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Panetta Lecture Series Begins 4.8.13 8.50a AF

The first lecture in the 16th annual Leon Panetta Lecture Series will be held in Monterey this evening.      Monterey County Supervisor Simón Salinas will open the conference with the talk “Immigration: Conflict or Compromise?”       Salinas will be joined by former U.S. Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge.      The year the event will be moderated by Panetta himself.       The discussion will be held at 7pm tonight at the Monterey Conference Center Steinbeck Forum and can be heard live right here on KSCO.

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Cowell Beach is Wasted 4.8.13 8.30a AF

The Santa Cruz City Council will receive a report at their meeting on Tuesday concerning the consistently poor water quality at Cowell State Beach.      The beach has been named one of the worst in California as far as bacterial count, which is the result of several factors.      Animal, bird and even human waste has leaked onto the beach, much of it from Neary Lagoon.     Projects to direct drainage into the proper sewer lines have been moving forward, and increased trash collection has been implemented to decrease pollution on the beach.

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Sexual Abuse March 4.8.13 8.15a AF

One hundred people walked down Main Street in Watsonville on Saturday to bring attention to the issue of child sexual abuse.        The 7th annual “Walk to Stop the Silence” event was organized by the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast to raise awareness for what they call an epidemic of abuse.      Statistics provided by the agency suggest that before they are 18, one in six boys and one in three girls will be sexually abused.   They also found that the overwhelming majority of abusers are people who are known to and trusted by those children.

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Missing Woman Found Dead 4.8.13 7.40a AF

The body of a missing Boulder Creek woman was found on Sunday, just a short distance from the store she owned.       54-year-old Wendy Rivas went missing last Wednesday after leaving her store.    Her husband reported that she was acting strangely when he last saw her, similar to the way Rivas acted when she had a seizure back in January.     Search teams were sent out on Thursday and Friday with no results.     Rivas was eventually discovered by a neighbor on Sunday in a steep ravine in Ben Lomond.

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FATAL DUI PEBBLE BEACH- 4/8/13 05:20 PMD

A FATAL ACCIDENT IN PEBBLE BEACH, SUNDAY NIGHT WAS CAUSED BY A DRUNK DRIVER.   THE CRASH TOOK PLACE AT 7:30 P-M AT BIRD ROCK AND SLOAT ROADS. REPORTS SAY, A PERSON DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE HIT ANOTHER CAR HEAD-ON,  KILLING 2 PEOPLE. A PASSENGER WITH THE D-U-I DRIVER WAS FLOWN TO A BAY AREA TRAUMA CENTER.

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