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Stories for July 7, 2011

Bill Would Let Insurance Commissioner Reject Health Insurance Hikes

July 7
Sasha Doppelt

Dave Jones, the State Insurance Commissioner, is sponsoring a bill that will allow him to reject excessive health insurance rate increases.

Caltrans Choses Expansion Plan For Interstate Five

July 7
By Alison St John

Caltrans has decided to add four lanes rather than six to expand I-5 through San Diego’s North County. The plan chosen also includes improvements to the Coaster rail line.

Marine Killed In Camp Pendleton Crash Identified

July 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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A television station in New York is identifying the Marine killed in yesterday’s helicopter crash on Camp Pendleton as Sgt. Trevor Cook of Lyndonville, New York.

Fisherman Describes Harrowing Rescue In Sea Of Cortez

July 7
By Susan Murphy
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A San Diego-area fisherman and his father are being hailed as heroes for saving the lives of nearly a dozen people on Sunday after a chartered fishing boat capsized in the Sea of Cortez.

Deaths Due To Illegal And Prescription Drugs Rise

July 7
By Kenny Goldberg

Deaths from car crashes were down in San Diego last year, but fatalities linked to prescription and illegal drugs were up. The County Medical Examiner's 2010 report lists the leading causes of non-natural deaths.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple VI: The Pale Horse

July 7
Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple VI: The Pale Horse Tease photo

With a gentle smile and a probing mind, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple often finds herself at the center of trouble — a witness to betrayals, poisonings and all manner of mayhem. Knitting needles in hand and a cup of tea always at the ready, Marple quietly earns confidence while uncovering secrets and exposing killers. In "The Pale Horse," Miss Marple seeks justice, armed with little more than a mysterious list of names sent by an old friend only moments before he was murdered. JJ Feild ("Northanger Abbey") guest stars.

Arellano Felix Drug Cartel Member Pleads Guilty

July 7
By Ruxandra Guidi

A man who helped Tijuana's Arellano-Felix cartel bring in tons of cocaine into the U.S. has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges.

2010 Death Stats Show Disturbing Trends

July 7
Midday Edition
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What lessons can be learned from the County Medical Examiner's Annual Report? We speak to the Deputy Medical Examiner about the most common causes of death in San Diego County.

Insight: Drive A Car. Plant A Tree.

July 7
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The San Diego Urban Tree Club is trying to fight global warming and make our fair city a little more shady.

Events: Kettner Nights, A Cheese Class, And A Hemp Festival

July 7
Midday Edition
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Neighborhood art festivals, classes on wine and cheese, and a hemp festival offer San Diegans plenty of options for this weekend.

Spanish Masters At San Diego Museum Of Art

July 7
Midday Edition
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Dalí, Picasso, Miró, El Greco, Goya. These are just a handful of the artists represented in the new SDMA exhibit "El Greco to Dali." The exhibit showcases over 60 works from one of the top private art collections in the world and offers a look at Spanish art from the 17th century through the 1950s. We'll talk with museum curator John Marciari.

Yosemite Cracks Down On Campsite Scalpers

July 7
Brandon Rittiman, NPR
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Park rangers say scalpers are snatching up campsite reservations and selling them for as much as six times their face value, robbing visitors of their chance at a cheap night's stay.

Up To 220,000 California Kids Could Be Left Uninsured Under Health Reform

July 7
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new report from UCLA says restrictions on eligibility will leave up to 220,000 California children out of health reform.

SDG&E Customers Could End Up Paying For Uninsured Wildfire Losses

July 7
By Amita Sharma
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Electricity users in California may be getting into the fire-insurance business soon. Private negotiations are under way for ratepayers to cover wildfire costs that insurance companies refuse to insure.

Safe Sex Messages Seem To Be Falling Short

July 7
By Kenny Goldberg
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It's been the HIV prevention message for decades: just practice safe sex. But there's evidence that message isn't getting over, especially with young gay men.