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Stories for January 3, 2008

Homeowners in San Diego's Backcountry Preparing for Downpours

Jan. 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Homeowners in San Diego's backcountry are making preparations for this weekend's expected storms, and the County is on stand by in case of emergencies. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Crime-Wary Americans Shun Popular Strip of Mexico Beaches

Jan. 3
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Assaults on American tourists have brought hard times to hotels and restaurants that dot Mexican beaches just south of the border from San Diego.

California Lawmaker Driving Iowans to the Caucuses

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Iowa is the center of the political universe right now. Volunteers have poured in from across the country to help get Iowans to caucus. Ben Adler caught up with a California lawmaker who's turning out voters for someone else.

Audit Shows S.D. School District Misspent $3 Million

Jan. 3
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego school district officials may have misspent $3 million in federal funding that's supposed to help support low-income students and special programs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Weekend Preview: Garrison Keillor, Gram Parsons, The Creepy Creeps

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A tribute to the music of Gram Parsons, surf rockers the Creepy Creeps, and our old friend Garrison Keillor. There's something for everyone this weekend in music.

Filipino Jazz Vocalist Charmaine Clamor Sings Traditional Torch Songs

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Up and coming jazz vocalist Charmaine Clamor sings the music of both her idols and her homeland. Clamor may aspire to the styles of Nina Simone or Ella Fitzgerald but she sings the traditional torch songs of the Philippines. She performs songs from her new album, "Flippin' Out."

Bird Watchers See San Diego as a Paradise for Spotting Feathered Friends

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego is a mecca for bird watchers. The county boasts close to 500 different species of birds. With the 107th Annual Christmas Bird Count wrapped up, and the San Diego Bird Festival right around the corner, we'll talk about birders and the birds they love to spot.

Local Reporter Returns to Iraq Embedded With Camp Pendleton Marines

Jan. 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tony Perry, the San Diego Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, is heading back to Iraq for the sixth time. We ask Tony why he is going back, what he expects to see, and how he manages life in a war zone.

Report Says There are Better Alternatives to Sunrise Powerlink

Jan. 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A key milestone in the long approval process for a proposed high-voltage transmission line. California regulators released their environmental assessment of the proposed Sunrise Powerlink project. The 150-mile power line project would stretch from Imperial County to San Diego. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Approaching Winter Storm will Help Snowpack, Water Supply

Jan. 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The first winter measurement of California's snowpack show below normal levels for this date. But stormy weather the next few days could make a difference in the Sierra snowpack and the water supply. Elissa Lynn is the Senior Meteorologist with the state Department of Water Resources.

Agency Requests Reduced Outdoor Watering

Jan. 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to help the region conserve water by turning off their outdoor watering systems today in advance of three storm systems moving into the region starting tonight.

Authorities Fear SoCal Rain Could Trigger Mudslides, Flooding

Jan. 3
By Gillian Flaccus and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Homeowners still struggling to rebuild their lives after last fall's wildfires are preparing for downpours that could bring more than a foot of rain to some mudslide-prone mountain canyons.

S.D. City Council Reacting Cautiously to Father Joe's Permanent Shelter Plan

Jan. 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego city officials are reacting cautiously to Father Joe Carroll's announcement that his board has invested $7 million in land that he says would be ideal for a permanent emergency shelter for the homeless. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Small, Local Theatre to Break Ground in Old Town

Jan. 3
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A small but highly regarded theater company in San Diego has a second venue to call home. Cygnet Theatre plans to break new ground in Old Town. KPBS Reporter Dwane Brown has the story.