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Stories for September 24, 2013

Local Democrats Endorse David Alvarez For San Diego Mayor

Sept. 24
10News
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San Diego County Democrats have endorsed Councilman David Alvarez for San Diego mayor. A 10News/U-T San Diego poll shows that if the special election were held today, Alvarez would receive 17 percent of the vote.

Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums

Sept. 24
Julie Rovner / NPR
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Premiums in the health insurance exchanges set to open next week will be lower than anticipated, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.

DOJ To Intervene In Texas Redistricting

Sept. 24
David Martin Davies / Fronteras Desk

In a move that shows the Voting Rights Act still has some teeth after the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a federal court in San Antonio is permitting the Obama administration to join in a challenge to the Texas redistricting case.

Navy IDs Two Coronado-Based Sailors Killed In Red Sea Helicopter Crash

Sept. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has released the names of the two crew members who died when their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed in the Red Sea on Sunday: Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson.

Courts Rely On Nonexistent Mexican Law To Deny Citizenship

Sept. 24
Tracy Greer / Fronteras Desk

Two weeks ago the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a man born in Mexico was in fact a United States citizen because his father had been born in the U.S. The court acknowledged the man had been wrongfully deported multiple times.

Countdown to Shutdown: 6 Days

Sept. 24
Frank James / NPR
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With just six days to go before the federal government is due to run out of money, it's becoming increasingly clear that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's fellow GOP colleagues aren't following his lead in the anti-Obamacare fight.

Army Bars New Recruits With Conspicuous Tattoos

Sept. 24
Scott Neuman / NPR
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No visible ink. That's the gist of a new regulation approved by the secretary of the Army that prohibits fresh recruits from showing tattoos while in uniform.

San Diego Schools Miss Out On Prestigious Education Award

Sept. 24
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified is one of four finalist school districts for the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education. The honor was awarded to Houston Independent School District.

The Mystery Of $600 Million Traded In The Blink Of An Eye

Sept. 24
Elise Hu / NPR
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Here's a mystery involving physics, technology and the markets that meant the difference between nothing and millions of dollars.

Mexico Proposes Border Sales Tax Hike

Sept. 24
By Jill Replogle
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If Mexico's national congress passes a proposed tax reform package, border residents could start paying a lot more for goods and services.

The Cruz Control Scenario In Texas

Sept. 24
S.V. Date / NPR
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Could Texans soon be represented in the U.S. Senate by the Cruz family?

Number Of Undocumented Immigrants In U.S. May Have Grown

Sept. 24
By Adrian Florido

Pew researchers say the number of undocumented immigrants may have grown from 11.2 million to 11.7 million.

Supervisors Support Push For Southern California Drone Test Site

Sept. 24
Sarah Sapeda / City News Service
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday threw its unanimous support behind a proposal submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration to test unmanned aerial systems and vehicles in Southern California.

Calif. Lead Paint Lawsuit In Hands Of Judge

Sept. 24
Associated Press

A lawsuit in California that seeks hundreds of millions of dollars from paint manufacturers to remove lead paint from older homes is now in the hands of a judge.

Nathan Fletcher Leads Early Mayoral Election Poll

Sept. 24
By John Rosman
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Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher has emerged as the front-runner in the special election for mayor, according to an early poll conducted by 10news and U-T San Diego.

Ex-Stockbroker Pleads Guilty To Conspiring With Ex-Qualcomm Executive

Sept. 24
Kelly Wheeler/City News Service

A former Merrill Lynch stockbroker pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with a one-time Qualcomm senior executive and his brother in an insider trading scheme that allegedly netted the Qualcomm executive about $250,000 in illegal profits.

CROSSING SOUTH: Bahia De Los Angeles: Fishing & Snorkeling

Sept. 24
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Host Jorge Meraz goes further down Baja in this ocean-themed episode. First to the "Natural Sea-World" at Bahia de los Angeles for fishing, snorkeling, and searching for the famed whale shark. Among colorful fish and playful sea lions, swimming with the whale shark is an unforgettable experience. Then taste the scallops, lobster, clam and other things the ocean offers with Lucy, a long-time resident and local artist. On the way back north, we make a stop at the small town of El Rosario where we get to meet the oldest resident in town,"Mama" Espinoza.

3 Green Berets Killed In Possible Afghanistan Insider Attack

Sept. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three Green Berets were killed September 21 in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Liam J. Nevins, 32, Staff Sgt. Timothy R. McGill, 30, and Spc. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, all died when they were shot by an attacker wearing an Afghan National Army uniform.

Lose Weight Before Trying Other Sleep Apnea Treatments

Sept. 24
Nancy Shute / NPR

So your snoring is driving your partner crazy. Does that mean you're destined for one of those awkward-looking sleep apnea masks?

Arraignment Postponed for Former Youth Wrestling Coach Accused of Providing Porn, Drugs, Alcohol to Kids

Sept. 24
Maggie Avants / Police & Fire

At the time of his arrest, Michael Atkins was serving as the coach of Golden Hawks Youth Wrestling Club. The club, affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), rented the gym at Murrieta Valley High School.

Adopting A Shelter Dog In San Diego

Sept. 24
Midday Edition
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San Diego is a dog-friendly County, with dozens of dog parks dotting the region. Here are some tips for adopting shelter dogs and becoming a better owner.

Cyberbullying In San Diego Schools And The First Amendment

Sept. 24
Midday Edition
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Online cyberbullying has become a problem for many school districts. How do you solve the problem while respecting a student's rights under the First Amendment?

Two San Diego Elementary Schools Receive National Recognition

Sept. 24
City News Service

Two elementary schools in San Diego are among 15 around California named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools, according to the state Department of Education.

Questions Rise As Health Care Exchange Draws Near

Sept. 24
Tell Me More Staff / NPR

Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act health exchanges is set to begin Oct. 1. But many eligible Americans still have questions.

Obamacare Health Exchanges Open For Enrollment Next Week

Sept. 24
Midday Edition
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Health providers, websites and even the new KPBS Second Opinion app are offering information to the public in advance of the Oct. 1 launch of health insurance exchanges.

Hospital Expansion To Create More Access To Mental Health Treatment In San Diego

Sept. 24
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego's mental health treatment capacity will expand, thanks to a renovation of the area's oldest behavioral health facility.

City Heights Community Celebrates Completion Of Home Renovations

Sept. 24
By Susan Murphy
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Homeowners received comprehensive upgrades on their aging homes, including interior and exterior painting, window replacement, plumbing and roof repairs to help lift their property values while increasing community pride.

Bilingual Fire Training Brings International Pros To New Mexico

Sept. 24
Jude Joffe-Block / Fronteras Desk
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This week, parts of the Santa Fe National Forest will be on fire. On purpose.

Will Military Families Get Paid If There's A Government Shutdown?

Sept. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The government is set to shutdown at midnight September 30, if Congress and the president can't figure out a way to agree to a budget. Military families, many of whom live paycheck-to-paycheck, are concerned a government shutdown would mean no pay at all.

Alleged Gunman Charged In Chicago Mass Shooting

Sept. 24
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Authorities have charged two more suspects in connection with last week's shooting in Chicago that wounded 13 people. Police believe that one of them, 22-year-old Tabari Young, was the gunman.

Meet the Fastest Talking Man In The Assembly

Sept. 24
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Some members of the California Assembly may talk a lot. But there is one man in the chamber who likely has them all beat, and he wasn’t even elected.

Thousands of Californians Still Waiting For Unemployment Checks

Sept. 24
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Tens of thousands of Californians still face delays in getting unemployment checks because of a problem implementing a new payment system at the Employment Development Department.

Three-Foot Separation Now Required for Drivers Passing Bicyclists

Sept. 24
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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California drivers will soon be required to leave at least three feet between them and bicyclists they pass on the roads. That's one of 15 bills signed Monday by California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Unraveling A Drug Distribution Ring That Spanned The West Coast

Sept. 24
Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Network
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If you drive the freeways that run from California and Arizona to Canada, chances are you have passed a car or truck secretly holding a cargo of heroin, meth or cocaine.

The Morning Political Mix: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013

Sept. 24
Frank James / NPR
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A brief and abstract chronicle of some of Tuesday's more interesting political stories, the kinds of stories that might get people who like politics talking around a water cooler, if people still did that sort of thing.

Filner Saga Exposes Hurdles In Reporting And Dealing With Sexual Harassment

Sept. 24
By Amita Sharma
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Targets of sexual harassment may still be still reluctant to report the abuse, but experts say the case involving former Mayor Bob Filner can help raise public consciousness about the issue.

County To Consider Extending Runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport

Sept. 24
By Alison St John
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Expanding the runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport in North County could allow direct flights to places as far away as China. A new feasibility study suggests a longer runway could improve safety and reduce noise for nearby residents.

Calif. Election Watchdog Confirmed To Federal Board

Sept. 24
Associated Press

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Ann Ravel, the head of California's political watchdog agency, to the Federal Election Commission.

Word Spreads Far Of Canceled Wedding That Fed Homeless

Sept. 24
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We first heard about Carol and Willie Fowler's generosity from our friends at Here & Now late last week.

Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown

Sept. 24
Frank James / NPR
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Just a week before the federal government could shut down if no agreement is reached to fund it past the end of September, it's anyone's guess whether Democrats and Republicans will avoid plunging over this particular cliff.

Strong Winds In Store For San Diego Mountains, Deserts

Sept. 24
City News Service

Strong winds were expected in the mountains and deserts of San Diego County Tuesday night.

Small Businesses: Big Concerns And High Hopes

Sept. 24
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Safe to say, Americans love small business. Or at least the Idea of Small Business.

This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests

Sept. 24
Margot Adler / NPR
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On a gorgeous night, some 4,000 people, dressed all in white, have come to dine in a public, yet secret place in New York's Bryant Park.

After The Floods, Colorado Hospital Braces For Winter

Sept. 24
Eric Whitney / NPR

As snow begins falling in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, the town at its doorstep, finds itself newly isolated.

When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small?

Sept. 24
Yuki Noguchi / NPR

First in a series about small businesses in America.