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Stories for August 30, 2011

Bill to ban BPA in Baby Bottles Passes California Senate

Aug. 30
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

California is a step closer to banning the chemical known as BPA in some baby products.

Border Patrol Agent Involved In Crash On Route 78

Aug. 30
City News Service

A Border Patrol agent was airlifted to a hospital this afternoon after his vehicle struck a truck containing a mother and her three children, who were unhurt, authorities said.

United Nations Report Critical of Water Quality in California

Aug. 30
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

A new United Nations report is critical of California. The report states the goal of universal access to clean water has “yet to be attained” in parts of the San Joaquin Valley.

Governor Brown: Taxes and STD's

Aug. 30
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

What do taxes and STD’s have in common? California Governor Jerry Brown compared the two at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas Tuesday.

Bill Prompted By San Bruno Explosion Passes Assembly

Aug. 30
Julie Small, KPCC

The California Assembly has unanimously passed a bill that requires utilities to install automatic shutoff valves on natural gas pipelines.

Jobless San Diegans Attend Boot Camp

Aug. 30
By Dwane Brown

With an unemployment rate of 10 percent, San Diegans turnout for job fair at USD

Fire Restrictions Change For Cleveland National Forest

Aug. 30
By Katie Orr

The Cleveland National Forest is simplifying its fire restrictions as wildfire season approaches.

Multiple Fires Burn 10 Acres Near I-8

Aug. 30
City News Service

Four separate brush fires burned a total of about 10 acres near Interstate 8 today, authorities said.

San Diego County Economy Remains Sluggish

Aug. 30
By Ed Joyce

An economic index for San Diego County increased slightly last month, but the indicators continue to reflect a sluggish economy.

Mama's Kitchen Has New Home

Aug. 30
By Dwane Brown, Nicholas McVicker
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Mama's Kitchen expands its service delivering free meals to AIDS and cancer patients in San Diego County.

What Goes In To The Decision To Evacuate?

Aug. 30
Midday Edition
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San Diegans will remember October 2007, when half a million people were evacuated during the devastating Witch Fire. We'll talk about what goes into a decision to evacuate, what are the downsides of a mass evacuation and what we should all have in our emergency kits at home.

Urban Farming - What Are Your Rights?

Aug. 30
Midday Edition
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Our series on urban farming continues with an exploration of the legal problems that can crop up when backyards and vacant lots are turned into farmland. San Diego has struggled with questions about raising chickens, keeping bees and whose land is it anyway?

Creative Partnerships

Aug. 30
Midday Edition
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The San Diego REP's production of "Tommy" just closed but it showcased a partnership with the San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts that might be a model for other schools wanting to keep a strong arts component in education.

San Dieguito Academy Opens New Performing Arts Center

Aug. 30
By Alison St John

In spite of painful school budget cuts, one North County high school is opening a new multi-million dollar Performing Arts Center. The investment is expected to pay off in the classroom.

Prince Harry to Train At El Centro Naval Base

Aug. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: After months of speculation, the British Ministry of Defence (that’s how they spell it there) has confirmed Prince Harry is headed to Southern California for helicopter training.

Costs Of Irene Add Up As FEMA Runs Out Of Cash

Aug. 30
Brian Naylor, NPR
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The cost of Hurricane Irene is likely to add up to several billion dollars. That means tough choices for FEMA, which has had to deal with a string of natural disasters this year.

Shoppers Boost Business At San Diego's Thrift Stores

Aug. 30
Evening Edition
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The weak economy continues to flatten hopes for better sales at retail giants, but the slow economy isn’t squeezing all the life out of the retail sector as second-hand stores are finding ways to thrive.

New Immigration Measures Neither Amnesty Nor Path To Work Permits

Aug. 30
By Ruxandra Guidi
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A major recent announcement by the Obama administration has raised the hopes of many undocumented immigrants. But some lawyers say it's still too early to tell if optimism is warranted.