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Stories for July 12, 2011

Saving Self Never an Option for Medal of Honor Winner

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry today became only the second living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions taken in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Trash Will Power MCAS Miramar

July 12
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s trash will soon become a source of power for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

CSU Trustees Approve Tuition Hike, SDSU President's $400,000 Salary

July 12
By Kyla Calvert
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Students at California State universities will pay even more in tuition this coming fall. Trustees approved the hike after also approving a controversial compensation package for San Diego State’s new president.

Insight: SoCal Home Prices Head Up In June

July 12
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The housing market in Southern California saw an uptick in June. But while sales and prices improved over the previous month, they were well below the previous year.

Insight: More Talk About Reforming Prop 13

July 12
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The housing crisis may present a good opportunity to reform Prop 13. Also, LA braces for Carmageddon.

Assembly Bans Caffeine-Fueled Alcoholic Drinks

July 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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Caffeine-laced alcoholic beverages may soon be history in California. The state Assembly has joined the state Senate in banning the sale of the drinks.

San Diego Home Sales Better, But Not Recovered

July 12
By Erik Anderson
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Southern California homes sales rose more than expected last month. However, that is not an indication that the housing slump is over.

Is It Time To Move Fish Farming Into Open Waters?

July 12
Midday Edition
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A national fish farming initiative announced in Carlsbad yesterday aims to increase seafood production and create jobs -- but environmentalists are concerned it could affect the ocean's health.

Murder-Suicide, What Are The Warning Signs?

July 12
Midday Edition
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A disturbing trend in San Diego -- four separate families have been involved in murder-suicides. We'll look beyond the tragedy and bring you resources to help potential victims and survivors.

Are Avocados Endangered?

July 12
Midday Edition
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The avocado harvest in Southern California is about half what it was last year. And that may be just as well for farmers, who are finding it increasingly difficult to find enough labor to pick the fruit from the trees.

U.S. Accuses Syrian Government In Embassy Attacks

July 12
Deborah Amos, NPR
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Officials in Washington and Paris say Syrian authorities loyal to President Assad instigated the attacks.

Coast Guard Boat Speed Caused Fatal Crash

July 12
Associated Press
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Federal investigators say dangerous speeds are to blame for a Coast Guard vessel striking a pleasure boat at a holiday parade on San Diego Bay and killing an 8-year-old boy and seriously injuring four others.

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed in Helmand Province

July 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The violence in Helmand province, Afghanistan has taken the life of yet another Camp Pendleton Marine. The Department of Defense reports 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Norberto Mendez Hernandez of Logan, Utah died on July 10th in combat.

Riverside County official Seeks To Split Calif Into 2 States

July 12
Associated Press
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An elected official wants 13 mostly conservative California counties to break away to create a 51st state under a proposal that would have to clear major hurdles to succeed. Republican Jeff Stone suggests calling it the state of South California, short for SOS.

President Karzai's Half-Brother Killed In Afghanistan

July 12
NPR Staff and Wires
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai's powerful half brother, who critics claimed had ties to the drug world as well as U.S. intelligence, was assassinated Tuesday by one of his own bodyguards in the southern Afghanistan.

The Problem With A Slow-Growth Economy

July 12
Jim Zarroli, NPR
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In the United States the recession officially ended two years ago, but in much of the country housing prices are still falling, jobs are hard to come by and growth remains weak.