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Stories for December 30, 2011

New Laws Reach Into State's Classrooms

Dec. 30
By Kyla Calvert

About 750 new state laws impacting everything from child car seats to tanning salons go into effect January 1st.

Police Target Drunk Drivers During Holiday Weekend

Dec. 30
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Checkpoints are quickly becoming a new tradition as police crack down on drunk drivers during New Year's Eve. But there are several alternatives to get home safely this holiday weekend.

Roundtable: Redevelopment Ruling Plus Wrap-ups on Education, Public Safety, Media

Dec. 30
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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We look at the state Supreme Court's ruling on redevelopment agencies and wrap-up the year's top stories in education (SDUSD's budget woes); public safety (SDPD's bad apples) and media (the UT sale).

#1 Dog Won't Leave Fallen Navy SEAL's Side (Video)

Dec. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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#1 Dog Won’t Leave Fallen Navy SEAL’s Side (Video)

State Child Care Cuts Force Hard Choice On Parents

Dec. 30
AMY TAXIN, Associated Press

For years, child care assistance programs offered low-income parents a lifeline. But state legislatures dealing with multibillion dollar budget deficits during the recession have been targeting child care subsidies as one way to help balance their state budgets.

Biologists: Lone Gray Wolf Crosses Into California

Dec. 30
Associated Press

A lone gray wolf has wandered across the Oregon border into California in what wildlife officials hailed Thursday as the historic return of a species not seen in the state in more than 80 years.

Synthetic Drug a Problem for US Military

Dec. 30
Julie Watson, Associated Press
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U.S. troops are increasingly using an easy-to-get herbal mix called "Spice," which mimics a marijuana high and can bring on hallucinations that last for days.

Romney, Paul Are 1 And 2 In Another Iowa Poll, Santorum Rising

Dec. 30
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With just one holiday weekend between now and Tuesday's Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, there's another poll signalling that it could be a close battle.

Fire Burns Jehovah's Witnesses Church In University Heights

Dec. 30
City News Service

A fire broke out at a church in University Heights today for the second time in 10 days, and arson was suspected, authorities said.

Redevelopment Ruling May Not Be End Of the Story

Dec. 30
By Alison St John

The State Supreme Court’s ruling suggests the end of redevelopment as we know it. But it may not be the end of the story.