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Stories by Susan Murphy

Enforcement Concerns Raised Over San Diego Medical Marijuana Law

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Medical marijuana will soon be sold legally in the city of San Diego, but the city’s enforcement of the new law is raising concerns with some people.

San Diego Panel Discusses Stormwater Solutions Ahead Of Rains

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After months of dry conditions, San Diego is expected to get four days of rain starting Wednesday night. Ahead of the storms, San Diego leaders and environmentalists gathered to discuss ways to capture and treat stormwater pollution as part of an effort to meet strict new regulations.

San Diego Researcher Reacts To Damning North Korea Report

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"The level of detail in the report is really quite staggering," said Stephan Haggard, professor of Korea-Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.

San Diego Wildlife Advocates Pave Way To Restore Gray Wolves In California

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Efforts in San Diego County to restore Mexican gray wolves in the southwest are paying off. The California Wolf Center is also working to pave the way for the return of gray wolves to California.

Researchers Watch El Niño Prospects As Dry Conditions In Southern California Persist

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El Niño prospects are growing in the Pacific, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Drought Could Take Toll On San Diego Bird Populations

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The lack of rain in San Diego County could cause dozens of bird species to skip breeding and nesting this spring.

USS Midway Museum Hosts Olympic Viewing Party

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San Diegans are invited to gather aboard the USS Midway Museum flight deck starting at 6:30 Friday night to watch the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony and to cheer on Team USA.

San Diego Leaders To Discuss Water Conservation Efforts

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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and City Councilmember David Alvarez plan to discuss water conservation efforts and a proposal for a residential sustainable energy and water program at a news briefing on Wednesday.

San Diego Leaders, Environmentalists Gather For Zero Waste Symposium

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Zero Waste San Diego is hosting its first symposium Tuesday in Kearny Mesa, bringing together business leaders, nonprofits and local governments for a discussion on reusing or recycling all materials.

San Diego Sheriff's Hiring Deputies For Women's Detention Facility

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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is hiring deputies in preparation for the opening this summer of the San Diego County Women's Detention Facility.

How Does California's 'Zero Water Allocation' Affect San Diego?

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Amid California's severe drought, water officials announced Friday the State Water Project might not make any deliveries this year, but this won't have an immediate impact on San Diego County, according to San Diego County Water Authority.

San Diego Leaders Announce New Campaign To Combat Sex Trafficking

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San Diego leaders and law enforcement Thursday unveiled a new campaign to raise awareness and help combat the growing problem of sex trafficking.

Mountain Community In San Diego Finds Abundance Of Water Underground

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As some cities and counties across drought-stricken California scramble to find other water sources, a mountain community in San Diego County is relishing in an abundant supply.

Finally, A Slight Chance For Rain In San Diego

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There’s a slight chance San Diego’s 41-day dry streak will come to an end this weekend as a low pressure system makes its way across California.

Drought Impacts Air Quality Across California

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Warm and dry weather is being blamed for worsening air pollution in some areas of California, but overall air quality in San Diego County remains in the good to moderate range.

Record Dry Conditions Continue To Grip San Diego

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There’s a high chance San Diego County will have a completely dry January, which has happened just twice before in -- in 1948 and 1976.

San Diego River Restoration Involves Clearing Homeless, And Their Trash

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A San Diego group is hoping to restore the 52-mile San Diego River to its once-scenic splendor, with trails, parks and open space. But first it has to clear a path through an endless cycle of trash.

Congress Secures Funding For San Ysidro Border Project

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Three San Diego congressional representatives announced Tuesday remaining funds for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry infrastructure project have been secured.

Camp Pendleton Marines, Sailors Head To Afghanistan For War's Final Chapter

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Hundreds of Marines from Camp Pendleton are deploying to Afghanistan to close out the final chapter of America’s longest war.

Gov. Brown Visits San Diego To Propose Billions In New Spending

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Gov. Jerry Brown will visit San Diego on Thursday to discuss his 2014-15 budget proposal, which includes an increase in spend­ing on schools, health­care and wel­fare for poor Cali­for­ni­ans.

Health Officials Urge Flu Shot As H1N1 Rises In San Diego County

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Influenza is on the rise across San Diego County and health officials are urging people, especially young adults, to get vaccinated.

Ski Resorts Race To Produce Artificial Snow During California Dry Spell

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December usually delivers Southern California a few good winter storms, but a persistent ridge of high pressure has kept the region warm and dry.

Dry Year Takes Toll On San Diego River

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Many parts of the 52-mile-long waterway resemble a swampy pond: The water is perfectly still and there’s no flow to wash away overgrown plants that have created floating canopies.

Mystery Disease Causes Sea Star Die-Off Along West Coast

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Sea stars along the West Coast are being wiped out by a mysterious disease. There’s no evidence of the die-off in San Diego yet, but researchers say it seems inevitable.

San Diego Avocado Growers Brace For New Invasive Beetle

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A tiny Asian insect has arrived in San Diego County with the potential to cause widespread destruction to more than 100 of species of trees, including oaks and avocados.

18,000 San Diegans Stand To Lose Federal Unemployment Benefits By Year's End

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Federal extended unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of the month for more than 18,000 people in San Diego who have been jobless for six months or more.

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.