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Stories for March 9, 2011

Oceanside Teen Named Military Child of the Year

March 9
By Beth Ford Roth

Congratulations are in order for 17-year-old Taylor Dahl-Sims of Oceanside, California. Operation Homefront named her as a recipient of one of five Military Child of the Year awards.

Christopher Ashley Will Not Save Spider-Man

March 9
By Angela Carone
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Christopher Ashley is not - despite rumors - taking over the direction of the Broadway disaster that is "Spider-Man: Turn Out The Lights." If you were Ashley, would you take on a ship that has sunk so far?

Budget Cuts Force East County School District To Shelve Librarians

March 9
By Susan Murphy
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One San Diego County school district may eliminate all of its librarians. The drastic plan is part of California’s school budget crisis.

Nursing Homes Will Feel The Pain If Medi-Cal Cuts Are Approved

March 9
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report reveals California's skilled-nursing industry supports more than 179,000 jobs. Advocates say some of those jobs could be in jeopardy if a proposed cut in Medi-Cal payments is approved.

National Geographic Magazine's Top 10 Photos Of 2010

March 9
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This program highlights some of photography’s greatest moments from the past year, lifted directly from the pages of National Geographic Magazine. National Geographic photographers took over a million pictures this year, but only 1,000 were published. Now, Editor in Chief Chris Johns presents his top ten picks, covering subjects from all over the world.

Smuggling Tunnel Found Near Calexico

March 9
By Amy Isackson

Mexican authorities have unearthed a suspected smuggling tunnel that runs beneath the border between Mexicali and Calexico. It is about two miles east of the Calexico East port of entry.

The Road To Perfect Health With Brenda Watson

March 9
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With over 20 years experience helping people overcome health challenges, Brenda Watson has been able to help people return to health - whether they suffer from typical digestive problems or chronic fatigue – by balancing the good and bad bacteria in their gut.

Insight: Does It Pay To Believe?

March 9
By Tom Fudge
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Religion is a staple of human society but that might be unfortunate. More than a thousand people showed up at UCSD this week to hear a debate on whether religion is a good or a bad influence on us.

Peeking Into The Brain To Explain Morality

March 9
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Does your momma have tell you to do the right thing, or do you just kinda know? How do we form our moral values? Some would argue that religion and philosophy guide us toward morality. But new research into the brain is telling us our moral compass may be more complex and deeply rooted than once thought.

San Diego Unified School District Considering 900 Layoffs To Balance Budget

March 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook, Rachel Goetz and Robert Moreno
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The San Diego Unified School District is facing an estimated $114 million budget deficit for next academic year. The deficit could be cut in half if voters approve tax extensions in a statewide special election the governor has proposed for June. We talk to the school board president Richard Barrera and the president of the teachers union, Bill Freeman, about the possibility that more than 700 teachers could be laid off. Plus, we talk about what actions the district should take to prevent future budget deficits.

The Death of Foreign Exchange Student Austin Bice

March 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Ana Tintocalis

San Diego State University students are mourning the loss of 22-year old Austin Bice. The exchange student, just weeks into his semester in Spain, was found dead on Tuesday in a river in Madrid. The death of a student overseas is the worst fear of every parent with a child in a foreign exchange program. We'll learn a little more about those programs, and how students are prepared to take care of themselves abroad.

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

March 9
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This follows controversial remarks by NPR's fundraiser and last fall's dismissal of Juan Williams.

Archi's Acres Transitions Military From The Battlefield To The Farm

March 9
By Alison St John
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A small organic farm in San Diego's North County is teaching Marines leaving the military new skills to start their own business in agriculture.

High Fuel Prices Drive Up Trucking Costs

March 9
By Erik Anderson
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The surging price of diesel fuel in California is putting a chokehold on an industry that's moves most of the state's commercial goods.