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Stories for April 7, 2011

Local Economy Could Take Hit from Government Shutdown

April 7
By Andrés Barraza, Amy Isackson and Jude Joffe-Block
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San Diego's military and other federal employees could lose pay. The county has the largest number of federal employees in the the country.

Housing Commission Moves 100 Homeless Into Long-Term Units

April 7
By Kyla Calvert
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More than 100 people who spent part of the winter in San Diego’s temporary homeless shelter are getting a permanent address – four times more people than made that transition last year.

San Diego Biotechs Work On New Antibiotics

April 7
By Kenny Goldberg
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The Centers for Disease Control says new drugs are needed to combat a rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Some San Diego biotech companies are working on the problem.

Decoding Autism

April 7
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"Decoding Autism" includes interviews with a number of families dealing with the challenges of raising children on the autism spectrum and features visits to schools specializing in educating children with autism. This documentary highlights the efforts underway in New Jersey and New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Louisville and Sacramento, where researchers hope to gain insights that may lead to prevention, new treatments and even a cure.

County Pension Plan Governed By State Law

April 7
By Alison St John
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The County of San Diego would have to go to the state legislature to eliminate guaranteed pensions for new employees.

Doctor Group Says Undocumented Immigrants Should Have Access to Health Care

April 7
City News Service
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A medical organization meeting in San Diego has stepped into the immigration reform debate, asserting that illegal immigrants should have access to health care so they don't spread dangerous diseases to others.

NATURE: Survivors Of The Firestorm

April 7
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The bushfires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. This program follows the phoenix-like story of Victoria’s wildlife, the fall and rise of the great mountain ash forests and all that dwell within them, and the extraordinary capacity of a damaged natural world to bounce back.

City Council Becoming More Proactive In Budget

April 7
City News Service
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A budget resolution before the City Council next week reflects a new "proactive'' way of conducting business at City Hall, council President Tony Young said today.

Pendleton Marine In Critical Condition After Accident

April 7
City News Service
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A young serviceman gravely injured last weekend in a freeway accident that killed a fellow Camp Pendleton Marine remained hospitalized in critical condition today, officials reported.

Ask This Old House: Installing Solar Water Heating System

April 7
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Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he and a local contractor install a new solar water heating system. Then, up in the workshop, electrician Scott Caron shows host Kevin O’Connor a few devices designed to make residential electrical systems safer. Afterward, Kevin and general contractor Tom Silva head outside to replace the rotting support posts underneath a backyard deck.

Culture Lust Weekend: Evelyn Glennie, Photos from Haiti, and Killer Tomatoes

April 7
By Jocelyn Maggard
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Learn the science behind listening to music, listen to music, check out some photos from around the world, and watch tomatoes attack all during this Culture Lust Weekend.

Shelter Residents Approved For Permanent Housing

April 7
City News Service
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More than 100 transients who were living in winter homeless shelters that recently closed have been approved for permanent housing.

Feds Review San Onofre Nuclear Plant Safety

April 7
By Ed Joyce
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to talk about the 2010 safety performance of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant at a public meeting set for April 28 in San Juan Capistrano.

San Diego Art Economy

April 7
City News Service
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A $6 million investment in arts and culture programs generated $173 million in economic activity in San Diego during the 2010 fiscal year, according to a report released the city today.

Teen Review: 'Source Code'

April 7
Safina Berry, Teen Critic
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After seeing the original trailer to the movie "Source Code" (opened April 1 throughout San Diego), directed by Duncan Jones and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, well my expectations were kind of low.

William And Kate: The Royal Wedding

April 7
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"William And Kate: A Royal Wedding" will celebrate and illuminate this highly anticipated and celebrated event in Britain's royal history. The program will trace the history of the royal couple's romance and profile the participants, history and key aspects of a Royal Wedding.

Brown Signs Realignment Plan, Law Enforcement Nervous

April 7
California Capitol Network
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his realignment plan into law this week – even though his proposed funding source remains stuck in the legislature. Now law enforcement groups are a bit nervous.

NOVA: The Bible's Buried Secrets

April 7
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This two-hour special breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible. For the first time, more than a century of literary detective work and decades of archeological excavation in the Holy Land will challenge viewers with provocative new insights, including that most Israelites worshiped pagan gods and many believed that God had a wife, who was venerated as an idol.

Government Shutdown Could Halt Pay For SD Military Members

April 7
City News Service
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Thousands of military members based in San Diego could go without pay temporarily if the looming shutdown of the federal government actually happens on Friday, federal officials said today.

GOP-Controlled House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

April 7
NPR staff and wires
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House Republicans passed a largely symbolic stopgap spending bill on Thursday, as congressional leaders met again with President Obama to try to hammer out a compromise that could keep the government from a partial shutdown.

FRONTLINE: Football High

April 7
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Corporate sponsorships, nationally televised games, minute-by-minute coverage on sports websites -- for players, parents and coaches, high school football has never been bigger. But is enough being done to ensure players' safety as the intensity of the sport grows? In "Football High,"FRONTLINE investigates the new face of high school football.

The Brain Tells Tales to Ramachandran

April 7
These Days
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Setting his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness, V.S. Ramachandran reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved. In his new book, the neuroscientist takes us on a tour of some seemingly inexplicable behaviors of the brain. For instance, how can a totally blind person locate a spot of light on a wall? Or, a patient in coma wake up to answer the phone and then lapse back into a coma?

Events: G. Love, Floating World, And A Band Of Robots

April 7
These Days
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G. Love and the Special Sauce, a band made up of robots, and the chance to be in a music video. We have an eclectic mix of events for your weekend itinerary.

Major Quake Strikes Japan's Northern Coast Again

April 7
NPR staff and wires
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Japan was hit by a strong earthquake and tsunami warning Thursday night nearly a month after a devastating temblor and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast.

"8 Murders a Day" Documents Tragic Violence In Juarez, Mexico

April 7
These Days
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In 2010, there were 3,111 murders in the city of Juarez, Mexico. The city of 1.5 million has become one of the most violent cities in the world. We speak to filmmaker Charlie Minn about his documentary "8 Murders a Day," which chronicles the drug-related violence in Juarez.

Former President Of Mexico Discusses Ways To Stop Drug-Related Violence

April 7
These Days
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What can be done to end the drug-related violence in Mexico? We speak to former President of Mexico Vicente Fox about how the drug war has changed since he left office, and why he believes that legalizing drugs is the best way to reduce the violence that's plagued his country over the last decade. We'll also talk to Fox about illegal immigration, and trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

Interview: Joe Wright

April 7
By Beth Accomando
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The new film "Hanna" (opening April 8 in select San Diego theaters) reunites director Joe Wright and his young "Atonement" star Saoirse Ronan for an action film. Listen to my radio feature or read the extended interview.