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Stories by Megan Burke

Calif. Bill Allowing Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Comes With Cautions

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The good news for people here illegally is that they may soon be able to get a driver's license. Yet some say the bad news is those licenses will be different from legal residents because of markings identifying the holders as undocumented.

Mixed Report On San Diego's Real Estate Market

Housing prices and home sales dipped a bit last month, adding just another wrinkle to San Diego's real estate market. Most numbers show great improvement in the housing market since last year. But some people are concerned that the recovery in real estate may slow down. Interest rates are up, and maximum federal loan amounts are about to come down.

Should Edison Be Allowed To Profit On San Onofre's Faulty Steam Generators?

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Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric are asking ratepayers to pick up the investment costs in the generators that failed at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. They also want more than five percent return on their investment. The California Public Utility Commission's Division of Ratepayer Advocates said there should be no profit.

Applying Lessons From 9/11 To Syria

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Against the backdrop of the 12th anniversary of 9/11, we look back at the lessons learned as the U.S. faces action in another Middle Eastern country.

The Experiences Of Widowers Through Stories And Photos

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The stories and faces of people who've suffered the loss of a spouse are profiled in a new book by San Diego writer and photographer Judith Fox.

Domestic Violence Victim Suing Catholic Diocese For Breach Of Contract

A former El Cajon elementary school teacher says she lost her job, because her school was afraid of her abusive ex-husband. Now she's suing the Roman Catholic Diocese because she says the school broke Canon Law when she was terminated. And, California lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would stop employers from firing domestic violence victims.

Chargers Challenging City's Convention Center Expansion Proposal

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The Chargers begin their season as San Diegans hear a new proposal for a downtown stadium. The convention center expansion plan is entering its final phase of approvals...but not so fast. The Chargers are once again proposing a new football stadium with additional convention center space.

How Will New Federal Drug Policy Guidelines Play Out In San Diego?

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The U.S. Department of Justice has been tweaking some of its drug policies lately. We'll find out how the changes affect San Diego.

How Should U.S. Respond To Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria?

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Supporters of a U.S. strike against the Assad regime are working to convince a war weary Congress. What would a strike against Syria mean to opposition forces fighting the Assad regime? A San Diego man who just returned from Syria shares his perspective.

Preventing Wildfire In San Diego County

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The threat of devastating wildfires is a fact of life in California. CalFire says it has a prevention plan. But critics in Southern California say using prescribed burns to clear vast tracts of land isn't the answer.

Studying Same-Sex Marriage

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Intriguing results from early research into same-sex marriage.

U.S. Attorney Says Sequestration Cuts Could Make San Diego Less Safe

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The U.S. Attorney for San Diego says sequestration cuts are about to hit her office hard. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy warns that she may have to pick and choose which offenders to prosecute if the cuts go through. Government lawyers and federal investigators face furloughs in the new fiscal year. Duffy says cuts to federal courts and probation officers could make San Diego less safe.

Talking To Children About Sexual Harassment And Scandals In The News

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Allegations against Mayor Bob Filner give rise to news stories that can puzzle children. The reports about Mayor Filner and other politicians caught up in scandals blare out over the radio and TV. We'll discuss what to say to children who have questions about those lurid headlines.

Critics Challenge Cal Fire's Massive Wildfire Mitigation Plan

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A massive "vegetation treatment" proposal to reduce wildfires is getting push back from Southern California wildland experts. The plan calls for controlled burns and other fire mitigation efforts covering tens of millions of acres across California. But critics say the proposal will not work in San Diego. We'll find out why.

Will The Filner Scandal Cause An Economic Fallout In San Diego?

With all the uncertainty surrounding the future of Mayor Bob Filner, some are wondering if San Diego will begin to feel an economic impact from the scandal.

County Supervisors To Vote To Close Gaps In Programs For Severely Mentally Ill

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San Diego County is reviewing the public services available to people living in the county who are severely mentally ill and are resistant to treatment.

Laura's Law: A Program For Severely Mentally Ill People Who Refuse Treatment

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People with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder often refuse treatment because they don't know they're sick. We’ll hear about an involuntary treatment program, Laura's Law, the county is considering adopting to help the severely mentally ill.

A Life Destroyed By Mental Illness

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Last week, a San Diego family spread the ashes of their 22-year-old son in the Sierra Mountains. It was another painful moment in a life destroyed by mental illness.

San Diego Mother Searching For Her Mentally Ill Son

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A Spring Valley woman is searching for her son. He's mentally ill, just out of prison and missing. She says it didn't have to be this way.

Motivations Behind Sexual Harassment

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The mayor is accused of sexual harassment. We take a closer look at what motivates someone to sexually harass others, what treatment is available and does it work?

Biotech Incubator Opens In North County

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Carlsbad is hosting an innovative new business incubator that city leaders hope will eventually generate new high-paying jobs. But it’s a risky venture. Known as a “hackerspace” for biology in San Diego, 'Bio, Tech and Beyond' holds its grand opening this week.

Federal Furloughs May Threaten Wildfire Response

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Sequestration begins to bite into the budgets civilian military contractors today. Federal furloughs may threaten emergency responses in California and force many San Diegans to rethink their lifestyles in response to the budget axe.

Young Widows And Widowers Learn To Cope

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Camp Widow is a program of the Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation. It's coming to San Diego this weekend to help young widows cope with difficulties.

Immigration Bill Moves Forward With Increased Border Security

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The U.S Senate now seems poised to approve an immigration reform bill, but what about the House?

San Diego Attorneys Lead Series Of Legal Workshops In English, Spanish

Do you know your legal rights and responsibilities as a small business owner? Or what your employer can and can't ask you to do? A free legal clinic takes place tonight with information on business law.

California Legislature Continues Battle Over Public Records Act

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Outcries from the public and from media organizations have prompted the California legislature to step back from a plan that could limit public access to government records.

Is San Diego's Housing Market Headed For Another Bubble?

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Economists are warning that there are signs that housing prices are going up a little too high, a little too quickly.

San Diego County To Examine Adoptions Process

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has taken the first step to streamline the county's adoption process.

Farm Tours Offer A Close-Up Of San Diego Greenhouses, Citrus Groves, A Dairy And More

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The San Diego County Farm Bureau is offering a behind-the-scenes look at how your food and flowers are grown. It's the bureau's fourth annual Farm Day Tour and it's coming up this Saturday.

San Onofre: Shutting Down A Nuclear Power Plant

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With the announcement that Southern California Edison will shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station for good, attention now turns to the cost of decommissioning and disposal of nuclear waste.

San Diego Enterprise Zones Have Pros, Cons

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South Bay leaders rally today to keep business enterprise zones. Critics, including California Governor Jerry Brown have said the zones are not creating enough jobs.

How British Prime Minister David Cameron Inspired San Diego Craft Beer Debates

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Debating the great issues of the day while drinking craft beer in San Diego. It's not just a dream anymore.

ACLU Class Action Suit Alleges Threats, Coercion By Border Patrol

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The ACLU announces a project dedicated to upholding civil rights at the border. The new Border Litigation Project will monitor border protection agencies. And, a new lawsuit accuses the Department of Homeland Security of violating the rights of people in detention.

StoryCorps In San Diego To Record Veteran's Stories

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A visit to San Diego by StoryCorps kicks off today at the USS Midway Museum. The Military Voices Initiative will record the memories of veterans and their families.

James Cameron Given Scripps Prize For Deep Sea Exploration

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Academy-award winning director James Cameron will step from behind the camera to accept a science award at Scripps. Cameron will be honored for his record-setting DeepSea Challenge.

Preparing For Wildfires With Fire-Safe Home Construction And Retrofits

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Having a home in the path of a wildfire doesn't necessarily mean that your home will burn. Fire scientists say increasing ignition resistance of houses based on non-flammable roofs and cleaning up around your home can make a huge difference.

In 'Stung,' Researcher Connects Jellyfish Blooms To Doomed Oceans

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In her new book, "Stung," researcher Lisa-ann Gershwin Ph.D., compares jellyfish to an angel of death whose presence in the ocean is causing destruction, death and disruption. And she says humans are contributing to the problem.

San Diego Teen Eagle Scout Weighs In On Resolution To Allow Gay Scouts

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The Boy Scouts of America's national council meets in Texas next week to consider lifting the ban on gay scouts.

From 'The Cooked Seed,' Writer Anchee Min Sows A Path In America

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Bestselling author Anchee Min's second memoir "The Cooked Seed," tells the story of Min's life as an American immigrant.

Adapting To The New Reality Of Increased Wildfire Danger

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Governor Jerry Brown is warning Californians that climate change will make wildfires more frequent and dangerous. We'll assess what the governor means about adapting to this new reality.

San Onofre Hearing Set To Begin Amid Hint From Edison Of Permanent Shutdown

Southern California Edison says if nuclear regulators turn down its request to restart one reactor, Edison may decide to shut the plant permanently. But that's just one of the issues surrounding San Onofre, as we head into another summer without power from the plant.

Wildfire Awareness Week Comes With Dire Warnings For San Diego

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Dire predictions are being made by state officials about this year's fire season. Cal Fire in San Diego went to peak staffing this week, a month ahead of schedule, to prepare for a dangerous fire season.

What The State Court Ruling On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Means To San Diego

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The California Supreme Court says cities can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The ruling comes while San Diego leaders consider medical marijuana shop regulations.

Jerry Brown Called 'Trailblazer' In New Biography

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This first biography of California's governor in more than 30 years examines Jerry Brown's personal history and his unusual political career.

Former Mayors Sanders, Hedgecock, Wilson Reflect On Years In Office

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"Leading San Diego: Former Mayors Reflect" brought three former mayors together to look back at their time in office, share their successes, their regrets and their answers to questions from San Diegans.

San Diego Celebrates Bluegrass

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The 4th Annual Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest features 16 bands, 19 hours of music over 2 days.

New KPBS Television Shows Explore San Diego

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KPBS Television is helping audiences explore San Diego with two new shows hosted by two longtime KPBS favorites. Garden designer, author and botanist, Nan Sterman, is the host of the new KPBS series, "A Growing Passion." Cook, author and restaurant owner, Su-Mei Yu hosts "Savor San Diego." Both shows premiere this Thursday.

SDSU Takes Poetry International

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At San Diego State University, a literary journal called Poetry International works to broaden the boundaries of poetry through careful translation.

SDSU Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Visit

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Kennedy's 1963 visit was more than pomp and circumstance -- it helped shaped the SDSU of today.

San Diego City Council To Consider New Medical Marijuana Ordinance Today

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The City Council is scheduled today to discuss the components of a draft law that would make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in San Diego again.