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Power Restored To SDSU Campus

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Part of the west end of San Diego State University was hit with a power outage on Monday morning. SDSU police say a "transformer exploded" in Parking Structure 4.

Incumbents Leading In California State Office Races

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In addition to picking a governor, California voters weighed in on other top state offices.

Vote On Restrictions To San Diego County Grant Program Put On Hold

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San Diego County supervisors put on hold Tuesday a vote on restricting gifts and personal recognition from organizations that receive grants through a $10 million fund that supervisors can essentially spend any way they wish, U-T San Diego reported.

UC Task Force Issues Guidelines To Fight Campus Sexual Assaults

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Task force releases seven key recommendations that form the foundation of a systemwide model to address sexual violence throughout the University of California system.

Man Arrested, Charged In Series Of Attacks On Women In North Park

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David Angelo Drake, 23, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual battery and assault for a series of attacks on women in the North Park neighborhood since June.

San Diego Hosts Ideas@50+ AARP Convention

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At this week's conference of the AARP, staying brain smart is one topic many in the over 50-crowd are interested in.

Trio Of Brushfires Near Route 15 Ramp To Northbound Interstate 5

San Diego Fire Department crews and one National City Fire Department engine were sent to the scene to battle the three small fires, but the response forced the closure of the transition ramp onto Interstate 5.



San Diego Man Killed In Syria Fighting For ISIS

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Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, was born in Illinois and lived in Minnesota before moving to San Diego, where he attended City College, according to news reports.

Police: No Arrest Made In Connection With Fire

Escondido police say that news reports that a suspect was arrested in connection with the fires in San Diego County is incorrect.

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Singers Union Drops Lawsuit Against San Diego Opera

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The union representing solo singers at the San Diego Opera has withdrawn a labor lawsuit against the troubled company and vowed to work with the current board to revive the opera for next season.

Alvarez, Faulconer To Face Off In First Of Six Mayoral Debates

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The two councilmen vying for the city's top spot will appear in their first debate Wednesday afternoon hosted by KPBS and 10News.

Year In Review 2013: Top immigration issues

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KPBS Evening Edition host Amita Sharma talks about the year in immigration with Fronteras Desk reporter Jill Replogle.

Christmas tree recycling service starts in San Diego

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Residents with curbside service can leave their trees outside with their other refuse. Those without curbside pickup can take their trees to 16 drop-off locations throughout the city.

Father Joe's Village serves 2,000 holiday meals to San Diego homeless

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Christmas decorations and table cloths were the extra flourishes at Father Joe’s Villages in downtown San Diego on Tuesday. Volunteers served up a hot holiday meal to nearly 2,000 homeless people.

Salvation Army centers in San Diego wraps up two-day gift event

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More than 5,200 families and more than 1,500 children in San Diego County received gifts and food from the Salvation Army this year thanks to donations or money from the Red Kettle program.

Report: San Diego County Report reveals strong farm-to-school food movement

The report found that 18 San Diego County school districts purchase local, regional or California-grown products and 11 districts purchase directly from a grower.

Feinstein Calls On Filner To Resign

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow Democraat, says it's time for Bob Filner to quit as mayor of San Diego.

Sherman Wins Outright In Council District 7

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Insurance-business owner Scott Sherman avoided a run-off by taking 51 percent of the vote over challenger Mat Kostrinsky in the San Diego City Council's District 7 race.

Ellis Edges Incumbent Lightner In District 1; November Contest Looms

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Ray Ellis finished ahead of incumbent Sherri Lightner in the race for San Diego City Council District 1 with 45 percent of the vote. Sherri Lightner was second with 41 percent in what's shaping up as a runoff in November.

Bilbray May Face Peters in 52nd Congressional District

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As expected, Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, will be heading to a runoff election in the 52nd congressional district. His opponent looks to be Port Commissioner Scott Peters, who holds a slim lead over fellow Democrat Lori Saldaña.

Project Labor Agreement Ban Approved

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Despite intense opposition from area unions, San Diego voters approved Proposition A, which would would outlaw Project Labor Agreements in San Diego.

Danon, Roberts Headed For Runoff In County District 3 Race

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With 47 percent of the precincts reporting, Steve Danon and Dave Roberts were virtually tied for the San Diego Diego County Board of Supervisors.Steve Danon, chief of staff to Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, and the deputy mayor of that coastal city, Dave Roberts, were headed to a runoff Wednesday in their race for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Deputies Involved In Alpine Neighborhood Shooting

Sheriff's deputies from the Alpine station were involved in a shooting in an Alpine neighborhood, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Fire Reported North Of Grossmont College

A brush fire broke out today on a hilltop just north of Grossmont College, a Heartland fire dispatcher said. The blaze began about 11 a.m. north of Grossmont College Drive and west of state Route 125, the dispatcher said.

Brush Fire Reported Near Ramona

The Mesa Fire near Ramona has burned 80 acres. The spread of the fire has slowed, but as of now there are no reports of containment. Although no structures are in immediate danger, the fire is close to the Barona Mesa community.

Brush Fire In Mission Valley Largely Contained

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A fire of unknown origin raced up a steep, brushy hillside between Interstate 8 and University Heights today, forcing evacuations of homes and businesses but causing no reported structural damage.

San Diego Schools Chief Relies On Academic Team

San Diego Unified's new school superintendent says he will rely on a team of experienced educators next year to help him guide the district academically.

Gardner Pleads Guilty To Both Dubois and King Murders

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Sex offender John Albert Gardner pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in San Diego County after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. He led authorities to Amber Dubois' body.

Tax Refunds Will Be Delayed

Starting this week, California's not paying some of its bills. The state is short on cash and that means billions of dollars in tax refunds and other payments aren't going out. But taxpayer groups are lobbying to get refund checks in the mail sooner. Marianne Russ reports.

The CHP is Ready to Crack Down on DWT Offenders

Driving while texting will be officially illegal in California on January 1. The California Highway Patrol is already geared up to enforce the new law.

Democrats Say They'll Raise Taxes With or Without GOP

Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly say they're ready to approve a partial solution to the state's budget crisis - and it includes tax increases for all Californians.

State Panel to Stop Financing Infastrcuture Projects

A state panel that oversees loans for infrastructure has voted to stop financing nearly all construction projects in California, everything from highway improvements to new schools.

Some Water Agencies are Critical of Measures to Save Delta Smelt

Federal scientists are urging major water cuts from the Delta to save a California native fish from going extinct, but critics say those cuts would devastate public water agencies.

Powerful Storm Moves Through San Diego County

A powerful storm is moving through San Diego county and forecasters say the wintery weather is not over yet. The heavy rain that fell today was partially responsible for for an accident that claimed one life. A person was killed and another injured in the San Diego area when an armored truck rolled down an embankment. National Weather Service Forecaster Forecaster Stan Wasowski says its a typical winter storm that comes out of the gulf of Alaska.

Too Much Rain Could Mean Mud Slides in Rural Areas

A wet storm is making its way to San Diego today. But too much rain could mean mud slides in some rural areas. Joining us on Morning Edition is Stan Wasowski with the San Diego National Weather Service.

Voters Approve High Speed Rail

By a narrow margin, voters approved Proposition One-A. It provides roughly $10 billion for work to begin on a statewide bullet train system.

Mayor Sanders Marks Fire Anniversary with Visit to Rancho Bernardo

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating wildfires of 2007 with a trip to Rancho Bernardo where he visited the newly-rebuilt home of Neil and Barbara Levine. They had just finished a two-year remodeling project on their home when the fire destroyed it.

1,500 Acres Charred in 'Juliet Fire' Near Camp Pendleton

A brush fire, dubbed the Juliet Fire, has charred 1,500 acres near Camp Pendleton, forcing evacuations of thousands of people from base housing and neighborhoods in nearby Oceanside.

Schwarzenegger Sells Bonds to Bring in Cash

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking to the radio airwaves -- this time with a pitch to potential investors. The state treasurer is preparing to sell about four-billion dollars in short term notes next week to bring in some cash.

Taxpayers' Group Not Happy with High Speed Rail

A taxpayers' group is suing a California state organization overseeing plans for a bullet train in California for failing to prepare its business plan as required by law.

Governor Aims to Increase Efficiency of Emergency Response

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill he says will improve emergency response in California. Under the measure, the state Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security department will now be merged.

State Treasurer Urges Congress to Pass Recovery Plan

The State Treasurer is warning California may run out of cash if Congress fails to adopt an economic recovery plan. Bill Lockyer says for the last ten days state and local governments have been closed out of financial markets and help from the federal government is necessary.

Schwarzenegger Sets New Veto Record

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has set a new veto record. He's rejected more than 35-percent of the bills that reached his desk this year. This year Schwarzenegger rejected a total of 415 bills and signed 775.

Late Budget Means Crunch Time for Governor

The state budget isn't the only thing Governor Schwarzenegger will be signing this week. His press Secretary says the Governor has 875 bills sitting on his desk.

Budget Signing Doen't Help Laid Off Workers

Even though California finally has a budget, many of the ten-thousand state workers who were laid off during the stalemate may not get their jobs back.

Proposition B - Is It Technically Feasible

The waterfront around San Diego Bay is some of the most valuable real estate in Southern California. Which is why there's a growing tension between the industrial working waterfront and the commercial dreams of developers. Now developers have put their dreams on the ballot, with a proposal to build a deck above the existing Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. They want to make the space available for a convention center or even a foot ball stadium on top. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on whether the idea is technically feasible.

State Lawmaker Talks about Governor's Muscle on Budget Issue

The governor and state legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a budget deal. That will avoid Schwarzenegger's threatened veto. Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders met twice Thursday to work out an agreement that will end the state's nearly three-month long budget stalemate.

State Insurance Commissioner Supports AIG Bailout

California state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner says he supports the federal bailout of insurance giant American International Group and says California consumers shouldn't be too concerned.

San Diego Volunteers Head to Gulf States for Hurricane Relief

While hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ike, volunteers are heading to the area to help with the expected relief effort including some from San Diego. Joining us on Morning Edition is Chris Marek, Director of Development and Communications for the Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Another Vote, Another Rejection for State Budget Proposal

State Assembly Democrats voted against a Republican budget proposal. It does not raise taxes, but adds more spending cuts than proposed by Democrats or Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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