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Stories for May 25, 2011

Trailer: 'The Muppets'

May 25
By Beth Accomando
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More than a decade has passed since the Muppets have been on the big screen. Here's a look at their new movie due out at Thanksgiving.

'Amazon Bills' Move Through Legislature

May 25
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

California lawmakers and business leaders are pushing legislation that’s often known as “the Amazon bill.” It’s actually a series of three measures that would force many out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax from California online customers.

Insight: Feds Rebuff California On High-Speed Rail Funding

May 25
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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California was looking for more options for building a high-speed rail line. But the federal funding still demands it begin in the Central Valley.

San Diego Judge Rules Loughner Incompetent To Stand Trial

May 25
Associated Press
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The man accused of wounding U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killing six is mentally incompetent to stand trial, a San Diego judge ruled Wednesday.

Good Grades For San Diego Beaches

May 25
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County's 70 miles of beaches got pretty good marks on the latest Heal the Bay water quality report card. However, the news was not all good.

Insight: The Senate Takes Up Complete Streets

May 25
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

The U.S. Senate considers making "Complete Streets" a nationwide policy and England finds a use for people being cremated.

San Diego Supervisors Vote To Oppose Big Trucks On Roadways

May 25
City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to oppose legislation that would allow heavier trucks on America's roadways.

San Diego Schools Face Future Shortfalls, Even With Improved Budget

May 25
By Kyla Calvert

Even if K-12 education get a funding bump in California in the next budget year, San Diego Unified School District staff said it should go toward easing the crush of rising salaries and benefits costs.

Paralyzed Prisoner Denied Medical Parole

May 25
Midday Edition
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Steven Martinez was convicted of rape in San Diego in 1998 and has since become a quadriplegic in state prison. Martinez requires daily medical care that is estimated to cost the state $625,000 a year. Martinez is the first inmate to have his request for medical parole heard by the State Board of Parole Hearings. The state board ruled that Martinez still poses a threat to public safety and denied his request. We discuss the case with Martinez's attorney, Ken Karan, and Nina Salarno Ashford from Crime Victims United of California.

The Chilling Story Of El Sicario

May 25
Midday Edition
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A former paid assassin for a Mexican drug cartel tells his disturbing story in a new book. We'll hear about the world of El Sicario.

Soldier from Chula Vista Killed in Afghanistan

May 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense reported today that 33-year-old Staff Sgt. Kristofferson B. Lorenzo of Chula Vista was killed in Kunar province, Afghanistan with three other soldiers on May 23 when they were attacked with an improvised explosive device.

Preserving Balboa Park

May 25
Midday Edition
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You may love Balboa Park, but do you have any idea what it takes to keep it? What kind of decisions have to be made about Balboa Park, and who should get to make them?

National Memorial Day Concert 2011

May 25
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The multi award-winning event, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, will be co-hosted for the sixth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veteran’s causes and supporting our troops in active service. Joining co-hosts Sinise and Mantegna will be an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

In Joplin, Leaders Hold Tight To Rescue Hopes

May 25
Associated Press
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The search for missing victims of Joplin's lethal twister inched forward methodically on Wednesday, with city leaders refusing to abandon hope that they would find more survivors.

Insight: Pedestrian Activists Confront Streets That Are 'Dangerous By Design'

May 25
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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A national movement that's taken hold in San Diego is trying to make the streets safer.

State Bill Introduced To Regulate DUI Checkpoints

May 25
By Ruxandra Guidi

Critics say DUI and drivers license checkpoints are being used to impound cars and target undocumented immigrants. A California Assembly member has proposed to ban the practice.

Room In SD County Jail For Inmates, But No Money

May 25
By Joanne Faryon

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said he expects an influx of inmates into his jails over the next two years, but it will be a "disaster" unless they come with additional funds. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday California must reduce its state prison population by more than 30,000.

U.S. Gangs As Foot Soldiers For Drug Traffickers

May 25
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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Mexican cartels have the drugs and the cash. Gangs have the organization and the street smarts. Authorities say that makes them partners in cross-border crimes, including kidnapping and murder.