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Stories by Erik Anderson

Online Challenge Spotlights Federal Budget

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The people who created the California Online Budget Challenge are unveiling the federal version of the educational tool today.

Hot Weather Coming To San Diego This Weekend

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Hot weather will drive into the region and park over San Diego for a couple of days, but the heat wave isn't expected to last long.

San Diego Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High

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San Diego home sales hit a seven-year high last month and home prices here are the highest they've been in six years.

New UCSD Center To Test Aircraft Parts

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San Diego is home to a new center that will help researchers better understand the composite materials used to build airplanes.

It's Official: U-T San Diego Is Buying North County Times

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The owners of U-T San Diego announced today that they are purchasing the North County Times.

San Diego Beaches Get A Sandy Boost

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San Diego County beaches will get a fresh shot of sand this fall. The $28.5 million project will move offshore sand onto eight of the county's beaches. The first to get the treatment is Imperial Beach.

'Mother Earth' Medical Marijuana Clinic Prepares To Close

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San Diego County's only licensed medical marijuana dispensary will serve its last customers Monday. The business lost its battle to stay open.

San Diego Small-Business Concerns: Potholes

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San Diego's small business owners want the city's roads fixed and they want a larger voice in local government, according to a report issued by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

Health Company Promises 250 Jobs For San Diego

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A United Health Group company is planning to create 250 new jobs in San Diego by the end of next year. The company promises 600 new jobs around the state during that time.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Down Slightly

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The unemployment rate in San Diego County in July was 9.2 percent, compared to 9.3 percent the previous month and well below the 10.5 percent in July 2011, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

Vallecito Fires Continue To Spread, Forcing Evacuations, Racking $3.8 Million In Costs

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Hundreds of rural East County residents were under mandatory evacuation orders today as more than 1,000 firefighters battled five lightning-sparked brush fires -- three that are fully contained and two that are threatening to merge.

San Diego Housing Market Shines In Latest Report

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Southern California's housing market got another positive report card in July. Home prices ticked up and more homes were sold.

Researchers Hope To Scrub Out Pollution With Algae

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San Diego researchers are exploring the idea of using algae to keep major gas-burning power plants from clogging the atmosphere with carbon dioxide. The solution could also generate fuel as the algae scrubs power plant emissions.

Tsunami Debris May Carry Plant, Animal Invaders

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Federal, state and local officials are bracing for the arrival of tsunami debris from Japan. They are especially concerned about what that debris is bringing to San Diego.

San Diego Economic Outlook Positive

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The region's leading economic indicators paint a positive picture for the local economy. The index has now risen eight straight months.

More Severe Rains Drench San Diego

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San Diego County is seeing more heavy rainstorms and climate data suggests global warming is already having an impact on the region.

San Diego County Climate Plan Draws Lawsuit

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The local Sierra Club is suing San Diego County over what the group sees as shortcomings in the government's plan to address climate change.

Back To School Shopping Season Important For Stores

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The back to school shopping season could be a critical indicator about the health of the Southern California Economy. Early forecasts predict a season of flat sales.

Governor Brown, Schwarzenegger Dedicate Sunrise Powerlink Amid Protests

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Gov. Jerry Brown joined former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and federal, state and local officials today to dedicate the Sunrise Powerlink at the Suncrest substation in Alpine, as opponents of the new transmission line staged a protest nearby.

Last Medical Marijuana Co-Op In San Diego To Remain Open Temporarily

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A San Diego bankruptcy judge ruled in favor of San Diego county's last licensed medical marijuana co-op. The Mother Earth Alternative Healing Cooperative can stay open for another 45 days. This is the latest in the tug of war between federal and state law. Medical marijuana activists are working to get approval for collectives onto city ballots around the county.

Fighting For Medical Marijuana At County's Only Licensed Dispensary

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Supporters of San Diego County's only licensed medical marijuana dispensary hope a federal court will help them fight eviction.

Brown Pelicans In Trouble

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Large numbers of brown pelicans are ending up at the SeaWorld wildlife-rescue center in San Diego. Other wildlife rescue organizations along the central and northern California coast are seeing the same thing, lots of young sick birds.

Home Sales Tick Up In San Diego County

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Home sales jumped by more than 9 percent in San Diego County last month. Observers say the increase is good news, but sales remain below average for this time of year.

San Diego Foundation Unveils Plan For Future

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The San Diego foundation unveils its vision for San Diego tonight. The planning effort is the culmination of four years of work.

Comic-Con Delivers $180 Million Economic Punch To San Diego

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Comic-Con is in full swing at the San Diego Convention Center and the event is delivering a $180 million economic punch to the region. There's a lot of currency changing hands this week.

Is There Still Room For Comics At Comic-Con?

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More than 100,000 pop culture fans invade downtown San Diego this week. Comic-Con 2012 promises a cultural and economic bang for San Diego businesses.

California Races To Solar Milestone

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California is the first state in the nation to install more than 1,000 megawatts of customer generated solar power, with more than 300 megawatts put on rooftops last year alone.

California Braces For A Hot Fire Season

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California's fire season is lining up to be a tough one this year. The state's fire fighting agency, Cal Fire, has already fought 1,000 more wildfires this year, compared to last year.

Old School Sales At The San Diego County Fair

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The San Diego County Fair attracted huge crowds again this year, and that is great news for those with products to sell. Salesmanship is as much a part of the fair landscape as the midway, junk food and music.

San Diego Is A Top July 4th Travel Destination

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The Southern California Automobile Club says San Diego is the destination for the region's holiday travelers during the Fourth of July week.

San Diego Gas Prices Slide Down as Summer Wears On

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San Diego gas prices have fallen 50 cents a gallon in the past month and the price is going down right before a major summer holiday.

California's Beach Water Not As Clean As Hoped

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Urban runoff and sewage continue to create pollution problems in the waters off California Beaches. A new report finds the state had a quarter of all pollution advisories in the country last year.

San Diego Housing Market Showing Improvement

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A San Diego researcher says home price gains in the latest Case Schiller Housing report may indicate the local housing market is starting an upswing.

Prepaid Utility Accounts Blasted By Consumer Advocates

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California regulators are getting an earful this week at several public hearings about part of San Diego Gas & Electric's latest rate proposal. The utility wants to create prepaid utility accounts.

Ocotillo Wind Farm Project Is Target Of Another Lawsuit

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Opponents of an Ocotillo wind farm project have filed a lawsuit seeking to keep the wind turbines from being built. This is the fourth legal action in the works.

Solar Making A Splash In San Diego's Energy Market

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The sun shines brightly on San Diego's solar power industry. However, there are some clouds on the horizon.

San Diego Gas Prices Under $4

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San Diego's average gas price is below $4 a gallon for the first time since mid-February and the price may continue to drop.

Water Task Force Considers Supply Issues

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The city of San Diego has pulled together a panel to consider how to deal with growing competition for a shrinking pool of imported water and cope with the growing scarcity of water.

California Drivers Paying A Hefty Premium At The Pump

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The summer driving season is here, and California drivers are paying premium prices at the pump. The difference between local and national prices is nearly double what it was last year.

Mostly Good Marks For San Diego Beaches

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San Diego Beaches got pretty high marks in the latest "Heal the Bay Beach Report Card," but the survey also exposed some long-running pollution problems.

San Diego Could Be Getting More Solar Power

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California regulators may fine tune the way utilities measure how much power comes from roof top solar systems. Solar supporters think that could double the amount of power generated on roof tops.

San Diego Pump Price Rising, Again

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Shrinking supplies of gasoline in California are pushing up wholesale prices and the effect is being felt at the pump.

Fines Urged For Banks Whose Foreclosed Properties Are Eyesores

Community advocates want fines assessed against banks in San Diego that own foreclosed properties but fail to maintain them properly.

San Diego Clean Up Nets 100,000 Pounds Of Trash

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About 5,500 volunteers helped pick up trash in San Diego's canyons and creek-beds this past weekend.

San Diego Based Gen-Probe sells for $3.7 Billion

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A Massachusetts company is buying San Diego based Gen-Probe for $3.7 billion. The local company is expected to maintain a significant presence here.

Uncertain Fishing Season Ahead For San Diego-Based Boats

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This year's San Diego Sport Fishing season will be different from any that have come before. That's because huge swaths of ocean are off limits to anglers creating uncertainty among those who make a living from the ocean's catch.

San Diego To Get Major Cleaning This Weekend

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Volunteers will scour San Diego canyons and creek-beds this weekend, picking up trash that tends to collect there. The idea is to help improve the health of the region's beaches and bays.

Walmart Plans In Sherman Heights Under Fire

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Community, union and political leaders rallied outside the Farmer's Market Building in Sherman Heights today to bring attention to their battle to keep Walmart from tearing the structure down.

Green Technology Fuels California Economy

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A new report finds that the amount of money invested in developing clean technologies in California continues to go up. Companies in the state land 60 percent of all U.S. venture capital aimed at the emerging technology.

UCSD Shaking Table Rattles Building

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UC San Diego researchers put a five story building through a couple of major earthquakes. The nation's largest earthquake shake table experiment is part of a five million dollar project aimed at making buildings safer.