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Stories by Jill Replogle

San Diego Artists Honor 43 Abducted Mexican Students

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Artists are joining the cry for justice in the case of students suspected to have been killed by a drug gang in Central Mexico. The art will be displayed at a Saturday evening show.

El Cajon Alpaca Farm Offers Black Friday Alternative

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A Simple Time farm's Black Friday sale prices on alpacas ranged from $250 to $4,000.

Health Advocates Cheer Initial Results Of Mexico's Soda Tax

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In hopes of stemming obesity and diabetes, Mexico slapped a one peso per liter tax — about 7 cents — on sugary drinks starting Jan. 1. A recent study suggests the tax is curbing consumption.

San Diegans React To Obama's Immigration Orders

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Some long-term immigrant residents living in San Diego County illegally were comforted by the announcement that people with no criminal records won’t be targeted for deportation.

California DMV Prepares For Rush Of New Immigrant Drivers

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A new law allows immigrants without legal residency to apply for driver's licenses. The Department of Motor Vehicles expects more than a million applications to roll in next year.

Imperial Beach Mayor's Race Still Too Close To Call

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The race to become Imperial Beach's next mayor could still go either way, says San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu.

Families Of The Missing In Baja California Protest Students' Disappearance

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The disappearance of 43 students from a rural teaching college in central Mexico has galvanized family members of missing persons in other states, like Baja California.

Mayor Abed And Fellow GOP Councilmen Prevail In Escondido

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Incumbent Republicans win clear victories over Democratic challengers who had hoped to capitalize on the Latino vote.

Escondidans Nix Ballot Measure To Put New Homes On Golf Course

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Measure H is decisively defeated by Escondido voters but lawsuit from developer will continue.

Baja California Economy Lagging Behind Rest Of Mexico

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New statistics show Baja California's economy contracting early this year, though officials say strong agricultural growth has helped counterbalance the poor performance.

Battle Over Escondido Golf Course Comes Down To Measure H

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Many of those opposed to Measure H don’t play golf, but they think a developer's plans to allow more than 400 homes on former fairways will crowd the neighborhood and decrease property values.

Hackathon Brings Together Baja California's Young Techies

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The hackathon was part of Tijuana Innovadora, a conference about technology, food and fashion.

Dozens Arrested In Imperial County Drug Bust

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Authorities arrested 43 people in predawn raids Tuesday that prosecutors said are linked to a large-scale methamphetamine and heroin trafficking organization in Imperial County.

Immigration Holds Plummet In First Year Of California's Trust Act

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California's Trust Act, which took effect this year, limits the ability of local law enforcement to comply with ICE requests to hold immigrants.

Escondido City Council Rejects Proposed Migrant Youth Shelter

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The Escondido City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday night to side with its Planning Commission, which had said no to a proposed migrant shelter for youth caught crossing the border illegally.

San Diego Ebola Teach-In Aims To Dispel Myths, Stimulate Action

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Some people mistakenly think Ebola is an airborne disease: one of the myths Partners in Health hopes to dispel at a teach-in Tuesday evening.

Susan Weber, Wife Of Former SDSU President, Dies

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Susan Keim Weber, who was involved in university outreach when her husband, Stephen, was president of SDSU, died Monday at their home in Maine.

Congressman Hunter: 10 ISIS Terrorists Tried To Enter U.S.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, told Fox News that at least 10 ISIS fighters were apprehended trying to cross into Texas from Mexico. The Homeland Security secretary's response: “We have no credible, specific intelligence to that effect.”

Changes In Voting Process Could Benefit Non-English Speakers

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Legal permanent residents can now be poll workers in California, and voters can now find language assistance at San Diego polling places in seven Asian languages.

Judge Clears Way For Trial Of Border Agents Over Taser Death

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A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that border agents who beat and shot a man with a Taser won't get summary judgment and can go to trial.

Two Latinas Hope To Shake Up Escondido Politics

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This election season, two Latinas are hoping to change the face of Escondido's leadership and its long-standing conservative politics.

Border Crossing Wait Times Plummet At San Ysidro

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Wait times to cross into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry have plummeted as the first phase of the port expansion project nears conclusion. Business leaders and cross-border commuters are ecstatic.

American Independent Party Isn't As 'Independent' As Some Voters Think

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The American Independent Party is the third-largest party in San Diego County, and voting authorities say it's popular among new U.S. citizens. Problem is, they may not know what they're signing up for.

It's The Law: Vehicles Have To Give Bicyclists 3 Feet Of Space

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More than 100 cyclists are killed each year in collisions with motor vehicles in California. A new law that takes effect Tuesday is designed to make the roads safer for those who pedal.

Fewer Than 100 Central American Children Settled In San Diego

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Just 76 unaccompanied minors caught crossing the border illegally this year have settled in San Diego County.

Hearing On Escondido Migrant Shelter Postponed

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The city of Escondido pushed back a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on a migrant youth shelter at the ACLU's request.

Report: Immigrants Contribute $650 Billion To California Economy

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Immigrants contribute almost $650 billion to the California economy and $27 billion to the economies of San Diego and Imperial counties, according to a recent report.

Hope Dwindles For DNA Evidence At Tijuana Body Dump

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More than 22,000 people have gone missing in Mexico since the country declared war on drug traffickers in 2006. Some family members of the missing hoped to find answers at a body disposal site in Tijuana. But so far, they have only frustrated hopes.

Escondido Councilwoman Now Supports Initiative To Develop Golf Course

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Escondido City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Olga Diaz says she's supporting a developer's initiative to put homes on a former golf course. Nearby residents want it to remain open space.

Only Half Of Eligible Immigrants In California Apply For 'Dreamers' Program

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More than 180,000 young Californians have applied under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the highest number of any state, but that's still only about half of the people eligible.

Feds: Driver In Fatal Smuggling Attempt Was To Be Paid $3,500

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Federal authorities said Nicholas George Zakov told officials that he coordinated the smuggling effort with three men in Mexico. The two men hidden in his trunk died.

Feds Still Want Migrant Shelter In Escondido; City Does Not

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Government contractor Southwest Key says it has secured leases to open shelters for migrant youth in two defunct Escondido hotels. The city won't give them a business license.

Should The U.S. Process Potential Refugees In Central America?

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The U.S. is considering processing potential Central American refugees in their home countries. We look at what happened when we tried this in Haiti.

Lawyer For US Marine Andrew Tahmooressi Says Mexican Police Acted Improperly

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The lawyer for the U.S. Marine veteran accused of crossing into Mexico with illegal guns and ammunition says customs officials who searched the Afghanistan war veteran's car acted improperly.

Why Nicaraguan Kids Aren’t Fleeing To U.S.

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Nicaragua is Central America's poorest country, yet its children aren't fleeing to the border along with their Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran neighbors. Experts say that's because of the country's low crime rate, effective police force and unique migration history.

ACLU Considers Legal Action Against Escondido Over Migrant Shelter

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The ACLU says the city of Escondido may have violated fair housing and land use laws when it rejected a permit to open a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children caught crossing the border illegally.

Escondido Again Rejects Shelter For Migrant Youth

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Escondido again denied opening a temporary shelter for immigrant youth caught trying to cross the border illegally. But some groups want the issue reopened for debate.

Tijuana Blocks Three Narco-Corrido Stars From Annual Fair

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The city of Tijuana is trying to keep three singers of so-called "narco ballads" from performing at the city's annual fair.

Will Deporting Central American Kids Faster Keep Them From Coming?

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San Diego congressional representatives have introduced a bill that would allow border authorities to deport Central American children faster. Trans-Border Institute director Ev Meade thinks that would be unwise.

Immigration Judge: Obama's Boost In Funds For Courts Won't Be Enough

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President Barack Obama wants to hire 40 immigration judges to deal with the flood of Central American children and families arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico, but an immigration judge in California says it won't be enough.

Latino Lawmakers Report Ventura Shelter For Migrants Adequate, Kids Healthy

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Members of the state Latino Legislative Caucus on Tuesday toured an emergency shelter for Central American children in Ventura. The legislators said they were satisfied with the shelter’s conditions and the children’s health.

Hometowns Of Undocumented Central American Children Among World's Most Violent

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Nearly three times as many Central American children caught trying to cross the border since Jan. 1 said they came from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, than from any other city in the region. San Pedro Sula is the most murderous city in the world.

Feds Renew Plans To Fly Central American Families From Texas To San Diego

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Immigration authorities again say they will transport Central American migrants apprehended in South Texas to the San Diego area.

Republicans Make Push For Latino Vote

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As the midterm elections approach, Republican groups are amping up efforts to wrest Latino votes from the Democrats.

Escondido Planning Commission Rejects Shelter For Immigrant Children

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The Escondido Planning Commission voted 7-0 to turn down a federal government request to open a 96-bed shelter for unaccompanied immigrant youth in a former nursing home.

Shelter For Immigrant Children Could Open In Escondido

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The Escondido Planning Commission will decide whether to approve a children's shelter Tuesday. Central American and Mexican children have been showing up alone at the southwest border in record numbers since late last year.

Baja California’s Todos Santos Designated World Surfing Reserve

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The surfing mecca of Bahía de Todos Santos is the sixth site worldwide to receive recognition as a World Surfing Reserve.

Recall Effort Against Escondido Councilwoman Olga Diaz Fails

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An attempt to recall Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz failed after backers didn't get enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

Colorado River Delta Begins To Come Back From The Dead

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The once biologically rich Colorado River Delta has shrunk by an estimated 90 percent since dams and diversions siphoned off most of the water upstream. This past spring, authorities from the U.S. and Mexico released water into the delta in an attempt to jump-start habitat restoration.

Ensenada Calls Off Water Rationing To Residents

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The Mexican port city of Ensenada has restored 24-hour water supply to its users after five months of harsh rationing.

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