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Stories for June 14, 2011

School Board Delays Budget Decisions

June 14
By Kyla Calvert

Uncertainty over how Sacramento lawmakers will close the state’s nearly $9.6 billion shortfall have postposed budget decisions for San Diego city schools.

Solve The State's Budget Woes

June 14
By Erik Anderson
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California residents can take a crack at the tough budget choices facing state lawmakers by dialing in the on line budget challenge.

Fire Season In U.S. Already One For The Record Books

June 14
By Ed Joyce
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The National Interagency Fire Center predicts a normal wild-land fire season for Southern California from July through September.

Judge: Ruling on Prop. 8 By Gay Judge Will Stand

June 14
Lisa Leff, AP
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Court finds Judge Vaughn Walker did not have to divulge whether he wanted to marry his own gay partner before he declared last year that voter-approved Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.

Garden Project Allows Crawford Students To Grow

June 14
By Megan Burke and Brian Meyers, Media Arts Center of San Diego

Students from San Diego's Crawford High School are cultivating healthier food choices and learning about different cultures.

How Do You Handle An Elephant?

June 14
Midday Edition
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Animal rights activists picketed the San Diego County Fair last weekend over allegations of abuse by a Riverside County company selling elephant rides to fair patrons. We'll find out about the standards for management and care of elephants in captivity.

Governor Willing To Consider Budget With One-Time Solutions

June 14
Midday Edition
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The California Legislature is closing in on its deadline to pass a state budget. If lawmakers don't pass a budget by Wednesday, they will forfeit their pay. With the deadline looming, Governor Jerry Brown is softening his stance on the budget by saying he'll consider a proposal that includes accounting gimmicks and one-time solutions. We speak to John Myers from "The California Report" about the latest on the budget negotiations in Sacramento.

North County: A Landfill, Mobile Homes, & A Madonna On A Surfboard

June 14
Midday Edition

There's been a surprising about-face on the 20-year old effort to build a landfill in Gregory Canyon; Mobile-home owners in Oceanside are predicting the worst about a move to eliminate rent control; and we have more on the Surfing Madonna.

Former Tijuana Mayor Ordered Released From Prison

June 14
Associated Press

A federal judge ordered the release of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon early Tuesday, saying officials lacked evidence to charge him with illegal weapons possession after a military raid on his house.

Controlled Burn Planned For Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

June 14
City News Service

Plumes of smoke will be visible over the East County highlands today and Wednesday as state firefighting crews conduct controlled burns at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, officials said.

Full Steam Ahead For China's Rail Links Abroad?

June 14
Anthony Kuhn, NPR
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China has ambitious plans for expanding high-speed rail systems throughout Southeast Asia and to Europe. And though Beijing is offering to foot much of the bill, negotiating the politics of building the rail links is tricky.

Qualcomm And X-Prize Diagnose Medical Device's Future

June 14
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego wireless giant Qualcomm hopes the vision of the future seen by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry helps spark a medical innovation. The local company is sponsoring a competition to create a working tricorder.

Redistricting Committee Votes On Alternative Maps

June 14
By Alison St John
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All five San Diego County Supervisors are white Republicans. The proposed new district lines don’t suggest that will change any time soon.