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Stories for February 4, 2011

Crisis In Egypt Hits Home In San Diego

Feb. 4
San Diego Week
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We'll speak to a San Diegan who has a deep interest in what's going on in Egypt.

Council Reverses Itself On Big Box Stores

Feb. 4
San Diego Week
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Find out what changed to convince seven of the eight San Diego City Council members to discard an ordinance requiring Walmart and other retailers to submit environmental and economic impact studies before building here.

Last Minute Deal Keeps National City Teachers In School

Feb. 4
San Diego Week
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Teachers' strikes are almost non-existent in the San Diego Couny's school districts. Is National City the canary in the coal mine, signaling some tough times ahead as education is squeezed by the state budget?

Focus On Women's Heart Health

Feb. 4
San Diego Week
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We'll find out the risk factors for heart disease and why is it easier for some doctors to identify symptoms in men than women.

For-Profit Clinic Offers Alternative For Health Care

Feb. 4
San Diego Week
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If you can pay, you can be seen by a doctor at a new urgent care clinic in Santee. KPBS' Kenny Goldberg has this report.

Insight: Lower Crime And Spoiled Views

Feb. 4
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

This week brought news we’ve heard before. But the recurring saga of falling crimes rates got some dramatic emphasis this week, as police said crime in San Diego was the lowest it’s been since 1963.

New Push To Crack Down On Cell Phones In Prisons

Feb. 4
California Capitol Network

There’s a new push in Sacramento to keep cell phones out of the hands of inmates. Prison officials say it’s a rapidly growing problem, and inmates use the phones to launder money and harass victims.

California Latinos Would Gain Most from Health Care Reform

Feb. 4
By Ruxandra Guidi

Health care reform law is being challenged by Republicans. No other group would have the most to gain--or lose--from its implementation than Latinos.

San Diego Wears Red For Heart Health

Feb. 4
By Peggy Pico

San Diego turned a little red on Friday in the interest of healthy hearts.

San Diego City College Breaks Ground On New 'Green' Buildings

Feb. 4
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego City College broke ground Friday for new Arts and Humanities and Business Technology buildings.

San Diego Makes 'Worst Drinking Water' List

Feb. 4
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego has made another top-10 list. The city now has the distinction of making a list of big cities with bad drinking water.

Rain Leaves SD With Approximately $40 Million In Damages

Feb. 4
City News Service

December's heavy rain left San Diego with an estimated $40 million according to an official with the county Office of Emergency Services.

Mandatory Maternity Coverage Bill

Feb. 4
California Capitol Network

A State Senator wants to require all health insurance plans to include maternity coverage.

Two People Enter US Illegally With Dive Scooters

Feb. 4
Associated Press

Two people were caught after entering the U.S. illegally with the help of dive scooters.

Hearing Set For Imperial Beach Man Charged With Attempting To Blow Up Mosque

Feb. 4
Associated Press

A California man will have more time while a hearing takes place to determine whether there is probable cause to send him to trial on charges of plotting to blow up a mosque in the Detroit-area.

Budget Sub-Committees Are On At The State Capitol

Feb. 4
California Capitol Network

Budget sub-committees are running at full throttle at the state Capitol. A process that usually takes months has been trimmed to a few weeks.

Disabled Adults Protest Program Cuts

Feb. 4
California Capitol Network

Developmentally disabled adults came to the state Capitol Thursday to protest budget cuts to the state Department of Developmental Services.

Convicted Sex Offenders Petition For Changes To Jessica's Law

Feb. 4
Editors Roundtable

The number of homeless sex offenders has increased dramatically since Jessica's Law passed in 2006. The law prevents convicted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a park. We discuss why the law's requirements are making it difficult for sex offenders to find places to live, and why some convicted sex offenders in San Diego are challenging the law's residence restrictions.

Escondido Ballpark Proposal At Risk

Feb. 4
Editors Roundtable

How could Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies affect Escondido's efforts to build a minor league ballpark? City leaders are concerned the redevelopment proposal could disrupt plans to sell $50 million in ballpark bonds. If redevelopment agencies are eliminated, what will happen to Escondido's ballpark?

Why Did City Council Repeal Supercenter Ordinance?

Feb. 4
Editors Roundtable

Earlier this week, the San Diego City Council voted 7-1 to repeal its supercenter ordinance. The ordinance required supercenter retailers to conduct an economic impact study in order to get building permits. The council reversed its decision after Walmart's successful signature-gathering would have forced a public vote on the issue. We discuss why two councilmembers changed their vote.

National City Teacher Strike Averted

Feb. 4
By Ana Tintocalis

A teachers strike has been averted in National City. That means 350 public school teachers will be in their classrooms today.

Egyptian Protesters Clamor For 'Friday Of Departure'

Feb. 4
NPR Staff and Wires
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Anti-government protesters massed again, seeking to force out President Mubarak.

SDSU Coach Has Hoopsters Basking In National Spotlight

Feb. 4
By Erik Anderson
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With one national championship under his belt, Coach Steve Fisher hopes to drive his San Diego State basketball team deep into the NCAA tournament.

Review: 'The Roommate'

Feb. 4
By Beth Accomando
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A woman becomes terrorized by a psycho roommate. No it's not "Single White Female III." It's the "new" film "The Roommate" (opening February 4 throughout San Diego).