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Stories by Erik Anderson

Olango Family Asks For Release Of Video, Peaceful Protests

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Alfred Olango's mother, Pamela Benge, stood with her family at a news conference in San Diego on Thursday and addressed the fatal shooting of her son.

Hotel Study Finds Little Boost During Chargers Games

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A study of all NFL teams finds the Chargers have a small impact on local hotel business during football games.

El Cajon Police Shooting: Protests Erupt; Man Fatally Shot Identified

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The man fatally shot by police in El Cajon has been identified as Alfred Olango, a refugee from Uganda.

Stadium Foes, Chargers Stick To Game Plans As Measure C Goes To Voters

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Team officials are hoping voters will approve plans for a nearly $2 billion stadium and convention center project at the polls in November.

Progress Made On Mission Bay Project

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The push to create more wetland habitat on the north part of Mission Bay is moving forward with a key hearing this week.

Innovation Economy Accounts For Quarter Of San Diego's GDP

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San Diego County's innovation economy has grown to $52 billion, but many investors remain wary of investing in it.

Arsenic Still Taints Some California Drinking Water

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Environmental advocates say California isn't doing enough to protect residents who have too much arsenic in their public drinking water supplies.

ITT Tech Shutters Campuses After Federal Aid Sanctions

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ITT Educational Services is ending academic operations at all of its more than 130 campuses across 38 states. That includes the National City and Vista campuses.

California Lawmakers Kill CPUC Reforms

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The agency that regulates the state's utilities is not getting a major overhaul, despite a political consensus that one is needed.

Fading Salton Sea Thirsting For Water

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California's largest lake has been teetering on the edge of an ecological disaster for years, but there is new momentum to find a solution for the environmental challenges at the Salton Sea.

Obama Pledges Federal Help For Salton Sea

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President Barack Obama unveiled a new partnership with California aimed at tackling the ecological problems plaguing the Salton Sea.

Here Are Some Awesome Little Free Libraries In San Diego

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Maybe you've spotted them in your neighborhood: tiny boxes that contain books for anyone to take. From a Pokémon GO stop to a mini-ghost town schoolhouse, here are some of the best ones we've seen around.

Feds Deny Developers' Bid To Take Gnatcatcher Off Endangered Species List

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The California Building Industry Association asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the gray songbird. Law requires habitat protection for endangered species or mitigation if development happens where the birds live.

Scientists Mark 100 Years Of Recording Ocean Temp At Scripps Pier

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San Diego researchers have been taking ocean temperatures at the end of Scripps Pier for a century, and the data have a story to tell.

Large-Scale Battery Project Ready To Go Online In Imperial Valley

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The Imperial Valley is home to one of the largest utility-scale battery projects on the West Coast, helping take the nation's power grid in a new direction.

Consumer Advocates Push For Better Warning Labels On Canned Foods

California regulators are under fire for keeping state-mandated label warnings off of canned foods. Consumers groups are pushing for a new state agency to take over oversight.

Firefighting Helicopter Returns To San Diego

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San Diego County officials are cheering the return of a huge helicopter crane that will help with aerial firefighting over the next three months. This is the seventh year the large chopper would be deployed as part of the county's firefighting fleet.

San Diego Taxpayers Association Gets Rebuffed By Chargers

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The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is disappointed the Chargers won't meet with them to discuss the team's stadium initiative on the November ballot.

California Gas Prices Draw Ire Of Consumer Advocates

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An advocacy group is blasting profit reports from California's oil refiners, saying there's a huge discrepancy between wholesale and retail prices of gasoline.

San Diego Leads Way In Reshaping Nation's Power Grid

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Borrego Springs, a small desert community about 80 miles east of San Diego, is shining a light on a future that could completely change how power is delivered to homes and businesses.

San Diego Home Rental Rate Hikes Easing

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The city's rental market may be cooling off a bit, but prices are still expected to go up in the next few months.

International Space Station Operations Coming To San Diego

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The national laboratory that manages the International Space Station from Earth will soon open an office in San Diego.

Cultivating The Future Of San Diego Baseball

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Baseball's stars take center stage in San Diego Tuesday night at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. The national pastime is thriving at the major league level, but for years the sport has struggled to attract younger players.

San Diego And California Get High Marks On Green Index

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California continues to perform well on the Next 10 Green Innovation Index, which measures how well the economy performs with the state's climate goals as a backdrop.

Simulated Earthquake Shakes Steel Building In San Diego

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San Diego researchers put the world's largest outdoor shake table through its paces, with a six-story steel structure on top.

Primary Surprise: Did Issa's Support For Trump Hurt His Campaign?

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Even though Republican Darrell Issa outspent his opponent, Tuesday's primary race in the 49th Congressional District was much closer than observers expected. One political scientist says the incumbent's support for Donald Trump might have hurt him.

Issa Faces Strong Challenger In November Runoff

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Republican incumbent Darrell Issa could face a strong challenge in November. With 100 percent of precincts counted, Issa captured 51 percent of the vote and attorney Doug Applegate garnered 45 percent.

Rep. Scott Peters Advances To Runoff With Wide Lead

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Democratic incumbent Scott Peters has the majority of the vote, and looked set to run off against Republican challenger Denise Gitsham in November.

Report Card Gives Most San Diego Beaches Good Grades

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San Diego gets generally good water quality marks at local beaches, but some familiar trouble spots remain in the latest Heal The Bay Water Quality Report Card.

Hundreds Gather In Coronado For Memorial Day Remembrance

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People of all ages gathered at Star Park in Coronado Monday for a solemn remembrance of those who died while serving their country.

Updated San Diego Water Forecast Expects Supplies To Be Reduced

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San Diego County water managers are redrawing the county's long-term water supply picture, but some environmentalists say the picture isn't quite right.

Campaign Finances Stir Up A San Diego Congressional Race

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U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign finance spending is under scrutiny. The congressman said some mistakes were made, money was paid back and an audit is expected to answer questions.

Not Much Change Expected In San Diego's Congressional Delegation

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The San Diego congressional delegation will likely seem very familiar after this year's election cycle wraps up in November. That's because four seats are unlikely to change.

SDG&E Pushes For More Electric Cars In San Diego

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San Diego's investor-owned utility is spending $7.5 million over five years to encourage the transition to electrically powered cars.

California Has New Canned Food Warning Labels

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California consumers may see new warning labels for canned food Wednesday, but people will have to look to find them. Consumer advocates say consumers are not being properly protected.

Activist Behind Controversial Fliers Visits San Diego State

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A day after conservative activist David Horowitz and his body guard arrived on the San Diego State University free of protestors, fliers bearing a hate message were found in Love Library.

Students Call For SDSU President's Resignation

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San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman has been under fire for his response to fliers connecting students to "Palestinian terrorists" that were posted on campus last month.

Report: San Diego Quality Of Life Mixed

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The annual quality of life report shows San Diego performs well on economics, energy and water use, but not on affordable housing.

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters Faces Five GOP Challengers In June

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The two-term incumbent's 52nd Congressional District race is the most competitive House contest in San Diego County in the June 7 primary.

San Diego's Economy Gets Good News

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A new report from University of San Diego says leading economic indicators are climbing back up, hinting that the economy will continue growing the rest of the year.

Prototype Electric Car Could Point The Way To The Future

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UC San Diego engineers plan to put an electric car through a challenging cross-country journey. They're covering a 2,500-mile trip in less than two days, which can't be done with current battery technology.

Ahead Of Earth Day, County Shares Water Conservation Tips

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Friday is Earth Day, and San Diego County workers got a chance to show off the county's water conservation initiatives at an event Tuesday.

Get Ready For An Active Fire Season, County Officials Say

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Winter rains fed an explosion of grass throughout San Diego County, which could fuel fires this year. Officials urge residents to clear fire hazards from around their homes.

California Wants To Delay Toxic Chemical Labeling On Canned Foods

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Environmental health advocates are upset California wants to put off requiring toxic chemical warning labels on certain canned and bottled foods. The concern is linked to linings inside those containers.

San Diego Brewers Get A Boost From Local Yeast Maker

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San Diego's craft brewing hub got a huge boost from a local company that specializes in making a crucial element in the beer making process, yeast.

Survey: Many San Diegans Don't Know How To Dispose Of Old Medicines

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There's a lot of work to do to educate residents about disposing of old or expired prescription drugs, a new survey from UC San Diego finds.

Researcher Says Monarch Butterflies Face Perilous Future

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A Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher says monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains have a significant chance of going extinct in the next two decades.

San Diego Region Gets A Break On Water Conservation Goals

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California water officials are giving water districts in San Diego County a break when it comes to saving water because the region's conservation targets are now significantly lower.

Report: Criminal Justice System Errors Cost Taxpayers Millions In California

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A new report shows mistakes in California's criminal justice system cost taxpayers more than $282 million between 1989 and 2012.

Remembering Japan's 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami

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On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that helped cause a nuclear meltdown.

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