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A Split Coronado Council Votes To Ban Gas Leaf Blowers

Oct. 18
By Matt Hoffman

A 3-2 majority cited noise and pollution concerns as reason for an ordinance that only allows electric blowers. The mayor voted against the ban.

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San Diego County Releases New Fire Season Disaster Plan For Residents

Oct. 18
By Priya Sridhar

The update comes as Southern California enters its most dangerous time of the year for wildfires.

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California Invalidates 1,400 Pharmacist License Test Scores

Oct. 18
By Associated Press

California authorities have invalidated test scores of 1,400 pharmacists because more than 100 questions from the state licensing exam were leaked online.

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Roundtable: Dual Crises For The Trump Administration

Oct. 18
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The Trump White House tries to keep pace with an impeachment inquiry at home and a foreign policy crisis in the Middle East. Congressman Duncan Hunter fails to secure the endorsement of the San Diego County Republican Party for his reelection campaign. And a look at how California is better prepared for earthquakes 30 years after Loma Prieta quake.

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Police Investigating Possible Hate Crime After Teenage Syrian Refugee Beaten On Trolley

Oct. 17
By City News Service, Ebone Monet

Detectives are reviewing video footage that corroborates a teenage Syrian refugee's report of being attacked on a San Diego trolley by a man shouting epithets about the victim's ethnicity, a police spokesman said Thursday.

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SANDAG: San Diego Jail Inmates Report Higher Rates Of Homelessness

Oct. 17
By City News Service, Priya Sridhar

The survey of last year's arrestees found that one-third of those surveyed had been homeless in the month prior to being booked in jail, and two-thirds reported experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives.

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Encinitas Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors

Oct. 17
By City News Service

The parties named in the suit include Teva Pharmaceutical Industries USA Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., the AmerisourceBergen Corporation and the Sackler family, the owners of oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

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LA Times: Death Investigations Upended By Organ Collection Prior To Autopsies

Oct. 17
By Jade Hindmon, John Carroll

A new Los Angeles Times investigation uncovered multiple instances where companies harvested organs, skin and bones before medical examiners and coroners were able to conduct their autopsies. At least two of those cases happened in San Diego County.

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State Lawmakers Talk Prison Reform In Chula Vista

Oct. 16
By Matt Hoffman

California spends more than $12 billion a year on its prison system. Legislators say they want to spend more so people who leave prison don't return.

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California Earthquake Alerts System Debuts Statewide

Oct. 16
John Antczak / Associated Press

The system's statewide debut Thursday coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that ravaged the San Francisco Bay area on Oct. 17, 1989, as well as the annual Great Shakeout safety drill.

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San Diego's Fourth 'Bridge' Shelter Set To Open In November

Oct. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a contract with Alpha Project to run a fourth temporary homeless shelter at 17th Street and Imperial Avenue in downtown San Diego.

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San Diego Company Says It Can Extract Lithium From Geothermal Brine

Oct. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Lithium-ion batteries are central to modern life; from mobile phones to electric vehicles. But the United States lacks a major source of lithium.

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Del Mar Still Working Out Plans To Deal With Rising Ocean

Oct. 16
By Erik Anderson

Del Mar and the California Coastal Commission take some extra time to work out a controversial local coastal plan.

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County Supervisors Approve Ban On Vaping Products In San Diego's Unincorporated Areas

Oct. 15
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

Supervisors voted 3-2 to prohibit flavored nicotine sales and impose a one-year ban on the sale and distribution of all electronic smoking devices within unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

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San Diego City Council Fails To Override Mayoral Veto On Inclusionary Regulations

Oct. 15
By City News Service

Only five council members voted to override the veto, with six votes needed to overturn it. Faulconer vetoed the amendments last month after the council held a second vote to ratify them.

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