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Stories for July 11, 2011

Insight: San Diego Will Pay The Price To Keep Its Redevelopment Program

July 11
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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San Diego city leaders say they will continue their redevelopment programs, even though a new law requires 40 percent of the city's redevelopment funds be paid to the state.

Fish Farming Gets Boost Locally From Federal Government

July 11
By Ed Joyce
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The San Diego region figures to get a boost in jobs and seafood production from the federal government.

Saving The Ocean

July 11
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From overfishing to pollution to climate change, the world’s oceans are under siege. But there’s cause for hope. In this new series from the producers of "Scientific American Frontiers," renowned marine biologist and author Carl Safina takes viewers around the globe to spotlight innovations and successes in marine conservation. In Zanzibar, Carl discovers how teachings from the Koran helped save vital fishing grounds. In Belize, he learns how marine reserves are protecting sharks threatened by the global shark fin trade.

Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures: Sea Ghosts

July 11
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In this episode, Jean-Michel Cousteau travels with his team to the high Arctic to determine why some beluga groups are thriving and others are disappearing. There's a clear connection between human activity and the beluga's future. The beluga's world is now ground zero for climate change; what threatens them is not confined to the Arctic - it's global. What lies ahead for the beluga could become prophecy for many species everywhere, including our own.

Measure Aims To Reduce Incidence Of Untested Rape Kits

July 11
By Kenny Goldberg
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Rape kits are used to collect semen, hair, and other physical evidence from survivors of sexual assaults. But law enforcement doesn't test all of the kits. A measure in the state legislature aims to change that.

History Detectives: Civil War Letters; Lindbergh-Sikorsky Fabric; African American Comic Book

July 11
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America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. In this episode: Why did the Civil War soldier behind this letter want to lead an African American unit? If these are really the signatures of Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky, what aircraft did this fabric come from? And, did African American artists create this 1950s comic book, Negro Romance?

Parts of I-5 Closed By Brush Fire

July 11
By City News Service
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Interstate-5 is closed between Interstate 805 and State Route 52 by brush fire.

City Officials Seek Ways To Save Money On Take-Home Vehicles

July 11
By City News Service
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Public-safety officials want to change criteria for take-home city vehicles in order to save money.

Growing San Diego's Urban Forest

July 11
Midday Edition
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San Diego is short nearly 290,000 trees according to U.S. Forest Service recommendations. We speak to a man who's working to improve our urban forest about the benefits of having an abundant tree population. Plus, we'll discuss the main challenges to planting more trees in San Diego.

Violent Video Games: A First Amendment Right For Minors?

July 11
Midday Edition
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On June 9th, the Supreme Court struck down a California law banning minors from buying violent or sexualized video games. Now, children can buy video games that have content with extreme violence without parental consent.

Is The Cost Of The Death Penalty Too High For California?

July 11
Midday Edition
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In a state facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit -- one lawmaker says the cost of capital punishment is too high for Californians.

Insight: San Diegans Need More Trees In The City

July 11
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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An urban forest provides shade. It cools the environment and reduces electricity bills in the summer. But the San Diego urban forest leaves a lot to be desired.

Royals Charm Californians With Casualness, Grace

July 11
Associated Press
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to Britain on Monday after charming Californians ranging from Hollywood household names to inner-city school children with their mix of youthful casualness and graceful glamour.

Fire Damages Gift Shop At San Diego Zoo

July 11
City News Service
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About two dozen firefighters quickly tackled a fire in a large San Diego Zoo gift shop early today, authorities said.

Popularity Of Drones Takes Off For Many Countries

July 11
Jackie Northam, NPR
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As the U.S. begins withdrawing ground troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, it is increasingly depending on unmanned aerial vehicles to track and kill suspected terrorists and other enemies.

Bipartisan Debt Talks To Resume Monday

July 11
Ari Shapiro, NPR
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As the deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling creeps steadily closer, a deal to cut the size of government in exchange for raising that debt limit seems as far away as ever.

Business Fee That Funds Affordable Housing May Double

July 11
By Katie Orr
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A controversial business fee could be increasing in the city of San Diego. The money is used to fund affordable housing.

Team Survives To Swim Another Day

July 11
By Katie Orr
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A competitive swim team in San Diego’s Logan Heights neighborhood is back in the water. A donation from a local foundation is keeping the team afloat after its funding dried up.