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Stories for March 14, 2011

Crisis Deepens At Japanese Nuclear Power Plant

March 14
NPR Staff and Wires
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said in a televised national address that there is a high risk of more radioactivity leaking from overheating nuclear rods at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Insight: Editing The Schiller Tape

March 14
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The guy who caught NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller making disparaging remarks about Republicans, and other people he didn't like, has released the full video tape his henchmen surreptitiously made.

'Bomb House' Suspect Pleads Guilty

March 14
City News Service
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A man who manufactured bombs and stored large amounts of explosives in his rented North County home, which had to be destroyed, pleaded guilty today to federal charges that could bring him as many as three decades behind bars.

Explosion Heard At No. 2 Reactor At Fukushimi Daiichi Nuclear Power Reactor

March 14
Associated Press
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Japan's nuclear safety agency says an explosion has been heard at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Japanese Nuclear Crisis: Could It Happen Here?

March 14
By Ed Joyce
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As the Japanese try to stave off a nuclear catastrophe, many San Diegans wonder about the risk at the nuclear power plant in San Onofre.

Insight: When Burghers Try To Be Bauers

March 14
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I come from farm country but I've never lived on a farm. So why would I want to grow vegetables and raise chickens when I could buy all that stuff at the supermarket?

Little Danger To The U.S. From Radioactive Particles

March 14
By Kenny Goldberg
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Experts say radiation exposure from the stricken nuclear power plants in Japan is a concern. But so far, they don't think people living in the United States are at risk.

Partial Nuclear Meltdowns Are Suspected At Japan Power Plant

March 14
NPR Staff and Wires
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Concerns about the stability of nuclear reactors at a power plant in Fukushima, Japan, grew Monday, with officials stating that the nuclear fuel rods inside three reactors appeared to be melting.

Creating An Edible Garden

March 14
These Days
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The farm-to-table craze is the most popular trend in restaurants right now. But, how about the "backyard garden-to-table?" This month, we combine our Food and Garden programs and bring you two experts on growing your food and eating it, too.

USS Ronald Reagan Commanding Officer Speaks Out on Crew Radiation Exposure

March 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: I know a lot of you out there have loved ones on the USS Ronald Reagan, and you’re probably a little freaked out about the news that some members of the crew were exposed to radiation as they flew off the Japan coast. Well, the commanding officer of the Reagan has written a letter of reassurance on Facebook.

Local Connections To Earthquake & Tsunami In Japan

March 14
These Days
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What can San Diegans do to help the victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan? And, what challenges has the local Japanese community faced as it tries to contact family and friends back home? We speak to the president of UC San Diego's Japanese Student Association, the director of disaster services for the local Red Cross, and KPBS Science and Technology Reporter Peggy Pico.

What Will Be Aztecs Biggest Challenge In NCAA Tournament?

March 14
These Days
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Could this be the year SDSU wins its first NCAA Tournament game? And, what are the chances this year's Aztecs could make it deep into the tournament? We speak to sports reporter Mark Zeigler about the Aztecs first round matchup against Northern Colorado, and the big challenges SDSU will face in the West Region.

When Will State Legislature Vote On Budget/Special Election Package?

March 14
These Days
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Why did Governor Jerry Brown ask the state legislature to postpone its vote on his spending plan, and his proposal for a June special election? And, what are the main areas of disagreement between the governor and Republicans in the state senate? We get the latest details on the budget talks from John Myers with "The California Report."

Japan Nuclear Plant Hit By Second Blast

March 14
Jon Hamilton, NPR
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Monday's explosion blew the roof off a structure built around reactor No. 3 at the plant in Fukushima, similar to a blast Saturday at reactor No. 1. But officials said it did not harm the reactor itself or its so-called containment vessel.

Census To Change Electoral Lines

March 14
By Alison St John
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Analysts are crunching number to see how the new census data that came out last week could affect electoral districts in the future.

Japan In Race To Avert Nuclear Disaster

March 14
NPR Staff and Wires
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Officials say a hydrogen explosion occurred Monday at Unit 3 of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, similar to an earlier one at a different unit of the facility. The trouble started after Friday's quake knocked out power and the tsunami damaged backup generators needed to power cooling systems.

SDSU Helped Baja California Authorities Gauge Tsunami Response

March 14
By Amy Isackson
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A quilt of images and information knitted together by San Diego State University geologists helped Baja California authorities prepare for the tsunami generated by the earthquake in Japan.