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Stories for November 5, 2013

In Alabama, Big Business Beats The Tea Party In A House Race

Nov. 5
Frank James / NPR
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The battle between the business and Tea Party wings of the Republican Party for Alabama's First Congressional District was won by Bradley Byrne, the choice of chamber of commerce types.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Lose The Rules In 'No BS Debate'

Nov. 5
By Claire Trageser
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The news website Voice of San Diego hosted Tuesday night what it called a "No BS Mayoral Debate," which tossed out the usual debate rules.

Terry McAuliffe Wins Virginia Governor's Race

Nov. 5
Frank James / NPR
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Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the hotly contested Virginia governor's race, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who was supported by the Tea Party.

Bill de Blasio Wins NYC Mayoral Election

Nov. 5
Frank James / NPR
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Democrat Bill de Blasio won the New York City mayor's race, defeating Republican Joseph Lhota. He became the first Democrat to win the office since 1990.

San Diego Environmental Groups Going To Bat Against Santee Housing Project

Nov. 5
By Erik Anderson

A Pardee Homes project near Santee is under fire: Conservation groups say the development is not a good fit, but it can be changed.

California Insurance Commissioner Blasts Insurers For Canceling Policies

Nov. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Cancellation notices have gone out to nearly 900,000 Californians with individual health plans, even though there's no state law that requires it.

Gov. Chris Christie Wins Re-Election In NJ

Nov. 5
Frank James / NPR
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won re-election to a second term.

As Miramar Landfill Fills Up, San Diego City Council To Consider Zero Waste Initiative

Nov. 5
By City News Service
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City staff are proposing a zero waste initiative because the Miramar Landfill is running out of space and slated to close in 2022.

San Diego County Supervisors Approve Plan To Streamline Adoption Process

Nov. 5
By City News Service

San Diego County facilitates about 400 adoptions each year, but there are several areas where the process could be made more efficient, supervisors said.

New Kaiser Permanente Hospital In Kearny Mesa OK'd By San Diego City Council

Nov. 5
By City News Service

The project will include a seven-story, 565,000-square-foot hospital on 20 acres and 1,000 permanent positions when finished in three years.

Tim Donnelly Announces Run For California Governor

Nov. 5
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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California state Rep. Tim Donnelly is officially running for governor. The Tea Party Republican made the announcement Tuesday in Los Angeles, exactly one year before the 2014 election.

41 Hours Of Retail: Kmart's Black Friday Plan Is Criticized

Nov. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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It's only been hours since Kmart announced its Black Friday plan -- to remain open for 41 hours in a row beginning early on Thanksgiving Day. But online critics are throwing a red light on the plan, with some calling the company a Grinch for its aggressive approach to the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Love Triangle Case Puts Chemical Weapons Treaty To The Test

Nov. 5
Nina Totenberg / NPR

At the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the subject for debate was the reach of the Constitution's treaty power. But the justices' questions covered subjects from sarin gas to Halloween trick-or-treating. And the facts of the casesounded more like a soap opera.

Vera: Season Three

Nov. 5
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VERA, ITV's critically acclaimed crime drama starring multi-award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope, returns for a third season of gripping crime-solving drama. Season three includes four new episodes that will air on Thursdays, November 7-28, 2013.

Fla. School District Trying To Curb School-To-Prison Pipeline

Nov. 5
Greg Allen / NPR
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In Florida, one of the nation's largest school districts has overhauled its discipline policies with a single purpose in mind -- to reduce the number of children going into the juvenile justice system.

Silenced By Status, Farm Workers Face Rape, Sexual Abuse

Nov. 5
Sasha Khokha / NPR
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This is part one of a two-part report about sexual assault of agricultural workers in the U.S.

Apple's Decision To Make Glass In Arizona Will Create Hundreds Of Jobs

Nov. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Technology giant Apple is buying a large manufacturing space in Arizona, where high-tech glass will be produced for its products. The move is being hailed in Arizona, where the economy remains slowed by the U.S. housing market crisis.

Thanks To Parasites, Moose Are Looking More Like Ghosts

Nov. 5
Fred Bever / NPR
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The news for moose is not good across the country's northern tier, and in some parts of Canada. A recent and rapid decline of moose populations in many states may be linked to climate change, and to the parasites that benefit from it.

As City Grapples With Murder Rate, Police Chief Reaches Out

Nov. 5
Steve Walsh / NPR

Just months after Wade Ingram became police chief in Gary, Ind., in January 2012, he began an unusual initiative: visiting the family of each of the city's homicide victims.

Pregnant Army Wife Stabbed While On FaceTime With Deployed Husband Delivers Healthy Baby (Video)

Nov. 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army wife Rachel Poole held her infant daughter Isabella for the first time Monday, almost a week after she was brutally stabbed while nine months pregnant. Rachel's husband, Pvt. Justin Pele Poole, was deployed in Southeast Asia but witnessed the attack via FaceTime.

Going On 'The Baby Chase' From Arizona To India

Nov. 5
NPR Staff / NPR
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Many couples who struggle with infertility say they would go to the ends of the earth to have a child. Some use surrogate mothers in the United States, but the high cost and legal complications keep that option out of reach for many families. So some Americans are going global --to countries like India- to make it happen.

San Diego City Council Declares 'Duane Roth Day'

Nov. 5
City News Service
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The City Council on Tuesday declared it to be Duane Roth Day in San Diego in honor of the civic leader and executive who died Aug. 3 from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident.

Charlie Trotter, Famous Chicago Chef, Has Died At 54

Nov. 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Charlie Trotter, whose eponymous Chicago restaurant became an institution and helped pave the way for innovative small dishes that featured fresh and unique food, has died at age 54.

NATURE: Love In The Animal Kingdom

Nov. 5
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Animals dance, sing, flirt and compete with everything they’ve got to find and secure a mate. For many, the all-important bonds they share as a couple are what enable the next generation to survive. Can we call these bonds love? In this delightful, provocative look at the love life of animals, watch the feminine wiles of a young gorilla, the search for Mr. Right among a thousand flamingos, the open “marriages” of blue-footed boobies, the soap opera arrangements of gibbons and all the subtle, outrageous, romantic antics that go into finding a partner.

New Book: Complete Guide To San Diego Breweries

Nov. 5
Midday Edition
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It's beer week and if you have a hard time choosing which brewhouse will satisfy your taste buds — help may be on the way.

Nonprofit Offers Support For San Diego Military Caregivers

Nov. 5
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San Diego is home to the largest concentration of veterans in the country and the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has left many to deal with life-altering injuries. Many spouses and family members find themselves overwhelmed and alone in a role they've never played before: caregiver.

Navy SEALs Can Still Wear 'Don't Tread On Me' Patch, Despite Internet Rumors

Nov. 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy SEALs are still allowed to wear the "Don't Tread On Me" patch on their uniforms, despite an Internet rumor that claims the Obama administration has banned the practice. This is the second time in just a few weeks that an false rumor about the president altering military uniforms has taken the web by storm.

Wondering If You Need A Strep Test? Crowdsourcing Might Help

Nov. 5
Nancy Shute / NPR

Most sore throats aren't strep. But because strep bacteria can in rare cases cause rheumatic fever, people often feel like they should get tested for possible strep infection.

Money And Popularity In The Final Weeks Of The Race For San Diego Mayor

Nov. 5
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Early voting is underway and the polls open Nov. 19., so what's the latest on the San Diego mayor's race?

Rants and Raves: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Nov. 5
By Beth Accomando
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Take a tour inside London's famous Hoxton Street Monster Supplies: Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind.

California To Fall Short Of 2050 Emissions Goal

Nov. 5
Midday Edition
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A new study says California will not meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction goals without major policy changes.

Study On Latinos Graduating From College

Nov. 5
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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College is a goal for the majority of Latinos graduating from California high schools but a new report out Tuesday shows few Latinos actually finish college.

At Least 2,151 US Military Deaths In Afghanistan Since 2001

Nov. 5
The Associated Press
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As of Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at least 2,151 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart, An American Masters Special

Nov. 5
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This film takes an in-depth look at Lou Reed's achievements, from his role as lead singer/songwriter for the Velvet Underground, the highly influential band produced by Andy Warhol, through his prolific 25-year career; to his most recent rock opera collaboration with director Robert Wilson. Throughout, Reed speaks candidly about his extraordinary career and most challenging musical work.

Police Weren't 'Minutes' Behind Los Angeles Shooting Suspect

Nov. 5
Mark Memmott / NPR

Tuesday brings word that some heartbreaking headlines from Monday apparently weren't correct. We'll try to set things straight.

9 Elections To Watch

Nov. 5
Charles Mahtesian / NPR
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Tuesday's elections are anything but dull. From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests. Although there isn't anything close to the drama of an Election Day in a presidential year, many of the races have national implications.

San Diego City Council Votes To Increase "Linkage Fees" For Developers

Nov. 5
James R. Riffel / City News Service

A controversial proposal to jack up the fees that the city of San Diego charges developers — which go into a fund for affordable housing — was tentatively passed Monday by the City Council on a 5-4 party line vote.

Weather To Raise Fire Danger In Los Angeles, Orange Counties

Nov. 5
Associated Press

Dry, gusty conditions are expected to raise the risk of fire in Southern California, including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

US Border Patrol Rejects Curb On Use Of Deadly Force

Nov. 5
Associated Press

Border Patrol agents will be allowed to continue using deadly force against rock-throwers, the chief of the agency said, despite the recommendation of a government-commissioned review to end the practice.

San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Developing Policy On Electronic Cigarettes

Nov. 5
City News Service
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The supervisors will decide whether to direct staff to determine how ecigarettes fit into the board's policy on smoking and tobacco use.

San Diego Leaders Kick Off Month-Long Clothing Drive For Homeless

Nov. 5
By Susan Murphy
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Got some spare warm clothes? A few extra blankets? City leaders are calling on you to donate the gently used clothing and coverings during this month's donation drive.

Kirk's First Senate Speech Since Stroke Is For Gay Rights Bill

Nov. 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Before Monday evening's 61-30 vote in the Senate to move forward on legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois marked another milestone in the recovery from a stroke he suffered in January 2012.

Tuesday Political Mix: The Young Skip Obamacare, For Now

Nov. 5
Frank James / NPR
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Election Day 2013 is finally here, fellow political junkies!

What Will Be The Message This Election Day?

Nov. 5
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The pundits always claim that even in an "off year" like this there are messages to be received from the results on Election Day.

On The Ballot Tuesday: Marijuana, Gambling, GMOs And More

Nov. 5
Adam Wollner / NPR
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Aside from the two high-profile governors' races, there's plenty of political action to be found on statewide ballots Tuesday.

Police Searching For Gunman After Shots Fired In N.J. Mall

Nov. 5
Steve Mullis / NPR

Police were searching for a shooter after witnesses say shots were fired inside the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J. Monday night. Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall to secure the area.

From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence

Nov. 5
Peter Overby, Viveca Novak, Robert Maguire
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Part one of the two-part "Secret Persuasion" investigation, reported with the Center for Responsive Politics.

Call Centers Got Big Deals Under Health Law, But How Big?

Nov. 5
Jeff Cohen / NPR
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Before the Affordable Care Act was even open for enrollment, Viviana Alvarado was already taking calls from people who wanted to know more.

A Toxic Love Triangle Heads To The Supreme Court

Nov. 5
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hears about a love triangle, complete with attempted poisonings and 24-hour surveillance by postal inspectors. Although it sounds like an episode of Law & Order (with a dash of Days of Our Lives), the case has global implications.