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Stories for August 14, 2012

State Parks Employee Says She Told State Her Department Was Hiding $20 Million

Aug. 14, 2012
DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

A former California state parks employee says she told state attorneys that her department was hiding about $20 million in a special fund several months before officials announced discovering the surplus money, according to a sworn declaration filed in court Tuesday.

Firefighters Extinguish La Jolla Brushfire

Aug. 14, 2012
City News Service

It took firefighters about a half-hour today to subdue a blaze that tore up a brushy hillside next to Interstate 5 in La Jolla, threatening homes briefly but causing no structural damage.

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San Diego-Built Exxon Valdez Is Being Dismantled

Aug. 14, 2012
By Tom Fudge

The infamous Exxon Valdez was built in San Diego. Now it's being dismantled on the coast of India.

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Grapevine Canyon Fire Prompts Evacuations In Ranchita

Aug. 14, 2012
By KPBS Staff and CHANNEL 10 NEWS

Authorities have issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents in the Ranchita community as hundreds of firefighters continue to work by ground and air to contain four lightning-sparked East County blazes that have blackened thousands of open acres.

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Water Gun Fight Spills Into San Diego Mayor's Race

Aug. 14, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The water fight gone wrong at the Balboa Park lily pond continues to cause ripples in the San Diego mayor’s race.

Lawsuit Filed In Calif. Over Brockovich Chemical

Aug. 14, 2012
Associated Press

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the California Department of Public Health for failing to establish a safe drinking water standard for the cancer-causing chemical made famous in the film "Erin Brockovich."

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Central Valley Congressman Resigns, Citing Parenting Challenges

Aug. 14, 2012
Associated Press

Democratic Rep. Dennis Cardoza, whose district includes Modesto, Stockton and Merced, announced his resignation in a statement on Tuesday. It takes effect at midnight.

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San Diego Housing Market Shines In Latest Report

Aug. 14, 2012
By Erik Anderson

Southern California's housing market got another positive report card in July. Home prices ticked up and more homes were sold.

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Meteorologists Say Current Heat Wave Is Sign Of Climate Change

Aug. 14, 2012
By Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The San Diego summer suddenly got a lot hotter, but nowhere near as steamy as it is in the middle of the country. We look at what's up with the weather (the temperature), what's going on with the climate (change), and whether they are related (maybe).

N.J. Gov. Christie To Keynote Romney's Convention

Aug. 14, 2012
Frank James, NPR

The man some Republicans once hoped would be their party's 2012 presidential nominee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will instead deliver the keynote speech at the national convention that will make Mitt Romney the GOP's official standard bearer.

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Live Chat: Hot Weather And Lawn Care

Aug. 14, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Gardening expert Nan Sterman joins us to talk water conservation and keeping your lawn green. Plus, Nan will address all your gardening questions in a live chat after Midday Edition from 1-2 p.m.

Port Commissioners To Consider Lane Field Hotels

Aug. 14, 2012
City News Service

The Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is scheduled today to consider preliminary approval of a project that could result in as many as three high-rise hotels being built near the foot of Broadway.

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Agency Calls For Rate Cut Over San Onofre Outage

Aug. 14, 2012
By Amita Sharma, Megan Burke, Patty Lane and City News Service

An advocacy group is calling for a reduction in what San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison customers are being charged because they have continued to pay to support the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station even though it has been shuttered since January.

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San Diego Heat Wave Lingers, Prompting Call For Energy Conservation

Aug. 14, 2012
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s scorching heat wave has entered its second week. The unrelenting hot temperatures have triggered another call for energy conservation.

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Grantville Is Split On Subject Of 'Riverbend'

Aug. 14, 2012
By Tom Fudge

A plan to turn some beat-up industrial land along the San Diego River into the Riverbend housing development has won over the people Grantville... unless they are opposed to it.

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SDSU Classes Bridge The Face-To-Face Versus Digital Divide

Aug. 14, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego State and other California State campuses are offering students courses that blend in-person and online learning, hoping they'll get the best of both worlds.

Firefighters Battle 4 Lightning-Sparked Fires Near Julian

Aug. 14, 2012
Associated Press

A cluster of four lightning-sparked wildfires in northeastern San Diego County now covers 2,352 acres.