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Stories for October 9, 2012

Streak Of Rising Gas Prices Ends

Oct. 9
City News Service
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A six-day streak of increases that pushed the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County to a record high ended Tuesday with a decrease of three-tenths of a cent to $4.722.

Election 2012: Proposition 32

Oct. 9
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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It’s time for the next story in our series on California’s 11 November ballot measures. Today, it’s perhaps the loudest fight on the airwaves: Proposition 32, which deals with union and corporate campaign contributions.

Battle Between Two Rival Tax Measures on California's Ballot Heating Up

Oct. 9
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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The battle between two rival tax measures on California’s November ballot is heating up. Proposition 38 proponent Molly Munger has released a new TV ad blasting Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30.

Supervisors Approve New Emergency Route For Ramona Evacuations

Oct. 9
City News Service
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Five years after the Witch Creek wildfire led to a nightmarishly slow evacuation of Ramona, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to pursue a new emergency route that leads away of the foothills community.

Legislators and Businesses Call for "Green Chemistry" Law Delay

Oct. 9
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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Some legislators and industries are asking for a delay in implementing California’s law that regulates toxic chemicals in consumer goods.

A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town

Oct. 9
By Laurel Morales
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Across the Southwest more and more bears are showing up in people’s kitchens, garages and flower beds. Many bears are in search of food and water.

San Diego Police Endorse Filner For Mayor

Oct. 9
By Katie Orr
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The public safety community weighed in on the San Diego mayor’s race today by endorsing Congressman Bob Filner.

NOVA scienceNOW: What Makes Us Human? (New Season Premiere)

Oct. 9
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David Pogue, popular technology reporter for The New York Times, is the new host of the critically acclaimed science magazine series, beginning with the launch of Season Six in October 2012. In this episode, Pogue explores the traits we once thought were uniquely ours — language, tool-making, even laughter — to uncover their evolutionary roots. He traces some of the crucial steps that transformed cave men to accountants — and learns how much of his own DNA came from a Neanderthal ancestor.

Supervisors Approve New CAO's Contract, Including Salary Bump

Oct. 9
City News Service
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved an employment contract with the county's incoming chief administrative officer.

NOVA: Secrets Of The Viking Sword

Oct. 9
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The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting-edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the mystery of the Viking sword.

Happy Birthday, United States Navy!

Oct. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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October 13th is the 237th birthday of the United States Navy. And it doesn't look a day over 236! To pay homage to Sailors past and present, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy has released a special birthday message.

City Council Changes Street Name Because It's Too Hard To Say

Oct. 9
City News Service
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A difficult-to-pronounce street name in Black Mountain Ranch will be changed under a unanimous vote today of the San Diego City Council, but Zaslavsky Place will end up on a nearby roadway.

Homeland: Immigration In America

Oct. 9
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Immigration is a national issue this election year, but it plays out daily in the lives of people in communities across the country. HOMELAND: IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA presents stories of immigrants — legal and illegal — and those who confront them, help them, employ them and craft legislation that affects them. Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for the PBS NEWSHOUR, narrates.

Makin Island Crew Helps Clean Up 'The Rock'

Oct. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS Makin Island was in San Francisco last week for that city's Fleet Week. While there, several members of the crew took part in a clean-up of the infamous Alcatraz prison.

Immigrants In City Heights And Across The U.S. Struggle To Be Heard

Oct. 9
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A new PBS documentary, America By The Numbers, explores changing demographics in the U.S. and how that will affect the election. By 2042 demographers predict that we'll be a multicultural-majority nation.

New San Diego Water Report Focuses On Efficiency, Conservation

Oct. 9
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A new water report out from the Equinox Center focuses on water efficiency and conservation in single family homes in San Diego.

Women Peacemakers Honored At USD For 10th Year

Oct. 9
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The University of San Diego Women Peacemakers event is celebrating its 10th anniversary. So far, this program has honored more than 30 women from around the world for their peacemaking efforts. We hear from one of the participants.

Quadruple Amputee Travis Mills Gets Hometown Welcome (Video)

Oct. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, who lost all four limbs in Afghanistan, made it back to his home town of Vassar, Michigan for the first time since his accident. Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees to survive the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

David Byrne And St. Vincent Team Up For Concert At Humphreys

Oct. 9
By Claire Caraska
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Legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and indie chanteuse St. Vincent released an album together this year, and will perform Wednesday at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay.

Classes Canceled At Helix Charter High School Due To Water Main Break

Oct. 9
City News Service
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Classes were canceled today at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa due to a water main break.

Military Wives Bare Bodies And Souls For PTSD Awareness (Video)

Oct. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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A military wife whose husband suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder decided to bring awareness to the cause in an unusual way - by baring her body and writing her feelings about PTSD on her own skin for everyone to see.

North Korea Says US Is Within Its Missile Range

Oct. 9
Associated Press
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North Korea warned Tuesday that the U.S. mainland is within range of its missiles, saying Washington's recent agreement to let Seoul possess missiles capable of hitting all of the North shows the allies are plotting to invade the country.

Trial Begins For Teens Accused Of Raping Girls In Park

Oct. 9
City News Service
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Opening statements were scheduled to get under way today in the trial of one of two 17-year-old boys accused of raping two teenage girls in a Rancho Penasquitos park.

Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor

Oct. 9
NPR Staff
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In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.

NRC To Host Public San Onofre Meeting Tonight

Oct. 9
By Alison St John
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will host a public meeting tonight to address concerns about the San Onofre nuclear generating station.

San Diego Gas Prices Live In Record Territory

Oct. 9
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego gas prices continue to live in record territory today, but perhaps not for long. Fuel analysts think the price surge may be abating.

Prop 33 Seeks To Change Car Insurance Rules

Oct. 9
By Erik Anderson
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California voters are getting a chance to tweak the state’s car insurance rules when they consider the fate of Proposition 33.

Filner Releases Calendar: What's Missing?

Oct. 9
By Joanne Faryon
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San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner released his calendar to the KPBS/I-Newsource Investigations Desk. The calendar is missing several days, and all activity in Washington D.C.