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Stories for January 27, 2010

Obama Calls For Nation To 'Start Anew'

Jan. 27
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama in his first State of the Union address acknowledged Wednesday the deepening cynicism Americans feel toward their government and called for mending what he characterized as a "deficit of trust."

Child's Body Not One Of The Two Missing Children From Tijuana

Jan. 27
By Amy Isackson

Mexican consular officials in San Diego say the child's body found Wednesday afternoon at the border near Border Field State Park is not one of the two Tijuana children who remain missing after last week's rains.

California Default Notices Fall 24 Percent In 4Q

Jan. 27
Elliot Spagat, AP

Mortgage default notices for California homeowners fell 24 percent during the fourth quarter, suggesting the worst might be over for foreclosures in entry-level markets while problems spread to pricier neighborhoods, a research firm said Wednesday.

Obama To Target 'Deficit Of Trust' In State Of Union

Jan. 27
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama is expected to acknowledge Wednesday night the deepening cynicism American people feel toward their government, and to call for mending what he called a "deficit of trust" that plagues the nation.

CCDC Hears About New Trends In Stadium Financing

Jan. 27
By Katie Orr

There's still no formal plan for building a proposed San Diego Chargers stadium downtown, but redevelopment officials are learning about some of the options for financing a project.

Three San Diego Hospitals Slapped With $50,000 Fines

Jan. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

State regulators have penalized three San Diego County hospitals for actions that put patients in danger. Sharp Grossmont, Sharp Memorial and UCSD Medical Center have been fined $50,000 each.

Defense Lawyers Rest Case At Gay Marriage Trial

Jan. 27
Lisa Leff, AP
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Testimony ended Wednesday in a historic federal case challenging the constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage. The trial included nearly 12 days of wide-ranging testimony on the meaning of marriage.

San Diego Unified Fighting State Penalties For Large Class Sizes

Jan. 27
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified school district officials are getting slapped with penalties for having larger class sizes. They're hoping new legislation will help them avoid the fines.

Telling The Truth: The Best In Broadcast Journalism

Jan. 27
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Go behind the scenes with the year’s best reporters in "Telling The Truth: The Best In Broadcast Journalism." Get the inside story on award-winning reporting in interviews with the 2010 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in broadcast journalism. Learn how reporters and producers uncover injustice, outsmart a blizzard of spin and, in some cases, put their lives on the line to bring the most important stories to light.

ICE Arrests 8 Tied To San Diego Gangs With Mexican Cartel Connections

Jan. 27
By Amy Isackson

U.S. officials say the gangs are based in North County, Barrio Logan and Lemon Grove. The arrests are part of a nationwide crackdown on transnational gangs.

Apple Unveils $499 Tablet With AT&T Data Plans

Jan. 27
Associated Press
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Apple will sell its newly unveiled tablet-style iPad starting at $499. The iPad resembles an iPhone, but larger.

San Diego Non-Profit Sector Struggles During Recession

Jan. 27
These Days

A new research study from University of San Diego shows that almost 90% of San Diego non-profits report that the economy has had a negative impact on their organization and that they are forced to do more with less.

What Can You Do To Get Your New Christmas Pet To Behave?

Jan. 27
These Days

Are you having trouble with that new puppy you got for Christmas? We speak to a local dog trainer, and a local vet about what you can do to improve the behavior of a new pet. And, we give tips about the behaviors you should look out for when looking for a new dog or cat.

Should A New Wind Farm Come To S.D. County?

Jan. 27
These Days

A Portland, Oregon-based company wants to build a wind farm in Southeastern San Diego County. The location for the proposed farm is just north of Interstate 8 and the town of Boulevard - next to an existing wind farm in Campo. We discuss whether the Tule Wind Project and other proposed energy projects are a good fit for the community.

Political Analysis: A Preview Of The State Of The Union

Jan. 27
These Days

President Barack Obama delivers his first official State of the Union address tonight. KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner will discuss the issues and topics that will be at the top of his agenda.

SDUSD May Put Parcel Tax On November Ballot

Jan. 27
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified School District says there may be enough public support to place a parcel tax on the November ballot. The money could be spent on programs, services or positions.

S.D. School Board Approves Plan To Hire New Superintendent

Jan. 27
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School Board decided Tuesday evening how they’re going to pick a new superintendent and when it should be done.

Ahead Of Speech, Obama Faces A Skeptical Union

Jan. 27
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama delivers his first official State of the Union address Wednesday night to an increasingly skeptical and divided national audience. It's a far different reality from the one he faced a year ago, when he gave his first major speech as president while riding stratospheric approval ratings.

Census Workers Shift Into High Gear

Jan. 27
By Alison St John

The 2010 Census operation is shifting into high gear in San Diego County. Four regional offices are open around San Diego County -- downtown, Chula Vista, El Cajon and Escondido.

Scripps Hospitals Get High Marks

Jan. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

Four of San Diego's Scripps Hospitals have been rated in the top five percent in the country for clinical excellence. The latest report from the independent ratings firm HealthGrades gives 269 hospitals that distinction nationwide.

Wind Energy Proposal Gets Mixed Reviews In Boulevard

Jan. 27
By Ed Joyce
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A Portland, Oregon-based company wants to build a wind farm in Southeastern San Diego County. The first of several public hearings on the project will be held Wednesday evening in Jacumba. The proposal is one of three interconnected energy projects in the same area.