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Stories by Alison St John

Changing Demographics Put Some San Diego Golf Courses In Jeopardy

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The Farmers Insurance Golf Tournament tees off at Torrey Pines on Thursday. Golf courses around San Diego hope the excitement generated will boost enthusiasm for the game, which has seen a marked decline. But in San Diego golf courses face a crisis on two fronts.

Calls For State To Get Involved In Nuclear Waste Question

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The head of a panel monitoring the decommissioning of San Onofre says if Congress can’t agree on a place to store radioactive spent fuel, the state should get involved.

'Smart Homes' Will Make Life A Little Easier For Severely Wounded Veterans

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A Marine who lost both his legs and has been through 240 surgeries will find life a little easier, thanks to a new home that broke ground Tuesday in Fallbrook.

Edison Convenes Panel To Focus On Government's Role in Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel

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Southern California Edison convenes a panel this week to focus on the federal government’s role in disposing of spent nuclear fuel from San Onofre.

Bonsall Community Considers Initiative To Save Golf Course

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The San Luis Rey Downs Golf closed down last summer, but the local community is still fighting a plan to turn it back into natural habitat.

New Network To Promote North County Arts

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The North County Arts Network is an initiative to strengthen the arts in North County. It was launched Thursday night.

'Innovation Industry' Fueling San Diego County's Economy

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Businesses linked to the health sciences, biotech and telecommunications are keeping the region's unemployment rate low and helping drive the region's economy.

Why San Diego County's Homeless Count Matters

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This year's annual count of homeless people in San Diego County comes at a time when various agencies and programs have set ambitious goals to end homelessness in the region.

Carlsbad Schools To Reopen Wednesday After Instagram Threat

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Carlsbad High School and Carlsbad Village Academy temporarily closed after an Instagram threat surfaced. An investigation has yet to discover the source of the threat.

DMV: New California Licenses Meant To Increase Safety, Not Deportations

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Thousands of immigrants living illegally in San Diego are expected to apply for a driver’s license under a California law that went into effect Jan. 1.

New Indoor Ice Rink Opens In North San Diego County

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IceTown in Carlsbad is buzzing with activity after opening this week.

New Carlsbad Sign Goes Up Over Highway 101

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After 14 years of planning, the coastal city has its own landmark archway sign.

San Diego Native Tackles Immigration In New Animated Series 'Bordertown'

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Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is on the team working on a new animated comedy sitcom tackling changing demographics and immigration. "Bordertown" debuts on Fox in fall 2015.

Terminal 1 Focus Of San Diego Airport Development Plan

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Rebuilding Terminal 1 is part of a long-term plan for the San Diego International Airport, which is designed to help the airport meet demand through 2035.

San Diego's Cuban-Americans Respond To Effort To Revive U.S.-Cuba Relations

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President Barack Obama's announcement on Wednesday sparked debate across the country. Now, local Cuban-Americans share their reactions.

What Motivates People To Give During The Holidays?

The charitable giving season is in full swing and some estimates suggest people being more generous. A San Diego professor explains the psychology behind giving.

Ending Homelessness Among San Diego Veterans Remains A Challenge

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The number of homeless veterans in the U.S. has been cut by 33 percent since 2009 but the country is far from reaching its goal of ending chronic homelessness completely.

Tips For Winter Gardening In California

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All of this rain reminded us that we are approaching the time of year when it is best to plant native species.

San Diego's Rep. Vargas On The Budget Bill, Homeland Security, Salton Sea

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Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas was the only member of San Diego County's congressional delegation to vote against the government spending bill, which the House approved last week and the Senate passed over the weekend.

Toni Atkins Begins First Full Term As California Assembly Speaker

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A conversation with Atkins for her take on what's cooking at the state capital.

Rep. Scott Peters Talks Plans For Upcoming Congressional Term

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters narrowly won re-election in November, beating Republican Carl DeMaio in a close race that included a lot of negative campaigning from both sides.

Tips On Finding The Right Pets For Your Family

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Staff from Helen Woodward Animal Center will also share tips on keeping your pets safe around the holidays.

San Onofre's Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Plan Worries Some Residents

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Southern California Edison has announced which containers it will use to store tons of radioactive spent fuel at the San Onofre nuclear plant.

Questions Raised About Storage Of Spent Nuclear Fuel At San Onofre

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A new report calls on the nuclear industry to be more transparent about strategies to manage spent nuclear fuel being stored indefinitely in canisters at San Onofre.

Monitoring The Muddy Waters Of Lake San Marcos

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Tranquil Lake San Marcos in San Diego’s North County has pollution problems. At a workshop this week, residents heard the latest on what the agencies responsible are doing about it.

Network Of Winter Shelters For Homeless Opens In North County

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Several winter shelters for adults open around North County on Monday. A shelter in Vista for families with children is already open with all beds full.

North County LGBT Resource Center Offers Safe Place To Celebrate Thanksgiving

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The North County LGBT Resource Center in Oceanside hosts a Thanksgiving lunch Thursday. It's a safe place for people whose families don’t accept them or their same-sex relationships.

New Exhibit Features Rarely Seen Artwork By Dr. Seuss

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The San Diego History Center launched its 2015 Centennial Celebration with the opening of "Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss." The exhibit features rare and never-before-seen images by San Diego's renowned local author.

Appeals Court Rules San Diego's Regional Transportation Plan Fails To Meet State Law

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A California appeals court ruled Monday SANDAG's 2050 Regional Transportation Plan does not comply with California laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

North County Cops Target Drunken Driving On State Route 78

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Eight North County law enforcement agencies have formed a partnership to cut down on drunken driving on state Route 78.

Native American Film Festival Brings Cultural Dialogue To North County

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The second annual Native American Film Festival brings more than 20 Indian documentaries and short films to North County. It runs from Thursday through Saturday.

Judge Sides With Developer In Fight Over Escondido Golf Course

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A Superior Court judge rejected the city of Escondido’s request to dismiss a developer's lawsuit over the former Escondido Country Club golf course.

'Thunder In The Mountains' Explores America's Gun Culture

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In his debut memoir, 'Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture,' San Diego author Craig Collins writes about growing up with guns and invites readers rethink the gun debate.

A Look At San Diego's Fiscal Health After The Great Recession

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San Diego's economy is expected to exceed $200 billion in GDP in 2014. A new report looks at how San Diego navigated fiscal challenges in the years following the Great Recession.

MiraCosta Opens Larger Veterans Information Center

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MiraCosta College opens a bigger Veterans Information Center to cater to its growing veteran student population.

Last Camp Pendleton Marines Return From Afghanistan

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Camp Pendleton Marines are back from Afghanistan, officially ending their part in a 13-year conflict.

Republicans Win North County Mayoral Races

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In four closely watched mayoral races in North County — Escondido, Encinitas, Vista and Poway — one city saw an upset.

NRC Hedges Its Bets On Decommissioning Plan For San Onofre

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The decommissioning plan for San Onofre raised plenty of questions from the public at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting Monday night in Carlsbad.

NRC Meets On Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Plant

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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting Monday night in Carlsbad to review the plan to decommission the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

San Diego Consumer Group Calls On PUC To Halt San Onofre Talks

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A San Diego consumer advocate group wants negotiations stopped over who should pay for the problems at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Encinitas Council Approves $10 Million Bond To Buy Pacific View

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The Encinitas City Council has approved a $10 million bond to purchase the historic Pacific View site from the school district. The high price tag has become a divisive issue in the city’s first mayoral election.

Several North County Mayors Facing Challengers In November

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Seven of North County’s nine cities now have elected mayors. But what difference does an elected mayor make?

New Investors Resurrect Gregory Canyon Landfill Plans In North County

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A new investor has stepped in to resurrect plans for a major new landfill in Gregory Canyon after the company that wants to build it narrowly avoided bankruptcy.

Tri-City Nurses Say Emergency Department Alarmingly Understaffed

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Nurses at Tri-City Medical Center in North County say staffing conditions at the hospital’s emergency room are alarming.

Pop-Up Plaza In Carlsbad Village Is Part Of Revisioning Plan

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The City of Carlsbad is experimenting this week with a pop up plaza, part of a new plan to make the downtown more pedestrian friendly.

Dying Golf Course Held Hostage By Competing Initiatives

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A battle over a bankrupt golf course in Escondido is heating up.

North County's Economy Gets Refreshing Boost From Craft Brewing

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Craft brewing has created quite the economic buzz in North County and Vista played host Wednesday to the spirited first Craft Brew Symposium.

Trademarking Phrases: SDSU's Aztec Shops Laying Claim To 'I Believe That We Will Win!'

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The chant "I Believe That We Will Win!" was heard around the world during the World Cup. Can San Diego State University's Aztec Shops Ltd. trademark the slogan?

What's A Public Document?

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San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says a controversial college letter of recommendation she wrote is not a matter of public record. KPBS Midday Edition takes a close look at the California Public Records Act.

Cities Along SR-78 In San Diego's North County Seek Identity

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The San Marcos City Council will vote Tuesday night on whether to spend nearly $50,000 on a campaign to promote North County as a good place to do business. The campaign involves five cities and is based on research that started by asking about North County’s image.