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Stories for February 2, 2011

Walmart Fight Moving To Sacramento

Feb. 2
By Katie Orr
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The Walmart war may not be over just yet. A state lawmaker is joining the battle and he's calling out the San Diego City Council in the process.

San Diego's Reservoirs More Full Than Last Year

Feb. 2
City News Service
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Reservoirs in San Diego County and northern California contain much more water than they did at this time last year, but dry forecasts for the coming months might offset December's rains, San Diego's Public Utilities Department reported today.

American Experience: Reagan: Lifeguard

Feb. 2
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"Reagan" is a two-part biography of the actor, governor, and president who saw America as "a shining city on a hill," a beacon of freedom to the world. When he left the White House in 1988, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century — and one of the most controversial. A failed actor, Reagan became a passionate ideologue who preached a simple gospel of lower taxes, less government and anti-communism.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Chewy Brownies And Chocolate Cupcakes

Feb. 2
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Test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to better-than-the-box chewy brownies at home. Next, host Christopher Kimball visits NYC's famous Magnolia Bakery to find out what all the fuss is about! Then, test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows Chris how to make the ultimate chocolate cupcakes. And finally, gadget guru Lisa McManus divulges the best baking gadgets.

Barbecue America: The Carolinas: Charlotte And The Low Country

Feb. 2
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Host Rick Browne is as quick with his wit as he is with a fork. Author of the travelogue/cookbook "Barbecue America," Browne leads viewers to the smoky heart and soul of barbecue culture. Shot entirely on location, each episode features a different barbecue event, festival, cook-off or restaurant. In this episode, Rick Browne journeys to the Carolinas for a barbecue and blues contest.

Strong Santa Ana Winds Wreak Havoc In SoCal

Feb. 2
KPBS Staff and City News Service
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Santa Ana winds gusting up to 60 mph caused problems throughout San Diego County on Wednesday.

Seniors Often Are Easy Prey For Abusers

Feb. 2
These Days
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The elderly are among the most vulnerable in our society. They are less able to defend themselves physically and often are targeted for theft and fraud. We'll find out the warning signs of abuse and how to report it and we'll hear tips on how to protect yourself and your family members.

Trailer: 'Groundhog Day'

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando
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Punxsutawney Phil has spoken and Spring is coming early. So just for fun here is the trailer for the Bill Murray favorite "Groundhog Day."

Could Farmers Field Lure Chargers To Los Angeles?

Feb. 2
These Days
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Farmers Insurance agreed to pay $700 million for the naming-rights to a proposed NFL stadium in Downtown Los Angeles. The deal would be one of the most lucrative naming-rights agreement in history, and the stadium hasn't even been approved yet. What does this news mean to the Chargers future in San Diego?

City Council Overturns "Supercenter" Ordinance

Feb. 2
These Days
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Score one for Walmart. The San Diego City Council voted yesterday to overturn its controversial ordinance requiring proposed bog box "supercenters" to conduct economic impact reports before building in the city.

Walmart Wins Battle With San Diego City Council

Feb. 2
James R. Riffel, CNS
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Walmart is known as the place to go to when you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and the San Diego City Council decided it’s also the store you don’t want to spend a lot of money fighting.

Violence Escalates Between Mubarak Enemies, Allies

Feb. 2
NPR Staff and Wires
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Firebombs and rocks rained down on Cairo's central square Wednesday as thousands of supporters clashed with opponents of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in what could signal a dangerous new phase in Egypt's upheaval.

San Diego's Colleges, Universities Brace For Deep Budget Cuts

Feb. 2
By Susan Murphy
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In his State of the State address, Gov. Jerry Brown stressed the importance of higher education, but his proposed budget calls for 20 percent cuts to California’s colleges and universities.

For-Profit Urgent Care Carving Out A Niche In San Diego

Feb. 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new, for-profit urgent care clinic has opened in Santee. It's meant to bridge the gap between primary care doctors and hospital emergency rooms.

Biotech Future Hinges On Grade School Education

Feb. 2
By Peggy Pico
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An annual report by the California Healthcare Institute reveals there are more Californians employed in the biomedical industry than there are in the movies.

An Unlikely Problem For San Diego: Too Much Money

Feb. 2
By Joanne Faryon
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Despite reporting a projected budget deficit of more than $46 million on Tuesday, San Diego has an unusual problem -- too much money in a federal bank account.

National City Strike Put On Hold

Feb. 2
By Ana Tintocalis
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National City public-school teachers hope a strike planned for Friday will be averted through mediation.