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Stories for July 13, 2009

General Atomics Awarded Contract to Build Hybrid Electric Warships

July 13
By Alison St John

San Diego based General Atomics Corporation has landed a contract with the Navy to apply fuel saving technology to warships.

Tijuana Police in Cartel Crosshairs; 4 Killed in a Week

July 13
By Amy Isackson

Tijuana's mayor says police are under fire because they aren't protecting drug traffickers like many used to.

San Diego County Reports 2 More H1N1 Deaths

July 13
Associated Press

Health officials say two more people with underlying health problems have died of swine flu in San Diego County. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said Monday the victims included a 57-year-old man who died on July 2 and a 64-year-old man who died a week later.

Making Solar Affordable in San Diego

July 13
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A company that creates a buying club to make solar more affordable for homeowners is now offering its services in San Diego. "One Block Off the Grid" is the largest residential solar community purchasing group in the country.

Options Dwindle for Cashing California IOUs

July 13
Associated Press

Thousands of California business owners are starting the week without the safety net of having major banks accept the state's IOUs.

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Rangers Patrol San Dieguito Lagoon

July 13
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A nature reserve in Del Mar has become so popular they've added park rangers.

U.S. Policy from an Indian Perspective

July 13
By Pat Finn, Alan Ray

Appointed India's Ambassador to the U.S. just four months ago, career diplomat Meera Shankar has a lot on her plate. We discuss somewhat prickly U.S. - India relations; the Indian view of President Obama's administration and policies; the global economy and India's concern over U.S. protectionism; Indian relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan; the U.S. - India Nuclear Deal; and India's response to terrorism.

Community Colleges Brace For Onslaught Of CSU Students

July 13
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network

Community colleges are preparing for a possible spike in applications next spring. That’s when California State University campuses won’t be accepting new freshmen. Marianne Russ reports.

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Alto Saxophonist Charles McPherson Highlights a Career Spanning 50 Years

July 13
By Angela Carone, Alan Ray

Jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson has been performing throughout the world for fifty years. He made two dozen albums with Charlie Mingus, played Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's film Bird, and has more than 20 solo albums. The San Diego resident joins us to talk about his career and his new post as artist-in-residence at Anthology.

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Candlelight Vigil Tonight for Missing Escondido Teen

July 13
City News Service

The family of missing Escondido teenager Amber Dubois will hold a candlelight vigil for the 14-year-old tonight at a bookstore she frequented. Amber was last seen Feb. 13 walking to Escondido High School. Since then, Escondido police said they have chased down more than 900 leads, and numerous volunteer searches have taken place.

Port District Doesn't Clearly Lay Out Losses

July 13
By Sharon Heilbrunn, Alan Ray, Amita Sharma

The Port of San Diego has been keeping two different books for their expenses. One of them has not shown million-dollar losses for years.

No-Hitter Marks New Low for Padres

July 13
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

The San Diego Padres blew out the San Francisco Giants yesterday, but it was what happened Friday that made the headlines. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

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California Faces Day Of Reckoning

July 13
Philip Bruce, NPR

Times are tough all over in California, even for the superrich. According to the Los Angeles Business Journal, the city's 50 wealthiest people lost a combined total of $32 billion last year — that's an all-time record.

Freedom is Not Free Aids Wounded Veterans

July 13
By Josette Herdell, Alan Ray

Severely wounded soldiers continue to return from Iraq and other war zones in need of a variety of support. We speak with an Iraqi war veteran about his experience in combat, as well as his involvement in a local non-profit that helps wounded military veterans and their families.

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State Official: Fixing Delta Water System Is Top Priority

July 13
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

The continuing drought and court-imposed restrictions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have significantly reduced San Diego's water supply, and there's no indication the situation will improve. A growing number of elected officials and water managers say the restrictions underscore the need for a new, comprehensive plan to keep the water flowing.

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Stadium Costing San Diego Millions

July 13
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego’s auditor says the operation of Qualcomm Stadium presents a number of challenges for the city. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says the auditor will present them at today’s city council meeting.

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Public Doesn't Get Full Story on Port's Maritime Losses

July 13
By Amita Sharma

The Port of San Diego is a public agency charged with managing the bayfront. It claims its top goals are strengthening its finances and building public trust. But over the past 15 years, the port has lost tens of millions of dollars in maritime operations. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma found the port has not clearly documented those losses for the public.