ECM ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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September 26, 2013 (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

Supervisors Support Push For Southern California Drone Test Site (KPBS)

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday threw its unanimous support behind a proposal submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration to test unmanned aerial systems and vehicles in Southern California.

Rainbow Investment to Take Control of Grossmont Center Mall (La Mesa Patch)

Control of Grossmont Center mall and nearby medical offices will go back to owner Rainbow Investments when a master lease held by a Chicago company is allowed to expire in 2015. How the land will be used in the future is still unknown.

San Diego’s Craft Beer Economy, in Three Charts (Voice of San Diego)

Size, in billions, of San Diego's regional economy, three notable industries, two companies and one annual event, according to recent economic impact reports.

Mother of drowned toddlers arrested (U-T San Diego)

The mother of two children who drowned while she slept in May was arrested Thursday.

El Cajon will cover costs of new ordinance (UT San Diego)

A new city alcohol-control ordinance won't cost businesses any money in the first year.

Traffic ticket costs spike with add-ons

State records show that traffic citation fines have skyrocketed over the last decade, with some common infractions now costing close to $500.

Rainbow water district officially opposes Gregory Landfill (Village News)

For the first time in the history of the Rainbow Municipal Water District or the planned Gregory Canyon Landfill project, the Rainbow board officially took a position expressing opposition to the proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill.

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Judges extend deadline in California prison case U-T San Diego)

Federal judges agreed Tuesday to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California's prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis that has forced the state to spend billions of dollars to improve inmate medical care.

Federal highway funding crisis will hurt states, lawmakers told (Sacramento Bee)

The federal highway trust fund will run out of money by 2015, which will have a “devastating impact” in states that rely heavily on federal funds for their road maintenance and construction needs, transportation officials told lawmakers Wednesday.

California Jobless Rate Increases To 8.9 Percent(KPBS)

California's unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in August, the second consecutive monthly increase, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.