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Stories by Susan Murphy

California Lawmakers Call For Drought Emergency Declaration

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With reservoirs depleting and forecasters predicting another dry winter, California lawmakers are calling on President Barack Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency and federal disaster in the state.

U.S., Mexico Officials Break Ground On San Diego Border Infrastructure Project

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U.S. and Mexico officials joined together in Otay Mesa on Tuesday to break ground on a $700 million border infrastructure project.

Dry Conditions Return To Thirsty San Diego

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Thirsty San Diego got a little bit of rain last weekend, but mild and dry conditions are setting in once again.

San Diego Wind Farms Get Extended Legal Protection On Eagle Deaths

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Wind energy farms in San Diego can now get a 30-year permit to kill eagles accidentally without penalty. A San Diego conservationist says the ruling puts the region’s declining eagle population at risk.

San Diego Mountains Under Winter Storm Watch

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A cold, blustery storm from the north is expected to move into San Diego County early Saturday morning, bringing heavy rain to coastal and inland areas and snow to the mountains.

San Diego Homeless Need Blankets, Jackets As Temperature Dips

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San Diego’s downtown homeless shelter is in urgent need of blankets and jackets. Supplies are out, and a cold snap is forecast to hit the region this weekend.

San Diego Charities Encourage Generosity On 'Giving Tuesday'

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Known as Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving is a national movement that started last year to encourage people to support local charities.

Food Stamp Cuts Bring Hardship On Thanksgiving For San Diegans

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A typical Thanksgiving meal will cost the average family nearly $50 this year, which is far beyond reach for the nearly half-million people in San Diego County who struggle every day to put food on the table.

San Diego Council Approves 15 Percent Water Rate Hike

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The cost of water in the city of San Diego is set to increase 15 percent over the next two years.

Season's First Significant Storm Blowing Into San Diego County

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The first significant storm of the rainy season is expected to blow into San Diego County overnight, bringing chilly temperatures and some much needed rain through the weekend.

Rising Acidity Threatens Marine Ecosystems Off San Diego

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Acid levels in the ocean are expected to increase 170 percent by the end of the century, according to a new study. A San Diego researcher explains the consequences of climate change playing out off our coast.

Federal Health Care Enrollment Rate In San Diego Exceeds State

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San Diegans are enrolling for federal health care coverage faster than the rest of the state through Covered California. Enrollment is about to become easier in San Diego with the help of more certified enrollment counselors.

San Diego On Track For One Of The Driest Years On Record

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San Diego may get a trace of rain this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, but it’s not likely to veer us off course for being one of the driest years on record.

Ramona Seeks To Move Up The Vine As A Wine Tasting Region

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When you think of wine tasting destinations, places like Napa, Sonoma or Temecula Valley probably come to mind, but one San Diego community is hoping to add its name to the map.

San Diego Groups Plan Relief Efforts For Typhoon Disaster

San Diego’s Filipino community began organizing relief efforts hours after a massive typhoon struck their homeland on Thursday.

San Diego Leaders Kick Off Month-Long Clothing Drive For Homeless

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Got some spare warm clothes? A few extra blankets? City leaders are calling on you to donate the gently used clothing and coverings during this month's donation drive.

San Diego Council Considers Raising Fees On Developers

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The San Diego City Council will decide today whether to increase fees on developers to help fund affordable housing. The proposal comes as tens of thousands of low-income San Diegans are waiting for housing assistance.

Sophisticated Cross-Border Tunnel Discovered In Otay Mesa

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The San Diego Tunnel Task Force discovered a sophisticated cross-border tunnel Wednesday between San Diego and Tijuana.

Mingei International Museum Founder Martha Longenecker Has Died

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The founder and director of the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park has died. Martha W. Longenecker, 93, will be remembered for bringing Japanese folk art to San Diego, and beyond.

School Officials Look Into Serra High Blackface Incident

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Two San Diego Unified high school teachers will be investigated for allegedly wearing controversial Halloween costumes.

Food Stamp Cuts To Hit 270,000 In San Diego County

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Food stamp benefits are set to shrink for thousands of San Diegans starting Friday. The change has food banks bracing for higher demand.

People Or Seals? San Diego City Council Revisits Children's Pool Controversy

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The San Diego City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would prohibit people from entering Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla from Dec. 15 through May 15.

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10 Years Later, San Diegans Remember Cedar Fire

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Ten years ago, thousands fleeing neighborhoods across San Diego County as the wind-whipped Cedar Fire unleashed waves of flames that killed 15 people.

El Cajon Mayor Apologizes For Remarks About Chaldean Community

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The mayor of El Cajon issued an apology Thursday for recent comments he made in The Progessive magazine regarding the Chaldean community.

Protesters Allege Racism At El Cajon City Hall

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A rally was staged at the El Cajon Civic Center on Tuesday to call for equality and acceptance of minorities.

Second-Hand Bikes Give Lifeline To San Diego Refugees

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Second-hand bikes are providing a lifeline to refugees settling in San Diego by giving them a low-cost way to get to work and school.

Californians Take Part In Earthquake Drill As Researchers Warn Of Large-Scale Temblors

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At 10:17 this morning, 9.5 million people across California are expected to drop cover and hold. It’s part of California’s annual earthquake drill: The Great California Shakeout.

More Than Half Of Fast Food Workers Rely On Public Assistance

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Tax payers carry the cost burden for fast food companies’ low wages and lack of benefits, according to a new study by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center.

Cabrillo National Monument's 100th Birthday Party Shut Down

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A ceremony to mark the 100th birthday of the Cabrillo National Monument was set to take place Monday night, but instead it has been postponed due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Monarch School Could Lose Its Exemption As Homeless-Only Campus

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The Monarch School is able to serve exclusively a population of homeless students because of a special federal exemption, which could soon be eliminated under a proposed Senate bill.

16,000 Homes In San Diego County At High Wildfire Risk

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More than 16,000 homes in San Diego County are at a high risk for wildfire damage, with nearly 4,500 of those vulnerable properties located in Julian, Ramona and Alpine.

San Diego County Considers Easing Beekeeping Restrictions

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San Diego County supervisors are set to consider on Wednesday easing beekeeping restrictions in the backcountry as part of an effort to promote the industry and preserve the declining honey bee population.

Cool Temperatures, Light Rain Moving Into San Diego

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After several days of hot temperatures and dry Santa Ana winds, a big cool-down and the first rain of the season are in the forecast for San Diego County starting Wednesday.

Which San Diego Congress Members Have Pledged Their Paychecks During Shutdown?

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As the partial government shutdown enters its second week of leaving thousands of San Diego federal workers without pay, some of San Diego’s congressional representatives are standing in solidarity and pledging to part with their own paychecks.

Strong Santa Ana Winds Blowing Into San Diego County, Meteorologist Warns

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A red flag fire warning has been issued for most of San Diego County as strong Santa Ana winds are expected to blow into the region.

How San Diegans Will Feel The Government Shutdown

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From Washington D.C. to San Diego, a government shutdown will have far-reaching impacts.

San Diego Researchers Lead The Way In Early Warning Earthquake Sensors

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Under a statewide earthquake alert system, San Diegans would be warned approximately 20 seconds before the shaking began of a large earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault. The early warning technology was designed with the help of researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

City Heights Community Celebrates Completion Of Home Renovations

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Homeowners received comprehensive upgrades on their aging homes, including interior and exterior painting, window replacement, plumbing and roof repairs to help lift their property values while increasing community pride.

NRC Preliminary Report Cites SoCal Edison, Mitsubishi In San Onofre Leak

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited Southern California Edison and its equipment manufacturer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, for design flaws that led to San Onofre’s failure in January 2012.

Injured Veterans Find Healing In Surfing At Summer Sports Clinic

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More than 100 injured veterans from across the U.S. are in San Diego this week for the 6th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. They're learning life-changing skills through sports and recreational activities.

Cellphones To Play Key Role During San Diego County Emergencies

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San Diego County officials are set to announce plans to use a new federal emergency alert system to reach people on their cellphones during emergencies.

Syrians In San Diego Disappointed Over Military Strike Delay

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Many Americans expressed relief over the chance for diplomacy in Syria, but a San Diego group says they're disappointed.

San Diego Marks Anniversary Of 9/11 Terrorist Attack

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People across the county will commemorate 9/11, the day al Qaeda terrorists, some with ties to San Diego, hijacked four airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people.

Syrians In San Diego Plead For U.S. Military Action

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As the world waits to find out whether the U.S. will strike Syria, protesters across San Diego County have been taking to the streets and social media to get their voices heard.

Congressman Vargas Urges Support For Military Action In Syria

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Speaking from the steps of San Diego’s downtown Hall of Justice, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) urged his constituents and colleagues to join his support of action in Syria.

San Diego Swelters As Heat Wave Strengthens

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Inland areas of San Diego County are expected to reach the 100-degree mark by lunchtime Thursday as a heatwave intensifies and bears down on the region.

San Diego's Congressional Delegates Weigh In On Syria Strike

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As Congress prepares to vote on President Barack Obama's request for military action in Syria, members of San Diego’s congressional delegation are weighing the prospects and consequences of U.S. involvement.

Senior Meal Programs Brace For Bigger Cuts Than Expected

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Senior Community Center is bracing for a 10 percent cut, which equates to more than 90,000 meals, at a time when more seniors are coming through the doors.

Supporters Of Mayor Bob Filner Rally For Due Process

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Dozens of supporters of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner staged a rally outside City Hall while the mayor was several blocks away in a closed meeting at the U.S. Attorney's office.

Filner Due Back At Work Amid Rallies

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San Diego City Hall is expected to be bustling with rallies and protests today as embattled Mayor Bob Filner is due to return to work.