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Stories by Nick Stoffel

These Days

How Will Repeal Of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Affect San Diego's Military Community?

President Obama signs historic legislation that overturns the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. How will the new law affect San Diego's military community? Will openly-gay servicemembers face backlash? How will the military implement the legislation?

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What's Causing Increase In Gas Prices?

Gas prices in San Diego County hit a two-year high. What's behind the increase? We speak to a representatives from UCAN, and the Western States Petroleum Association.

State's Highest Court To Weigh In On Same-Sex Ban

A California federal appeals court is considering the fate of the state ban on same-sex marriage. Nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy talks to Morning Edition about the case and the Governor's latest budget proposal.

Race For California's Attorney General Still Undecided

Most results are in, but the race for state attorney general may not be decided for weeks. Nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy talks to Morning Edition about what's at stake in the contest.

San Diego Chargers Win On The Road, Look To The Future

Nine games into the football season, the San Diego Chargers have finally won a game on the road. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

California Voters Send Message To Sacramento

Voters in California made up their minds on nine ballot initiatives in Tueday's election. The results were mixed, but the message to Sacramento lawmakers is clear.

Deportation Of Undocumented Immigrants, At An All Time High

The federal government says deportation of undocumented immigrants is at an all-time high. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talks to Morning Edition about the record-breaking Immigration Enforcement Statistics achieved under the Obama Administration.

New Details Of California's Spending Plan

Top lawmakers in California say they are close to a budget deal, but we're still waiting for a spending plan to be approved. Nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy talks to Morning Edition about what we can expect from an agreement.

SDSU Celebrates 40 Years Of Women Studies

Did you know San Diego State University is home to the nation's first women's studies program? It's now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Comic-Con In San Diego Until 2015

Comic book fans, celebrities and superheroes will descend on San Diego for several more summer's to come. Comic-Con officials have decided to stay in town for at least five more years.

San Diego Padres Face Uphill Battle To Postseason

The San Diego Padres are facing an uphill battle if they want to make the post-season. They lost to the Chicago Cubs 5-2 last night at Petco Park.

Is California Close To Reaching A Budget Deal?

California's top lawmakers say they are close to a budget deal, but a budget deal won't be signed till AT LEAST next week. Nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy speaks to Morning Edition about the latest on the state budget and the upcoming gubernatorial debate.

La Niña May Increase Wildfire Risk

San Diego County had an unusually cool spring and one of the coolest summers in decades. But the risk of wildfires could increase this winter, if we don't get more rain.

San Diego Volunteers Search for City's Neediest

Volunteers will comb the streets of downtown San Diego looking for the most vulnerable people in hopes of getting them into permanent housing. Robin Munro is a real estate attorney and is on the board of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

No Budget Deal In Sight for California

California is already setting records on a late budget and legislative leaders aren't even meeting.

San Diego Chargers Win Home Opener

The San Diego Chargers won convincingly Sunday afternoon at the Q, but many fans didn't get to see it live.

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North County Art Exhibit Features Sweet Art

A sculptor who makes art with sugar will be at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas north of San Diego this weekend.

San Diego Families Get Involved In HIV Prevention

A conference exploring ways families and communities can help battle HIV is bringing some nationally-recognized researchers to San Diego today. Local providers will also talk about what's being done to get family members more involved in HIV prevention and care.

Local Doctors Test For Head Injuries Among Student Athletes

Football players from high school to the professional level are putting on the pads across San Diego this summer, and local doctors are trying to make sure they're aware of how head injuries could affect their lives. Dr. Michael Lobatz is a neurologist with Scripps Health in San Diego.

Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against State Worker Furloughs

State workers in California may not be furloughed after all. A judge has granted a temporary restraining order against the governor's decision to reinstitute the three unpaid days off a month. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

San Diego Man Charged With Helping Somali Terrorist Group

A former San Diego man has been charged with helping a Somali terrorist group. Joining us on Morning Edition to tell us more about Jehad Serwan Mostafa is KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma.

What It Will Take For Schwarzenegger To Sign The State Budget

Governor Schwarzenegger says he won't sign a budget deal if pension increases aren't addressed. We're joined on Morning Edition by Sacramento Bee columnist, Dan Walters.

Chargers Put On Their Pads For First Time This Pre-Season

San Diego Chargers had their first practice on Sunday. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Checking The Facts In Ads For California Governor's Race

The goal of FactCheck.org is to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. It monitors the accuracy of what's said by major political players in television ads, debates and interviews. KPBS's Dwane Brown spoke with Viveca Novak, Deputy Director of FactCheck.org. He asks her about campaign accuracy in California's gubernatorial race.

San Diego Chargers Training Camp Gets Underway

San Diego Chargers training camp gets underway later this morning. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Homeless Veterans Get Social Services At Stand Down

Hundreds of homeless veterans are going to get help with medical care, counseling, food, clothing and other social services today as part of the annual three-day Stand Down at San Diego High School.

San Diego: Soccer City USA

The U.S. soccer team won over plenty of Americans during the World Cup, but San Diego didn't need any convincing. San Diego is a soccer hotbed.

Aftershocks Continue To Rattle Region

Hundreds of aftershocks continue to rattle the U.S.- Mexico border after a moderate earthquake struck last night.

Projection For California Attorney General

The California Attorney General match-up is all set for November. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

The Polls Are Now Open In San Diego County

The polls are now open in San Diego County. Joining us on Morning Edition is county Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler Seiler.

The Race For California Attorney General

The front-runners for the California Attorney General's Democratic nomination are a district attorney and a former Facebook executive. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

California Senators Counter Governor's Proposed Budget Cuts With Tax Increases

Democrats in the state Senate are countering the governor's proposed budget cuts with a plan to raise taxes by nearly$5 billion. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

San Diego Chargers Get Mini-Camp Underway

The San Diego Chargers get mini-camp underway this week. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

President Obama's 'Drug Czar' Comes To San Diego

President Obama's "drug czar" comes to San Diego Tuesday. Joining us on Morning Edition is National Drug Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske.

La Jolla Students Compete In International Science And Engineering Fair

Some of the smartest high school students in the world are competing in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose this week, and two of them are from our own backyard. Morning Edition host Pam Davis spoke with La Jolla students Aaron Schild and Rafael Cosman.

Republican Candidates For Governor Are Focusing On Immigration

The Republican candidates for California governor are taking differing stances on Arizona's new immigration law. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

San Diego Padres Not Attracting Record Crowds At Petco Park

The San Diego Padres are still in first place in the National League West. But the team hasn't been attracting record crowds at Petco Park. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Commercial Pilot Helps Iraq War Effort

A commercial pilot from Southern California left his civilian job to help with the war effort in Iraq. We recently spoke with Navy Captain Pete Gurney about life in Baghdad.

Calexico Students Excited To Be Back In School

Even before last month's devastating earthquake, Calexico, in the Imperial Valley, had the highest home foreclosure and unemployment rates in California. Today, schools in Calexico Unifed will reopen after repairs from earthquake damage.

Race Is On For Republican Nomination For California Governor

The Republican nomination for the California governor's race continues to get nasty. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Election Year May Affect How Lawmakers Vote On Chelsea's Law

Chelsea's Law is scheduled to get its first hearing in Sacramento this week. Joining us on Morning Edition, nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy will talk to us about how this election year may affect lawmakers' votes on the legislation.

Income Tax Deadline May Help Lawmakers Deal With Deficit

The California income tax deadline is this week, but how will this revenue information help lawmakers deal with the budget deficit? We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Hispanic Population Has Strong Buying Power

The Hispanic or Latino population is growing faster than any other ethic group in the US and has strong buying power. How does this demographic differ from the rest of the population? Joining us on Morning Edition is Walter Meneses, President of Meneses Research & Associates.

San Diego Native Phil Mickelson Wins Masters Golf Tournament

Phil Mickelson has his third green jacket. The San Diego native won the Masters by three strokes over Lee Westwood.

California Legislature Gets Back To Business Today

Lawmakers in California are back to work and a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit should keep them busy. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Team Physician Helps San Diego Padres Stay On The Diamond

Spring Training is over and the San Diego Padres get their season started later today. But who is helping them stay healthy?

Local Farmer Speaks On The Push For Locally-Grown Food

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A San Diego farmer is featured in a national cookbook for people who love local food. It's all about making better use of local produce you may not have cooked with before. Joining us on Morning Edition is Donna Buono of Morning Song Farm.

San Diego Padres Name New Opening Day Starter

The San Diego Padres have named an Opening Day starter. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

San Diego Girls "Just Yell Fire" To Protect Themselves From Predators

The murders of San Diego County teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois have ignited concerns over child safety. A training session this week in San Diego will teach young girls how to protect themselves against predators. Joining us on Morning Edition is the 18-year-old founder of a non-profit group called Just Yell Fire.

State Lawmakers Give Pay Raises Amidst Budget Deficit

Some politicians in Sacramento are giving pay raises to staff amidst a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

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