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Stories for October 16, 2012

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Obama Gets Aggressive In Rematch Debate Against Mitt Romney

Oct. 16, 2012
STEVE PEOPLES and DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

An aggressive President Barack Obama ripped into Mitt Romney's economic blueprint in a town hall style debate Tuesday night, accusing his rival of favoring only a "one-point plan" to help the rich at the expense of the middle class. The Republican protested the charge was way off the mark.

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CPUC To Decide Whether To Investigate San Onofre, Offer Refunds, Next Week

Oct. 16, 2012
City News Service

The California Public Utilities Commission will decide next week whether to open an investigation into the long-term outages at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and whether to order a refund of utility customers' money, the commission announced today.

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Peters Leads Bilbray In Fundraising For 52nd, But With Big Self Loan

Oct. 16, 2012
By Alison St John

The latest campaign fundraising figures show Democrat Scott Peters ahead of Republican Brian Bilbray in the race for the 52nd Congressional District. But if you take away the money Peters loaned his own campaign, they are running neck and neck.

Coalition of Water Providers Agree on Delta Projects

Oct. 16, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

A water management coalition says it's hopeful some short-term projects to improve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will move forward.

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Young Endorses Filner In San Diego Mayor's Race

Oct. 16, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Congressman Bob Filner picked up an endorsement in the San Diego mayor’s race Tuesday. But he also got called out on an old attendance record.

Brown Starts First Prop 30 Campaign Swing in Two Months

Oct. 16, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California Governor Jerry Brown is kicking off a fresh wave of campaign events for his November sales and income tax measure.

Election 2012: Proposition 31

Oct. 16, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Our election 2012 coverage continues with a report on Proposition 31. The measure would change California’s budgeting process. But it would do much more than that.

First Fast And Furious Defendant Sentenced

Oct. 16, 2012
By Michel Marizco

The first of the defendants at the heart of Operation Fast and Furious has been sentenced to prison.

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Lemon

Oct. 16, 2012

When Lemon Andersen held a Tony Award in his hands for his work in Russell Simmons’ "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway, it was close to a miracle. This poet/performer was a three-time felon who’d achieved more than anyone could have ever imagined. But when the show closed, he lost everything and moved his wife and two small daughters back to the projects. In desperation, he turned to the only thing he had left — his pen and his past. "LEMON" follows one man’s journey to take his life story to the New York stage while battling his darkest demons.

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Researchers To Study Uranium Impacts On Navajo Children

Oct. 16, 2012
By Laurel Morales

The University of New Mexico and the federal government are launching a health study 30 years after uranium mines were shut down on the Navajo Nation. They plan to determine whether ongoing exposure to contaminated sites may be affecting pregnant women and children.

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Town Hall Format Could Make Things Tough On Obama

Oct. 16, 2012
SCOTT NEUMAN, NPR

The town hall may be a poor format for Obama to attempt evening the score.

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Four Sailors Injured During Aircraft Carrier Refueling

Oct. 16, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Four sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman were injured today while their ship was being refueled off the coast of Florida. Two of the sailors have been hospitalized for their injuries.

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Three Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan On Same Day In Different Attacks

Oct. 16, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The Department of Defense has released the names of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan on October 13 in three separate attacks: Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, 24; Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard, 29; and Sgt. Robert J. Billings, 30.

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SDSU Professor Wins Federal Grant To Superheat Air To Turn Turbines

Oct. 16, 2012
City News Service

A San Diego State University engineering professor working to make large-scale solar energy generation more efficient was awarded a $3.9 million federal grant, the school announced today.

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USS Fort Worth To Arrive In San Diego On Thursday (Video)

Oct. 16, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The USS Fort Worth is slated to arrive in her new homeport of San Diego on Thursday. The ship is the Navy's newest commissioned Littoral Combat Ship, a vessel that's easily maneuverable and designed to sail in shallow waters.

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5 Questions 'Real' People Might Ask At The Debate

Oct. 16, 2012
Marilyn Geewax, NPR

As this election year began, political pundits insisted the No. 1 issue would be the economy. They expected the candidates to offer voters detailed plans for encouraging job growth.

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Author Of 'Sutton' Tells San Diegans About 'Babe Ruth Of Bank Robbers'

Oct. 16, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh

Pulitzer Prize winner J. R. Moehringer's first novel "Sutton" is based on the life of bank robber Willie Sutton.

Medicare Open Enrollment Now Through December 7

Oct. 16, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Nearly 424,000 people in San Diego County are enrolled in Medicare. Open enrollment is the time of year when people with Medicare can review their health coverage to make sure it still meets their needs. We'll get answers to your Medicare questions today at noon on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Arizona College Celebrates Federal Job Training Grant

Oct. 16, 2012
By Jude Joffe-Block

The federal government is funding job training programs at community colleges across the country, including a $13.4 million grant to a consortium of Arizona schools. The Secretary of Labor toured one campus on Monday.

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Report Finds Female Soldier Committed Suicide In Afghanistan

Oct. 16, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

An Army investigation into the death of Spc. Mikayla Bragg found the 20-year-old soldier killed herself in a guard tower in Afghanistan last December. The probe also found Bragg's superiors had no idea she had received in-patient mental health treatment just months before leaving for Afghanistan.

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Reprieves For Young Undocumented Immigrants Start Trickling In

Oct. 16, 2012
By Adrian Florido

Last week Ana Mendoza got something she'd never had: recognition from the federal government.

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Obama Leads Romney In Military Donations

Oct. 16, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Despite a recent poll that showed Military Times subscribers favor Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by a margin of 2-to-1, new documents show the president leads Romney in military donations by a notable margin.

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Soldier Held In Afghan Rampage Moved To Washington State

Oct. 16, 2012
Associated Press

The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in March was transferred Monday to an Army base in Washington state, where he faces a pretrial hearing Nov. 5. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales arrived late Monday afternoon at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and was being held in pretrial confinement.

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Obama Out To Seize Momentum From Romney In Debate

Oct. 16, 2012
Associated Press

The pressure is on President Barack Obama to deliver a Goldilocks performance in the second debate: Not too cool, as he was in his first, listless encounter with Mitt Romney. And not too hot, as some critics styled Vice President Joe Biden in his faceoff with Paul Ryan.

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Daughter Of Mexican Drug Lord Held In San Diego

Oct. 16, 2012
Elliot Spagat, Associated Press

The daughter of one of the world's most sought-after drug lords has been charged with trying to enter the United States on someone else's passport, U.S. officials said, becoming the latest family member to become ensnared in U.S. courts.

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Super PACs Spending Big, Spending Negative In Congressional Race

Oct. 16, 2012
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

National Super PACs have thrown more than $4 million into the 52nd Congressional District race. Most of the cash has been spent on negative ads.

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Poll: Romney Has Large Lead In Rural Swing Counties

Oct. 16, 2012
Howard Berkes, NPR

As Mitt Romney and President Obama get ready for their second debate, a new bipartisan survey shows a surge for Romney in a key voter group following their first debate Oct. 3.

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Video Interview: Old Globe Hires New Artistic Director

Oct. 16, 2012
By Angela Carone

The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park has appointed a new artistic director after a year long vacancy. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says the person now responsible for the theater’s artistic vision is a prominent Shakespeare expert.