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Grossmont College, Point Loma Nazarene Team Up To Offer 4-Year Nursing Degree

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Nursing students at Grossmont College will be able to take classes at the El Cajon campus for four years and graduate with a degree from Point Loma Nazarene University under a deal the schools announced Friday.

Ceremony Marks First 'Portland Loo' Restroom In Downtown San Diego

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After four years of planning and budgeting, San Diego opened its first Portland Loo — a prefabricated, metal public restroom — near Petco Park.

San Diego’s Harbor Police Department Gets New Training Vessel

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The new $380,000 tactical trainer helps first responders prepare for fires or possible terrorist attacks.

San Diego Communities Respond To Obama's Immigration Plan

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More than two dozen people gathered Friday on the steps of St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown San Diego to talk about the effect President Barack Obama's immigration action orders will have on San Diego families.

San Diego Port To Present New Look For Downtown’s Waterfront

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On Saturday, the Port of San Diego will cut the ribbon on its long-awaited North Embarcadero project with a free family event.

San Diego Launches Plan To Get 1,500 Homeless People Off The Streets

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The San Diego Housing Commission announces a plan to get homeless people off the streets through using old buildings for shelter, and providing more access to social services.

Meals-On-Wheels Delivers Meals To Homebound Veterans

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Physical limitations keep many military veterans at home. To help them, Meals-on-Wheels delivers meals across San Diego County.

New Report Shows Drop In Prescription Drug Abuse

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After two years of increases, deaths from prescription drugs are down in San Diego County.

Election Day: Time To Cast Your Ballot Unless You've Already Voted

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Polls are open in San Diego County from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. You can locate your polling location online.

New Creatures At Chula Vista's Living Coast Discovery Center

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Sapphire, a 130-pound Loggerhead sea turtle, is the newest ambassador at the Living Coast Discovery Center.


San Diego Group Offers Free Classes For Older Learners

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San Diego OASIS is a nonprofit organization focused on people 50 and older, offering a broad range of free classes and opportunities to learn and stay productive.

Skyline Park Renamed In Memory Of Slain San Diego Police Officer

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Skyview Neighborhood Park was renamed Officer Christopher Wilson Memorial Park at a ceremony Monday. Wilson was gunned down in a shootout four years ago.

Group Wants MTS To Run 'Get Out the Vote' Ads

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With the election just two weeks away, a San Diego coalition promoting social justice wants MTS to run ads encouraging people to get out and vote.

Five People Alive Today Thanks To SDSU Student

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SDSU freshman Sara Stelzer was taken off life-support Saturday after losing a brief battle with meningococcal meningitis, and five other people were given new life because she was a registered organ donor.

PAWS San Diego Helps Low-Income Families Keep Their Pets

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For more than 20 years, Pets Are Wonderful Support, PAWS, has provided services and support to low-income families with pets.

San Diego Approves First Medical Marijuana Dispensary License

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Under new zoning regulations, up to four medical marijuana collectives can exist in eight of nine City Council districts.

Female Vets Face Tough Transition To Civilian Life

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Female veterans transition out of military life to civilian life in different ways than their male counterparts. The California Research Bureau says female veterans are not aware of state and federal programs that can help them and many are at risk of becoming homeless.

Effort Started To Get More Recycled Water From Padre Dam

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Officials broke ground Monday on a $275,000 project that focuses on expanding the Padre Dam's recycling facility in Santee so a more reliable water supply may be possible for the East County.

Lindbergh Field Put To The Test With Bomb Drill

San Diego's airport served Wednesday as a stage to test, train and prepare first responders for major emergencies.

For Some Veterans, 'Road To Recovery' Starts In Coronado

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Veterans from across the country got an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego as part of a conference designed to provide hope and healing during the transition to civilian life.

Experts From Around World Flock To San Diego For Flamingo Symposium

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Scientists and zookeepers from around the world gathered at the Bahia Resort Hotel as the third International Flamingo Symposium in more than 40 years got underway.

Feds Award $6 Million To Help Homeless Vets In San Diego

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About 17 percent of San Diego's estimated 8,500 homeless people in January were veterans — 2 percent higher than the same time last year.

Carlsbad Wants Its Own Master Plan For Railroad Double Tracking

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The city of Carlsbad along the North County coast has a vision of the future that includes improving the connection between downtown businesses, the train tracks and neighboring beach areas.

Saturday Marks End Of San Diego's Prescription Drug Take-Back Program

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On Saturday, more than 40 locations across San Diego County will be accepting expired prescription drugs in what could be last take-back event of this kind due to changing regulations.

'Our Wild San Diego' Gets Elementary

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KPBS Evening Edition anchor Dwane Brown talks with kids from Feaster Elementary School about animals found in "Our Wild San Diego."

Library Wants San Diego Trolley Passengers To Get Onboard With New Reading Program

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The San Diego City Library and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System are launching a new literacy program for transit riders.

San Diego Sidewalks Need Improvement, Group Says

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An assessment of San Diego sidewalks is underway. So far, 39,000 tripping hazards have been discovered.

'3 Feet Please' Law For Passing Bicyclists Rolls Out Across California

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California's new bike-passing law took effect Tuesday.

New VA Chief Visits San Diego

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San Diego County is the No. 1 destination for veterans who've served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the biggest challenge says new chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs is building up enough capacity and personnel to properly serve them.

San Diego County Agricultural Industry Thrives

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The value of the region's agriculture industry last year was $1.85 billion, up 6 percent from 2012, according to an annual crop report released Wednesday by San Diego County officials.

Supervisors Bulk Up With 'Aerial Muscle' Ahead Of San Diego's Peak Fire Season

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Some of the largest wildfires in California history have happened in the San Diego area during October.

San Diego Egg Farmers Work To Improve Conditions For Hens

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With a 2015 deadline approaching, Hilliker's Farm Fresh Eggs in Lakeside and other farms in the state are having to upgrade their hen houses to comply with laws requiring the birds have more space.

One Of Del Cerro's Last Remaining Utility Poles Removed

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When the $5 million project is complete, Del Cerro will have new streetlights and pedestrian ramps, along with newly planted trees and resurfaced streets — and no utility poles.

500 San Diego Schoolchildren Will Receive Donated School Supplies

San Diego nonprofit Social Advocates for Youth is giving 500 schoolchildren new backpacks stuffed with school supplies.

Construction Begins On Affordable Housing Complex For Families With Special Needs

Southeastern San Diego will be home to the city's first ever affordable housing complex for low-income families with special needs.

San Diego Wildlife Refuge Gets $1M In Federal Funding For Youth Outreach

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The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex is the recipient of government funding to help get kids from urban communities interested in conservation.

Children From Military Families Get To Be Padres For A Day

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Young children from military families got to practice their pitching, fielding, and batting at Petco Park on Friday.

Report: California Solar Capacity Grew 48% In 2013

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A recent report shows the solar industry is growing rapidly in California. Last year, there were more than 140,000 solar jobs in the U.S., including 47,000 in California.

Governor Brown Signs Law Aimed At Preventing Concussions

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law putting restrictions on football practices at middle and high schools.

San Diego Realtors' Group Warns Against Rental Fraud

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A local realtors' group is providing home sellers and real estate agents with a helpful tool to help protect potential buyers from rental fraud.

VA San Diego Nurses Call For Improved Patient Care

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Nurses at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in La Jolla are recommending changes to improve patient care.

Elementary School Students Spend Summer Exploring Science

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Elementary school students from southeastern San Diego have been spending part of their summer learning about the environment.

Comic-Con Attendees Spend Millions On Hotels And Dining

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The pop culture convention Comic-Con is expected to generate millions in revenue for downtown hotels and businesses this weekend.

Our Wild San Diego: Insects & Water Conservation

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Evening Edition anchor Dwane Brown gets some tips on saving water during the drought.

San Diego Science After-School Program Celebrates 50 Years

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The Elementary Institute of Science is celebrating 50 years of helping kids from all over the county learn to love science.

Coronado Home Open For Tours To Benefit Navy SEALs

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A custom-built Coronado home is open for tours until the end of September with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Camp Widow Helps People Cope With Loss Of Loved One

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Soaring Spirits International is hosting Camp Widow in San Diego through Sunday.

Sheriff's Deputies To Carry Drug Overdose Nasal Spray

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Some East County sheriff's deputies will carry a nasal spray used to counteract breathing and other problems in someone overdosing on heroin or another type of opiates as part of a pilot program starting Monday.

Fourth Of July Revelers Encouraged To Keep San Diego Beaches Clean

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San Diego police and environmental groups are asking Fourth of July revelers to keep the beaches and parks clean this Friday.

California Minimum Wage Increases To $9 Per Hour On July 1

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California's minimum wage will rise to $9 on Tuesday from the current hourly wage of $8.