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Stories for January 25, 2010

Benefits For Vets Discharged For PTSD Reviewed

Jan. 25
By Alison St John
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A Department of Defense settlement that could increase disability benefits for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder reinforces recent policy changes.

Seasonal Flu Rates Lower Than Usual

Jan. 25
Kelley Weis, Calif. Capitol Network
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Seasonal flu rates are lower than usual this year and health officials say that’s because of the swine flu pandemic.

Some Democrats Balk At Second Term For Bernanke

Jan. 25
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's second term at the helm of the central bank expires on Sunday. The Senate is expected to vote late this week on his confirmation, but the timing is proving problematic for President Obama.

NOVA: The Incredible Journey Of The Butterflies

Jan. 25
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Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance - and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair's-breadth precision. "NOVA" flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.

Crews Working To Repair Baja's Transpeninsular Highway

Jan. 25
By Amy Isackson
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Work crews are scrambling to reopen the main highway that connects Tijuana to to Cabo San Lucas at the tip of Baja California Sur. Last week's rains washed out bridges and closed the road.

Report: More Mental Health Services Needed for S.D. Foster Youth

Jan. 25
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new report finds San Diego County doesn't provide enough mental health services for foster youth who are aging out of the system. The report comes from the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego.

Case Tossed Against 5 San Diego Pension Officials

Jan. 25
By Alison St John
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The California Supreme Court has tossed out charges against five of the six former members of San Diego's troubled pension board accused of casting votes that benefited them personally.

My Cultural Thumbprint By Encinitas Artist Cheryl Sorg

Jan. 25
By Angela Carone
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The San Diego Visual Arts Network opens their "Movers and Shakers 2" exhibition and a portrait of Culture Lust host Angela Carone is featured. Encinitas-based artist Cheryl Sorg did one of her thumbprint portraits composed of Angela's favorite films, books, and music.

Inner City Outings Gets Kids Outdoors

Jan. 25
These Days
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Inner City Outings is an organization that helps urban youth discover the outdoors. We speak with a chairperson from the organization and a youth who has participated in the experience.

Golf World Turns To San Diego This Week

Jan. 25
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis
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The eyes of the golf world turn to San Diego this week. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

California's Race To Top Reforms Divide Educators

Jan. 25
By Ana Tintocalis
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All eyes in public education in San Diego County are on the Race To The Top. That’s the name of President Barack Obama's plan to change the face of education. But Race To The Top reforms are making school officials throughout California uneasy.

Many Layers, And S.D. Connections To Male Circumcision Debate

Jan. 25
These Days
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Male circumcision is one of the oldest medical procedures known to mankind. Despite the popularity of the procedure, there is a lot of opposition to neonatal circumcision. We speak to a local journalist, an urologist, and a member of the "intactivist" community about the arguments for and against male circumcision.

Reporter Explores Link Between Warzone Burn Pits And Veteran Illnesses

Jan. 25
These Days
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A number of U.S. service members have fallen ill after returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some believe their ailments are caused by exposure to toxic open-air burn pits located at military bases throughout the warzone. Journalist Matthew LaPlante discusses his three part series, "Sickened by Service," which ran this month in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Education Reporter Discusses Calif. State of Education

Jan. 25
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What is the current state of California's education system? We speak to education reporter Ana Tintocalis about the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell's State of Education speech.

Haiti's Need For Tent Cities Grows More Urgent

Jan. 25
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The collapse of much of Haiti's capital has a large part of the nation struggling just to find a place to sleep. As many as 1 million people — one person in nine across the entire country — need to find new shelter, the United Nations estimates, and there are too few tents, let alone safe buildings, to put them in.

S.D. Considering Survey To Find Out What People Want

Jan. 25
By Katie Orr
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If you live in the city of San Diego, you might soon be getting call asking if you’ll take part in a new survey. The city wants to hear from people which services are most important to them, and which they’d be willing to pay more for.

Cross-Border Researchers Look For Message In Bottles

Jan. 25
By Amy Isackson
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Last week's storms drenched Tijuana and forced more than 160 people from their homes. But the rain has helped a group of researchers who want to extend the life of San Diego's Tijuana Estuary and improve the quality of life in at least one of Tijuana's Canyons.

New Substation Proposed In Rural San Diego County

Jan. 25
By Ed Joyce
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Three energy projects are proposed for an area of southeastern San Diego County and across the Mexican border. One project includes a new electrical substation.