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Stories for June 8, 2011

California Pipe That Blew Had Prior Leak

June 8
Associated Press
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Nearly nine months after federal investigators began probing a deadly pipeline explosion near San Francisco, a California utility Pacific Gas & Electric quietly revealed its ruptured line had sprung a leak in a spot a few miles away years before.

Alleged Mismanagement Could Close Charter School

June 8
By Kyla Calvert
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Accusations of fiscal mismanagement and legal violations could shut down a southeast San Diego charter school.

Coalition Calls For Second Latino City Council District

June 8
By Andrés Barraza
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In the wake of the 2010 Census, the growth in San Diego's Latino community has resulted in a call for a second Latino-majority City Council district.

Central Valley Gang Crackdown Results In 100 Arrests

June 8
By California Capitol Network
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris has announced more than 100 arrests as the culmination of an anti-gang operation in the Central Valley.

Policyholders Say 'Ho Hum' To Blue Shield's Rate Cuts

June 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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Skeptical policyholders are dismissing Blue Shield of California's decision to cut premiums this fall. Blue Shield insists it wants to make coverage more affordable, by cutting rates beginning in October.

UCSD Project Reduces Polluted Runoff To La Jolla Beach

June 8
By Ed Joyce
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Surfers at a popular beach in La Jolla are enjoying cleaner water. A recently completed UC San Diego project is now capturing harmful pollutants before they reach the beach near the school.

Insight: Google Maps Tell You When The Bus Is Coming

June 8
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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San Diego's Metropolitan Transit Service is partnering with Google Maps to tell bus riders when their late bus is actually going to arrive.

Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution

June 8
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"Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution" is a one-hour special hosted by award-winning author and back pain expert Esther Gokhale, L.Ac. Gokhale’s warm and intelligent manner, along with her simple step-by-step instructions, guides viewers to natural ways of sitting, standing, bending and walking. Gokhale has helped people of all ages and walks of life, including manual laborers, home makers and CEOs, with astounding results.

San Diego Unified Board Asks Teachers To Postpone Raises

June 8
Midday Edition
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The San Diego Unified School District Board wants to postpone raises that were planned for district employees in 2012. We speak to the vice president of the school board about the motivation behind that proposal, and the district's plan to reduce busing over the next five years.

Stephen Weber Looks Back On 15 Years As President Of SDSU

June 8
Midday Edition
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How has San Diego State University changed over the last 15 years? We speak to outgoing SDSU President Stephen Weber about his time at the university. Weber discusses the major challenges he faced when he took the helm in 1996, the accomplishments he's most proud of, and where SDSU is heading in the future.

California Could Face Lawsuit Over Inequities In School Funding

June 8
Midday Edition
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An investigation by KPBS and the nonprofit reporting group, Watchdog Institute, has found inequities in the amount spent per-pupil by public school districts around the state. California's schools chief says if the funding situation isn't fixed, it may end up in court. KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon joins us to discuss the story.

Younger Next Year: The New Science Of Aging

June 8
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The "Younger Next Year" books, co-authored by Dr. Henry Lodge and Chris Crowley, have been a dramatic success, selling well over a million copies in 16 languages. The reasons are simple. Dr. Lodge has illuminated the new science of aging: that everyone – no matter how old – can take control of his or her biology and reverse the process of aging. Crowley, having adhered to the books’ tenets, is vital proof.

Opry Memories

June 8
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"Opry Memories" will take you back to the golden era of country music. Join host John Schneider from the Grand Ole Opry House as he brings you stars like Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Loretta Lynn performing their biggest hits in the prime of their careers.

Video of USS Carl Vinson’s Visit to Hawaii

June 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: The more than 5,000 members of the USS Carl Vinson crew are enjoying some much deserved R and R in Honolulu, Hawaii today. The San Diego-based Vinson reached Pearl Harbor yesterday – its first stop on American soil in more than six months.

Ex-Tijuana Mayor Charged With Having Illegal Guns

June 8
Associated Press
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Mexican federal prosecutors said Wednesday they have charged a flamboyant former Tijuana mayor with illegal weapons possession.

Crews Try To Keep Flames From Reaching Ariz. Towns

June 8
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Officials are hoping their efforts overnight will keep a mammoth forest fire from cresting a ridge and racing into two eastern Arizona towns.

Few Turn Out For San Diego County Budget Hearings

June 8
By Alison St John
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San Diego County is so financially healthy it is paying for new capital projects with cash. But the social safety net the county provides for people who have fallen on hard times is wearing thin.

State School Chief Says Unequal Funding Could Lead To Lawsuit

June 8
By Joanne Faryon and Kevin Crowe, Watchdog Institute
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We all know that a part of our tax bill goes to pay for local schools. But when KPBS and the Watchdog Institute started to ask questions about how the money is actually distributed, we found out it's nearly impossible to follow the money trail.