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Stories for February 4, 2013

Napolitano Stumps For Immigration Reform At Southwest Border

Feb. 4
By Jill Replogle
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was in San Diego on Monday as part of a two-day tour to inspect border security along the U.S.-Mexico border and rally for immigration reform. Napolitano said the border is about as secure as it’s going to get.

San Diego Hospice Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Feb. 4
The KPBS and I-Newsource Investigations Desk
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Chapter 11 will allow the hospice provider to reorganize and stay in business. The move follows a two year federal investigation into patient eligibility.

No Capital Appreciation Bonds For San Diego, School Board Says

Feb. 4
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education does not plan to issue capital appreciation bonds under voter-approved Proposition Z, according to a presentation scheduled to be delivered to the board today.

Judge Rules Texas' School-Funding Method Unconstitutional

Feb. 4
Tovia Smith / NPR
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A state district court in Texas has ruled that the way the state funds its public schools is unconstitutional, both because the money is insufficient and because it is not distributed fairly.

Critics Question Witness List Ahead Of Immigration Hearing

Feb. 4
Corey Dade / NPR

The new Congress will hold its first hearing on overhauling immigration laws on Tuesday, and some pro-immigrant groups and Democrats already are grumbling that the makeup of witnesses scheduled to testify before a House panel is weighted toward conservatives who oppose citizenship for illegal immigrants and support a limited flow of newcomers.

Gas Prices Rode The Accelerator Last Week

Feb. 4
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego gas prices surged up more than 25 cents a gallon in just the past week.

California's Premature Birth Rate Continues To Fall

Feb. 4
By Kenny Goldberg
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California has one of the nation's lowest premature birth rates, according to a new report from the March of Dimes.

Police Find Body Near San Diego River In Mission Valley

Feb. 4
City News Service / City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Officers looking for a South Bay resident today found a body believed to be that of the missing man alongside the San Diego River in Mission Valley.

UC San Diego Ranked 13th For Producing Peace Corps Recruits

Feb. 4
City News Service / City News Service

LA JOLLA (CNS) - UC San Diego ranks fourth in California and 13th nationally for the number of undergraduate alumni that serves in the Peace Corps, according to a report released today.

Calif. AG Sues Standard & Poor's

Feb. 4
AP / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against debt rating agency Standard & Poor's, claiming it inflated its ratings of certain investments, costing the state's public pension funds and other investors billions of dollars.

Bill Would Force Gun Owners To Buy Insurance

Feb. 4
AP / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover any damages or injuries caused by their weapons.

Homeless Families In San Diego Crowd Emergency Shelters

Feb. 4
By Susan Murphy
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The growing number of poor families in San Diego County is taking a toll on emergency shelters.

NOVA: Building Pharaoh's Chariot

Feb. 4
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Some historians claim that the Egyptian chariot launched a technological and strategic revolution and was the secret weapon behind Egypt’s greatest era of conquest known as the New Kingdom. But was the chariot really a revolutionary design? How decisive was its role in the bloody battles of the ancient world? A team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers builds and tests two accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots.

How One Company Reinvented The Hand Dryer

Feb. 4
NPR Staff / NPR
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There's a lot of talk in politics about the desirability of American manufacturing and "green" jobs. President Obama talks about both often, especially wind turbines and long-lasting batteries that are made on U.S. soil.

Aging Poorly: Another Act of Baby Boomer Rebellion

Feb. 4
Rob Stein / NPR
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Baby boomers have a reputation for being addicted to exercise and obsessed with eating well.

Where Smart Growth Falls Short In San Diego

Feb. 4
By Tom Fudge
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Two San Diego developments show how goals to create walkable communities can succeed and fail.

Jacobs On Plaza De Panama Plan: 'It's Over'

Feb. 4
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A San Diego Superior Court judge has affirmed his tentative ruling that the city of San Diego violated its own municipal code when approving a plan to remove cars from Balboa Park.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Silicon Valley

Feb. 4
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"Silicon Valley" tells the story of the pioneering scientists and engineers who transformed rural Santa Clara County into the hub of technological ingenuity we now know as Silicon Valley. The film spotlights the creativity of the young men who founded Fairchild Semiconductor, in particular the brilliant, charismatic young physicist Robert Noyce. Their radical innovations would include the integrated circuit that helped make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, transforming the way the world works, plays and communicates, making possible everything from the Apollo program to smart phones, from pacemakers to microwaves.

No Capital Appreciation Bonds For San Diego, School Board Says

Feb. 4
City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education does not plan to issue controversial capital appreciation bonds under voter-approved Proposition Z, according to a presentation scheduled to be delivered to the board tomorrow.

Momentum Builds In Sacramento For Medical Interpretation

Feb. 4
By Megan Burks
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Local refugees fighting for better medical interpretation are joining a statewide effort to pass legislation that would add interpretation services to Medi-Cal.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Miniseries

Feb. 4
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Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history; they were major events that captured the nation’s imagination. “Roots” was the biggest — interviewed about that groundbreaking series are stars LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, John Amos, Georg Stanford Brown and Ed Asner. This episode also considers the very first miniseries, “Rich Man, Poor Man,” as stars Peter Strauss and Susan Blakely offer fresh insights. All of the key players from the landmark miniseries “The Thorn Birds” appear, providing surprising commentary about the romance seen by more viewers than any other in TV history.

Miramar Marines Coming Home From Afghanistan

Feb. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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About 200 Marines are expected to arrive home in San Diego today after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Defense Produces Own Wiretap Translation In Somali Trial

Feb. 4
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The trial against four Somali men accused of funneling money to terrorists began last week in San Diego. How strong is the government's case and how has is affected the San Diego Somali community?

Women Take Prominent Role In Gun Debate

Feb. 4
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The debate over what to do to prevent gun violence in the U.S. is splitting the nation, and women are weighing in as strongly as men.

Super Bowl Jeep Ad Pays Tribute To Military Families (Video)

Feb. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Although some polls show the Budweiser Clydesdale ad as the favorite, I know a lot of folks in the military were touched by the Jeep commercial, voiced by Oprah Winfrey, which paid tribute to military families.

Midday Movies: Spike And Mike's 30th Anniversary Festival Of Animation Extravaganza

Feb. 4
Midday Edition
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Whenever you see a festival branded with the names "Spike and Mike," you can be assured that there will be something to dazzle the senses. Spike and Mike’s 30th Anniversary Festival of Animation Extravaganza kicks off this Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla.

The CIA And The Hazards Of Middle East Forecasting

Feb. 4
Tom Gjelten / NPR
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Government agencies do not often acknowledge their own errors, but the CIA has done just that with the declassification of intelligence memoranda on the 1973 Arab-Israeli War.

African Americans Fly High With Math And Science

Feb. 4
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This Black History Month, Tell Me More is taking a look at African Americans in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) who are inspiring future generations.

'God Made A Farmer' And The Super Bowl Made Him A Star

Feb. 4
Maria Godoy / NPR
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It may not have been as dramatic as the stadium blackout that halted play for more than a half-hour, or as extravagant as Beyonce's half-time show. But for many viewers of Super Bowl XLVII, one of the standout moments was a deceptively simple ad for the Dodge Ram called "God Made A Farmer."

'American Idol' Vet Contestant Lied About Combat (Video)

Feb. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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"American Idol" contestant Matt Farmer confessed he lied about injuries he said he suffered while serving in Iraq. The website "Guardian of Valor" called him out after his "Idol" audition aired on television.

Small Farmers Aren't Cashing In With Wal-Mart

Feb. 4
Abbie Fentress Swanson / NPR
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When Wal-Mart calls, Herman Farris always finds whatever the retailer wants, even if it's yucca root in the dead of winter. Farris is a produce broker in Columbia, Mo., who has been buying for Wal-Mart from auctions and farms since the company began carrying fruits and vegetables in the early 1990s.

Reports: 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Died While Trying To Help Fellow Veteran

Feb. 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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More is being learned today about former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and the man accused of killing the decorated Iraq War veteran.

Slain Sniper Chris Kyle Was PTSD Advocate (Video)

Feb. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was an advocate for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD - so much so that he started a foundation called FITCO Cares to help troops make the difficult transition to civilian life.

Cold Storm Approaching San Diego To Bring Wind, Rain And Snow

Feb. 4
City News Service
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A cold Pacific storm will bring rain, snow and gusty winds to San Diego County late Thursday through early Saturday, forecasters said today.

Janet Napolitano Visits San Diego To Discuss Border Security

Feb. 4
By Susan Murphy
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On the heels of President Barack Obama's push for immigration reform, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is scheduled to visit San Diego today as part of a two-day Southwest border inspection tour that will end in El Paso, Texas.

San Diego Trade Show Shines Light On Shrinking Defense Budgets

Feb. 4
By Erik Anderson
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The ongoing dance over deep federal spending cuts is more than just a Washington DC curiosity for the nation's defense industry. Cutbacks dominated discussions at the West Coast's largest military trade show in San Diego last week.

That Was A Great Blackout Last Night

Feb. 4
Linda Holmes / NPR
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It's been clear for some time that substantially more people watch the Super Bowl than have the slightest interest in watching the actual football game. That's why there's such hubbub over the halftime show and the commercials -- it gives non-football types something to pay attention to instead of football.

7 Dead, 38 Hurt As Tijuana Tour Bus Crashes In California

Feb. 4
By Dwane Brown
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A tour bus collided with a car and pickup truck, killing at least eight people and injuring dozens of others Sunday night on a Southern California mountain highway, authorities said.

San Diego Audit Committee Reviews City's Overtime Policies

Feb. 4
City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - City of San Diego officials promised today to train employees and their supervisors and clarify policies after $250,000 in errors were found in an audit of overtime compensation requests.

Cold Storm Moving Into San Diego

Feb. 4

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Foreclosure Process Hammers Florida's Housing Market

Feb. 4
Robin Sussingham / NPR
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A decade ago, speculators in Florida were pumping up a huge housing bubble.

Tsunami Debris On Alaska's Shores Like 'Standing In Landfill'

Feb. 4
Annie Feidt / NPR
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Refrigerators, foam buoys and even ketchup bottles are piling up on Alaska's beaches. Almost two years after the devastating Japanese tsunami, its debris and rubbish are fouling the coastlines of many states -- especially in Alaska.

Are Mini-Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Power?

Feb. 4
Ben Bradford / NPR
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The U.S. government is investing millions of dollars in what it considers a promising new industry for American manufacturing: nuclear reactors. The plan is to build hundreds of mini reactors, dot them around the U.S., and export them overseas.