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Stories for August 10, 2011

Brick Thrown Through Window Of Local Labor Leader's Home

Aug. 10
By Katie Orr

San Diego police are investigating a possible case of vandalism against a high-profile labor leader.

Advocates Fear More Cuts to In-Home Support Services

Aug. 10
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

State revenues came in half a billion dollars below projections last month. If the trend continues, that could trigger new cuts that include a 20 percent reduction to in-home support hours for the low-income elderly and disabled.

Harry Reid Backs Calif. High-Speed Rail Project

Aug. 10
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says California should stick to its ambitious high-speed rail project – even though the price continues to jump

Billy McLaughlin: Flip Side

Aug. 10
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After performing thousands of concerts across the country, Billy McLaughlin was diagnosed with focal dystonia in his left hand. It is a neurological disorder that makes the muscles contract uncontrollably. And for most musicians, it is a career-ending diagnosis. But, Billy made the bold decision to have his guitars flipped over to the other side and he learned to play all over again - using his other hand. “Billy McLaughlin: Flip Side” is a combination of concert footage of McLaughlin performing and the story of how he overcame focal dystonia to learn to play the guitar again.

Southern California Grocery Workers Plan Another Strike Vote

Aug. 10
By Erik Anderson
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A new health care proposal from the region's three largest grocery chains wasn't received well by union negotiators this week. The new proposal comes as union leaders prepare to ask their members to authorize a strike, again.

San Diego Above And Beyond

Aug. 10
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Buckle up and go on a virtual flight over America’s Finest City as KPBS presents “San Diego Above and Beyond.” This new program features spectacular aerial footage from the oceans to the desert and downtown to the mountains. Shot entirely in high definition by expert aerial videographers, viewers are sure to get a glimpse of San Diego like never before. Soar above San Diego’s most treasured destinations like Cabrillo National Monument, the Hotel Del Coronado, La Jolla, Balboa Park, Del Mar, Palomar Observatory, Julian, and Mt. Helix, to name a few.

Unchecked Asthma Linked To Premature Births

Aug. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

New research reveals a link between under-controlled asthma and pre-term births. Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting pregnant women.

Catching Fish For The Hungry

Aug. 10
By Marissa Cabrera
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San Diego charities teamed up to feed the hungry. Only this time, they jumped on a boat to do it.

Dow Plunges 519 Points On Economy, Europe Worries

Aug. 10
Associated Press
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Stocks plummeted at the close of trading as investors' attention returned to the weak economy and Europe's debt problems.

San Diego County's Allotment of Free Flu Vaccine Cut In Half

Aug. 10
By Susan Murphy
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Free flu vaccine for low-income adults in San Diego County was cut in half due to state budget cuts, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.

New San Diego Lifeguard Station Gets State Approval

Aug. 10
By Ed Joyce
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A state agency has approved plans for a new lifeguard tower and station at a popular San Diego beach.

San Diego Breweries Toast To New Tasting Ordinance

Aug. 10
Midday Edition
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California's governor just signed a bill that relaxes regulations on San Diego's brewery tasting rooms. Will this change the brew landscape in San Diego?

From Solider To Civilian With Help From Local Business

Aug. 10
Midday Edition
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A San Diego business is offering a unique program helping active military soldiers transition to civilian life -- and earn a paycheck.

Tragedy Strikes San Diego Police Department

Aug. 10
Midday Edition
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San Diego Police are dealing with recent deaths in their department -- we hear from an Assistant Chief on how they're coping.

Debt Downgrade: A Spark For Political Compromise?

Aug. 10
Andrea Seabrook, NPR
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With Congress on its August recess, party leaders are lying low while they gather their rank-and-file and make plans for what's next.

San Diego Farmers' Market Tops Food Stamp Collection Rate

Aug. 10
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Public health officials say fresh food availability will be key in reversing rising obesity and diabetes rates in the Southwest. In San Diego, one market is already showing the way.

Tijuana Clinic Trains New Generation Of Border Doctors

Aug. 10
By Kenny Goldberg
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UCSD medical students don't have far to go to get some real world experience in global health. A new free clinic is operating in Tijuana that's staffed by students from both sides of the border.