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Stories for April 24, 2012

Fewer Than 3,000 Immigration Cases Closed Under New Obama Policy

April 24
By Jill Replogle
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According to statistics released Tuesday, around 2,700 undocumented immigrants no longer face deportation under a policy established last year by the Obama administration.

Romney Sweeps Five Primaries, Promises 'Better America'

April 24
DAVID ESPO, KASIE HUNT,Associated Press
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Mitt Romney laid claim to the fiercely contested Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with a fistful of primary triumphs.

Texting Worse Than Driving Drunk; College Students Chief Offenders

April 24
By Helen Hawes
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A USCD study reveals that San Diego college students who are overly confident in their multitasking skills are the most likely to drive distracted.

School Board Considers Layoffs For Non-Teaching Staff

April 24
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified trustees will consider sending almost 1,000 more layoff notices.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner While Navy Dad is Deployed? (Video)

April 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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It's been said that nothing is more important in keeping a family strong than eating dinner together every night. But what if dad is in the military, thousands of miles away on deployment? One Navy mom has come up with an extraordinary way to make sure her kids have a special family dinner each week of her husband's year-long deployment.

Marine Arrested On Suspicion Of Killing 22-Year-Old Military Wife

April 24
CITY NEWS SERVICE, CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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A Camp Pendleton-based Marine previously considered a "person of interest'' in the slaying of a 22-year-old North County military wife was arrested today on suspicion of murdering her.

America Revealed: Electric Nation

April 24
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Our modern electric power grid has been called the biggest and most complex machine in the world — delivering electricity over 200,000 miles of high-tension transmission lines. Travel around the country with host Yul Kwon to understand its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year.

NOVA: Secrets Of The Sun

April 24
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It contains 99.9 percent of all the matter in our solar system and sheds hot plasma at nearly a million miles an hour. The temperature at its core is a staggering 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. It convulses, it blazes, it sings. You know it as the sun. Scientists know it as one of the most amazing physics laboratories in the universe. This program reveals a bright new dawn in our understanding of our nearest star — one that might help keep our planet from going dark.

Teenager Arrested After Bogus Report That Prompted Vista High School Lockdown

April 24
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A teenage boy was arrested today after allegedly making an emergency call to falsely report seeing a student with a gun at Vista High School, a claim that prompted a nearly 90-minute campus lockdown while authorities conducted an intensive search.

San Diego Hoteliers Vote To Increase Room Taxes

April 24
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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Hotel taxes in San Diego could be going up to more than 15 percent in some parts of the city. The increased revenue would go toward a Convention Center expansion.

New Case Of Mad Cow Disease In California

April 24
Associated Press
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A new case of mad cow disease has surfaced in a dairy cow in California, but the animal was not bound for the nation's food supply and posed no danger, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday.

Hotel Tax To Fund Convention Center Expansion Approved

April 24
City News Service
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A legally questionable plan to fund the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center with a self-imposed room tax hike was overwhelmingly approved by hoteliers, the city clerk's office announced today.

Hundreds Of San Diego Newsracks Lack City Permits, Report Finds

April 24
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The city of San Diego fails to collect thousands of dollars each year in permit fees for sidewalk newsracks, according to San Diego County grand jury report released today.

Report: Net Mexican Migration To The U.S. Falls To Zero

April 24
By Adrian Florido
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A Pew Hispanic Center Study found that during a five-year period, just as many Mexican immigrants returned to Mexico as arrived in the U.S.

Abortion Access Bill Heads To State Legislative Committees

April 24
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego state Senator Christine Kehoe escorts a bill through committees that would allow nurse practitioners, midwives and physicians assistants to perform abortions.

80 Percent Of San Diego College Students Admit To Distracted Driving

April 24
City News Service
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Almost 80 percent of college students in San Diego County admit to using a cell phone while driving, and about half send or receive text messages, according to a UC San Diego study released today.

Lawyers For Woman Who Killed Pimp Want AG To Take Position in Case

April 24
By Amita Sharma
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Attorney General Kamala Harris has asked that the Sara Kruzan case be returned to Riverside County Superior Court.

Enemy Fire to Blame for Black Hawk Crash That Killed San Diego Soldier?

April 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Investigators are looking into last week's Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan that killed four soldiers, including one from San Diego. They suspect Taliban insurgents were involved in shooting down the helicopter.

Rants and Raves: 'The Barber Of Seville'

April 24
By Beth Accomando
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Sometimes classical music gets a bad rap as being stuffy or elitist. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says classical music may permeate our pop culture a lot more than you think and looks specifically to Rossini's opera "The Barber of Seville."

Thefts Of Cable Lines Disrupts Service To San Diego Military

April 24
City News Service

Fiber optic and copper cables that carry information to the Defense Department as well as to the Alpine and Pine Valley sheriff's substations were stolen in the East County early today, authorities said.

Marine Official Assuages Troops' Fears About Future Cuts

April 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Col. Bill Tosick gave the low-down on how projected cuts will affect the future of the Marine Corps, to a crowd of 500 troops at MCRD San Diego on Monday.

Storm Moving Into San Diego

April 24
City News Service

Rain, gusty winds and possibly thunderstorms are in store for San Diego County late Wednesday into early Thursday, forecaster said today.

Calif. State Employee Pay Cap Falls One Vote Shy

April 24
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A bill that would prevent most state employees from earning more than the governor has stalled in the California legislature.

Medical Marijuana Shelter Bill Passes Committee Vote

April 24
Julie Small, California Capitol Network

A bill that would shelter medical marijuana stores from federal prosecution is moving forward in the California legislature.

If The Health Care Overhaul Goes Down, Could Medicare Follow?

April 24
Julie Rovner, NPR

A growing number of health experts are warning of potential collateral damage if the Supreme Court strikes down the entire 2010 Affordable Care Act: potential chaos in the Medicare program.

Brown Coy On Death Penalty Initiative

April 24
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown isn’t tipping his hand on how he’ll vote on the newly-qualified November ballot measure that would overturn the death penalty.

Bills Calling For More Study Of Delta Water Plans Move Forward

April 24
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

Two assembly bills requiring the state to do additional analysis of Delta water plans have moved forward today. One requires a cost-benefit analysis of the complex Bay Delta Conservation Plan

San Diego Alpha Project Transforming Lives Of Former Felons And Addicts

April 24
By Dwane Brown
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The Alpha Project's "Take Back the Streets" program has been transforming lives for more than 20 years.

Proposition E Would Phase Out Rent Control In Oceanside's Mobile Home Parks

April 24
By Alison St John
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Proposition E on the June ballot would phase out rent control for the residents of Oceanside’s 17 mobile home parks. Oceanside is one of a shrinking number of cities where rent controlled parks are a source of affordable housing for seniors and veterans.