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Stories for July 25, 2012

Federal Subsidies Support Junk Food Instead Of Fresh Food, Report Says

July 25
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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Citing the obesity epidemic among America’s children, a California consumer group says federal subsidies support junk food instead of fresh food.

Behind The Scenes At The Nat

July 25
Evening Edition
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Most people have been to a museum to marvel at fossils and diorama. But not many people get a backstage tour to see the work that goes on behind the scenes. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando talks with one of the curators at the San Diego Natural History Museum about the work we don't see. Check out the video.

Robert Redford Says Problems With Colorado River Are Solveable

July 25
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Actor Robert Redford has teamed up with his son Jamie to film a new documentary, “Watershed,” about issues facing the Colorado River system. He talks to KPBS about the dangers he said the river faces.

California Health Leaders Call for "Culture of Coverage"

July 25
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

Key players in the implementation of the federal health overhaul in California say the public should be part of building a ‘culture of coverage.’

California Governor Unveils Delta Water Tunnel Plan

July 25
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California Governor Jerry Brown and US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar unveiled plans today for a controversial twin tunnel system to carry water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

San Diego Wins Grants To Clean Up Discarded Tires

July 25
City News Service
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The city and county of San Diego were awarded a total of more than $170,000 in grants from the state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for the removal of discarded tires, the department announced today.

Navy To Christen Ship In Honor Of Flight 93

July 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy on Saturday will christen the USS Somerset in honor of the crew and passengers on United Airlines Flight 93. Their plane crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001, after the flight was hijacked by terrorists.

City Council To Vote On Renewing Tourism Marketing District For 40 Years

July 25
City News Service

The San Diego City Council's Budget and Finance Committee today unanimously approved a draft plan to reauthorize the city's Tourism Marketing District, which collects money from hotels for programs designed to attract visitors.

Are Men In the Military More Likely To Be Transgender?

July 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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A soon-to-be published study claims men who served in the military were twice as likely to consider themselves transgender as men who were not veterans. Air Force veteran and psychologist George Brown says his study looked at more than 5 million veterans as subjects.

Last Medical Marijuana Co-Op In San Diego To Remain Open Temporarily

July 25
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A San Diego bankruptcy judge ruled in favor of San Diego county's last licensed medical marijuana co-op. The Mother Earth Alternative Healing Cooperative can stay open for another 45 days. This is the latest in the tug of war between federal and state law. Medical marijuana activists are working to get approval for collectives onto city ballots around the county.

'Zoot Suit' Returns To SD Rep Stage

July 25
Midday Edition
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A modern classic, and the first Chicano play to be presented on Broadway, gets a fresh staging.

Local Efforts Underway To Prevent and Treat HIV/AIDS

July 25
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While the 19th annual International AIDS Conference is underway in Washington D.C. this week, local researchers are making progress in their HIV research as well.

Offshore Jobs Play Role In Campaigns And Economy

July 25
John Ydstie, NPR

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have been trading attacks over the issue of American jobs being moved overseas.

Video Of SeaWorld Whale Attack Released

July 25
Associated Press
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The video from a 2006 killer whale attack at SeaWorld in San Diego has been released, and it shows the trainer being dragged under water during a performance.

GOP Lawmaker Questions Gay Pride Parade Waiver

July 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon gave service members explicit permission to march in uniform in San Diego's Gay Pride Parade last week. But Republic Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, questioning the legality of the Defense Department's approval.

Controversial Proposal For Bonsall Buddhist Center Approved By SD Supervisors

July 25
City News Service
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A permit to expand a controversial Buddhist center in Bonsall was granted today by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, which also denied a community planning group's appeal.

Soldier From Murrieta Killed In Afghanistan

July 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sgt. Eric E. Williams, 27, of Murrieta, California, died July 23 in Afghanistan. Williams had written a blog since 2008, called My Friend The Medic, about his experiences as a flight medic for the Army.

San Diego Middle Schoolers Become Coral Reef Ambassadors

July 25
By Dwane Brown
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Scientists say coral reefs are among the most valuable ecosystems on earth, but we are losing them fast. More than a quarter of the world's reefs have already been destroyed. That's why Scripps scientists in La Jolla are trying to preserve them for future generations.