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Stories for September 20, 2012

San Diego Watersheds Earn Fair, Poor Marks In New Report

Sept. 20
City News Service
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The water quality of most of San Diego County's 11 watersheds rates no higher than fair in a report released today by San Diego Coastkeeper, an environmental group.

Business Groups Protest California's Greenhouse Gas Law

Sept. 20
JASON DEAREN, Associated Press
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Dozens of people, some wearing red "Save Our Jobs" T-shirts, packed a public meeting on Thursday to testify that a key component of California's landmark greenhouse gas emissions law will impose enormous costs on them and consumers.

Shuttle Endeavour Returns To California After Saluting Giffords

Sept. 20
ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press
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Space shuttle Endeavour returned to its California roots Thursday after a wistful cross-country journey that paid homage to NASA workers and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband.

Latina Journalist Maria Hinojosa Explores America By the Numbers

Sept. 20
By Monica Medina
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Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa is on a mission. A mission to change the landscape of mainstream media, and the culture of how news is reported. In the process, she hopes to build a path that other people of color can follow.

DeMaio Draws Support From The Middle

Sept. 20
By Katie Orr
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Republican City Councilman and San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio held a news conference today to announce he’s creating a bipartisan job creation coalition made up of people from across the political spectrum. That includes several members from a group called Movement To the Middle, which was created during the primaries.

Assemblyman Hueso Announces Legislation To Limit School Bonds

Sept. 20
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service
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A San Diego assemblyman today announced plans to introduce legislation to place restrictions on the terms of school district construction bonds.

Chargers Game On Sunday Will Be Blacked Out

Sept. 20
City News Service
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The Chargers home game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons will not be televised in Southern California, the team announced today.

California Fishing Stocks Healthier, New Report Finds

Sept. 20
By Erik Anderson
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The latest report on the nation's fishing industry is more optimistic than it's been in years, and Southern California fisheries are enjoying their share of the bounty.

American Graduate Day

Sept. 20
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“American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” is a public media initiative – supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success. AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY is an unprecedented full-day broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves. Each half hour will feature a 23 minute segment about a national organization working to keep kids on track and in schools.

USS Peleliu Conducts Burials-At-Sea For Fallen Service Members

Sept. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Peleliu, which departed its home port of San Diego on Monday, conducted burials-at-sea this week for deceased military members and loved ones.

I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant - Military Style (Video)

Sept. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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"I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" has got to be one of my favorite television shows. It's got drama, comedy, and always ends on a happy note. Well, there's now a military candidate for the reality show. A British soldier gave birth Tuesday at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, and claims she had no idea she was carrying a child.

Exhibit: The Human Beast

Sept. 20
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Museum of Art is in the midst of an exhibit on German Expressionism called The Human Beast. Assistant curator Ariel Plotek gives us a tour.

Gas Prices Rise Slightly, Ending Seven-Day Streak

Sept. 20
City News Service
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A seven-day streak of dropping prices ended today when the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose six-tenths of a cent to $4.133.

Census: El Cajon Has Highest Poverty Rates In San Diego County

Sept. 20
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Salaries continue to decline in many of San Diego largest industries, according to a report based on U.S. Census data. The numbers show that in 2011 many paychecks were lower in San Diego, the median income was down and the poverty rate increased.

Qualcomm Event Aims To Get San Diego Women Into Engineering

Sept. 20
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Qualcomm is one of the largest employers in the city. The high-tech communications firm holds its sixth annual QWISE initiative today to reach out to women and girls here and around the world to encourage them to enter science fields.

Hall of Fame: the 2012 Inductees

Sept. 20
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KPBS Hall of Fame ceremony took place during the KPBS Celebrates Gala inspired by Downton Abbey on May 4, 2013 at the US Grant. This year’s inductees have all made important and lasting contributions to KPBS.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Pearl Jam

Sept. 20
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, classic alternative rockers Pearl Jam take the ACL stage with tunes from their latest album, "Backspacer," as well as catalogue favorites.

Homecoming Planned For Quadruple Amputee Travis Mills (Video)

Sept. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills has made remarkable progress since losing parts of all four limbs in April during his deployment in Afghanistan. Mills, one of only five quadruple amputees to survive the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, plans to return to his hometown in Michigan next month for his alma mater's homecoming parade.

KPBS Celebrates Gala Inspired by Downton Abbey

Sept. 20
By Claudine Casillas
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The KPBS Celebrates Gala Inspired by Downton Abbey will be one of the season's best galas. Mark your calendar for May 4, 2013 at the US Grant. This special event benefits KPBS' mission of serving our community with news and entertainment programming. We look forward to seeing you there.

America By The Numbers With Maria Hinojosa: Clarkston, Georgia

Sept. 20
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In this NEED TO KNOW Election 2012 special, Maria Hinojosa visits one of the country’s most surprisingly diverse communities, a home to residents from more than 40 countries who speak more than 60 languages and dialects. Clarkston, Georgia, a town of 7,500 people, was 90 percent white in the 1980s; today, it is less than 14 percent white. The program looks at how a rising multicultural population may influence American culture and affect the 2012 presidential election.

Ex-Navy SEAL Who Wrote Bin Laden Book Gave Input For New Video Game (Video)

Sept. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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The author of the bestselling book “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden,” has also apparently shared his insider knowledge as a former Navy SEAL with the video game industry, to help in the creation of a new game called "Medal of Honor Warfighter."

Official Versions Diverge Over U.S. Consulate Attack

Sept. 20
Dina Temple-Raston/NPR
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The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last week has led to dueling versions of what unfolded that night in Benghazi.

Nearly Seven Million Californians LIving In Poverty

Sept. 20
Associated Press
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Census figures show nearly seven million Californians are living in poverty. The Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey also shows 26 percent of Fresno residents are below the poverty line to rank the second-highest in the nation.

Brighter Job Outlook For Military Veterans Gathered At MCRD San Diego

Sept. 20
By Dwane Brown
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The job outlook for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans continues to improve. Many of them are settling down in San Diego and Southern California.

Ruocco Park By Seaport Village To Be Dedicated Today

Sept. 20
City News Service
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A 3.3-acre park just north of Seaport Village will be dedicated today by Port of San Diego and city of San Diego officials.

Weekend Preview: Films, Art, And Brews

Sept. 20
Midday Edition
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We'll talk about ways to enjoy the end of summer.