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Stories for June 16, 2009

Social Media Allows Reports Despite Tehran's Curbs

June 16
David Folkenflik, NPR
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Iranian authorities are seeking to exercise a stranglehold on press coverage of mass unrest after the disputed election results there, but they're having trouble stopping a combination of old-fashioned, shoe-leather journalism and new social media platforms.

First San Diego Swine Flu Death Confirmed

June 16
By Tom Fudge

San Diego County health officials say a 20-year-old woman has died from the swine flu. The announcement on Tuesday marks California's seventh death from the disease.

Camp Pendleton Fire Expected to be Fully Contained Today

June 16
Associated Press

Firefighters today hoped to fully contain a brush fire that erupted yesterday and blackened more than 100 open acres in a hilly section of Camp Pendleton.

San Diego Receives More Homeland Security Funding

June 16
By Alison St John

The San Diego region got all the Homeland Security money it asked for this year - a bigger increase in funding than any other region in the nation.

Supervisors Appoint Gore SD Sheriff

June 16
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today appointed Undersheriff Bill Gore to serve out the remaining term of retiring Sheriff Bill Kolender.

S.D. School Trustees Close to Finalizing Budget

June 16
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified school trustees inch closer today to balancing next school year's district budget. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis says closing small schools is off the list for now:

Bill Moyers Journal

June 16
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Veteran journalist Bill Moyers is retiring. Moyers re-invented the broadcast for the 21st century, with interviews and news analysis on a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and issues facing democracy. The final broadcast of "Bill Moyers Journal" will be Friday, April 30, 2010 on KPBS TV.

The Journey Home -- Wherever That Might Be

June 16
Michael Shymon, Teen Critic
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I remember, not too long ago, seeing the trailer for "Away We Go" (opened June 12 at Landmark's La Jolla Villager Theaters), and I remember loving the music and really liking the feel of what looked like one in a long line of quirky, independent comedies which have cluttered cinemas over the past five years or so.

S.D. Receives Big Increase in Homeland Security Funding

June 16
City News Service

San Diego was awarded $16.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for emergency preparedness and anti-terrorism efforts, it was announced today.

Cushman Says Time is Right For Convention Center Expansion

June 16
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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The proposed expansion of San Diego’s convention center could cost around one billion dollars. But despite the high price tag and the down economy, the co-chair of the task force studying the project says he still thinks it should move forward.

Author Explains Why Coast Guard is "America's Forgotten Heroes"

June 16
By Hank Crook, Doug Myrland

What, exactly, does the United States Coast Guard do? We discuss the new book Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes. Author David Helvarg talks about the role the Coast Guard plays in protecting America's waterways and coastlines. We also discuss how the mission of the Coast Guard has changed since 9/11, and learn what role the San Diego "Coasties" play in our community.

Local Journalists Look at News Online

June 16
By Doug Myrland, Natalie Walsh

Will online news become the standard for news gathering and distribution? We'll talk with the growth in online news sources and how changes in the media landscape will impact tradition media.

San Diego Reporter Told to Testify in Marine Trial

June 16
Associated Press

A San Diego Union-Tribune reporter must testify in the court-martial of a Marine accused of disobeying orders by giving him an interview, a military judge ruled. Rick Rogers must obey a subpoena because his testimony is crucial to the defense of Pvt. Gary Maziarz, the information he could provide is not confidential and it cannot be obtained any other way, military judge Cmdr. Kevin O'Neil stated in a 12-page ruling released Monday.

NPR's President Talks about the Future of News

June 16
By Doug Myrland, Natalie Walsh
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What's the future of news, and where does public radio fit into that equation? We'll talk with NPR's new president and CEO Vivian Schiller about the changing media landscape.

Calif. Under Pressure to Provide Mental Health Care to Inmates

June 16
Julie Small, California Capitol Network

The pressure is on California's Department of Corrections to make a deal to provide mental health care to inmates. A federal judge in Sacramento has ordered the state to present a final plan by tomorrow/Tuesday on how to get the job done. Julie Small reports the state has had more than a decade to comply.

Budget Deadline Comes and Goes with No Decision

June 16
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

The deadline to pass a new budget came and went on Monday. As expected, there isn't a deal. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

UCSD Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Gets $400,000 Donation

June 16
By Kenny Goldberg
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A local philanthropic group is donating $400,000 to the neo-natal intensive care unit at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. It's the largest gift the unit has ever received.

Seven Slain As Iran Agrees To Recount Some Votes

June 16
Associated Press
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Iran's Islamic leadership is prepared to do a limited recount of disputed presidential elections, a spokesman said Tuesday, drawing the ruling clerics deeper into a showdown that began with street clashes and quickly moved to the highest levels of power.