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Stories for April 2, 2013

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President Obama Taps San Diego Neuroscientists for Brain Mapping Initiative

April 2, 2013
By David Wagner

Scientists still don't fully understand what's going on inside the human brain. But thanks to a robust White House initiative, local researchers could help get us closer to answering that basic question.

SD Tuberculosis

April 2, 2013

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A person diagnosed with tuberculosis could have exposed children and staff at a San Marcos preschool to the illness last month, the county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

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Bill Would Ban Sale of Live Animals at California Swap Meets

April 2, 2013
Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio

Live animals could no longer be sold at flea markets and swap meets in California under a bill making its way through the state legislature. As Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento, the bill cleared its first hurdle Tuesday.

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Live From The Artists Den: The Wallflowers

April 2, 2013

It's been seven years since their last album, but the Wallflowers were back in full force during their performance at Bimbo's 365 Club, a Bay Area institution for more than 80 years. Surrounded by the club's Art Deco glamour and 600 invited guests, frontman Jakob Dylan led the Wallflowers through a riveting 18-song set, featuring new songs from their forthcoming album on Columbia Records and classics such as "One Headlight" and "6th Avenue Heartache."

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Reality Often Rivals Fiction In Political Corruption Scandals

April 2, 2013
Frank James / NPR

The federal criminal complaint against New York politicians arrested after an FBI sting was a reminder of how often real-life political scandals can read like the imaginings of Hollywood screenwriters. (Think $90,000 in cash in a congressman's freezer.)

For Legal Pot Sellers, A Big Tax Problem

April 2, 2013
Grace Hood / NPR

An obscure tax code provision crafted for drug dealers is giving state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries a headache.

'Buckwild' Star Died Of Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

April 2, 2013
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

We told you on Monday about the death of one of the stars of the MTV reality show Buckwild. The Kanawha County, W.Va., Sheriff's Office said there were no signs of foul play in the death of Shain Gandee, 21, his uncle David Gandee, 48, and a third, unidentified person. On Tuesday, there's more news: The sheriff's department said all three men died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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New Law Could Mean More Early Detection Of Breast Cancer In California

April 2, 2013
Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio

A new state law that took effect Monday is intended to increase the early detection of breast cancer in California. Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento on the measure that will give some women more information about their risk for the disease.

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Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley

April 2, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

British journalist and physician Michael Mosley sets an ambitious goal: to become healthier and lose weight while making as few changes as possible to his life. In working toward these goals, Mosley discovers a powerful new science behind the old idea of fasting, a program that still allows him to enjoy his favorite foods. He takes a road trip across the U.S. to investigate how a little hunger can turn on the body’s “repair genes” and, of course, tries the new science himself.

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Border Patrol Postpones Staff Furloughs

April 2, 2013
By Adrian Florido

The agency had warned of long border waits and fewer agents on the ground, but those haven't come to pass.

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Governor Brown Responds To Sequestration With Military Advisory Council

April 2, 2013
By Alison St John, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Governor Jerry Brown has set up a Military Advisory Council. That could provide political help to San Diego to save its installations and other military assets.

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Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

April 2, 2013
Kevin Charles Redmon / NPR

Gone are the days of serving up tater tots and French toast sticks to students. Here are the days of carrot sticks and quinoa.

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San Diego-Based USS Freedom Makes Port Visit To Guam (Video)

April 2, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The San Diego-based USS Freedom is in the midst of a port visit to Guam. Sailors from the Freedom visited with high school students Monday to talk about life in the Navy.

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Seau Family Joins Philadelphia-Based Suit Against NFL

April 2, 2013
Maryclaire Dale // AP

A family lawsuit over the suicide of Pro Bowler Junior Seau has been consolidated with NFL concussion litigation in Philadelphia.

San Diego Dance Companies Reach Milestones Post-Recession

April 2, 2013
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico

Malashock Dance is celebrating its silver anniversary. San Diego Theatre is in its 41st year. But just how have San Diego's cutting edge dance companies survived through thick and thin?

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Nat'l Honor Given To San Diego's Father Joe Carroll

April 2, 2013
By Alison St John, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Father Joe Carroll is well known to San Diegans for his work with the poor and homeless through St. Vincent De Paul Center and then Father Joe's Villages. His work is being recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Foundation.

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At Cesar Chavez Day March, Labor's New Stance On Immigration

April 2, 2013
By Jill Replogle

Hundreds of union supporters marked Cesar Chavez Day by marching in downtown San Diego on Monday. Labor's evolving stance on immigration was on display.

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Camp Pendleton 'Godfather' Accused Of Accepting Bribes (Video)

April 2, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Defense Department employee Natividad Lara "Nate" Cervantes, who oversaw Camp Pendleton's construction contracts, has been arrested and charged with demanding bribes from businesses eager to get contracts on base.

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NRA Task Force Recommends Training School Personnel Who Want To Be Armed

April 2, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

A task force launched by the National Rifle Association after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has come back with a report that recommends the creation of programs that give additional weapons training to school resource officers as well as "selected and designated school personnel" who could then carry arms.

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San Diego Gas Price Rises Slightly

April 2, 2013
City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose one-tenth of a cent today to $4.063, the second increase in four days following a 30-day streak of decreases.

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Navy SEAL Killed In Parachute Accident ID'ed (Video)

April 2, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle, 30, was killed last week in a parachute training accident in Arizona. Shadle was a member of Navy SEAL Team 6.

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Soldier Dies Of Illness In Afghanistan

April 2, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Chief Warrant Officer Curtis S. Reagan, 43, died March 29 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related illness, according to the Department of Defense.

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High-Skilled Visa Requests Likely To Exceed Supply

April 2, 2013
Associated Press

The Homeland Security Department expects applications for high-skilled immigration visas to outpace the available supply in a matter of days, one of the fastest runs on the much-sought-after work permits in years and a sign of continued economic recovery amid new hiring by U.S. technology companies.

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'April Pool Days' Drowning Prevention Events Kick Off In San Diego

April 2, 2013
City News Service

Rady Children's Hospital and child safety advocates today will kick off a monthlong series of events to try to prevent drownings around San Diego County.

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Self-Help Programs May Be An Effective Option For Overweight Kids

April 2, 2013
By Kenny Goldberg

A self-help program may be as effective as traditional clinic-based programs in helping obese kids lose weight, a new study suggests

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Drone Industry Boosters Pilot Controversial Local Growth Plan

April 2, 2013
By David Wagner

When it comes to the controversial unmanned aircraft known as drones, business is booming. That could mean scores of new jobs for San Diego, but privacy defenders say courting the drone industry could cost us our civil liberties.

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Power Managers Hope For A Mild Summer

April 2, 2013
By Erik Anderson

California power grid managers say there is enough electricity available to keep the lights on this summer, but some challenges loom.

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North Korea Vows To Restart Nuclear Facilities

April 2, 2013

North Korea said Tuesday it will restart its long-shuttered plutonium reactor and increase production of nuclear weapons material, in what outsiders see as its latest attempt to extract U.S. concessions by raising fears of war.

Atlanta Educators Accused In Cheating Scandal Start Turning Themselves In

April 2, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

Ongoing coverage as 35 educators from Atlanta's school system turn themselves in to face charges related to that city's cheating scandal:

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Screening: 'Them!'

April 2, 2013
By Beth Accomando

"A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!" They don't write taglines like that any more, and they don't make sci-fi like they did in the 1950s. That's why TheNAT's screening of "Them!" this Wednesday night at 7:00pm on the big screen is such a delight.

New Medical School Wants To Build Ranks Of Primary Care Doctors

April 2, 2013
Jeffrey Cohen / NPR

Michael Ellison has a tough assignment. He's the associate dean of admissions choosing the first class of a brand new medical school, the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

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When You're Mixed Race, Just One Box Is Not Enough

April 2, 2013
NPR Staff / NPR

NPR continues a series of conversations aboutThe Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition. You can find hundreds of six-word submissions and submit your own at www.theracecardproject.com.

States Propose Crackdowns On Copper Theft

April 2, 2013
Candace Wheeler / NPR

The price of copper remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of copper getting stolen.