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Stories by Patty Lane

Supreme Court ‘One Person, One Vote’ Test Could Impact San Diego County

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging how voting districts are drawn in Texas but the ruling could have far-reaching effects. At issue is whether to use total population or the number of eligible voters when drawing district lines.

What's Next For One Paseo Project After Compromise Reached

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As developers head back to the drawing board, a Kilroy Realty spokeswoman and a community group discuss what is next for Carmel Valley after a compromise was reached for the multi-use project.

How To Avoid Being A Starving Artist In San Diego

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Artists and accounting experts in San Diego are helping creative minds survive as artists.

'American Sniper' Widow Comes To San Diego To Discuss Life, Loss

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Taya Kyle, widow Chris Kyle, is in San Diego to discuss her memoir, "American Wife: Love, War, Faith and Renewal." She talks about her life without Chris and resources for other San Diego military families dealing with grief.

Preparing For San Diego Fire Season: Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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Over a five-day period In May 2014, unusual Santa Ana winds fueled flames to 14 wildfires around San Diego County. Experts revisit what happened and talk about lessons learned.

Swiss Family On Global Climate Expedition Visits San Diego County

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A Swiss family docks their sailboat in Coronado where they are raising awareness about climate change and ocean pollution with tales from their worldwide expedition, fueled by wind and pedal power.

San Diego County Ramps Up Effort To Protect Seniors

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As San Diego County continues to go after those accused of abusing seniors in assisted living facilities, county leaders roll out additional resources including a new hotline.

Marine Veterans Remember Final Hours Of Vietnam War

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It’s been almost 40 years since U.S. Marine veterans John Valdez and Douglas Potratz were side-by-side in Vietnam, guarding the U.S. Embassy in the final days of the war.

How A San Diego Man Survived The Holocaust

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Lou Dunst survived concentration camps and slave labor camps, and also eluded death by gas chamber during the Holocaust. He shares his story of survival as Jews around the world commemorate Yom HaShoah.

Chula Vista City Council Vote Count Upheld

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A San Diego Superior Court judge upheld the vote count in Chula Vista's City Council race. Dozens of uncounted provisional ballots were not counted last fall in a race won by two votes.

San Diego Transgender Teen Deaths Prompt Questions On Bullying, Support

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Following the suicides of two transgender teens in San Diego County, experts offer a look at the challenges facing LGBTQ teens and advice on what schools and adults can do to help them.

San Diego Groups Weigh In On Proposed Immigration Bills

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This week California Democrats proposed an immigration package consisting of 10 bills aimed at extending health care, legal rights and business protections to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Restaurant Group: Freeze Minimum Wage Increase For Tipped California Workers

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The California Restaurant Association is sponsoring a bill that would freeze state minimum wage at its current level of $9 an hour for workers who get tips.

Author Jonathan Eig Talks About The Birth Of The Pill

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The birth control pill for women has been around since the 1960s. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig talks about the impact it has made on society in his new book.

San Diego County Announces Free Access To Mental Health First Aid Program

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The training is aimed at giving people the skills to intervene and give some initial help to people struggling with a mental health crisis.

How Can San Diego Officers Balance Body Cameras And Civil Rights?

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Proposed legislation aims to regulate how body camera videos are used by police across California. The San Diego Police Department has been using body cameras since last summer.

San Diego Prepares For California's Mandatory Water Restrictions

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Gov. Jerry Brown announces mandatory water restrictions as California enters its fourth year of the drought. What does this mean for San Diego residents, businesses and farmers?

Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

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John Hargrove, an ex-SeaWorld trainer who released the book "Beneath the Surface," said the company is attempting to hurt his reputation by releasing a video of him using a racial slur.

Mexican Growers Offer 15% In Baja Farm Strike

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Leaders of the farmworkers called the offer of 15 percent unacceptable, and said they want assured benefits, higher wages and an end to abuses.

What's Behind Sea Lion Pups Stranded On California Beaches?

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More than 2,000 sea lion pups have been stranded along California beaches. Is it lack of food or the changing weather patterns? KPBS takes a look.

New Film At Reuben H. Fleet Takes Visitors On Journey Through Space

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"Journey to Space" will debut at the Balboa Park museum on Friday. The film showcases a new era of exploration.

San Diego Mayor Update: From Chargers Stadium To Homeless Shelters

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS on Tuesday for his monthly update on the business of the city.

San Diego Drone Manufacturer Talks Regulations, Uses

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Just this week the Federal Aviation Administration gave retail giant Amazon the green light to begin testing its air-delivery drones. KPBS Evening Edition spoke to the CEO of a Vista company that manufactures drones and drone parts.

Panda Watch At San Diego Zoo After Bai Yun Is Artificially Inseminated

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San Diego zookeepers are keeping busy these days. The zoo is hoping for a giant panda pregnancy while they also try to save the northern white rhinos.

San Diego Author Writes About Living Without The One You Can't Live Without

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Death is a difficult topic many people try to avoid talking about — until they're forced to. Natasha Josefowitz from San Diego talks about how she dealt with loss, grief, and the healing process.

Fabiani Says Chargers Not Optimistic About Mission Valley

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A San Diego Chargers spokesman said the team doesn't think a task force’s site selection for a new stadium will be successful and is prepared to pursue a Los Angeles-area stadium plan on its own.

Initiative To Open San Diego To Global Investment Unveiled

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San Diego has the 17th largest economy in the country but ranks 61st when it comes to export intensity and 49th in the percentage of jobs at foreign-owned firms.

Lessons From The Fukushima Disaster For California

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It's been four years since the devastating Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Like Japan, California's coast has many earthquake faults and seaside nuclear reactor sites. How vulnerable is California's coastline to a similar disaster?

California Small Farm Conference Opens In San Diego

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The annual conference is hosting small farmers and ranchers at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The ongoing drought is high on the list of topics the conference aims to tackle this year.

San Diego Rain Season Quickly Ending

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Weekend temperatures will peak in the mid-70s this weekend after a wild week of rain, snow and even hail in parts of California. Meanwhile in Boston, there's record snowfall.

Zahi Hawass Talks 'Discovering Tutankhamun'

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The man responsible for the discovery of tombs of the Giza pyramid builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies will be in San Diego on Tuesday.

San Diego School Incorporates CrossFit Kids Into Curriculum

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A San Diego school is making sure students take health and physical activity seriously.

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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A San Diego author, war correspondent and former Marine gives a comprehensive and personal look at post-traumatic stress disorder in his new book.

Report: San Diego Classrooms Lack Technology To Prepare Students For Future

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How are San Diego County schools addressing the technology needs of students? A University of San Diego report finds they are falling short.

Chula Vista Woman Signs Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars

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Have you ever looked up to the stars and wondered what it would be like to venture out into space or inhabit another planet? A Chula Vista woman may find out. She's one of 100 finalists vying for a one-way trip to Mars to colonize the planet.

Mayor Faulconer On Stadium Task Force, Assessing Roads

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Thursday said his stadium task force is the kind of group that's needed to make headway on finding a home for the Chargers.

Obama's Immigration Policy On Hold — What's Next?

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President Barack Obama's plan for expanded deportation relief for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is on hold after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction.

Report: San Diegans Used More Water Despite Drought

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As California deals with one of the most severe droughts in state history, a new report finds San Diegans used more water last year than they did in each of the preceding four years.

Sports Psychologist Says Females Compete Differently Than Males

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Joan Steidinger, a sports psychologist, has written a book looking at how female athletes collaborate and compete. It may not only help athletes but also coaches, teammates and parents.

Travel And Adventure Show Comes To San Diego

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It's never too early to start thinking about vacation. This weekend the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show returns with 1,500 travel experts to help attendees plan their next trip.

Voice Of San Diego On Sempra's Fight With A Mexican Millionaire

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Voice of San Diego has done a three-part series on Mexican businessman José Susumo Azano Matsura, Sempra Energy and San Diego politics.

Personal Belief Exemptions For Vaccines Under Fire

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A "personal belief exemption" can be used by a parent to opt-out of vaccinating their school-aged child. But with a recent outbreak of measles in California, legislators are calling for their elimination.

KPBS's Ken Kramer Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ken Kramer will be inducted into the KPBS 2014 Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. KPBS talks to Kramer about his early days in radio and what's next.

The Arguments For and Against Net Neutrality

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Supporters of net neutrality say it's about keeping the Internet open, but opponents predict slower download speeds. We take a look at what it is and why you should care.

Members Of San Diego Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group Talk About Their Mission

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Two members of the stadium panel — former NFL executive Jim Steeg and chamber of commerce executive Aimee Faucett — talk about the group's mission.

Super Bowl XLIX Commercials: The Hits And Fumbles

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It's food, fun and football this weekend with the Super Bowl, but for many, it's all about those commercials. We take a look at what to expect on game day.

Faulconer To Announce Chargers Task Force Members This Week

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Mayor Faulconer said that the task force, or what he calls an "action group," will research the options available in creating a new stadium for the Chargers.

How Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Your Health

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So much technology but so little time — especially when it comes to getting an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a problem affecting adolescents, parents, couples and it can also affect your health.

Lawsuit Raises Questions About Race Relations In The San Diego Police Department

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We take a look at race relations within the San Diego Police Department following a lawsuit filed in connection with a racist cartoon shown during a training session.

Bachelor's Degrees Coming To MiraCosta, Mesa Colleges

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The two San Diego County community colleges were among 15 chosen in California to offer bachelor's degrees under a pilot program.

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