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Stories for March 22, 2010

San Diego City Audit Reveals Problems With 'Bid To Goal' Program

March 22
By Alison St John

A San Diego city audit shows problems with a Water Department program designed to cut costs. But city staff say the so-called “Bid to Goal” program still saves the city millions.

Congressman Filner Votes For Health Care Reform, Even Without Public Option

March 22
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s Congressional delegation voted along party lines on the nation’s health care reform bill. Democrat Bob Filner supported the bill, even though he promised to reject the measure if it didn’t have a public option.

Health Care Reform May Help Hospitals

March 22
By Tom Fudge

Health care reform will give tens of millions more people the ability to pay for treatment. But the CEO of San Diego's Scripps Health says he's not sure if that will help hospital bottom lines.

Community Clinics Give A Thumbs Up To Health Reform

March 22
By Kenny Goldberg

Community clinics and their patients in San Diego will be some of the biggest beneficiaries of the new health reform package.

Google Tries A Route Around Chinese Web Censorship

March 22
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google Inc. will shift its search engine for China off the mainland but won't shut it down altogether, and it will maintain other operations in the country. It's an attempt to balance its stance against censorship with its desire to profit from an explosively growing Internet market.

Just How Unpopular Is The Health Care Bill?

March 22
NPR
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ANALYSIS: Republicans argued that the American people had overwhelmingly rejected the health care bill that the House passed Sunday night. But the poll numbers are less clear. And if the bill proves popular in implementation, the GOP may be left looking for another argument against President Obama's signature initiative.

San Diego's Congressional Reps Talk About Health Care Bill

March 22
These Days

San Diego Congressmen Bob Filner and Brian Bilbray talk about their votes on the healthcare reform bill.

Tax Tips For Your State And Federal Returns

March 22
These Days

What do you need to know before preparing your state and federal income tax returns? We speak to representatives from the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board about what's new for this year.

Lady Aztecs Advance To Second Round Of The NCAA

March 22
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The lady Aztecs of San Diego State did what the men couldn't do in the NCAA tournament. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

House Passes Historic Health Care Bill

March 22
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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Capping a year of legislative activity and ending decades of Democratic frustration, the House on Sunday passed a bill that would extend health care coverage to more than 30 million Americans.

Southern California Overdue For Large Magnitude Earthquake

March 22
By Ed Joyce

Recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and smaller quakes in Southern California have some people wondering when the big one will hit here. Scientists say we are due, but when is anyone's guess.

Ethics Commission Shrinks As Campaign Finance Limits Are Lifted

March 22
By Alison St John
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Today is a deadline for candidates to report how much they have raised so far for this year’s June primary. As the election season kicks off, the rules of the game in the city of San Diego are changing.

Immigrant Smuggling Is Basis For Novel

March 22
These Days
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The characters in David Corbett's novel "Do They Know I'm Running" try to navigate the immigrant smuggling routes from Central America through Mexico to California. They must deal with the ruthless gangs that control the routes and ferry immigrants across the border.

S.D. Candidates File Campaign Disclosures

March 22
By Alison St John

For those interested in following how much money candidates are raising for their election campaigns, tomorrow will be a good day to check. That’s because candidates have to file their campaign disclosure forms by the end of business today. But, some campaigns are easier to follow than others.

Sleep Problems Lead To Drug Use In Teens

March 22
By Tom Fudge

Some San Diego researchers have found poor sleep to be contagious among teens, and it very often leads to drug use.