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Stories for October 9, 2013

What Ever Happened To The Deal To Save The Everglades?

Oct. 9
Greg Allen / NPR
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South of Florida's Lake Okeechobee, hundreds of thousands of acres of sugar cane thrive in the heart of one of the world's largest wetlands. The Everglades stretches from the tip of the peninsula to central Florida, north of Lake Okeechobee.

San Diego Students Take To The Streets On International Walk To School Day

Oct. 9
By City News Service
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Thousands of San Diego-area school children walked or biked to school Wednesday as part of International Walk to School Day.

Gov. Brown Signs Veteran Housing Bill In San Diego

Oct. 9
By Katie Schoolov
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Gov. Jerry Brown was in San Diego Thursday, signing legislation that would help provide housing for the state's more than 19,000 homeless veterans.

SDPD Attrition Rate Drops, But Staff Still Struggling With Shortage

Oct. 9
By City News Service
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Numerous SDPD officers have been lured to nearby law enforcement agencies in recent years by higher take-home pay and better benefits, police say.

California Department of Motor Vehicles Prepares For Immigrant License Law

Oct. 9
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio
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The California Department of Motor Vehicles is preparing to process a million or more new driver license applications over the next year after the passage of a law allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses.

Lawmakers Take Closer Look at State Prison SHUs

Oct. 9
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Solitary confinement in California prisons is drawing considerable attention at the state Capitol.

Shutdown Diary: Paul Ryan's Plan Gets Tea Party Pushback

Oct. 9
Frank James / NPR
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Are House Republicans still seeking Democratic concessions on the Affordable Care Act? Or have they switched their sights to even bigger targets: federal spending on entitlements like Medicare and Social Security?

Yellen Faces A Tough Job At The Fed From Day 1

Oct. 9
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Starting a new job is always tough. You want early success to prove you really were the right pick.

California To Expand Access To Abortions

Oct. 9
By Kenny Goldberg
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While many states are restricting access to abortions, California will soon do just the opposite.

High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field

Oct. 9
Kendrick Calkins / NPR
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The NFL adopted a new rule this season that makes it illegal for players to hit with the crown of their helmet. In other words, ramming your head into someone.

GOP Shutdown Strategy Gives House A Twilight Zone Feel

Oct. 9
Tamara Keith / NPR
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With little progress being made to resolve the government shutdown, House Republicans have decided on a piecemeal strategy.

Wind Warning In Effect For San Diego's Mountains, Deserts

Oct. 9
By Tarryn Mento
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Winds speeds of 25 to 40 mph are expected and gusts could get up to 55 to 65 mph, the National Weather Service said.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Great American Meat & Potatoes

Oct. 9
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In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Atlanta Brisket. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of steak sauce. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make Roasted Salt-and-Vinegar Potatoes.

Like The GOP, Boehner's Ohio Buddies Split On His Leadership

Oct. 9
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Spirits were high when a posse of John Boehner's friends traveled from Ohio to the nation's capital to celebrate the longtime Republican congressman's elevation to House speaker in January 2011.

San Diegans Become First Living Couple To Donate Kidney Through National Registry

Oct. 9
City News Service
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A San Diego husband and wife has become the first living couple in the U.S. to each donate a kidney through the National Kidney Registry, Sharp Healthcare announced Wednesday.

Mexican Federal Police Officers Used Patrol Cars To Carry Out Kidnappings

Oct. 9
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk
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Thirteen federal police officers recently arrested in Mexico on kidnapping and murder charges used their patrol cars to carry out the crimes, the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office said Wednesday.

San Diego County To Promote Beekeeping In Unincorporated Areas

Oct. 9
Sarah Sapeda / City News Service
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors asked staffers Wednesday to work with local beekeepers to find ways to retain and promote the business, including less restrictive zoning laws.

California To Expand Access To Abortions

Oct. 9
By Kenny Goldberg
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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform a type of early abortion.

Ask This Old House: Replacing An Old Door/Hot Water Without Waiting (New Season Premiere)

Oct. 9
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The 12th season of ASK THIS OLD HOUSE begins with Kevin teaching the guys how to use Twitter. Tom replaces an old, rusted bulkhead door. Richard discusses several ways to get hot water without waiting. And the guys ask, “What is it?”

Service Members Keep Promises, Even If Congress Doesn't

Oct. 9
NPR
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So finally today, you might have noticed I've been out of the office a bit lately. I'm taking that trip a lot of us have, or will be taking: having to get more involved in caring for an elderly parent. And because I've been on that road, I have found myself going through old drawers and boxes in a way I had no reason or right to do before now.

Escondido Seeks Public Input On Council Boundaries

Oct. 9
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An Escondido commission begins a series of public hearings to create city council districts which empower Latino voters.

Marine Corps To Reduce Presence In San Diego, Councilman Says

Oct. 9
James R. Riffel / City News Service
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The Marine Corps expects to reduce its presence in San Diego County by about 6,000 active-duty personnel and 7,800 family members over the next few years, a San Diego City Council member said Wednesday.

Crucial Vote Coming Up On San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan

Oct. 9
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The California Coastal Commission will decide if it moves forward, but an attorney for two local organizations says the price tag is higher than the figure given for the project.

A Conversation With San Diego Mayoral Candidate Mike Aguirre

Oct. 9
Midday Edition
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Our series of San Diego mayoral candidate interviews continues with former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre.

This Old House: Jersey Shore Rebuilds 2013/Sandy & The Jersey Shore (New Season Premiere)

Oct. 9
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Months after Superstorm Sandy wreaked historic destruction on the Jersey Shore, Kevin, Norm and Richard find three homeowners determined, despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges, to stay and rebuild: stronger, smarter and up out of harm’s way. In Bay Head, Point Pleasant, Manasquan and communities like them along this hard-hit barrier island community, there’s nowhere to go but up.

ACLU Wants CBP's Roving Patrols Investigated In Arizona

Oct. 9
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk
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The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general to investigate Border Patrol roving patrols in southern Arizona. The ACLU will file its letter Thursday to the DHS Office of Inspector General, the Justice Department and the DOJ Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Shinseki: Shutdown Means Vets Will Not Get Benefits

Oct. 9
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki warned lawmakers on Wednesday that the partial government shutdown means that about 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month.

Nonprofit Group Offers To Pay Death Benefits During Government Shutdown

Oct. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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The nonprofit military group called Fisher House Foundation has offered to pay death benefits to the family members of service members who die during the government shutdown. The Department of Defense is unable to pay the so-called "death gratuity" until the government is back up and running again.

Truly CA: Stable Life

Oct. 9
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"Stable Life" follows the remarkable story of an immigrant family chasing a better life in the stables of California racetracks. Dionicia Martinez lives with her family in a room on a Northern California racetrack and works long hours tending horses. Despite her humble surroundings, Dionicia is optimistic about her prospects: she likes her job, her two U.S. citizen boys are in school, and her oldest son José Luis is turning heads as a hot-shot apprentice jockey in California. Although she is undocumented, Dionicia dreams of bringing her two sons who remain in Mexico to join her in the United States.

President Obama's 'It's Good To Be The King' Moment

Oct. 9
Ron Elving / NPR
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That old adage holds, even though nowadays we call our chief executive "Mr. President."

Meet Dave, A 19-Year-Old Craft Beer With A $2,000 Price Tag

Oct. 9
Maanvi Singh / NPR
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Hair of the Dog Brewery in Portland, Ore., makes a beer so rare, and so sought after, that it can fetch $2,000 a bottle.

How The Shutdown Is Hurting The Housing Market

Oct. 9
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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As with so many other types of economic activity, the government shutdown is causing more fear than actual harm in the housing market thus far.

NYPD Officer Charged In Videotaped Biker Attack

Oct. 9
Scott Neuman / NPR
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An undercover New York City police officer has been arrested and charged in connection with the beating of an SUV driver last month by a group of motorcyclists. The attack was videotaped and went viral on YouTube.

State Capitol Flags Lowered For San Diego Army Nurse Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Oct. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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California Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags lowered Tuesday in honor of Army 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego. Moreno and three other soldiers were killed October 6 in an improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan.

Boston School Bus Drivers Back Behind The Wheel After Strike

Oct. 9
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Hundreds of Boston school bus drivers are back on the job following a one-day strike that sent parents scrambling to find ways to get their kids to and from school.

Pentagon Chief Attending Arrival Of 4 War Dead

Oct. 9
Associated Press
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was traveling to Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Wednesday for the arrival of the remains of four U.S. soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan.

More Bill Actions from Brown Tuesday

Oct. 9
Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio
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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed more than 30 bills as he works to clear his desk ahead of a midnight Sunday deadline.

LA Supervisors Approve Funds For Jail Reforms

Oct. 9
Associated Press
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Los Angeles County has approved funding for reforms expected to prevent inmate abuse by the Sheriff's Department, including the hiring of additional staff to oversee deputies at the jails.

Solana Beach Impasse Over Alcohol Policy At Fletcher Cove Community Center

Oct. 9
By Alison St John
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Our Congressional representatives are not the only ones at an impasse this week; The city of Solana Beach is facing a deadlock that could result in a special election the city can ill afford.

San Diego Gas Price At Lowest Amount Since Aug. 31

Oct. 9
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell Wednesday for the 21st consecutive day, dropping six-tenths of a cent to $3.849, its lowest amount since Aug. 31.

All Talk And No Do: Latest On The Shutdown And Debt Ceiling

Oct. 9
Scott Neuman / NPR
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One thing is certain: None of the key players in the federal spending impasse is very happy right now.

Wednesday Morning Political Mix

Oct. 9
Frank James / NPR
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Good morning, fellow political junkies. It's Day 9 of the partial federal government shutdown. Global financial markets at this point still appear to expect sanity to eventually prevail in the Washington fiscal standoff. We'll have to see if they're right.

A Day In The Imperial Valley Helping Migrants Unseen

Oct. 9
By Adrian Florido
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Volunteers with the Water Station leave water for migrants crossing California's Imperial Valley desert.

High-End Extras Aren't A Sure Bet For Tribal Casinos

Oct. 9
Jessica Robinson / NPR
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What used to be no-frills slot parlors off the highway are turning into resort-style destinations with spas, golf courses and luxury hotels. Native American tribes are hoping these added amenities will give them an edge in an increasingly competitive gaming market.

Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race

Oct. 9
Joel Rose / NPR
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Cory Booker, the celebrity mayor of Newark, N.J., was expected to cruise to victory in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. But just a week before voters go to the polls, he's facing a surprisingly strong challenge from Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan.