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Stories for May 8, 2012

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Healthy Babies Begin Before Conception

May 8, 2012
By Helen Hawes, KPBS Staff

Tonya Lewis Lee, wife of film director Spike Lee, was in San Diego today promoting "A Healthy Baby Begins With You," a U.S. Health and Human Services Agency campaign.

County's Proposed Budget Shrinks By 2 Percent, But Staffing Will Increase

May 8, 2012
By Alison St John

San Diego County’s budget for next year is smaller than this year’s, but it includes more than 270 new employees.

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DeMaio Cries Wasteful City Spending, Mayor Cries Election Stunt

May 8, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The city of San Diego wasted about $130 million last year that could have been put to good use, mayoral candidate and City Councilman Carl DeMaio said today, while the mayor's office dismissed his claims as an election-year stunt.

Pesticides Contribute to Bee Colony Collapse, Report Suggests

May 8, 2012
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

An environmental advocacy group released a report today finding a common pesticide is contributing to the collapse of honeybee colonies. Bee losses have averaged 30 percent annually for the last four years, double what's normal.

New Budget Proposal Could Save 50 State Parks

May 8, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Two democrats in the state senate say they’ve found a way to keep up to 50 of the 70 California parks slated to close off the chopping black.

Hillcrest Street To Be Renamed After Gay Rights Leader Harvey Milk

May 8, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A two-block street in Hillcrest will be renamed in honor of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, following a unanimous vote today by the San Diego City Council.

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Border Patrol Unveils New Security Strategy

May 8, 2012
By Jose Luis Jiménez

A new Border Patrol stategy shifts from prevention through deterrence to deploying resources based on intelligence to respond to specific threats. A Congressman noted the plan lacks specifics of how it will be implemented and how success will be measured.

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Man Believed To Be Oldest Living Marine Dead At 105 (Video)

May 8, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The World War II veteran believed to be the United States' oldest living Marine has died at the age of 105.

Bleak Revenues Ahead of Brown's Next Budget Proposal

May 8, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California's cash picture looks bleak in the latest report from the State Controller's office. April revenues came in nearly $2.5 billion below projections.

State Asks Court To End Federal Oversight of Prison System

May 8, 2012
Julie Small, KPCC

California officials want a federal judge to end oversight of prison medical care in 30 days. That's the thrust of documents filed with the federal judge who seized control of state prison health care nearly a decade ago.

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San Marcos High School Ranked 11th In Country

May 8, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

San Marcos High School was ranked third in the state and 11th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's annual academic survey.

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Fallen California Soldier Leaves Behind Two Wives (Video)

May 8, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The two wives of a California soldier killed in Afghanistan crossed paths for the first time at his funeral.

San Diego Senator Kehoe's Abortion Bill Fails

May 8, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

A bill aimed at increasing access to abortion in California has been shelved for the year.

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Does Prop B's Pension Reform Save San Diego Money?

May 8, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Proponents of Proposition B, the comprehensive pension reform ballot measure, say the initiative will save the city of San Diego close to $1 billion. But some disagree.

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Melanoma Rates Increasing Dramatically In People Under 40

May 8, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Melanoma detection month begins, but staying out of the sun is not a guarantee against this dangerous skin cancer.

Yacht Race Deaths Body ID'd As Missing California Yacht Skipper

May 8, 2012
Associated Press

Authorities have identified a body found off Baja California as the missing skipper of an American yacht destroyed during a race last month.

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Steps To Get Into The Best College

May 8, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

As the high school semester comes to an end in San Diego, lots of students and parents are preparing for college and it's more competitive than ever. We'll have some tips to give you the edge.

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USS Makin Island Headed Home To San Diego (Video)

May 8, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy announced this week that the San Diego-based Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at Camp Pendleton, are headed home after a six-month deployment.

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Camp Pendleton Death A Possible Suicide

May 8, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

NCIS is investigating the death of a Marine at Camp Pendleton on Monday morning as a possible suicide.

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Border Patrol Unveils First New Strategy In 8 Years

May 8, 2012
Elliot Spagat, Associated Press

The U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday unveiled its first national strategy in eight years, a period in which the number of agents more than doubled and apprehensions of people entering illegally from Mexico dropped to a 40-year low.

Proposed San Diego County Spending Plan To Be Presented To Supervisors

May 8, 2012
City News Service

A proposed $4.77 billion spending plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year is scheduled to be presented today to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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Long-Term-Care Insurance: Who Needs It?

May 8, 2012
Marilyn Geewax, NPR

As the nation's roughly 78 million baby boomers move into old age, the need for long-term care will soar. But when it comes to long-term-care insurance, relatively few sign up.

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Creating Bike Safety In A City Built For Cars

May 8, 2012
By Tom Fudge

The death of a cyclist near San Diego State leads to demands the city do something to make streets safe for bikes.