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Stories for November 1, 2007

Congressman Issa Pushing to Alter State Electoral Rules

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego congressman Darryl Issa says he's prepared to bankroll an effort to change the state' electoral college rules. Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats are trading charges over signature gathering for petitions. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.

Poll: Locals Wary Soaring College Costs Reinforce Class Divide

Nov. 1
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new poll of California residents finds many people are worried about getting themselves or their children into college. The Public Policy Institute of California polled more than 2,500 state residents in an effort to gauge attitudes about college.

SDSU Opens New School of Journalism

Nov. 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University officially opens its new School of Journalism and Media Studies Thursday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Oft-Maligned Day Laborers Help With Wildfire Clean-Up

Nov. 1
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Immigrants rights activists are handing out 10,000 dust masks to day laborers in areas affected by San Diego's recent wildfires. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Weekend Preview: Found Magazine, A Panel on Animation, Yo La Tengo and Architecture in Helinski

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Mid-century modern objects, animation, and found items inspire art exhibits around town this weekend. Also, San Diego's greeted with a rare concert by the band Yo La Tengo.

World-Renown Scientist Explains Why He Decoded His Own Genome

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Dr. J. Craig Venter is a powerful force in the world of genomic research. He tells us why he mapped his own genome (and made it public), how his research can help create alternative energy, and why he thinks that one day everyone will be able to map their own genome for a few thousand bucks.

Tony Award Winner Rosemary Harris Performing at the Old Globe

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tony and Emmy Award winner Rosemary Harris is one of the most beloved actresses of the screen and stage. She is currently performing at the Old Globe in the one-woman show, "Oscar and the Pink Lady."

Dramatic 9-1-1 Calls Reveal Fear of Residents During Fires

Nov. 1
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Fire Department is releasing the tapes of 9-1-1 calls from last week's disaster. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps got a hold of some of them and he joins us now. Good morning, Andrew.

Economists Gauge Financial Impact of Wildfires on San Diego Economy

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The devastation of the recent wildfires in San Diego County takes its toll on various aspects of the local economy. Will the wildfires promote economic growth through jobs in construction and retail sales, or will temporary business closings and resident evacuations take a long while to overcome? From home rebuilding to real estate, local economists analyze the financial impacts of the wildfires.

San Diego Wildfires Ravage Crops Around the Region

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego agricultural industry already faces major hurdles with the recent drought and new water-use regulations. We discuss how avocados and flowers were affected by the wrath of Mother Nature as well as the difficult road to recovery for local farmers.

Attorneys Wrap Up Cases in Brent Wilkes Trial

Nov. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The prosecution and defense have finished presenting their cases in the trial of Brent Wilkes, one of the major figures accused of bribing former Congressman Randy Cunningham. We speak to a reporter about closing arguments and the testimony of the defendant himself.

Another Defense Contractor Linked to Cunningham in Trouble Again

Nov. 1
By Elizabeth Wynne Johnson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A defense contractor previously linked to disgraced congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham is in trouble again. Defense contractor Michael Wade already pleaded guilty to bribing the former Representative. Now he's been ordered to pay a whopping million-dollar campaign finance penalty. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports from Capitol Hill.

San Diego Under Fire Weather Watch This Weekend

Nov. 1
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Fire Weather Watch, indicating that conditions conducive to wildfire may develop, will be in effect in the mountains and valleys of San Diego County from tomorrow night through Saturday evening, the National Weather Service said today.

Ramona Getting Back to Business

Nov. 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Business is back to normal in downtown Ramona as people start to recover from the wildfires. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Recovery Center Helping to Put Fire Victims' Lives Back Together

Nov. 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More than 2,000 people have visited the Recovery Center in Rancho Bernardo to start the process of putting their lives back together after the fires. KPBS reporter Alison St John visited the center and has this report.