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Stories for July 7, 2010

5.4 Quake Rattles Southern California

July 7
KPBS News
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A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck near Borrego Springs at 4:53 p.m. and jolted San Diego, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor is the latest in a string of powerful quakes to hit Southern California since the 7.2-magnitude quake on Easter Sunday.

SD County Drug Panel To Expand Focus

July 7
By Amita Sharma
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The focus of San Diego County's OxyContin task force is expanding to include all prescription drugs. The county's prescription drug-related deaths rose 67 percent from 2005 to 2009.

Study: Pot Prices Would Plummet If Calif. Legalizes

July 7
Lisa Leff, AP
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Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California would sharply drive down prices for the drug, causing more people to use pot while possibly undercutting the tax windfall that supporters have touted, according to a study published Wednesday.

Scientists Find A Way To Turn Off Cocaine's Appeal

July 7
By Tom Fudge
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Scientists at San Diego-based Scripps Research Institute have identified genetic material that protects against cocaine addiction.

I-5 Freeway Expansion Report Lists Potential Environmental Impacts

July 7
By Kenny Goldberg
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A draft of an environmental impact report has been released on a proposed expansion of the I-5 freeway from La Jolla to Oceanside. The project would displace some people in North County.

Area Offshore Of Coronado Designated A 'Naval Danger Zone'

July 7
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A 206-acre area offshore from Coronado was designated today by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a "naval danger zone" off-limits to boaters when a small arms range is in use at Naval Air Station North Island.

New Electricity Pricing Proposal Raises Questions

July 7
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego Gas and Electric has proposed a new pricing system for residential electricity customers. A consumers advocacy group likes the idea but also has some concerns.

Legal Update: Supreme Court And Elena Kagan

July 7
These Days
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The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its year with a host of major decisions. We'll talk about rulings that range from terrorism to text messages. And discuss the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Calif. Cage Law Will Apply To Out-Of-State Eggs

July 7
Associated Press
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California's two-year-old law to protect egg-laying hens has been extended to out-of-state egg suppliers who hope to sell their products in the state's grocery stores.

San Diego's 'Inside the Design Studio' With Jonathan Segal

July 7
By Jen Paton
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San Diego Architecture Foundation's ongoing interview series with San Diego architects returns this Thursday with architect and developer Jonathan Segal in the hot seat.

A New Supreme Court Ruling May Affect Gun Laws In California

July 7
These Days
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The U.S. Supreme Court has just extended to all the states its 2008 ruling that the right to bear arms is an individual right. What does this mean to local guns laws in California? We'll hear from pro and anti-gun advocates.

Family Of Slain Chelsea King Leaving SoCal

July 7
Associated Press
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The parents of slain California teen Chelsea King are leaving northern San Diego County. Brent and Kelly King and their 13-year-old son, Tyler, will leave their Poway home on Thursday and move back to Naperville, a Chicago suburb where they lived for a decade.

Overcoming The Hurdles To New Sources Of Energy

July 7
These Days
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What are the hurdles to changing to new types of fuel and energy? Who should bear the costs for finding and developing alternative energy sources? As part of our monthly series on ethics in science and technology, we'll explore the benefits and costs for society of alternative energy sources.

Housing Commission To Manage City's Homeless Services

July 7
These Days
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The San Diego Housing Commission will take over the city's homeless shelters and programs, following a unanimous decision made by the City Council last week. We speak to the Housing Commission's president and CEO about the organization's role in providing local homeless services.

Calif. Minimum Wage Dispute Headed Back To Court

July 7
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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The dispute over minimum wage paychecks for state workers is headed to court again. The Schwarzenegger administration is suing the State Controller, again, over the issue of minimum wage paychecks for state workers

New Field Poll Shows Calif. Governor's Race In Statistical Tie

July 7
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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It’s a dead heat in the race for Governor. At least, that’s the finding of the latest Field Poll. The survey finds Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown has a statistically insignificant one-point lead over Republican candidate Meg Whitman. Forty-four percent of likely voters favor Brown; 43 percent favor Whitman.

Argument Over Ballots Leaves State Senate Race Undecided

July 7
By Tom Fudge
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The San Diego County Registrar of Voters has certified last month's primary election results. But one local race remains undecided.

South Bay Power Plant Operators Want New Discharge Permit

July 7
By Ed Joyce
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An energy company has asked a state agency to renew a water discharge permit for the South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista.