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Stories for November 17, 2009

Broader Strategy Urged To Combat Hunger In U.S.

Nov. 17
Deborah Tedford, NPR
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Just one day after a federal report revealed that 1 in 7 U.S. families struggled to get enough to eat last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urged lawmakers to reauthorize school nutrition programs that help feed the nation's schoolchildren.

School Absence Hotline Helps Track Sick Students

Nov. 17
By Ana Tintocalis

An absence hotline at a Poway elementary school is helping campus officials identify student health problems before they get out-of-control.

City Of San Diego Passes Water Rate Increase

Nov. 17
By Alison St John
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San Diego City Council voted five to two today to approve another water rate increase. It's the sixth rate hike in the last two years.

Activists Protest Drownings In All American Canal

Nov. 17
By Amy Isackson
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Immigrants rights activists dove into the All American Canal Tuesday to protest migrant drownings. Activists strung buoys across the canal to honor the dead and to ask for new safety measures.

Group Asks For Hold On Fish Farm Permit Process

Nov. 17
By Ed Joyce

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has decided to delay a planned offshore aquaculture demonstration in ocean waters off the San Diego coast.

Imperial County Meets Federal Ozone Standard

Nov. 17
By Ed Joyce

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Imperial County has met the federal standard for ozone levels for the first time. Less ozone means fewer health problems for people living there.

In Flourishing India, An Old Obsession With Pakistan

Nov. 17
NPR
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No one knows exactly how many people died in the communal bloodletting that followed the partition of India in 1947. Estimates say it was more than 1 million.

Ronald McDonald House Helps Families With Sick Children

Nov. 17
These Days

The Ronald McDonald House is a haven for families who have seriously ill children. We take a look at how this building is helping the community.

Ordinary Chinese Wait For Obama's Deeds, Not Words

Nov. 17
Anthony Kuhn, NPR
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Before the summit in Beijing Tuesday, President Obama had met several times with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao. But making his first presidential trip to Asia, this is Obama's first contact with people in China, and he did not received the rock star reception that has greeted him in other regions such as Europe.

Local Resident Discusses 20th Anniversary Of Velvet Revolution

Nov. 17
These Days

November marks the 20th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia, which led to the downfall of Communism. We speak with a local resident about her life during this time.

Real Estate Broker Discusses Local Market, Impact Of Foreclosures

Nov. 17
These Days

What's going to happen to local real estate prices in 2010? We discuss the latest on the local real estate market with broker Matt Battiata, and talk about the wave of foreclosures that's expected to happen next year.

Legal Update: Thanksgiving In Court

Nov. 17
These Days

The Thanksgiving holiday has been the basis for some unusual lawsuits. These Days Legal Analyst Dan Eaton examines Thanksgiving in court.

Governor Says Toughest State Cuts Are Still Ahead

Nov. 17

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says California is still struggling with generating revenue, and more budget cuts are on the way next summer.

San Diego Considers Hosting Soccer World Cup

Nov. 17
By Alison St John

San Diego City Council will decide today whether to offer to be a host city, if the United States wins a bid to host the World Soccer Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Activists Question Delays On Canal Safety Measures

Nov. 17
By Amy Isackson
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Imperial County water officials plan to add new safety features to the All American Canal to help prevent migrants from drowning. When that will happen, however, is uncertain. Immigrants rights activists say the delays are costing lives.