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Stories for August 17, 2011

Adult Day Health Care Hearing Draws Crowd

Aug. 17, 2011
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

A California Assembly member is trying to salvage a program that provides day care and health services for about 35,000 frail adults.

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Bipartisan Bill Would Change Parole System

Aug. 17, 2011
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

The Jaycee Dugard case has inspired bi-partisan legislation that would change the way the state paroles some prisoners.

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Officials Investigating Strong Odor Around San Diego County

Aug. 17, 2011
City News Service

Dozens of people reported getting wind of a noxious chemical-type odor in numerous San Diego neighborhoods today, sending firefighters through the city in a fruitless search for the source of the stench.

Clean Energy Backers Want Utility Fees Extended

Aug. 17, 2011
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A coalition of California clean energy companies is calling on lawmakers to renew two utility fees set to expire at the end of the year. Those fees are one percent on your electricity bill and 0.7 percent on your natural gas bill.

Many Californians Confused And Uncertain About Health Reform

Aug. 17, 2011
By Kenny Goldberg

Health reform is supposed to greatly expand the Medi-Cal program in 2014. But a new report shows a lot of people who will be eligible for the coverage don't know it.

Crosses On Public Property Near Julian Find New Home

Aug. 17, 2011
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A possible solution has been found to a controversial plan by Caltrans to remove three crosses on state Route 79 near Julian.

Lawmakers Bracing for Busy End to Legislative Session

Aug. 17, 2011
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg said he plans to focus on boosting the state’s struggling economy during the legislative session's last few weeks. But Republicans think the Democrats will also have to do some budget cleanup.

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Los Angeles Mayor Wants To Overhaul Prop. 13

Aug. 17, 2011
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is calling for an overhaul to a California law that’s often seen as untouchable: Proposition 13, which limits property taxes.

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Child Drownings Up In San Diego County

Aug. 17, 2011
City News Service

County officials today reminded parents and other adults to keep a close eye on children as summer draws to a close, because the number of accidental drownings is up over last year in San Diego County.

Rent Control At Stake In Oceanside

Aug. 17, 2011
By Alison St John

Oceanside city council meeting is likely to be packed with people tonight, as the city council makes a decision on rent control. Thousands of residents have signed a petition to save some of the region’s most affordable housing.

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SD Mayor Tours NFL Stadiums As LA Looms Large

Aug. 17, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders leaves today on a tour of NFL stadiums around the country to gather ideas for building a new Chargers stadium downtown. At the same time, plans for building an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles are becoming more concrete. Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani will answer questions about the team's future in San Diego.

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What Can Riders Do To Stay Safe On Two Wheels?

Aug. 17, 2011
By Hilary Andrews, Maureen Cavanaugh

As gas prices rise, more people are turning to motorcycles and scooters as an economical mode of transportation.

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Study: Child Poverty Up In 38 States In Past Decade

Aug. 17, 2011
NPR Staff And Wires

Nearly 15 million children, or 20 percent of America's juvenile population, were living in poverty in 2009, according to a child welfare study released Wednesday.

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Endangered Frogs Die In Calif Zoo's Breeding Tanks

Aug. 17, 2011

Biologists are puzzled by the mysterious deaths of 104 endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs in breeding tanks at a California zoo.

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Kahn Steps Down From History Center

Aug. 17, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Executive Director David Kahn is leaving the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park after three years. He's being praised for the professional expertise he brought to the job, his fund raising abilities and for renewed interest in the venerable Historical Society. But his tenure also saw the worst of the recession, and tight budgets.

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Obama To Lay Out New Jobs Plan In Sept. Speech

Aug. 17, 2011
BEN FELLER , Associated Press

Seeking to jolt the economy, President Barack Obama will propose new ideas to create jobs and help the struggling poor and middle class.

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Mexican Marine Reserve Is 'World's Most Robust'

Aug. 17, 2011
By Marissa Cabrera

There's Cabo San Lucas, the popular tourist destination, and then about 80 miles east there's Cabo Pulmo. That's where scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography discovered the unexpected.

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Texas Job Growth Trend Stretches Back For Decades

Aug. 17, 2011
Wade Goodwyn, NPR

As Gov. Rick Perry of Texas campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, he's promoting his record in his home state, which has created more than 265,000 jobs in the past two years.

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Rants and Raves: Filmgoers Talk About 3-D

Aug. 17, 2011
By Beth Accomando

A pair of 3-D films opened over the weekend. This Friday "Conan the Barbarian" and "Fright Night" will both open in 3-D. Here's a look back at how 3-D started and how San Diegans are reacting to the latest 3-D technology.

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Local Somali Youth Take Lead In Fundraising For Famine Victims

Aug. 17, 2011
By Amita Sharma

Wrenching images of the famine in Somalia, haunting memories of their own and a hope their efforts might lead to a more stable future keep the bright-eyed youth determined to help their motherland.