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Stories by Alison St John

Roundtable: Campaign Finance Scandal, PACs In Mayor's Race, Draining Lake Morena

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The Feds charge three men in an alleged -- and quite bizarre -- conspiracy to shovel illegal campaign funds to San Diego candidates for mayor. Meanwhile, legal political action committees are also giving big money. And Lake Morena is slowly being drained by the city, to the chagrin of the county.

Encinitas In Tussle Over Pacific View Elementary's Multimillion-Dollar Site

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The city of Encinitas and the Encinitas School District are in a tussle over what to do with a former elementary school that is now valuable oceanfront property.

Escondido Moves Rapidly Ahead On Charter Debate

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Escondido is moving rapidly ahead with plans to put a new city charter on the November ballot.

Utilities Commissioners Comment On Edison's Handling Of San Onofre

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California regulators met Wednesday to debate whether to accept a recommendation that electricity users get a $94-million refund after the San Onofre nuclear power plant fiasco.

Carlsbad Approves New "Peaker Plant" Deal

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The Carlsbad City Council has signed off on an agreement for a new gas-powered “peaker” plant.

Carlsbad's Vote On New Peaker Plant Hinges On Removal Of Smokestack

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The iconic Encina smokestack on Carlsbad’s coastline would be demolished to make way for a new power plant, under an agreement the city council considers tonight.

"Operation Corridor" Targets North County Gangs Tied To Mexican Mafia

An investigation called “Operation Corridor” has charged 22 people in North County with engaging in drug trafficking and racketeering. Those indicted are accused of involvement with Mexican Mafia prison gangs.

Cities Weigh In On How To Replace San Onofre Power

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The city of Solana Beach votes Wednesday night on whether to formally oppose building new fossil fuel power plants in San Diego to make up for the loss of San Onofre’s nuclear power.

Construction Progresses At North County Desalination Plant

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Desalinated sea water will be flowing into San Diego County homes within two years as construction of huge Carlsbad plant is on schedule.

Public Transit Improvements Benefit Public Health

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Most people still get around San Diego by car, but it turns out cutting down on carbon emissions is not the only reason policy makers want us to change that.

Biographer Reconsiders Ulysses Grant's Legacy

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In 'The Man Who Saved the Union,' author H.W. Brands shows former U.S. President Ulysses Grant was a troubled man who became a great leader during a very difficult time in U.S. history.

How Sustainable Is Sustainable Food Model For San Diego Restaurants?

The farm-to-table movement might be facing more of an uphill battle in San Diego since the recent closure of a couple farm-to-table restaurants.

San Diego Study: Acupuncture Effective For Pain Management In Children After Tonsillectomy

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A new study by a San Diego pediatric surgeon finds acupuncture is effective for pain management in children post-op tonsillectomy. Codeine was often used for pain relief after this surgery until it was banned by the FDA earlier this year because of the risk of death.

No One Found Guilty In Stephanie Crowe Killing

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The acquittal Friday of Richard Tuite for the 1998 murder of Stephanie Crowe means that case remains unresolved. Why hasn't anyone been convicted of killing the Escondido preteen?

Report Shows Concerns Growing Over San Diego Street Gangs

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A report released by the San Diego Association of Governments shows local officials are more concerned about gangs today than five years ago.

San Diego Businesses Join Fight Against Distracted Driving

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It's against the law in California to drive while talking on the phone or text, but many are still doing so, which increases the risk of a collision four-fold. A UC San Diego campaign is targeting businesses to get the word out to employees about the risks.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Celebrates Life And David Chase

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The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus has flourished under choral director David Chase, who celebrates his 40th year this season.

National Survey Shows 40 Percent Of Military Personnel Have Difficulty Making Ends Meet

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Long deployments are just one of the additional challenges military families face when it comes to keeping their finances straight. Nearly a third of those surveyed in new report are still resorting to high-interest pay day loans, or fall prey to predatory lending practices that trap them in a cycle of debt.

Chef Alice Waters Discusses The Future Of The Slow Food Movement

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While in San Diego for a book signing, chef Alice Waters discusses the "slow" food movement.

San Diego Professor Discusses Warning Signs For Communication Difficulties In Children

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After a poll finds many caregivers are missing the warnings signs, a new campaign underway aims to educate them about identifying the signs of a communication disorder in children.

Amy Tan's Journey To 'The Valley Of Amazement'

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Bestselling author Amy Tan explores the world of Chinese courtesans, the relationships between mothers and daughters and themes of abandonment and identity in her new novel, "The Valley of Amazement."

What's Buried Under An Abandoned Caltrans Building In San Diego's Old Town?

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After decades of negotiating, a former Caltrans building in Old Town is now part of the State Parks system. Experts say it could tell us a lot about San Diego's earliest days.

Aging With AIDS: San Diegans Living With Virus On The Rise

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On the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we discuss the growing number of people living longer with the disease and the unique challenges they face as they age with AIDS.

Will San Diegans Spend Cyber Monday Shopping?

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The rat-a-tat-tat of keyboards will be clicking all day as Cyber Monday gets into full swing. Those who dislike packed malls and parking lots will be taking advantage of sales from behind their desktops, tablets and smartphones.

San Diego Small Businesses Are Banking On Saturday Shoppers

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated Small Business Saturday, a day created by American Express to encourage shoppers to buy local. In San Diego, many businesses are hoping shoppers will spend money at their stores.

Award-Winning Chefs Offer San Diegans Tips For A Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

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It's become an annual tradition at KPBS Midday and Evening editions: turkey talk! This Thanksgiving Eve, we're taking your questions on how to prepare a dinner that will make them coming back for more. Call in at 1-888-895-5727 at 12:15 p.m.

StoryCorps: Ten Years Of Getting Choked Up Listening To Public Radio

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Over the last 10 years more than 100,000 people have participated in StoryCorps, making it the largest single collection of human voices.

San Diego Transfers Low-Level Prisoners To Help Fight Wildfires

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San Diego County's program to transfer low-level offenders to state-run fire camps is underway.

New Research Targets How To Fight Influenza

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We're told the flu virus spreads from person-to-person contact, but new research from UC San Diego shows how the virus actually infects our bodies. Researchers say it can lead to new more effective flu therapies.

California Attorney General Launches Initiative To Reduce Recidivism

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San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis discusses a new initiative to keep criminals from re-offending.

San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria Update On City Business

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From water rate hikes to Barrio Logan to the mayors race, San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria joins us with his monthly update on the business of the city.

Electricity Ratepayers Could See Millions In Refunds For San Onofre

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The power companies that operate the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant must refund ratepayers $94 million, under a proposal released this week.

Escondido Golf Course Dispute Could Become Landmark Private Property Rights Case

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A legal battle between the city of Escondido and a private developer over the future of a golf course is shaping up to be a landmark property rights case.

Escondido Residents Debate BMX Race Track At Kit Carson Park

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BMX racing is growing in popularity, but the idea of putting a commercial track in a public park has its critics.

Federal Government Is Major Employer Of Veterans

Veterans now make up almost 30 percent of the federal workforce and not surprisingly, 45 percent of Defense Department employees nationwide are veterans.

North County's Winter Shelter Network For The Homeless Up

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North County's winter shelter network for the homeless is in better shape than last year. But demand may also be higher.

Millions In Federal Funds Create Few Jobs For Veterans

A state audit shows hundreds of millions of federal dollars in veteran employment programs have resulted in only a few hundred jobs in California.

Widening Of Interstate 5 Could Begin In 2015

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Motorists heading north on Interstate 5 should see construction begin on two new lanes by 2015 as part of a $6 billion plan.

FEMA To Evaluate San Onofre Safety Procedures At Public Hearing

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Edison is proposing to move spent nuclear fuel into dry cask storage onsite, but the fuel rods will remain in cooling ponds for a minimum of five years.

Poway Considers Effects Of Turning Off Red Light Cameras

The Poway City Council has decided not to reinstate its red-light camera program.

Roundtable: Money And The Mayor's Race, Convention Center Vote, Development Developments

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From where is the money piling up in the mayor's race coming? The Coastal Commission says yes to the expansion of the convention center. San Diego's urban architect-developers think small and dense.

Solana Beach Impasse Over Alcohol Policy At Fletcher Cove Community Center

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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.

Roundtable: The U.S. Powers Down, Obamacare Powers Up, Mayor's Race Powers On

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The U.S. government closed its doors. Obamacare opened for business. The San Diego mayor's race is going nonstop.

Encinitas Tackles Height Limits Again

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Encinitas city council will consider tonight possible 2014 ballot measures to address the state’s mandate to provide affordable housing.

Supervisors Receive McClellan-Palomar Airport Study

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San Diego County Supervisors received a study that concludes it would be feasible to extend the runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

Oceanside Considers Puppy Pet Store Ban

Oceanside to consider banning the sale of puppies from pet stores.

County To Consider Extending Runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport

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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.

Roundtable: Three Progressives Talk Filner; Barrio Logan's New Plan; Dangers Of Assisted Living

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Was the ouster of Bob Filner a well-orchestrated, carefully planned plot? Not really. Barrio Logan's new community plan has residents breathing easier. And assisted Living is supposed to care for and protect seniors, not kill them.

North County Cities Seek Regional Identity

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The five cities that lie along the Highway 78 corridor in San Diego’s North County are banding together to develop a regional identity to help attract more jobs.

Edison Posts Documents Related To San Onofre Online

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Southern California Edison has posted more than three thousand pages of documents relating to the faulty steam generators that resulted in the plant's closure