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Stories by Alan Ray

SDSU Men's Basketball Team Beats Nationally-Ranked Opponent

The San Diego State men's basketball team beat a nationally-ranked opponent this weekend. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Saints Celebrate First NFL Title

As if Mardi Gras isn't enough, New Orleans now gets to celebrate its first N-F-L title. Joining us on Morning Edition LIVE FROM MIAMI is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

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Human Genome Scientist Targets The Secrets Of the Oceans

Human genome mapping expert Craig Venter sails the world's oceans to discover an abundance of genetic diversity.

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Army General Talks About Training Future Leaders

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan push on, we'll hear from Army General H.R. McMaster about the moral and psychological preparations for combat.

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What Direction Will The Current U.S. Supreme Court Take?

The United States Supreme Court recently made a ruling that could have a major impact on the nation's campaign finance laws. These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton join us today to explain the court's decision, and how it could impact elections in the future.

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Who Benefits Most From Downtown Development?

What's the role of a city's downtown? We'll look at the evolving nature of downtown San Diego and what role the government plays in shaping it.

Non-Partisan Political Consultant Discusses The California Governor's Race

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The California governor's race is now a little less crowded. We're joined on Morning Edition of nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

USS Carl Vinson Sets Off Toward San Diego

The third nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to be assigned San Diego as its home port has left the east coast.

Editors Roundtable

Voters May Decide Whether To Impose Term Limits On S.D. County Supervisors

Next June San Diego voters may get to decide whether to impose term limits on our County Supervisors. The Service Employees International Union gathered the necessary signatures to put a measure on the June 2010 ballot. They say that County Supervisors are out of touch with the citizenry. Is this a matter of a strong local union flexing its muscle?

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How Are Local Veterans Faring After The War?

For thousands of military veterans returning to San Diego, a new journey is beginning -- often without a safety net. Are U.S. service men and women getting the mental health care they need to return to civilian life? How much responsibility should the U.S. military have to provide ongoing support to its veterans?

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Health Care Reform, Who's Covered?

Health care reform is one step closer to a senate vote. How would the bill impact San Diego's uninsured? This week on the Editors Roundtable, can real change be achieved while cutting healthcare spending, and how much will change before the final vote?

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Food Stamps at Farmers Markets

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Four San Diego County farmers markets are now accepting food stamps in an effort to encourage low income families to eat more fruits and vegetables. We take a look at the program and its impact on the community.

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How To Conquer Fear In Troubled Times

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How does fear of losing a job or growing old impact our lives? We'll talk with best selling author Rabbi Harold Kushner about his newest book "Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World."

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Border Crosser Deaths Rising, Despite Reduction In Illegal Immigration

If the number of people illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico has dropped, then why is the number of border crosser deaths increasing? We discuss the findings from the "Humanitarian Crisis: Migrant Deaths at the U.S.-Mexico Border" report.

Chargers Up Against An Undefeated Broncos Team Next Week

North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris discusses talks on Morning Edition about how the Chargers may fair up against the undefeated Denver Broncos next Monday night.

Chargers Fail To Catch Up To Steelers

Close but no cigar. The San Diego Chargers scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as the Pittsburgh Steelers won 38-28 at Heinz Field last night.

GOP Announcing Candidates For 2010 Election

California Republicans are starting to announce their candidacies. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

San Diego Chargers Gain Sweeping Victory Over Miami Dolphins

The San Diego Chargers got back on-track with their victory over the Miami Dolphins. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

CA Passes Prison Reform

California has revealed a plan to reduce the state's inmate population. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

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Serving Up Authentic Thai Cuisine

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We'll learn about Thai cooking and traditions with San Diego chef and author Su-Mei Yu.

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Serving Up Sparkling Wine Cocktails

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Champagne isn't just for special occasions anymore. Food and drink editor Maria Hunt talks about how to make sparkling wine cocktails for any occasion.

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War Comes Home: Helping Vets Cope

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We take a look at specific challenges that war veterans face as they try and find normalcy after leaving Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Chargers Unable To Defeat Ravens

The San Diego Chargers were dealt a defeat in last night's game against the Ravens. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Governor To Issue Executive Order On Renewable Energy

California lawmakers are home after the legislative session ended last week, but they may be coming back to Sacramento sooner than anticipated. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Chargers Expected To Win Against Raiders Tonight

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The journey to bring a Super Bowl to San Diego starts tonight and some think this is the year the Chargers win it all. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris who joins us from the Bay Area.

Calif. Lawmakers Struggle to Take Action by Friday

California lawmakers are headed into the final stretch of the legislative session this week. State water supply and prison overcrowding remain unresolved.

More Than 60 Homes Destroyed in L.A. Station Fire

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We're joined on Morning Edition by KPBS Metro Reporter Alison St John, who has the latest on the Los Angeles Station Fire.

Gas Prices Dropping Nationwide

Gas prices in San Diego County still hover around $3 a gallon. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, Senior Market Analyst at PFG Best Research in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

Fire Season Could Push State Budget to the Limit

Several wildfires continue to burn across California. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Scripps Scientists Exploring the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Researchers are trying to find out the effects on marine life from a massive collection of plastic and other debris 1,000 miles off our coastline. Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists have returned from a three-week trip exploring what's called the "Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch."

High Oil Prices Due to Economic Stimulus

Gas prices in San Diego County have remained flat over the past few days. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, Senior Market Analyst at PFG Best Research in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

Chula Vista Little League Headed to World Series

A Little League team from Chula Vista is going to the World Series. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

California Senate President Sues Governor Schwarzenegger

There have been reports California's state senate leader was planning to file a lawsuit against Governor Schwarzenegger. We asked non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy what Democratic Leader Darrell Steinberg is trying to do.

Chargers Fans May Have to Listen to Games on the Radio

Thousands of San Diego Charger fans packed Qualcomm Stadium this weekend. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports Columnist Jay Paris.

CA Could Face Lawsuits Over Line-Item Vetoes

California has a budget, but it's balance is precarious and we not have seen the end of deficits. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Padres' Pitcher Jake Peavy Traded to White Sox

Pitcher Trevor Hoffman returned to Petco Park this weekend, but he didn't get the last laugh against his former team. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Former Padre Inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame

Another San Diego Padre has been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

California Lawmakers Agree on Budget Deal

It looks like California legislative leaders and the Governor have agreed on a new budget. But as a wise man once said, "it ain't over 'til it's over." We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Padres Pitcher Mat Latos Makes his Major League Debut

It was a weekend of old guys and young guys in the sports world. There were disappointments for both, but no surprises. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

California Struggles for Budget Deal by Friday

There's optimism California's $26 billion dollar budget mess could be resolved this week and with good reason. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

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U.S. Policy from an Indian Perspective

Appointed India's Ambassador to the U.S. just four months ago, career diplomat Meera Shankar has a lot on her plate. We discuss somewhat prickly U.S. - India relations; the Indian view of President Obama's administration and policies; the global economy and India's concern over U.S. protectionism; Indian relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan; the U.S. - India Nuclear Deal; and India's response to terrorism.

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Alto Saxophonist Charles McPherson Highlights a Career Spanning 50 Years

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Jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson has been performing throughout the world for fifty years. He made two dozen albums with Charlie Mingus, played Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's film Bird, and has more than 20 solo albums. The San Diego resident joins us to talk about his career and his new post as artist-in-residence at Anthology.

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Port District Doesn't Clearly Lay Out Losses

The Port of San Diego has been keeping two different books for their expenses. One of them has not shown million-dollar losses for years.

No-Hitter Marks New Low for Padres

The San Diego Padres blew out the San Francisco Giants yesterday, but it was what happened Friday that made the headlines. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

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Freedom is Not Free Aids Wounded Veterans

Severely wounded soldiers continue to return from Iraq and other war zones in need of a variety of support. We speak with an Iraqi war veteran about his experience in combat, as well as his involvement in a local non-profit that helps wounded military veterans and their families.

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Imperial Valley Update: State Budget Cuts, Sunrise Powerlink, SDSU-IV Campus

We know it is definitely hot out there right now...but how is Imperial County being affected by the state budget crisis? Why aren't residents in Brawley and Calexico facing mandatory water restrictions this summer? What's the latest news on the construction of the Sunrise Powerlink? We speak to Brad Jennings, editor of the Imperial Valley Press, about the top stories in the Imperial Valley.

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The High Cost of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the U.S., affecting four million Americans. We'll explore the cost of the disease to society, and how clean needle exchange programs can prevent its spread.

Lower Credit Rating will Hurt State in the Future

California lawmakers met again Monday to discuss how to solve the state's $26 billion budget crisis. And again, we don't have a deal. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Padres Trade Hairston to Oakland

The San Diego Padres lost a weekend series against a division rival. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Dropping Gas Prices Due to Increased Production and Lowered Demand

San Diego gas prices have dropped for the fourth consecutive day, but they had gone up everyday for the past month and a half. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago and a Fox Business News contributor.

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