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Stories for August 15, 2012

Whooping Cough Vaccine Failures Increasing

Aug. 15
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Two years after a KPBS/Investigative Newsource investigation posed serious questions about how well the whooping cough vaccine works, new research confirms the vaccine is failing at a higher rate than expected. Troubling news as the country is on track to experience its worst whooping cough epidemic in 50 years. Health officials are looking at recommending a seventh dose of vaccine to control the outbreak.

New Trolley Extension Downtown Meant To Save Passengers Time

Aug. 15
By Dwane Brown
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Extending Green line service allows passengers to travel non-stop downtown.

California Bill Would Create New Low Income Health Program

Aug. 15
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

Under the federal health care law, states have the option of creating a ‘basic health program.’

Ag Giants Spend Big To Defeat Labeling Initiative

Aug. 15
GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press

The nation's largest agribusiness and biotech companies are pouring big money into the fight against the country's first-ever initiative that would require special labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients, a sign of their determination to keep the proposal from sparking a nationwide movement.

California Governor Kicks Off Campaign To Raise Taxes

Aug. 15
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California Governor Jerry Brown kicked off his campaign for tax increases at a Sacramento high school today.

Housing Commission Starts Voucher Program To Get Homeless Off Streets

Aug. 15
City News Service

The San Diego Housing Commission announced today it is seeking proposals from social service agencies to participate in a program that is expected to take 150 downtown homeless off the streets by the end of this year.

UCSD Ranked 15th Best University In New List

Aug. 15
City News Service

UC San Diego was ranked 15th overall on a list released today of the top 500 universities in the world, while San Diego State University was also included.

Report Finds Smoking Higher In Rural Areas

Aug. 15
By Kenny Goldberg
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The American Lung Association says smoking is higher in San Diego County's rural areas than in its cities.

MCAS Miramar Flight Crews Help Fight East County Wildfires

Aug. 15
By Alison St John and City News Service
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Late Wednesday morning, flight crews from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar answered a call from Cal Fire to join in the effort to subdue the Vallecito Fires.

DHS Awards Contract For Detecting Aerial Drug Smuggling

Aug. 15
By Jill Replogle
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The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a contract for a system to detect ultralight planes carrying drugs across the border.

Legendary Comedian David Steinberg Takes The Playhouse Stage

Aug. 15
Midday Edition
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Celebrated comedian David Steinberg will share his personal stories and reflect on the difficulty and delight of making people laugh in a new one-man show at the La Jolla Playhouse.

'Smoke' The Donkey, Beloved By Camp Pendleton Marines, Dies (Video)

Aug. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Smoke the donkey, a creature so beloved by Camp Pendleton Marines that they brought him home from Iraq, died last night of natural causes. Smoke was living at Take Flight Farms in Omaha and served as a therapy animal with the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization.

Ryan's Mission For Fed: Focus On Prices, Not Unemployment

Aug. 15
John Ydstie, NPR
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Mitt Romney's new running mate has authored some provocative policy proposals to cut budget deficits and overhaul Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But Rep. Paul Ryan has also been an advocate for a different course for the Federal Reserve.

Evacuations Ordered For Hundreds In San Diego's East County

Aug. 15
City News Service
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Hundreds of rural East County residents were under mandatory evacuation orders today as more than 1,000 firefighters battled five lightning-sparked brush fires -- three that are fully contained and two that are threatening to merge.

Vallecito Fires Continue To Spread, Forcing Evacuations, Racking $3.8 Million In Costs

Aug. 15
By Erik Anderson
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Hundreds of rural East County residents were under mandatory evacuation orders today as more than 1,000 firefighters battled five lightning-sparked brush fires -- three that are fully contained and two that are threatening to merge.

Couples Therapy Helps Treat PTSD, Says New Study (Video)

Aug. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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A new study finds couples therapy helps treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. That's hopeful news for the estimated 20 percent of veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Young Undocumented Immigrants In San Diego Seek To Avoid Deportation

Aug. 15
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Starting today, young undocumented immigrants in San Diego County are eligible for legal status under a new federal program that allows immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to stay in the country legally for two years. We hear from a local student who is applying and an immigration attorney.

Hypersonic Waverider Aircraft Tested Off California Coast (Video)

Aug. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Air Force will release the results today of its hypersonic Waverider aircraft test flight, conducted Tuesday. The Waverider is a hybrid of an airplane and a rocket, and is designed to fly six times the speed of sound.