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Stories for June 1, 2010

Envision San Diego: Who's Supervising San Diego?

June 1
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors controls a $5 billion budget and makes decisions affecting your health and safety. They oversee services that range from prosecuting criminals to feeding the poor. Learn about your supervisor’s priorities and how the group spends your money.

Richard Bangs' Adventures With Purpose: Norway: Quest For The Viking Spirit

June 1
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In his latest "Adventures With Purpose" special, adventurer Richard Bangs seeks out the modern-day "Viking Spirit" in Norway's forbidding Arctic north, its mountainous sea coast and its bustling cities.

1,300 San Diego Nurses To Strike Over Low Staffing

June 1

About 1,300 nurses in San Diego are threatening to walk out of their jobs at the local UC hospitals next week. Nurses say they'll go on strike because administrators refuse to address their concerns about inadequate staffing.

Apollo Wives

June 1
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Ten extraordinary women, all in their seventies, come to Arizona for a special reunion. They are each different but have one thing in common - each was married to an Apollo astronaut. These women were right at the heart of the most ambitious journey ever made, as America shot for the moon. In exclusive interviews, they tell how it felt to watch their husband blast off into space and about the death, danger and divorce as many of their men struggled to come back to Earth.

Calif. Advances Bill To Ban Carrying Unloaded Guns

June 1
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The California Assembly has passed a bill that would make it illegal to openly carry a gun in public, even if it is unloaded. The bill, AB1934, would make it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed handgun on any public street or in a public place.

Summer Means Tougher Watering Restrictions In San Diego

June 1
By Katie Orr
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Summertime is back in San Diego and as of today, so are mandatory watering restrictions. This is the second year in a row the city is limiting how and when people can use water.

Patient Complaints Prompt County Investigation

June 1
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County officials are investigating charges of patient mistreatment at two local community clinics. One patient accused a staff member of pressuring him to have sex.

Is Your Teenager Depressed?

June 1
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Is your teenager depressed or moody? San Diego-based psychologists discuss the differences between the two and offer suggestions for parents.

U.S. Opens Criminal Investigation Of Gulf Oil Spill

June 1
NPR
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Federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

Should Parents Be Troubled By Tantrums?

June 1
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Are tantrums normal, or a sign of something more troubling?

Calif. Enviro Groups Urge Passage Of Plastic Bag Bill

June 1
By Ed Joyce
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A bill being considered by the California state Assembly this week would ban grocery stores from giving away free plastic bags. But paper bags would still be available to consumers for a fee.

The Race For California Attorney General

June 1
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The front-runners for the California Attorney General's Democratic nomination are a district attorney and a former Facebook executive. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Proposition 13 Would Exempt Seismic Upgrades From New Taxes

June 1
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

While Californians are being asked to decide who will go on to the General Election in a number of races, they’ll also decide the outcome of five ballot measures. The first of these has a famous title: Proposition 13.

Prop 15 Would Take A First Step Toward Publicly-Funded Elections

June 1
Julie Small, California Capitol Network

A June ballot measure would take a first step toward publicly-funded elections. Proposition 15 would provide money to cover campaigns for one office -- Secretary of State. It's an experiment in getting big money out of politics.

Repeated Concussions Can Cause Lifelong Damage To The Brain

June 1
These Days

What defines a concussion? And, what are the potential effects of repeated concussions on the brain? We speak to a pair of local experts about the long- and short-term effects of concussions, the latest NFL rules changes, and the challenges to identifying when a person has suffered a concussion.

California Voters Hanging Onto Mail-In Ballots

June 1
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Election Day in California is just a week away, but so far most vote-by-mail voters are hanging onto their ballots. Only approximately 15 percent have sent them in statewide.

One Book, One San Diego Wants Your Input For Next Book

June 1
By Angela Carone
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One Book, One San Diego will soon choose a new book for the San Diego community to read and discuss. What do you think it should be? We're taking your ideas.

The Battle Over Single-Use Grocery Bags

June 1
These Days

We discuss the details of AB 1998 and find out about the most common types of trash found on the beaches of California.

SDPD Crime Lab Can't Keep Up With Volume Of Evidence

June 1
These Days

What do you think should be done to ensure that DNA samples get tested at crime labs? Are you willing to pay more in taxes to fight crime through DNA testing? We discuss how the backlog of evidence may impact public safety in San Diego.

Suspected Immigrants, Two Tons Of Drugs Intercepted on SD Beach

June 1
City News Service

Drug smugglers were caught red-handed early today, unloading about 2 tons of marijuana from a boat in La Jolla, and two men were arrested at Dog Beach about an hour later as a crowd scattered from another boat that came ashore there, police said.

Tiny Beetle Could Create Big Trouble During Wildfire Season

June 1
By Katie Orr
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Fire officials in San Diego County will have an extra challenge this wildfire season. A beetle infestation in the county has killed more than 20,000 oak trees.

Plastic Bag Bill Ban Moves Ahead In Sacramento

June 1
By Ed Joyce
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A bill being considered by the California State Assembly Friday would enact a statewide ban on plastic bags at grocery stores.