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Stories for August 12, 2013

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N.C. GOP Gov. Pat McCrory Signs Voter ID Bill

Aug. 12
Doreen McCallister / NPR

The measure signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday overhauls North Carolina's election laws. It requires government-issued photo IDs at the polls, reduces the early voting period by one week and ends same day registration.

NPR, Ombudsman Differ On S. Dakota Indian Foster Care Series

Aug. 12
David Folkenflik / NPR

After an extensive investigation lasting well over a year, NPR's ombudsman has concluded the network's series on South Dakota's efforts to put Native American children in foster care was fundamentally flawed.

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CicloSDias Time-Lapse: City Heights To Logan Heights In Two Minutes

Aug. 12
By Megan Burks

Miss CicloSDias or just want to relive it? Speak City Heights and Media Arts Center video journalist Brian Myers offers this time-lapse video of his 5.2-mile ride.

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Students From 10 San Diego County Schools Post Photos Of Standardized Tests Online

Aug. 12
By Kyla Calvert

For the second year in a row, students at more than 200 schools across California posted images of state standardized tests online. Students at 10 middle and high schools in San Diego county posted photos.

Investigations Center On Filner's Credit Card Use

Aug. 12
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Investigations into Mayor Bob Filner's activities centered today on the use of city credit cards on a recent trip to Paris and a swank downtown San Diego hotel.

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Past San Diego Mayors Who Left Office Early

Aug. 12
By Midday Edition

If Mayor Bob Filner resigns from office following sexual harassment allegations, he certainly won't be the first San Diego mayor to resign.

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Elvis, Aloha From Hawaii

Aug. 12

Elvis Presley was at the pinnacle of his super stardom when he made television history in 1973 with this live concert special, televised globally via satellite. Now, 40 years later, don’t miss one of the most outstanding concert performances of his career as Elvis sings “Suspicious Minds,” “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “My Way,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and many more.

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Firefighting's First Female General Makes Order Out Of Chaos

Aug. 12
Nate Rott / NPR

A line of dirty fire engines rumbles off of Southern California's Pine to Palms Highway into an open field, trailing a cloud of brown dust. The drivers' faces are smudged with black soot.

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Van Evers: Honors His Father In His Own Way

Aug. 12
Karen GrigsBates / NPR

James Van Dyke Evers was only three when his father, Medgar, was assassinated in the driveway of the family's home in Jackson, Miss. in June 1963. A sniper shot Medgar Evers in the back as he returned from a meeting late at night. Tensions had been running high because Evers, the first field secretary for the NAACP, was making headway in pushing the state's black citizens to register to vote. White Mississippians who'd lived comfortably under segregation could feel the ground shifting beneath them--and they didn't like it.

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'Ocean's 16' Powerball Winners Claim Share Of Jackpot

Aug. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR

The 16 women and men who won more than $86 million in last week's Powerball drawing validated their ticket and posed with a gigantic check Monday. The group, which calls itself "Ocean's 16," famously worked at the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department the day after they learned they would become millionaires.

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Fixing Juvie Justice

Aug. 12

Young people are entering the juvenile justice system in surprising numbers, and they seem to emerge worse than when they entered. A group of innovators applies the restorative justice principles of the Maori people of New Zealand to the mean streets of Baltimore. Can the wisdom of the Maori help slow the explosion of kids in jail? Could it help fix juvie justice?

Will The Filner Scandal Cause An Economic Fallout In San Diego?

Aug. 12
By Midday Edition

With all the uncertainty surrounding the future of Mayor Bob Filner, some are wondering if San Diego will begin to feel an economic impact from the scandal.

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Camp Helps Children With Disabilities Learn Independence

Aug. 12
By Dwane Brown

The Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association in National City provides year-round support for children in wheelchairs. For 27 years now, the group has hosted a summer camp for children between the ages of 4 and 18.

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Life Sciences Trade Group Biocom Calls For Filner's Resignation

Aug. 12
City News Service

The trade organization for San Diego's life sciences industry today made the latest call for Mayor Bob Filner to resign over allegations that he made numerous unwanted sexual advances toward women.

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California Airman Killed In Okinawa Helicopter Crash (Video)

Aug. 12
By Beth Ford Roth

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mark A. Smith of Bakersfield, California, was killed August 5 when his HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed during a training mission on Okinawa. The 30-year-old leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

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3 US Soldiers Killed In Afghan Insurgent Attack

Aug. 12
By Beth Ford Roth

Three International Security Assistance Force service members were killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan on Sunday. NBC News has identified the three soldiers as American.

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CicloSDias Encourages San Diegans To Get Out Of Their Cars, Into The Community

Aug. 12
Bianca Bruno

San Diegans rolled out Sunday for the first CicloSDias event, an open-street affair that closed down a 5.2-mile stretch of city streets from Grant Hill to City Heights.

Judge Orders Baby's Name Changed From 'Messiah'

Aug. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR

A Tennessee judge ordered a baby's name changed from Messiah to Martin last week, after the boy's parents went to court to fight over their son's last name. The boy's mother, Jaleesa Martin, says she was shocked by the decision and that she'll appeal the judge's order to rename her baby Martin DeShawn McCullough.

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Resort Villa Collapses Into Sinkhole Near Disney World

Aug. 12
Bill Chappell / NPR

Vacationers staying in a luxury villa in central Florida awoke to creaking and crashing sounds Sunday night, as the three-story building they were staying in began to collapse. A large portion of the structure was pulled into a sinkhole at the Summer Bay Resort near Disney World. It seems the process was slow enough that it allowed everyone in the building to get out safely.

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Mortgage Delinquencies Fall As Housing Market Bounces Back

Aug. 12
By Erik Anderson

California's housing market is coming back into balance as mortgage delinquencies fall.

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Telehealth Counseling Makes PTSD Treatment Accessible For Veterans

Aug. 12
By Tarryn Mento

It's called telemental health — virtually connecting patient with psychologist. Nearly a quarter of veterans return home with post-traumatic stress disorder, but only a few actually seek treatment.

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Second Opinion: How Does Obamacare Address End-of-Life Care?

Aug. 12
By Megan Burks

A Mira Mesa woman caring for a friend with Parkinson's disease asks how the Affordable Care Act will help with end-of-life planning and care.

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For Democrats And Republicans, It's Happily (N)ever After

Aug. 12
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

She's dated Democrats in the past, but she found their acceptance of abortion heartbreaking and their support of President Obama nearly as off-putting.

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Retired Idaho Sheriff Credited For Teen's Discovery

Aug. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR

The key to the discovery of California teen Hannah Anderson and her alleged kidnapper on a mountain in Idaho appears to have been a chance meeting they had with an ex-sheriff, his wife and two friends who were out riding their horses.

Father Reunited With Abducted Teen Requests Privacy

Aug. 12
City News Service / Ken Fields and Sarah Sapeda

The father of a Lakeside teenager who was rescued in Idaho last weekend after being kidnapped by a family friend who also allegedly murdered her mother and younger brother asked the public today to grant his family privacy while his daughter recovers from her "tremendous, horrific ordeal.''

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Timely Idea? Holder To Pitch Changes To Drug Enforcement

Aug. 12
Mark Memmott / NPR

Shorter prison sentences for nonviolent criminals, more programs to treat those convicted of low-level drug-related crimes and reductions in the number of crimes that carry "mandatory minimum sentences." Those are among the things Attorney General Eric Holder will suggest Monday when he addresses the American Bar Association in San Francisco.

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Filner 'Not Welcome Back' Rally Draws Recall Supporters

Aug. 12
City News Service

About 75 opponents of embattled Mayor Bob Filner held a "Not Welcome Back'' rally today at the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego in the wake of his completion of a stint in a behavioral therapy program.

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Killed For Taking Part In "Everybody's Fight"

Aug. 12
Karen GrigsBates / NPR

For the past few months, NPR has been commemorating the monumental summer of 1963 by looking at watershed moments in the civil rights movement. In this three-part series, Karen Grigsby Bates talks with the children of civil rights leaders who lost their lives in the battle for racial equality.