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Stories for June 13, 2011

Governor Keeps Tax Pressure on GOP

June 13
By California Capitol Network
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Governor Jerry Brown is keeping the pressure on Republicans to vote for a budget deal that includes taxes. The Democratic Governor held a press conference Monday with leaders from education, public safety and other groups.

Two More Camp Pendleton Marines Killed in Afghanistan – One from Poway

June 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Lance Cpl. Jason D. Hill of Poway, California was killed in Afghanistan on June 11, according to the Department of Defense. The DoD reports Hill, just 20-years-old, was based out of Camp Pendleton, and was with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

Insight: Getting Your Neighborhood Underground

June 13
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Putting city power lines underground has been going on in San Diego since 1970, and it won't be finished for another 25 years.

They Came To Play

June 13
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"They Came to Play" is an uplifting documentary chronicling the passion, pressure and potential surrounding the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation - a prestigious event which reunites 75 of the world's best amateur pianists with their dreams, if only for a brief time. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to classically-trained, aged 35 to almost 80, convene in Fort Worth, Texas for a week of intense competition, music and camaraderie.

Do's And Don'ts For Your Summer Vegetable Garden

June 13
Midday Edition
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Garden expert Nan Sterman talks about summer vegetable gardening. What works in other parts of the country doesn't always work in San Diego gardens. Find out how to plant and nuture your favorite vegetables.

Insight: San Diego Home Prices Are Down… Again

June 13
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The housing market was still searching for the bottom last month when home prices in Southern California were down an average of 8.2 percent from the previous year.

Surfing Madonna Artist Makes Waves in Encinitas

June 13
Midday Edition
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The mystery of who constructed the Surfing Madonna mosaic has been solved. Surfer and art lover, Mark Patterson considered his artwork of Lady Guadalupe as a gift to Encinitas, giving the message to "save the ocean." Many citizens in Encinitas think the surfing Madonna is a positive addition to the community, while others think it should be removed.

Changes Coming To State, County Voting Districts

June 13
Midday Edition
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Redistricting could change the political landscape in San Diego County and throughout California. We speak to Senior Metro Reporter Alison St. John about how the state's legislative districts could change in the future, and why the county's redistricting process is different from the way the state now draws its districts.

Heart With No Beat Offers Hope Of New Lease On Life

June 13
Carrie Feibel, NPR
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The search for the perfect artificial heart seems never-ending. After decades of trial and error, surgeons remain stymied in their quest for a machine that does not wear out, break down or cause clots and infections.

Gov. Jerry Brown Gives Budget Update In Youtube Video

June 13
Associated Press
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Gov. Jerry Brown called Sunday for regulatory, pension and spending reforms, on top of his previous proposals for balancing the state budget, as he struggled to attract Republican votes before this week's budget deadline.

Escondido 'Bomb House' Defendant Gets 30 Years

June 13
By City News Service and City News Service
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A man who manufactured bombs and stored large amounts of explosives in his rented home in North County, which had to be destroyed, was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison.

Is Obama's Bet On Green Jobs Risky?

June 13
Ari Shapiro, NPR
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Critics doubt that the White House can see into the future or prevent such jobs from going overseas.

A Long, Unlikely Road to Stanford

June 13
By Kyla Calvert
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Thousands of San Diego Unified high school seniors will graduate around the city today. One grad's walk across the stage is part of a long journey from a refugee camp to Stanford University.

Maps Of California's New Voting Districts Released

June 13
By KPBS
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A panel of 14 citizens on Friday released its maps of new voting districts in California.