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Stories for March 22, 2011

Border Patrol Detains 13 Marine Impersonators

March 22
By Amy Isackson

The Border Patrol in San Diego detained two U.S. citizens and 13 undocumented immigrants all wearing U.S. Marine uniforms and riding in a white van with altered U.S.-government license plates.

Shark Finning Bill Passes In Committee

March 22
California Capitol Network

A bill to ban the sale or possession of shark fins sailed through a legislative committee Tuesday.

Bill Aims To Punish Smugglers Of Cell Phones To Prisoners

March 22
California Capitol Network
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A bill that would punish people who smuggle cell phones in to prisoners has passed its first test in the California legislature.

San Diego County Crowns A New Spelling Bee Champ

March 22
By Ana Tintocalis
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There is a new spelling bee champ in San Diego County. The 7th grader hails from Francis Parker School in San Diego. She studied more than 20,000 words for the big match.

No Tans For Teens

March 22
By Peggy Pico
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Teens should be banned from using indoor tanning beds. That’s according to the latest research from San Diego State University.

Stanford Students Break The Mold Of Traditional Spring Break

March 22
By Katie Orr

A group of Stanford students on spring break will be roaming the streets of San Diego tonight. And the group has just one thing on its mind.

Weary Japanese Evacuees Wait For Information

March 22
Doualy Xaykaothao, NPR
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The city of Aizuwakamatsu sits in a basin about 60 miles west of Japan's severely crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The city is surrounded by snowy mountains and is known locally for its samurai traditions and ancient castle. And now, it's home to about 5,000 evacuees.

CSU To Reduce Enrollment Because Of Funding Cuts

March 22
Associated Press

California State University is planning to reduce enrollment by more than 10,000 students to cope with anticipated cuts in state funding.

Coast Guard Crew Member Acquitted Of Manslaughter

March 22
Associated Press

The driver of a Coast Guard vessel involved in a fatal collision on San Diego Bay has been acquitted of involuntary manslaughter but has been found guilty of a lesser charge.

Legislature Urged To Act Quickly On Tax Vote

March 22
Associated Press

County elections officials say the Legislature should act by the end of this week to hold a June 21 special election asking voters to extend temporary tax hikes.

Construction To Begin On Downtown Street

March 22
City News Service

Work will begin tomorrow to convert G Street to a one-way road along its entire length in downtown San Diego, according to the Centre City Development Corp.

Electrical Problem Closes El Cajon Courthouse

March 22
City News Service

The El Cajon courthouse was closed unexpectedly today following an early-morning electrical problem that caused the building to lose power and phone service.

New Poll Reveals Approval Ratings Of Brown And State Legislature

March 22
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California Gov. Jerry Brown has some fairly strong support from voters so far at his two-month mark in office. But the legislature’s approval rating remains down in the dumps.

Green Program Halted By Judge, Alternatives Needed

March 22
Associated Press

A judge has temporarily halted California's ambitious program to provide financial incentives for the state's largest polluters to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Insight: The Questionable History Of Japan's Power Company

March 22
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Management of the Japanese nuclear plant, which has faced possible meltdown following the earthquake, may be related to the huge problems we've seen.

Report Says CA Headed Toward Economic Recovery

March 22
Associated Press

A new report says California is on the road to economic recovery but should expect a long and bumpy ride, with double-digit unemployment likely to continue through 2012.

City Council To Revisit Funding Of Homeless Center

March 22
By Joanne Faryon
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The Neil Good Day Center for the homeless downtown could still be closed, despite an apparent deal last week to restore funding.

Rain Won't Change San Diego Water Restrictions

March 22
By Andrés Barraza

Recent rains and a healthy water supply across the state will not cause city officials to lift restrictions on water consumption.

Census Reveals Big Changes In San Diego Neighborhoods

March 22
These Days

The census confirms it, San Diego's neighborhoods are going through some big changes. We'll discuss how ethnic majorities are shifting in communities throughout San Diego County.

Sol Price Changed Retailing Forever

March 22
These Days

Sol Price will be honored posthumously as the "History Maker of the Year" on Saturday by the San Diego History Center. We explore the life and legacy of the founder of FedMart and the Price Club.

More Wet Weather Expected Later This Week

March 22
These Days
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How much rain has San Diego had since the beginning of 2011? And, can we expect more wet weather later in the week? We speak to a local meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

North County Update: Safety At San Onofre, Tri-City Board, Oceanside Budget

March 22
These Days
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Hear an update on the top stories coming out of the North County, from the safety of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station to the current status of Kathleen Sterling, a controversial member of the Board of Trustees of Tri-City Hospital. We'll also discuss the budget problems in Oceanside, and the abandonment of the crash tax in that city.

CA Assembly Member Introduces Strict Immigration Law

March 22
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Inspired by Arizona's strict immigration enforcement law, a California assembly member has introduced a similar bill in the Golden State.

Cutting Down On Medical Errors

March 22
By Kenny Goldberg
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We've all heard the expressions "nobody's perfect" and "everybody makes mistakes." The problem in the healthcare profession is that mistakes can kill. That's why hospitals are doing everything they can to cut down on medical errors.

San Diego Gasoline Prices Hold Steady

March 22
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego gas prices continue to hover near the $4 a gallon mark.

Battles Rage As U.S. Warplane Crashes In Libya

March 22
NPR Staff And Wires
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The U.S. military said Tuesday that an Air Force fighter jet crashed in Libya but was not shot down. Both crew members ejected.