant for the county's Child Welfare Services.

Recycling Refunds Rise Alongside Cost of Bottles and Cans

Jan. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Recyclers are now paying more for bottles and cans. For the first six months of 2007, the recycling refund consumers receive from California recycling centers is increased to a nickel for containers less than 24 ounces and a dime for containers 24 ounces and larger. California Department of Conservation Director Bridgett Luther joins host Tom Fudge to explain the changes and their possible impact on recycling efforts in California.

Proposed CA Legislation Allows Judges to Determine Sentencing

Jan. 31
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Judges would have more power to determine the severity of prison sentences under legislation proposed Tuesday in Sacramento. It's an attempt to fix what the U.S. Supreme Court has said is California's unconstitutional sentencing system. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Supervisor Roberts, State Senator Peace Launch Waterfront Vision

Jan. 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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County Supervisor Ron Roberts joined forces with former State Senator Steve Peace Tuesday to launch a vision of how San Diego’s bay front Embarcadero could be developed. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.