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Stories for March 22, 2012

Top Democrat Wants to Send a Message About CSU Executive Pay Raises

March 22
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

The Democratic head the California Senate says Cal State University Trustees should be sent a message after they voted this week to raise the pay for two new C.S.U. presidents.

Obama Returns To Oklahoma Talking Oil

March 22
Padmananda Rama, NPR
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President Obama visited Oklahoma for the first time since taking office and announced an executive order to speed up review of a U.S.-only portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. His announcement came as Republicans criticized his administration over rising gas prices.

Are High Gas Prices A Plot To Cut Consumption? GOP Says Yes

March 22
Jim Zarroli, NPR

Republicans are attacking President Obama and his team for allegedly saying they wanted energy prices to go up. The president scoffs at the charge. But some environmentalists say higher energy prices would be a good thing because they would spur the development of alternative technologies.

It Was Inevitable: Romney's Win In Illinois Resurrects The I-Word

March 22
Mark Memmott, NPR
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Tuesday's relatively easy win for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in the Illinois primary has renewed talk about him being the "inevitable" nominee. But pundits still caution that he hasn't wrapped it up just yet.

Jews And Baseball: An American Love Story

March 22
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Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, "Jews And Baseball" explores the connection between Jewish Americans and America's national pastime. The feature-length documentary tells a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions and the shattering of stereotypes. Interviews feature fans, writers, executives and players, including Al Rosen, Kevin Youkilis, Shawn Green, Norm Sherry, Ron Blomberg, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra and legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. It interweaves powerful personal and historical stories with an extraordinary collection of rare archival footage and photos, and a musical score ranging from Benny Goodman to Yo-Yo Ma to Rush.

Republicans Criticize Budget "Shell" Game

March 22
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The California legislature erupted in debate today over the passage of nearly 80 empty budget bills that don’t contain any actual budgeting.

Padres CEO Steps Down

March 22
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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The San Diego Padres Thursday announced Jeff Moorad has stepped down as CEO of the team.

Scripps Researchers Reawaken Old Memories in Mice

March 22
City News Service

Scripps Research Institute scientists and their colleagues have successfully harnessed neurons in mouse brains, which allowed them to at least partially control a specific memory, Scripps announced today.

Inside Fenway Park: An Icon At 100

March 22
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"Inside Fenway Park: An Icon At 100" celebrates the centennial of the oldest ballpark in America. Using a Red Sox/Yankees game as a thread, the film tells the story of Fenway’s long history as a venue for sports and as a public space. A decade ago, it looked as though Fenway would be largely destroyed and replaced with a new ballpark. Luckily, wiser heads prevailed and one of Boston’s most popular attractions, and a landmark for baseball fans everywhere, survived.

Entertainment News: 'Hunger Games' Top Online Seller

March 22
By Beth Accomando
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The eagerly awaited film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' young adult novel "The Hunger Games" opens at midnight tonight. Fandango is reporting that it is selling 10 tickets per second right now online so this new franchise looks to open big.

US Diplomat: Free Trade & Drug War Initiatives Working

March 22
By Jill Replogle
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One of the top officials at the U.S. Department of State handling relations with Mexico says the U.S.'s partnership with its neighbor to the south to fight drug trafficking has been initially successful, though it is still in its infancy.

Genetic Abnormalities Found In Brains Of Children With Autism

March 22
By Kenny Goldberg

New research identifies the genetic mechanisms involved in the abnormal brain development of children with autism.

Power Conservation Needed If San Onofre Stays Offline

March 22
By Alison St John
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California's Independent System Operator is considering what steps to take to prepare for the possibility that San Onofre does not come back online before energy demand spikes this summer.

Have You Filed Yet? We Have Tax Tips From The IRS

March 22
Midday Edition
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The tax deadline is closing in, but this year you'll have extra time to file. The IRS joins us with information on tips and scams.

A Santee Group Fights Back Against A Proposed Power Plant

March 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A ten-acre power generation plant with 100-foot-tall stacks is proposed near the Sycamore Canyon landfill site, just west of Santee. Nearby residents are protesting, but SDG&E says we need it to fill peak demand. Listen to KPBS Midday Edition today at noon for details.

Weekend Preview: Pairing Food With Art

March 22
Midday Edition
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This weekend we serve up suggestions for art and food combos.

Booze And Spring Break: A Dangerous Mix

March 22
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo

Students and advocates against drunk driving press message of safety, caution to student revelers.

Antiques Roadshow: Bismarck, N.D. - Hour Two

March 22
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At the Bismarck Civic Center, appraisers give high marks to the array of objects brought for show-and-tell, including a painting of a Northern Pacific Railroad train that once may have graced a Fargo railroad station; a valuable Civil War photo collection of members of John Hunt Morgan's Cavalry, also known as Morgan's Raiders; and a delightful collection of University of North Dakota pottery, some made by the owner's mother and grandmother when they were students, valued at $5,500 to $7,500.

Congressman Questions How Many Illegal Migrants Enter US

March 22
By Michel Marizco
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Republican Congressman questions data from the Border Patrol showing there are less illegal migrants crossing into the U.S., claiming they are undercounting how many people are sneaking into the country. Officials deny the accusation.

San Diego Sewage Plant Gets 6 Months To Clean Up

March 22
City News Service
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A wastewater treatment plant that's spewing pollution into the ocean off San Diego has six more months to clean up its act.

San Diego Walmart Ordered to Pay $2.1 Million for Overcharging Customers

March 22
City News Service
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A San Diego judge approved a judgment Wednesday ordering retail giant Walmart to pay $2.1 million for overcharging customers in its California stores and for violating a prior 2008 judgment.

Camp Pendleton Marine Faces Boot For Anti-Obama Facebook Posts

March 22
City News Service
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The U.S. Marine Corps was reported today to be taking steps to boot a Camp Pendleton-based sergeant out of the military for criticizing his top superior, the commander in chief.

What's Making Americans Less Hungry For Gasoline?

March 22
John Ydstie, NPR
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The price of gasoline keeps rising for Americans, but it's not because of rising demand from consumers.

San Diego Children Receive Free Vision Care And Eyewear

March 22
By Dwane Brown

A global charitable program has set-up shop this week at a Rec Center in National City. Its dedicated to improving the vision of children whose families can't afford to pay for eye care.

Sea Lion Rescues Typical For Spring

March 22
By Erik Anderson
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Marine mammal rescuers at SeaWorld San Diego have been busy lately, rescuing nearly a dozen sea lions in the past week and a half.

'Dreamliner' Helps Make San Diego Airport's Dreams Come True

March 22
By Tom Fudge
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Boeing's 787 is launching a new era of international travel at San Diego's Lindbergh Field. But the economy and the cost of fuel will also determine how long the city can rely on its hemmed-in airport.