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Stories for June 18, 2012

Lawmakers Must Still Pass Several Dozen "Trailer Bills"

June 18
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California lawmakers still have more than a dozen budget-related bills to take action on despite having passed a 92 billion dollar spending plan last week.

First 2012 Case of West Nile Virus in California Confirmed

June 18
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

California health officials confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in the state this year. The 70 year-old Kern County woman was hospitalized.

City Council Approves Labor Contracts Maintaining 6% Salary Cut

June 18
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The City Council today approved six labor contracts that spell out employment terms for city of San Diego workers in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work: The State Visit, Parts One & Two

June 18
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In this intimate series, viewers join Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of Britain's most famous family as they travel abroad, work at the palace and meet people from all walks of life. How do American hosts entertain a monarch who has visited nearly every country on earth and dined with 10 U.S. presidents over the course of her 55-year reign? “The State Visit” follows the elaborate preparations as four localities get ready for a visit from the queen.

Dems, Governor Look to Avoid Sudden Budget Cut to Counties

June 18
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

As budget negotiations continue at the State Capitol, one area of focus is $250 million in property tax money that’s currently split among California’s 58 counties.

Troops Learn Deadly Driving Habits While Deployed (Video)

June 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Car accidents are a leading cause of death for returning troops - taking even more lives than suicide. Some suggest the driving techniques learned in a war zone don't translate well back home.

Regulators Suspect Design Caused Tube Trouble At San Onofre

June 18
Associated Press
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After months of investigation, federal regulators have determined that design flaws appear to be the cause of excessive wear in tubing that carries radioactive water through California’s troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, a top federal regulator said.

Environmental Group Files NRC Petition To Keep San Onofre Shut Down

June 18
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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An environmental group filed a legal petition today with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in hopes of keeping the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station closed until it undergoes a trial-like public hearing on its problems and and the proposed solutions.

Obama Immigration Policy's Effect On San Diegans

June 18
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Lilia Velasquez, a San Diego attorney specializing in immigration law, said her office was flooded with calls Friday after President Barack Obama announced he was easing enforcement of immigration laws.

Camp Pendleton Couple Wins Free IVF Cycle (Video)

June 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Camp Pendleton Marine and his wife have won a free in vitro fertilization cycle through a contest sponsored by a fertility clinic. Jimmy and Emily Heaton say they've done six previous IVF cycles, all of which resulted in miscarriages.

San Diego Book Awards

June 18
Midday Edition
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The San Diego Book Awards were given out on June 9 and Laurel Corona took three awards including the Geisel Award for best in show.

USS Makin Island Crew Gives 'Shout Outs' On Route To San Diego (Video)

June 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Makin Island is heading to homeport San Diego, and excited crew members took a bit of time out from their busy schedules to give shout outs to family back home.

From Local Stage To Broadway: 'Hands On A Hardbody'

June 18
By Angela Carone
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San Diego theaters have a great track record of sending plays to Broadway. We look at the latest export, the La Jolla Playhouse's "Hands on a Hardbody," and follow the path from regional stage to the Great White Way.

San Diego Paratrooper Killed In Afghanistan Was On Sixth Deployment

June 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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An Army paratrooper from San Diego was killed June 15 in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas C. Fredsti, 30, was on his sixth deployment.

Firefighters Continue To Battle 820-Acre 'Old Fire' Near Campo

June 18
City News Service

Crews labored for a second day today to subdue a wildfire that blackened hundreds of brushy acres, destroyed one home and threatened more than 200 others in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County.

San Diego Gas Prices Under $4

June 18
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's average gas price is below $4 a gallon for the first time since mid-February and the price may continue to drop.

NRC Meeting Prompts Questions

June 18
By Alison St John
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting in San Juan Capistrano tonight to share the agency’s findings about problems at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. But the agency is not ready to commit its findings in writing.

Americans Watch Mexico Closely On Election Day

June 18
By Peter O'Dowd
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When Mexico chooses a new president July 1, Americans will be watching. Especially the millions of people who live along the border with a personal stake in the outcome.

Marine Corps Holds Leadership Training Day On Ethics

June 18
By Alison St John
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The Marine Corps will hold a leadership “Ethics” Stand Down on base today, though they prefer to call it a “Stand Up” training day.

What Causes June Gloom? A Scientist Explains

June 18
By Claire Trageser
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Tourists arriving in San Diego this month hoping for a vacation on the beach may be sorely disappointed. That’s because of an ugly blend of heavy clouds and cool weather that locals call "June Gloom."