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April 10, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup brings you top news headlines of interest to East County and our region, published by other media. This week's top Roundup headlines include:



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Flu Deaths in San Diego area hits all-time high (Lemon Grove Patch)

An all-time high of 60 people have died of the flu in the San Diego area during the latest "flu season," the county Health and Human Services Agency announced this week.

Gunfight between security guard and motorist in Santee (Santee Patch)

A security guard was fired upon by a motorist and returned fire in the early morning on Woodside Avenue.

U-T San Diego political ad rates under scrutiny (10 News)

10News has confirmed a review has been launched into U-T San Diego and allegations of political favoritism involving advertising rates.

Healtchare industry charging an arm and a leg (San Diego Free Press)

According to an article in the Washington Post on April 3, 2013, doctors are now turning away cancer patients who can’t pay out of pocket.

3 retired judges to decide who gets $1 million Dorner reward (Los Angeles Times)

Claimants will have until April 19 to request their portion of the money in the Christopher Dorner case. Dorner, a former LAPD officer who killed four, died during a standoff near Big Bear in February.

Anti-drone protests hit CEO's home (U-T San Diego)

San Diego’s “drone zone” manufacturing hub is under fire from groups opposed to unmanned aerial vehicles carrying out deadly overseas strikes and their use as a furtive eye in the sky.


Southern California Air regulators adopt fracking rules (Los Angeles Times)

In the absence of statewide regulations for hydraulic fracturing, Southern California air-quality officials have enacted their own reporting rules for the controversial extraction process driving the country's oil and gas boom.

On Friday, the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District adopted a rule that requires oil companies to notify the air agency 10 days to 24 hours before beginning drilling operations, including "fracking," which involves injecting large volumes of chemical-laced water and sand deep into the ground to break apart rock and release oil. That notice, including the location of the well, will then be posted on the agency's website.

Assembly panel approves teacher misconduct bill (Los Angeles Times)

A key Assembly committee has approved legislation that would expedite the dismissal process for California teachers accused of misconduct.

Abel Maldonado moves closer to 2014 run against Jerry Brown for Governor (Sacramento Bee)

Former Lt. Gov Abel Maldonado has secured a contribution - but not an endorsement - from one of California's most influential GOP donors as he moves closer to a possible 2014 run for governor.

California prisons still too crowded, judge rules (Reuters)

A federal judge has rebuffed California Governor Jerry Brown's effort to undo a court order requiring the state to reduce its prison population, saying he did not trust officials to improve conditions for inmates.

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