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Stories for September 12, 2012

California Energy Commission Approves 300-Megawatt Natural Gas Power Plant

Sept. 12
City News Service

A proposed 300-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant near the U.S.-Mexico border was unanimously approved today by the California Energy Commission.

City Attorney Goldsmith Calls For Lawsuit Reform

Sept. 12
By Katie Orr

San Diego’s city attorney says the state needs to reform how its courts handle lawsuits.

New UCSD Center To Test Aircraft Parts

Sept. 12
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego is home to a new center that will help researchers better understand the composite materials used to build airplanes.

Boxer Pushes NRC For Assurances On Nuclear Safety

Sept. 12
By Alison St John
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Senator Barbara Boxer calls on the NRC to push more aggressively for safety improvements at nuclear power plants, specifically San Onofre

California Governor Signs Pension Overhaul Legislation

Sept. 12
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that he called the biggest rollback to public pension benefits in the state’s history.

Amazon "Tax" Begins Saturday

Sept. 12
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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If you’ve got a balance on your Amazon gift card you’d better start spending it now. Starting Saturday, Amazon and other out–of-state retailers will begin collecting sales taxes on California purchases.

Officials: Pentagon Moving 2 Warships Toward Libyan Coast

Sept. 12
Associated Press

US officials say the Pentagon is moving two warships toward the Libyan coast, according to the AP.

Facebook Voting Button Increased 2010 Turnout, UCSD Study Finds

Sept. 12
By Claire Trageser
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As the November elections draw closer, campaigns everywhere are focused on how to get more voters to turn out at the polls. A new study from UC San Diego suggests peer pressure through Facebook could do just that.

With No Latino Moderators For Debates, Univision Announces Its 'Own Party'

Sept. 12
Erica Ryan, NPR

The Spanish-language network will host candidate forums with President Obama and Mitt Romney next week. The network scheduled the events after finding out there would be no Latino moderators during the presidential debates, says host Jorge Ramos.

Bill To Provide Fertility Benefits To Injured Vets Clears Senate Hurdle

Sept. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Veterans with combat injuries that prevent them from naturally conceiving a baby would be able to get additional fertility assistance from the VA under a bill cleared today by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

UC San Diego Ranked 38th Best University In Country

Sept. 12
City News Service

UC San Diego was ranked as the 38th best university in the country in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report and the eighth best public school.

Homeless Man Arrested For Setting 16 Fires Overnight

Sept. 12
City News Service
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A homeless man was arrested on suspicion of arson today after he allegedly set 16 fires in commercial trash bins and coffee carts in Hillcrest and downtown San Diego.

'Twisted Justice' - Former Oklahoma Governor Writes Memoir

Sept. 12
Midday Edition

Former Oklahoma Governor and San Diego resident David Hall writes about the most infamous part of his life and discusses the current political scene.

San Diego Superior Courts Could Lose 200 Additional Staff From Budget Cuts

Sept. 12
Midday Edition
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The budget signed this summer by Gov. Jerry Brown cut more than $500 million from California courts. The first round of cuts to San Diego Superior courts have now taken place.

Camp Pendleton Suicide Victim Was Retired Navy Sailor

Sept. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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The man who committed suicide Tuesday at Camp Pendleton's Marine Memorial Golf Course was a retired sailor, according to NCIS investigators.

'Tag Project' Brings To Light A Dark Time In U.S. History

Sept. 12
Midday Edition
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A local artist's work honors the approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II, an event often forgotten by many.

Report: Expansion Of Space Available Flight Program Would Hurt Military Fliers

Sept. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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Any attempt to expand the "Space Available Flight" program - which provides free flights to active-duty and retired military - would actually hurt the ability of troops to find space on available flights, according to a GAO report.

Marines Headed To Libya To Protect Consulate (Video)

Sept. 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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In response to the murder of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and four other Americans, a team of Marines has been deployed to Libya to secure the consulate.

San Diego Schools Improve Standard Test Scores

Sept. 12
SARAH SAPEDA, City News Service

San Diego Unified School District students improved their performance on the California Standards Test for the seventh consecutive year, although mathematics remained an area in need of extra support, according to a presentation to the Board of Education tonight.

Turkish Pedicab Drivers In San Diego Ordered To Leave Country

Sept. 12
City News Service

Fifteen Turkish nationals have left the U.S. and nine others are expected to leave soon following federal orders to leave the country for operating pedicabs illegally in downtown San Diego.

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

Sept. 12
Associated Press
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Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad, the White House says.

Del Mar Group Gives Roll Models To Kids In Wheelchairs

Sept. 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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Kids need someone to help them get through life, especially if they live in a wheelchair. A Del Mar-based non-profit has launched a program that pairs kids in wheel chairs with a disabled adult mentor.