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Otters Dying from Algae 09/12/10 TDH

Researchers at UCSC and the California Department of Fish and Game have released a report suggesting that a toxin produced in local waterways could be contributing to sea otter deaths.   The 3-year-study revealed that at least 21 recent sea otter deaths are due to exposure to microcystin.   That’s a toxic algae that can buildup in freshwater sources.  It has been detected in Watsonville’s Pinto Lake, as well as the Salinas, Pajaro, and San Lorenzo rivers, and near the Santa Cruz Wharf.   The toxin attacks the liver, and although it is removed by water treatment procedures, the study raises questions over the safety of untreated water that is consumed by humans or animals.   Reversing the buildup of algae could be aided by reducing runoff from leaking septic tanks, industrial agriculture, lawn fertilizer, and other chemicals.

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Kindergarten Bill 09/12/10 11:45pm TDH

A bill is now awaiting the Governor's signature, which would change the date that children are eligible to enroll in kindergarten.   Currently children must be 5-years-old by December 2nd to start kindergarten.  The bill, which has been approved by both houses of the state legislature, would move the cut-off date up to September 1st.   The change would be made gradually, with it going to November 1st in 2012, October 1st in 2013, and then September 1st in 2014.

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Drug-Awareness Lunch 09/12/10 11:30pm TDH

A free lunch is scheduled to be offered in Salinas on Wednesday, to promote awareness of drug abuse.   The hotdog lunch is set to be held from noon to 2 p.m., at the Salinas Train Station, located at 11 Railroad Avenue.   The free event will feature a mobile clinic, free H.I.V. testing, and information on substance abuse and prevention.

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Graffiti Arrest 09/12/10 11:15pm TDH

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputies arrested an 18-year-old Soquel man on Friday, after conducting a year-long investigation into multiple graffiti incidents.   Nathan Tyler Dickerson is suspected of 41 counts of felony vandalism, relating to incidents in the Soquel and Aptos areas.   Dickerson is believed to have caused about 6-thousand dollars worth of damage.  He was also charged with an unrelated, outstanding warrant, and was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.

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San Bruno Senate Investigation 09/12/10 10PM TDH

2-State Senators are launching investigations into the explosion of a gas line in San Bruno last week.   The senators will work with representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board.   Their hearings will investigate the explosion that's believed to have killed 7-people and destroyed dozens of houses.    6-people are still missing after the Thursday explosion.

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