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Stories for January 11, 2012

San Diego Mayor Sanders Aims To Be A Closer

Jan. 11
By Katie Orr
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With his time in office winding down, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders took to the stage of downtown’s Balboa Theater last night to give his final State of the City.

San Diego Organization To Help More First-In-Family College Students

Jan. 11
By Kyla Calvert

An organization focused on helping disadvantaged high school students become the first in their families to go to college is planning to expand.

San Diego Beaches Awash In Cigarette Butts

Jan. 11
By Ed Joyce

Two environmental groups say cigarette butts were the most prevalent kind of litter on San Diego's beach again last year, and the problem is getting worse.

Meadowood Approved Over Objections From Native American Indians

Jan. 11
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors have approved a major new residential development project north of Escondido over objections from Native American tribes.

Great Performances: Let Me Down Easy

Jan. 11
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Anna Deavere Smith interviews an eclectic range of people and then performs as the interviewees in their own words. This new gallery of indelible portraits ranges from boldface names such as cyclist Lance Armstrong, supermodel Lauren Hutton and Texas Governor Ann Richards, to lesser-known but equally memorable characters, including a rodeo bull rider, a New Orleans hospital doctor and the director of a South African orphanage — all sharing their searing experiences in confronting the price and politics of health, facing the end of life and encountering the ultimate resilience of the human spirit.

Legislative Analyst Weighs In On Brown's Budget

Jan. 11
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst says Governor Jerry Brown’s 2012 budget proposal would save the state enough money to “pretty much” close the state’s deficit – now and in future years.

Chula Vista Nature Center Gets Funding Help

Jan. 11
By Ed Joyce
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The Chula Vista Nature Center is getting a needed increase in funding with $125,000 from the Port of San Diego.

Travelscope: Tasmania, Australia

Jan. 11
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Joseph continues his Aussie adventure in Australia’s island state Tasmania. From the capital of Hobart and its harbor, markets and elegant neighborhoods he heads out across the state and traces Tasmania’s convict origins in the prisons of Port Arthur, hikes Cradle Mountain National Park, rides out the ups and downs of a fast paced eco-cruise along Tasman National Park’s spectacular coastline and meets the devil –– the Tasmanian Devil, that is.

Simply Ming: Andrew Zimmern & Cooking Veggies For Kids

Jan. 11
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Vegetables can make some kids turn and run for the hills before they even give them a chance. In this episode, Ming joins forces with a man who specializes in close encounters with icky foods to help make “weird” vegetables more appealing to kids. Andrew Zimmern, Mr. "Bizzare Foods" himself, joins Ming to cook two new dishes your kids will devour: Turkey Spring Rolls with Hoisin-Lime Dipping Sauce with Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Mixed Vegetables and Tofu with a Miso Sabayon.

State Probation Transfers To SD County Include Mentally Ill

Jan. 11
By Amita Sharma
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San Diego County mental health officials say screening and preparation is paying off.

Underage Drinking Takes A Toll On Californians

Jan. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report reveals underage drinking cost California more than $6.5 billion in 2010.

Moyers & Company

Jan. 11
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This week's guest is Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist who’s also an evangelical Christian, but in the face of those who use religion to deny the worldwide crisis of climate change, she believes that her faith is compatible with science. Katharine Hayhoe teaches at Texas Tech University and is director of its Climate Science Center. She is the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, a scientific research and consulting firm and co-author of "A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions." A rising star of climate science, Hayhoe was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014 and featured in the Emmy Award-winning Showtime documentary series YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY.

Jose Vargas Reveals Life As An Undocumented Immigrant

Jan. 11
Midday Edition
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Journalist Jose Vargas revealed his status as an illegal immigrant a few years ago after living, attending school and working in the United States for nearly 20 years. His status is unchanged, and he talks with us about his life int he shadows.

New NPR Chief Weighs In On Public Media's Future

Jan. 11
Midday Edition
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Are you happy with the direction NPR is going? If you have questions about funding or anything else, today is your day. NPR CEO Gary Knell joins us, and he's taking your calls.

INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY: Season One

Jan. 11
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Award-winning actor Martin Shaw stars as Inspector George Gently – an incorruptible, uncompromising cop transplanted from London’s Scotland Yard to England’s North Country in the mid-1960s. Gently’s reputation for honesty and relentlessness makes him almost as feared among his colleagues as he is among criminals. But he finds an odd ally in John Bacchus – an overeager, opinionated young sergeant who plays fast and loose with police procedures.

San Diego Assemblyman Calls High-Speed Rail A Fantasy Train

Jan. 11
By Tom Fudge
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Assemblyman Martin Garrick is co-sponsoring a bill to give California voters a chance to change their minds on high-speed rail.

Marine Testifies He Did Not Identify Targets

Jan. 11
Julie Watson, Associated Press

The former Marine fired his M-16 alongside his squad leader, shooting off round after round into the dark bedroom of the Iraqi home, fearing he was under attack. But he admits he only saw silhouettes, some small, and he only heard his own squad's gunfire.

Supervisors Reevaluate Zoning In General Plan Update

Jan. 11
By Alison St John

Millions of dollars in property values hang in the balance this week, as San Diego County Supervisors consider requests to up-zone or down-zone more than 100 parcels. The board is making last minute tweaks to its General Plan for future growth in the unincorporated areas.

Mayor Sanders Set To Deliver Final State Of The City

Jan. 11
City News Service
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Mayor Jerry Sanders is scheduled to deliver his final State of the City address tonight, when he's expected to provide updates on major municipal construction projects.

Are Too Many California Kids Labeled English Language Learners?

Jan. 11
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Latino students are the largest minority group in the Southwest and the fastest-growing nationally. Federal data shows they consistently perform poorly on state tests and have lower graduation rates than whites. This is especially true for a growing population known as: "English Language Learners."