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Stories for February 2, 2012

Legislators Restore School Bus Funding, Cut General Spending

Feb. 2
By Kyla Calvert
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When state revenues fell short of projections in December, one of the triggered budget cuts was a $248 million reduction to the fund for home to school transportation. Those cuts were scheduled to go into effect Feb. 1 and would have fallen most heavily on rural areas like Julian where 184 students travel to school by bus across the 620 square mile district.

U.S. Appeals Court Bars Release of Prop 8 Video

Feb. 2
Julie Small, KPCC
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A federal appeals court has refused to unseal a video tape recording of the Proposition 8 trial. The 2010 proceedings led a federal judge to strike down California’s ban on gay marriage as “unconstitutional.”

Navy Sailor Kissing Statue To Come Down This Month

Feb. 2
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The iconic statue of a Navy sailor kissing a nurse at Tuna Harbor is scheduled to be taken down at the end of this month, the Port of San Diego announced today.

NATURE: Raccoon Nation

Feb. 2
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Are human beings, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.

California Teacher Fund Lowers Investment Projections

Feb. 2
JUDY LIN, Associated Press
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The board overseeing California's teacher pension system on Thursday lowered the fund's investment forecast for the second time in 14 months in a move that acknowledges the financial strain of lower market returns in the years ahead.

Lawmakers Send Budget 'Cleanup' Bills To Governor

Feb. 2
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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The California legislature has quickly passed a couple of fixes to the state budget. They restore school bus funding and avert a cash flow crisis.

San Onofre Shutdown Costing Up To $1 Million A Day

Feb. 2
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The two-day shutdown at San Onofre is likely costing the power plant $600,000 to $1 million a day, according to an expert on power plant security.

California Indian Tribe Expels 154 Members

Feb. 2
By Adrian Florido
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The expulsion equals 15 percent of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. They will no longer receive payments from the tribe, which operates a casino in North San Diego County.

DeMaio Presents Plan To Increase City's Use Of Volunteers

Feb. 2
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Councilman Carl DeMaio today outlined a 13-point plan to increase the city's use of volunteers, with a goal of 1 million annual man-hours.

Lobbying Money Hits New Record

Feb. 2
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network
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Special interest groups have set a new spending record for lobbying in California. The government watchdog group Common Cause has issued its report on who’s spending, who’s raising money and how much.

The Latino Gap: Dual Language Programs Offer Hope

Feb. 2
By Jill Replogle
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California voters called for a virtual end to bilingual education. But things have changed. As part of our ongoing series, some educators believe an increasingly popular model of bilingual teaching can help close the Latino education achievement gap.

Weekend Preview: New Stage And Plate Offerings

Feb. 2
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From new theatrical productions to innovative new dining spots, there are many new things to try throughout the city this weekend.

Rants and Raves: A Month of Celebration

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando
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February is the shortest month of the year, which some joke is why it's the month selected to showcase Black History and Women in Horror -- like we couldn't spare a month with a full 30 or 31 days? Oh well, let the celebration begin.

Immigrant Rights March Starts Along US-Mexico Border

Feb. 2
By Marissa Cabrera
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A march to remember the lives of migrants who have died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border gets underway Thursday in San Diego. The group plans to follow the international boundary to Arizona.

Rants and Raves: 'The Godfather' On The Big Screen

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando
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"The Godfather" on the big screen at the Reading Clairemont Town Square Cinemas tonight at 7pm. That's an offer you can't refuse.

FRONTLINE: Rules Of Engagement

Feb. 2
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FRONTLINE cuts through the fog of war to reveal the untold story of what happened in Haditha, Iraq, where 24 of the town's residents were killed by U.S. forces in what many in the media branded "Iraq's My Lai." With accusations swirling that the Marines massacred Iraqi civilians "in cold blood," the Haditha incident has led to one of the largest criminal cases against U.S. troops in the Iraq war. But real questions have emerged about what really happened that day, and who is responsible.

A Trip Through American History With Culture Clash

Feb. 2
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Culture Clash returns to La Jolla Playhouse with a new play, "American Night: The Ballad of Juan José," which examines our collective history through the eyes of an immigrant as he studies for his U.S. citizenship test.

Report Blames ATF Agents For Botched Gun-Trafficking Operation

Feb. 2
Carrie Johnson, NPR
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The report comes the day the attorney general faces questions on Capitol Hill about the "Fast and Furious" program.

Proposition 29 Supporters Deliver Message To Big Tobacco

Feb. 2
By Dwane Brown
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Supporters of a California measure to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes brought their campaign to San Diego. The group faces an uphill battle to get Proposition 29 approved in June.

Planned Parenthood, Komen Rift Centers On Abortion

Feb. 2
Julie Rovner, NPR
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The split marks a new chapter in the abortion war and the battle to defund Planned Parenthood.