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Stories for January 18, 2011

Federal Regulators Optimistic California Farms Will Get More Water

Jan. 18, 2011
Associated Press

Federal water regulators say the ample rain and snowfall in California this winter will likely let them boost water supplies for farms and cities higher than last year's amounts.

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DOC MARTIN: Season 5

Jan. 18, 2011
By Jennifer Robinson

In Season 5, Dr. Martin Ellingham deals with the mysterious illnesses and odd events that plague the town including a hub-cap stealing intruder on a local farm, a culinary showdown during the town's "Fun Day," and a resident who may be being slowly poisoned by her son.

A Crash Course For Senior Drivers

Jan. 18, 2011
By Peggy Pico

Doctors at UCSD School of Medicine have teamed up with the California Highway Patrol to help keep older drivers safe behind the wheel.

San Diego-Based Sailor Missing At Sea

Jan. 18, 2011
City News Service

A sailor aboard a San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer was reported missing at sea today in the Gulf of Oman.

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New Lawsuit Filed Challenging Approval Of Sunrise Powerlink

Jan. 18, 2011
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Opponents of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project filed another lawsuit challenging the project. The new legal challenge questions the approval by the U.S. Forest Service and two other federal agencies.

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NOVA scienceNOW: Can We Make It To Mars?

Jan. 18, 2011

Can humans survive a trip to Mars and back that could take two to three years? This episode of "NOVA scienceNOW" examines all of the perils of this journey, including deadly meteoroids, bone and muscle deterioration, and cosmic radiation. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson checks in with scientists who are developing new ways to keep astronauts alive on such a journey.

Crime Novel Tracks Guns Along The Border

Jan. 18, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

T. Jefferson Parker talks about the latest novel in his Charlie Hood series, The Border Lords, a continuing tale of drugs and guns along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

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Nature And Nurture And Who We Hang Out With

Jan. 18, 2011
By Tom Fudge

I’m married to someone who’s an identical twin. And although my wife and her sister are genetic clones they don’t look exactly alike and their tastes and hobbies are different. James Fowler would expect that’s partly because they grew up around different circles of friends.

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Feds Urge Fluoride Levels Be Watered Down

Jan. 18, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

As San Diego waits for water fluoridation, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency re-evaluate how much fluoride is too much fluoride.

Father Joe Discusses Goals Of Project 25 Homeless Plan

Jan. 18, 2011
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego is moving forward with a plan to provide housing and supportive services to 25 of the region's most chronic homeless individuals. We speak to Father Joe Carroll, from St. Vincent De Paul Village, about the goals of the project and the challenges that local homeless are dealing with nowadays.

CA Parks Officials Prepare Closure List

Jan. 18, 2011
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

One of the many areas of government facing cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal is the state parks system. The latest round of reductions would mean closures.

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U.S., China Leaders To Focus On Economic Frictions

Jan. 18, 2011
John Ydstie, NPR

The relationship between China and the U.S. seems to grow more complicated every day, whether the issue is China's growing military might or how to handle North Korea. But there are prickly and persistent economic issues the two leaders will have to navigate, too.

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Escondido May Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over Checkpoints

Jan. 18, 2011
By Ruxandra Guidi

Amid ongoing controversy over its driver's license checkpoints, an Escondido man is suing the city, saying the stops violate state law.

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County Targets Mental Illness Myths

Jan. 18, 2011
By Peggy Pico

The recent shooting in Tucson has drawn attention to mental illness. But data from the National Institute of Mental Health finds violence is not typical for people with severe mental illness.

State Cuts Affect Veterans' Access To Federal Benefits

Jan. 18, 2011
By Alison St John

California Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to eliminate funding for a program his predecessor created last year: the “Welcome Home” program to help new veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The money at stake in the state budget is about $10 million. But according to veterans’ advocates, the implications for individual veterans and the local economy is much greater.