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Stories for May 11, 2011

Most Americans A-OK with U.S. Killing Osama Bin Laden

May 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: In the absolutely not shocking news category, a new poll finds nine out of ten Americans approve of the United States military’s killing of Osama bin Laden.

The VA Medical Center Addresses Mental Health Criticism

May 11
By Alison St John

The VA Medical Center in La Jolla says it cannot address a federal court ruling calling for an overhaul of mental health care.

Insight: High-Speed Rail Gets Roughed Up

May 11
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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HIgh-speed rail won't reach San Diego for more than ten years based on current estimates. But big questions about California's plan for fast trains make you wonder when they will get anywhere.

City Workers Win Contract

May 11
By Katie Orr

A group of San Diego city employees emerged victorious in the city's first attempt at outsourcing.

SDPD Officer Jailed For Rape; Chief Fires Him

May 11
By KPBS
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Yet another San Diego Police officer has been accused of a serious crime; this time it's rape of an alleged prostitute.

SD District Attorney Files Suit To Nullify Nunez Commutation

May 11
KPBS News
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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has filed a civil lawsuit in Superior Court, seeking to nullify the Governor's commutation of Esteban Nunez' prison sentence.

County May Sue State To Retain Tobacco-Tax Money

May 11
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County is considering suing the state to prevent a take-away of tobacco-tax money that funds early childhood programs. The county's First 5 Commission stands to lose more than $88 million.

Flooded River Takes Aim At Mississippi Delta

May 11
NPR Staff and Wires
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Mississippi residents raced to shore up faltering levees Wednesday in hopes of holding back raging floodwaters that soaked cities upstream and are bearing down on one of the most poverty-stricken regions.

Insight: A Cop Stops A Librarian

May 11
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

The headline isn’t the opening line of a joke. It’s an actual event that sheds some light on the budget battles in the San Diego City Hall.

Beach Fire Pits Saved For Another Year

May 11
By Katie Orr
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If you were dreaming of having a beach bonfire this summer, you’re in luck. A deal has been reached to save San Diego’s fire pits for one more year.

Deadly Earthquake Rocks Lorca In Southern Spain

May 11
Associated Press
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Two earthquakes struck southeastern Spain in quick succession Wednesday, killing at least seven people, officials said.

Judge: Indiana Can Cut Planned Parenthood Funds

May 11
Associated Press
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The U.S. district judge's decision allows the cuts to take effect immediately.

New SDSU President Named

May 11
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service
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California State University trustees have selected, as the next president of San Diego State University, Elliot Hirshman, provost and senior vice president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Hirshman beat out two other finalists for the job to replace Stephen Weber.

CSU Outlines Doomsday Budget

May 11
These Days

California State Universities, the largest system of senior education in the country, is bracing for the worst -- $1 billion less from the state of California. School leaders say the cuts will amount to a "scorched earth budget" and the institution could be devastated. We'll find out how students and CSU employees could be impacted.

SD Unified To Send Final Layoff Notices

May 11
These Days

Budget cuts continue to bleed programs in the San Diego Unified School District. We'll talk about about teacher layoffs and proposed cuts to transportation.

Utility Officials Preparing For Influx Of Electric Only Vehicles

May 11
These Days
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There are currently more than 200 electric only vehicles on local roads, but experts are predicting that number could increase to 2000 by December. We speak to KPBS Business Reporter Erik Anderson about the advances in electric car technology, and what local utilities are doing to prepare for the increase in electric vehicles.

SDPD Announces Plan To Reduce Officer Misconduct

May 11
These Days
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Nine San Diego Police Department officers have been accused of some form of misconduct in recent months. We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about how the San Diego Police Department is responding to the accusations.

Electric Cars Light Up New Owners, But Could Stress Power Grid

May 11
By Erik Anderson
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There are already more than 200 electric only vehicles on San Diego's roads, and that number is expected to increase to 2,000 by December.

How Should Libraries And Rec Centers Be Saved?

May 11
By Katie Orr

The San Diego City Council wants to preserve hours at libraries and recreation centers. But there's still debate on how to do it.

San Diego Schools Will Issue Hundreds of Final Layoff Notices

May 11
By Kyla Calvert
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More than 700 San Diego public school teachers will get final layoff notices next week. The notices go out about a month before the district’s final budget must be completed.