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Stories by Alison St John

San Diego Mayor: Who's In, Who's Out, Who's Undecided?

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The field of candidates to replace San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is shaping up fast. It’s defined by who is in, who is out and who is still undecided.

Former State Senator Christine Kehoe Will Not Run For San Diego Mayor

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Former Democratic California State Senator Christine Kehoe said she enjoys her current job, and will not throw her hat in the ring for San Diego mayor.

Ex-Race Horses May Get Second Life

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Owners of race horses too old or injured to continue may find their upkeep in retirement too expensive or onerous. A local nonprofit saves them from neglect or slaughter by finding them new homes.

Laura's Law: A Program For Severely Mentally Ill People Who Refuse Treatment

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People with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder often refuse treatment because they don't know they're sick. We’ll hear about an involuntary treatment program, Laura's Law, the county is considering adopting to help the severely mentally ill.

San Diego Mom Offers Advice For Summer Road Trips

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San Diego mom Gretchen Breuner pulled her three kids out of school, put them in a used RV and took them on a 10,000 mile adventure across the United States.

The Privacy Risks Of Some Health And Fitness Apps

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Before you start putting important health data into your phone app, you will want to hear about a new study that finds some of that information may be used for purposes you never sanctioned.

What San Diegans Need To Know About California's Health Care Exchange

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California's health care exchange will begin enrolling individuals for health coverage on October 1. But there's still a lot of confusion over the new health care law. We get the answers to some key questions.

As Many As 800 State Prisoners May Be Heading To San Diego County

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We have the county's top law enforcement officials joining us to discuss the latest round of prison realignment with news that as many as 800 inmates may be released from state custody to county custody. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins weigh in with their concerns as we learn some of these prisoners may have been violent or sex offenders.

South Park's Eliza Jane Schneider Presents Play In San Diego

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Eliza Jane Schneider has left Hollywood and is now starring in a one-woman, 34 character show in San Diego.

Scripps Institute Finds Designer Drug, Bath Salts Are More Potent, Addictive Than Meth

Bath salts is the name given a designer drug that got dozens of sailors expelled from the navy last year, and landed some users in the emergency room. Now researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered the drug is more addictive than methamphetamine.

Biotech Incubator Opens In North County

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Carlsbad is hosting an innovative new business incubator that city leaders hope will eventually generate new high-paying jobs. But it’s a risky venture. Known as a “hackerspace” for biology in San Diego, 'Bio, Tech and Beyond' holds its grand opening this week.

LGBT Community Filled With Pride Ahead Of Weekend Celebration

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It's a big year for San Diego Pride Celebration this weekend with a historic shift in legal and public attitudes.

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Midday Movies: What Is Kaiju?

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Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" opens on Friday and serves up a Western take on kaiju or giant monsters. But kaiju has a long history in Japan.

Federal Furloughs May Threaten Wildfire Response

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Sequestration begins to bite into the budgets civilian military contractors today. Federal furloughs may threaten emergency responses in California and force many San Diegans to rethink their lifestyles in response to the budget axe.

Big Bay Boom Promises Not To Be A Bust This Year

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Expectations are high for tonight's Big Bay fireworks display. The show over San Diego Bay went spectacularly wrong last year, as 15 minutes of fireworks went up in 30 seconds. Garden State is taking steps to make sure that does not happen again.

Lilac Hills Ranch Proposal Challenges County General Plan

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One of the largest new developments proposed for San Diego County’s rural back country reaches a milestone Wednesday: The Lilac Hill Ranch would add more than 1,700 homes in the hills north of Escondido, currently zoned for 110 homes.

Regional Water Agency Starts Fiscal Year With Bigger Budget

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San Diego County Water Authority starts this new fiscal year with a $1.5 billion budget that includes modest rate hikes on the price it charges member agencies for water. The increases are because more water is being used in San Diego and the cost to get it here is growing.

Camp Pendleton Partners With Japan, Canada, New Zealand Militaries For Training

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Marines and sailors stormed a beach on Camp Pendleton this week. This year‘s amphibious landing exercises involved new Pacific partners.

Ratepayer Advocates File To Stop Paying For San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

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A ratepayer advocacy group is petitioning to stop the operators of the now closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station from charging ratepayers for the plant.

Lilac Hills Ranch Development Would Add Homes North Of Escondido

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A major new development is proposed for a rural area in Valley Center. The developer describes it as a sustainable, smart growth community. But opponents say Lilac Hills Ranch is zoned only for rural uses in the county's recently-adopted General Plan.

Encinitas' Right To Vote Initiative May Set Precedent

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Encinitas' Proposition A, which passed this week, could set a precedent for other communities looking for more local control over future growth. Some, however, worry about the effects of ballot box planning.

Permit for Foothills Toll Road Rejected

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The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board narrowly rejected a permit for a five mile section of the Foothills toll road just north of the San Diego County line.

NCTD Restores Wi-Fi To Coaster Rail Line Cars

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Wi-Fi connections on the Coaster light rail line are back, though user discretion is required.

Sprinter Ridership Declines Following Shutdown

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North County’s transit agency is struggling to regain the ridership it had before the Sprinter light rail was shut down due to brake problems. The number of people using the train is significantly down from the same time last year.

Tesoro Toll Road Seeks Permit In San Diego

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Part of a toll road from Orange County that was rejected by the California Coastal Commission four years ago is before the Regional Water Quality Control Board in San Diego on Wednesday. Opponents of the Tesoro Extension say the project threatens the San Onofre State Park, a famous surfing spot.

Budget Bill Threatens Public Records Access In California

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An amendment added to a state budget trailer puts access to public records at risk.

Encinitas' Proposition A Attracts Thousands In Last-Minute Contributions

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Prop A, a voter initiative in Encinitas, has attracted thousands of dollars in last-minute contributions. The result of Tuesday's special election on what's known as the “right-to-vote initiative" will affect future development in the coastal community.

NRC Considers Voiding Key Ruling On San Onofre

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission may reject a ruling that contributed to the decision to shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Roundtable: Underground Market For Taxi Permits, Scathing NCTD Audit, Deported Parents

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There's a burgeoning underground market in San Diego taxi permits. The North Coast Transit District has received a scathing audit of its practices. Parents deported by the INS must leave their American-born kids behind.

Encinitas, Solana Beach Leaders Propose Sand Replenishment For North County Shores

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San Diego’s beaches are being washed away. Solana Beach and Encinitas are key players in the debate over how to deal with eroding shorelines and sea level rise.

San Onofre To Be Permanently Closed

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Southern California Edison announces it is retiring the remaining reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Decommissioning the plant will take 40 years and cost 1,100 jobs.

Lessons From Fukushima For San Onofre

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The former head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said plans to restart San Onofre at 70 percent power do not inspire him with confidence. Gregory Jaczko and former Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan spoke in San Diego at a seminar.

Seminar Brings Perspective On Risks Of Nuclear Power To San Diego

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As the future of the San Onofre nuclear power plant hangs in the balance, a public seminar on nuclear power is planned for Tuesday in San Diego County Chambers. It is billed as an alternative to the public meetings hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

San Onofre: How Did It Come To This?

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San Diego is heading into its second summer without the San Onofre nuclear power station. We take a look at what has led up to this point, as questions swirl over whether the plant will ever restart.

U-T San Diego Phases Out North County Edition

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U-T San Diego is reducing its coverage of local city government. The recent cuts in staffing also affects the North County Edition of the paper.

Encinitas Divided Over Growth

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The debate over Encinitas' Proposition A highlights a divide over how communities should grow in the future.

Night Patrol Aims To Prevent Sexual Assault On Naval Base

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The Navy is conducting night time shore patrols around the 32nd Street barracks in response to the news that sexual harassment has emerged as a crisis in the ranks of the military.

San Diego Schools Honored For Pledge To Technology In The Classroom

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Technology is changing fast and schools are doing their best to keep up. We take a look at what's going on in San Diego's schools to help advance learning with the use of technology.

Survey Shows Majority Of Experts Agree Humans Are Cause Of Climate Change

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Public opinion on climate change may still be divided but a new survey finds climate experts agree on the cause. They point to humans as the problem behind global warming. That validates research done nearly a decade ago by a University of California, San Diego professor who says the science has always backed up the effects of climate change.

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Joe Hill On His New Book 'NOS4A2'

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Horror writer Joe Hill's new novel, "NOS4A2," came out April 30. Listen to his full interview with KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando.

In 'Stung,' Researcher Connects Jellyfish Blooms To Doomed Oceans

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In her new book, "Stung," researcher Lisa-ann Gershwin Ph.D., compares jellyfish to an angel of death whose presence in the ocean is causing destruction, death and disruption. And she says humans are contributing to the problem.

CPUC Considers What Ratepayers Will Pay For San Onofre

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California’s Public Utilities Commission is considering whether Edison's costs to maintain San Onofre while it is offline are reasonable to charge ratepayers.

Escondido Residents Fight Proposal To Build On Golf Course

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Signature gatherers are gearing up in Escondido for a campaign to prevent a developer from turning a bankrupt golf course into a housing tract.

Diaz To Challenge Abed For Escondido Mayor's Seat

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Escondido’s political future gets interesting as City Councilwoman Olga Diaz challenges Sam Abed for the mayor’s seat next year.

La Costa Canyon High Newspaper Fights For Journalism Curriculum

The editor of a student newspaper in Carlsbad is fighting to have the journalism class at her school reinstated.

Edison To Decide Fate Of San Onofre By Year's End

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The CEO of Southern California Edison says the company will decide by year’s end whether to shut down San Onofre, if the NRC does not approve their application to restart Unit Two.

Will Amgen Tour Of California Pump Up Profits In Escondido?

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Escondido will host the first leg of the Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in the United States, this month. Escondido city leaders are hoping the economic benefits outweigh the costs.

County Leaders Mull Broader Representation On Fair Board

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Supervisors will continue negotiations for more local control of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Del Mar Fairgrounds May Get More Local Control

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A plan to have more local control over the Del Mar Fairgrounds is before San Diego County Supervisors this week.

Is San Onofre Cost Effective In The Long Term?

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If it could be restarted safely, would the San Onofre nuclear power plant still be a cost effective way to generate electricity?