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Stories by Alison St John

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.

Research Finds Postpartum Depression Symptoms May Begin Before Giving Birth

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Postpartum depression can range from being depressed or sad to suicidal thoughts — but researchers now say it may begin earlier than after giving birth.

NCTD Chief Answers Questions About Agency Turnover

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The executive director of the North County Transit District, Matthew Tucker, responds to investigations that raise troubling questions about his agency.

Should More Development Be Allowed In Cleveland National Forest?

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is considering allowing more development on private lands within the Cleveland National Forest.

Supervisors Consider Long-Term Plan For Development In San Diego's Forests

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Future development on forest lands east of San Diego will depend on decisions Wednesday morning by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

U-T San Diego Launches New Community Newspaper In Encinitas

The Encinitas Advocate, the ninth community newspaper in U-T San Diego Publisher Doug Manchester's portfolio, began arriving in driveways Friday.

North County's Coast News Newspaper Launches Inland Edition

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The Coast News is launching an inland edition Friday. The move to expand the North County weekly is in direct response to a challenge from U-T San Diego.

San Diego Trauma System Marks 30 Years

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Thirty years ago, San Diego's medical community created a new trauma system. The new network made up of six area hospitals has cut the number of trauma deaths in half.

Rapid Bus Serves Launches Between Escondido And Downtown San Diego

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Officials say it is the first service of its kind to operate in San Diego County.

San Diego County Cities Battle State Over Prevailing Wage Law

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When California cities, including some in San Diego County, became charter cities to avoid paying higher prevailing wages, the Legislature passed a law to punish them by withholding funds. The dispute is now in court.

San Onofre Emergency Procedures Concern Senator Boxer

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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer noted in her Nuclear Regulatory Commission remarks that during the recent San Diego wildfires, one blaze burned a half-mile from San Onofre.

County Supervisor Horn Narrowly Wins Re-Election

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Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood kept the race close as he challenged county Supervisor Bill Horn, who was seeking a sixth, four-year term, but the incumbent prevailed.

San Diego Mail-In Ballots Coming In Slowly

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The San Diego County registrar says early voting is lighter than normal this gubernatorial primary election, but predicts mail-in ballots will dominate the overall vote.

Roundtable: Supervisor Horn's Charity; San Diego Opera Future; Fire Lessons

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San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn's religious charity is questioned. The show will go on at the San Diego Opera. What last week's fires say about this coming season.

Del Mar Councilman To Testify At Senate Hearing On Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer holds a hearing this week on decommissioning nuclear reactors. A Del Mar city councilman will testify about his concern that oversight of San Onofre’s decommissioning is lacking.

Boosting San Diego Literacy Rate Remains A Challenge

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About 20 percent of San Diego County residents are either illiterate or functionally illiterate, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy's assessment of U.S. Census figures.

San Diego Climate Change Symposium Focuses On Role Of Energy

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The San Diego World Affairs Council is bringing together environmental nonprofits with local companies in an effort to form a meeting of the minds on power needs of the future.

Palomar Airport Workshop Offers Alternatives For New Master Plan

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What are the options for McClellan-Palomar Airport's future in Carlsbad? A public workshop Wednesday night will offer alternatives for the airport’s new master plan for growth over the next 20 years.

Supervisor Horn Seeks Sixth Term; Oceanside Mayor Hopes For An Upset

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Bill Horn and his challenger, Jim Wood, are both Republicans, but they don't agree on most issues facing North County's 5th District.

U.N. Report: Avoiding Climate Change Possible With 'Substantial Emission Reductions'

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The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released its fifth report on the rapidly closing window of time to take action on reducing greenhouse gases.

San Diego County Report Shows Drop In Violent Crime In 2013

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The latest report on crime in San Diego County is out, and a lot of people have been watching the trends carefully, concerned that realignment — the transfer of thousands of offenders from the state to the county system — might result in higher crime rates here.

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Museum Of Making Music

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The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad allows people to gain a deeper understanding of music, how it is made, and how people create and use instruments. Its latest special exhibit focuses on the banjo.

Escondido County Club Controversy Turns Offensive With Fowl Odor

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The owner of a derelict Escondido golf course risks paying severe fines for depositing chicken manure on the fairways near neighboring homes.

Should E-Cigarettes Be Treated Like Cigarettes?

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The introduction of e-cigarettes, depending on who you talk to, is either an appealing alternative to help addicted current smokers give up tobacco or gateway devices for a new generation of tobacco smokers.

Encinitas To Spend $10 Million To Keep Coastal Property Public

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The Encinitas City Council voted recently to buy the Pacific View Elementary school site for $10 million in an effort to prevent a prime piece of public land from falling into private developers hands.

San Diego Business Helping Rwandans Thrive 20 Years After Genocide

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Twenty years ago this month, a brutal massacre took place in Rwanda where political rivalry between Hutus and Tusis tribes led to the genocide and 1 million deaths. A San Diego company is one of many working in the region helping Rwandans thrive and heal.

Camp Pendleton Marines Head For First Major Deployment To Australia

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Almost 1,000 Marines leave Camp Pendleton this week for the first major U.S. deployment to Australia, part of a strategy to refocus U.S. forces in the Western Pacific.

North County Economic Development Council Holds First Summit

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The North County Economic Development Council held its first Economic Summit to focus on attracting more jobs to the region.

Del Mar Plans To Build New City Hall

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The city of just more than 4,000 people has been making do with a city hall that was once a little brick schoolhouse, but now more than 70 percent of the residents want to see a change.

Residents Rally Against Plans For San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course

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Residents packed a public meeting to oppose plans to turn the San Luis Rey Golf Course in Bonsall back into native wetlands.

San Luis Rey Downs Golf Course Could Revert to Wetlands

North County residents living near the San Luis Rey Downs golf course will find out tonight about a proposal to return the golf course to natural habitat.