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Stories by Amita Sharma

San Diego War Reporter Reflects On Her Time In Iraq

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A personal history essay published in U-T San Diego is reminding us of the history of the U.S. conflict in Iraq, as witnessed by one journalist.

Mayor Faulconer On Terrorism, Services For Homeless

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In his monthly update on the business of the city, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer tackled a number of topics ranging from terrorism to services for the homeless on KPBS Midday Monday.

Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature Would Help Foster Youth In College

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New legislation awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature offers help to foster kids in college by allowing them to live in transitional housing for one additional year.

San Diego County Sees Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

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San Diego County is in line with national numbers showing the number of homeless students enrolled in public school is on the rise. There are 20,000 homeless students in San Diego County.

Flow Of Unaccompanied Minors Has Decreased But What About The Children Already Here?

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We no longer see daily headlines about the surge in unaccompanied minors and young families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, but what is happening to the thousands of young people who did cross the border, surrendered to Border Patrol agents and claimed refugee status?

The Race To Contain The Ebola Outbreak

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Sierra Leone's weekend lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak is being called a success with the discover of 150 new cases. What will it take to stop the spread and treat those infected? Are we any closer to a vaccine?

Report: Poverty Rate In San Diego Increases

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New census data highlights some disturbing trends, like how 1 in 5 children in San Diego are living in poverty.

Cost Of Doing Nothing At The Salton Sea May Be Higher Than Cost Of Repair

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A new report on the Salton Sea estimates that the volume of the lake will shrink by more than 50 percent in the next 15 years. If no mitigation or reclamation project is undertaken, the report projects the costs of the shrinking lake will include impacts to Southern California's ecology and public health.

San Diegans Rally For Change: People's Climate March

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Worldwide demonstrations known as the "People's Climate March" are planned for this weekend ahead of world leaders gathering at the U.N. for a climate summit. The march is based in New York, but an event is planned in San Diego.

'Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, And Autism'

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A book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind details his family's 20-year struggle with their youngest son's autism — and how his obsession to Disney movies opened his world and is helping others.

Zero Tolerance Policies' Impact On School-To-Prison Pipeline

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KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at how "zero-tolerance" policies in schools might be contributing to the crowding of juvenile detention facilities.

San Diego Veterans Can Speak Up About VA Healthcare At Town Hall Meeting Thursday

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The VA San Diego wants to hear from veterans about their experience with VA health care. Issues over waiting times, access to care and more will be aired at a series of town hall meetings around the county. These town hall events come on the heels of the new VA secretary's visit to San Diego to rehabilitate the group's battered reputation.

FBI Chief: U.S. Safer After 9/11 But Al-Qaida Offshoots Pose Threats (Video)

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FBI Director James Comey, speaking in San Diego, said counter terrorism remains a top priority for the agency with terrorists from ISIS and al-Shabab posing significant threats.

Controversy Surrounds Future Of East County Performing Arts Center

The East County Performing Arts Center might soon lease out much of its calendar to the Rock Church. Critics say that's not what the facility was intended for.

Vietnam Vet Writes Novel 'Raw Man' To Promote PTSD Awareness

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Disabled Vietnam veteran Fred Rivera has turned his struggle with physical and psychic pain into a novel based on his real experiences in Vietnam.

What's Next For San Diego's Convention Center?

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The City Council voted unanimously not to appeal a court ruling against the plan to finance the San Diego Convention Center expansion. City leaders say the search for a new plan begins.

California First State To Pass Cellphone 'Kill Switch' Law

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Smartphone theft is on the rise — many times turning violent — but a new California law will require a "kill switch" be installed rendering the phone inoperable if stolen.

Napa Quake Reminds San Diego To Be Prepared

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Earthquake researchers predict there's a 99 percent chance Southern California will experience a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in the next 30 years.

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan In Limbo

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The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday not to appeal a ruling by a state appeals court that rejected San Diego's plan to finance the project.

Are Earthquakes Linked To Drought?

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The 6.0-magnitude quake in Napa, California is causing some to take second look at UC San Diego research that indicates an uplift in the earth's surface — caused by the drought — is causing seismic activity to spring up.

Lawyers Fought Long Odds To Free Woman Who Killed Pimp

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Lawyers for Sara Kruzan said they never lost faith despite setbacks.

After Woman Spends 18 Years In Prison For Killing Her Pimp, She Starts Anew

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Sara Kruzan says she's glad society is more knowledgeable about child sex trafficking than it was 20 years ago when she was prosecuted at age 16 for killing her pimp.

Probe Of Illegal Campaign Contributions To San Diego Politicians Taking Shape

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Prosecutors say Mexican billionaire Jose Susumo Azano Matsura was the source of a scheme to commit campaign finance fraud "on a scale not seen in San Diego history."

Mexican Businessman Blames Sempra For Federal Campaign Finance Probe

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Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, a Mexican billionaire, is accused of illegally contributing more than $600,000 to San Diego campaigns using straw donors. Foreign nationals are not allowed to donate to U.S. political campaigns.

California Ranks As World's 8th Largest Economy, Overtaking Russia And Italy

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Economist says the Golden State’s standing is more evidence of its continued recovery. Tourism and the tech industry helped fuel California's comeback, an economist says.

Californians Concerned About Income Inequality

The state's residents disagree on raising the minimum wage beyond what is planned.

From Linkage Fee To Mt. Soledad, San Diego Mayor Provides Update

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Midday Edition for his monthly update on the business of the city and it's been a busy four weeks since his last visit.

Weekend Festival Celebrates American Roots In Bluegrass

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Banjo, fiddle and guitar jamming is set to get underway this weekend at the Huck Finn Bluegrass Music Festival in Ontario, California. We have a preview from the band Lonesome Otis.

Young Undocumented Immigrants Begin Renewing Deferred Action Permits

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Young undocumented immigrants who received temporary legal status under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival program in 2012 can now apply to renew their permits.

San Diego Aging Summit Provides Resources, Support For Caregivers

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As baby boomers reach their '"golden years" families are finding themselves caregivers. A summit this week in San Diego focuses on personal safety for our seniors, elder abuse and challenges for local families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

California Teacher Tenure Law Ruled Unconstitutional

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Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Tuesday ruled in favor of nine students who sued the state saying tenure and seniority policies have made it virtually impossible to fire bad teachers.

Business Owners Weigh In On Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage

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As a San Diego City Council committee gets ready to discuss raising San Diego's minimum wage to $13.09 an hour, we hear from San Diego's small-business community.

San Diego Researcher Helps Draft New Dietary Guidelines For Cancer Prevention

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A UC San Diego researcher helped draft new dietary guidelines for cancer prevention, they encourage people to limit alcohol, dairy products and red and processed meats.

California Chrome's Next Race May Be At Del Mar

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Though California Chrome's Triple Crown hopes were dashed this weekend when the horse tied for fourth place in the Belmont Stakes, the 3-year-old's career is far from over.

Are Charter Cities Good Or Bad For Taxpayers?

California’s charter cities have come under scrutiny in recent years because of three high-profile municipal bankruptcies. Locally, San Diego is the largest of eight charter cities in the county. Escondido is also flirting with the idea of becoming a charter city. But there is disagreement over whether charter cities are good for taxpayers.

Arts-In-Corrections Program Returns To California Prisons

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The California Arts Council and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation team up to fund art programs in state prisons including painting and playwriting courses Donovan State Prison in San Diego County.

Can San Diego Meet New EPA Carbon Emissions Standards?

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The Environmental Protection Agency released major new rules to reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants on Monday. How will California — and San Diego — measure up?

Obama: Child Migrants 'Urgent Humanitarian' Issue

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San Diego has a great deal of experience in the handling of illegal border crossers, the arrests, detention and legal proceedings of deportation. But that all takes on a different perspective when the illegal border crossers are children.

Dumanis Wrote Letter For Mexican Donor's Relative

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A lawyer for a wealthy Mexican businessman accused of making illegal campaign donations sought Monday in federal court to release a recommendation letter that District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wrote for a relative of the foreign national.

San Diego Musician AJ Croce Performs Songs From New Album

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Singer and songwriter A.J. Croce, who calls San Diego home, visits KPBS to discuss his latest album "Twelve Tales." Croce worked with six legendary producers on that album that took a year to complete.

San Diego Homeless Program 'Project 25' Is Running Out Of Money

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A pilot housing program that supports San Diego's most at-risk homeless population — those who are frequent users of emergency services — is running out of money.

What's Your Impression Of Chula Vista?

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A public discussion this week to debunk the myths and celebrate the reality that is San Diego County’s second largest city.

From Wildfires To Budget, An Update From San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins us for his monthly update on the business of the city.

San Diego Judicial Candidate's Campaign Signs Called Misleading

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A San Diego retired judge says campaign signs erroneously imply judicial candidate Ken Gosselin is an incumbent.

Judge Seals District Attorney Office Records In Chula Vista Investigation

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A judge has sealed records wanted by a former Chula Vista city official who is trying to have his misdemeanor guilty plea dismissed. Attorneys for the official argue District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis did not disclose that she had a conflict of interest in his case.

Former Chula Vista Aide Seeks To Undo Plea Deal Over Dumanis Call

Former Chula Vista Mayor states in a sworn declaration that District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis asked him in phone call to appoint her aide to a vacant City Council seat.

Lessons Learned In Past Wildfires Paying Off

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State and county officials say lessons learned in battling past wildfires are paying off now.

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With Suspicious Eyes, Investigators Seek Cause Of Fires

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Arson investigators are probing the origins of nine major fires across San Diego County.

FBI Hunts San Diego Man Suspected Of Helping Al Qaeda-Tied Group In Somalia

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It's been more than a year since a former UC San Diego engineering student — once described as sweet and friendly — made it to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list. There's a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.

Dumanis Challenged To Release Records In Chula Vista Political Probe

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District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' decision to delay releasing the records sought by KPBS was questioned Tuesday by her opponent in the DA's race and one of his supporters.