EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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October 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

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LOCAL

Local church gets involved in abortion struggle (Scoop San Diego)

Like many churches in California, La Mesa’s Skyline Church wants to be able to provide its employees with a health insurance plan that does not cover abortion services.

Suspended Chaldean Priest Continues To Work, Awaits Word From Pope (KPBS)

The Rev. Noel Gorgis will continue serving the Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon despite his suspension. The head of the Chaldean church told him and other priests in the U.S. to return to Iraq or leave the church.

Utility scandal may impact nuke settlement (UT San Diego)

The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre on Friday requested a stay until further inquiries are completed into a judge-swapping scandal at the California Public Utilities Commission involving Pacific Gas & Electric executives.

Suit brought against nursing homes operator (SD Jewish World)

A law firm in Long Beach has filed a class action suit against a company that operates 57 nursing homes in California, including five facilities in San Diego County.

San Diego Scientists Experiment With Crowd Funding (KPBS)

Crowd funding has become a tried-and-true way to finance a certain type of dream. If you dream of translating Moby Dick into emoji, founding a pizza museum, or making $55,000 worth of potato salad, you can pay for that dream by collecting small donations from lots of online contributors. But what if you dream of finding a cure for deadly diseases? Some scientists are starting to have success with crowd funding, but others find it an awkward fit for basic research.

Should Lemon Grove eliminate its Planning Commission? (UT San Diego)

Santee doesn't have a Planning Commission. Poway and Imperial Beach also don't have one. The three cities have done well without. And so the question was raised at Tuesday night's Lemon Grove City Council meeting: Does Lemon Grove need a Planning Commission?

Marijuana Use Among San Diego County Arrestees Reaches 14-Year High (KPBS)

Marijuana use among men and woman arrested in San Diego County last year reached a 14-year high, and methamphetamine use was up for the fifth year in a row among male arrestees, according to a San Diego Association of Governments report released Monday.

San Diego Nurses Say Not Enough Being Done To Prepare For Ebola (KPBS)

A group of nurses from UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest say the Ebola-designated hospital is not prepared. The nurses are calling for rigorous training and better protective gear.

STATE

Cyber breaches put 18.5 million Californians' data at risk in 2013: report (Reuters)

Cyber intrusions and other data breaches put the personal records of 18.5 million Californians, nearly half the state's population, at risk in 2013, a seven-fold increase over the year before, the state attorney general reported on Tuesday

State won't delay nuclear settlement decision (U-T)

 California utility regulators rejected Monday a bid to delay a multibillion-dollar settlement proposal for San Onofre nuclear plant costs, describing concerns of impropriety as speculative and evidence as circumstantial.