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Stories by Brooke Ruth

SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Names New Dean

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Gregorio Ponce was named the dean of San Diego State University-Imperial Valley earlier this month.

Imperial Valley Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia Highlights The Shrinking Salton Sea

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California Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia was one of the hosts of a tour of the Salton Sea area for state lawmakers and representatives of state agencies on Thursday — the same day the state released a 10-year management plan for the sea.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus To Perform Verdi's 'Requiem' This Weekend

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The performance requires a full chorus, a full symphony and solo vocalists. The San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus will be performing along with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and four solo vocalists.

Inmates At Donovan Prison Write About Addiction In New Play

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The impact of addiction is the subject of two plays that will be performed by San Diego State University theater students Thursday through Sunday. One of the plays was written by inmates at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

First Person: Becoming The First Mexican-American Woman Federal Judge

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Irma Gonzalez was one of six women inducted into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame earlier this month. She was the first Mexican-American woman to serve as a federal judge in the United States.

ACA Replacement Bill Would Defund Planned Parenthood, San Diego Organization Reacts

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The bill introduced by House Republicans on Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act would defund Planned Parenthood by not allowing Medicaid to reimburse services that the organization provides.

How Sexting, Texting And Social Media Shape Teen Mental Health

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"Sexting, texting and social media — the new world of teen communications" — that's the title of one of the talks taking place at the Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference on Saturday in San Diego.

Book By Military Veterans Teaches How To Lead Without A Title

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You don't have to have a management title to be one of the leaders in your workplace. That's the message of the new book "SPARK: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success."

San Diego Public Libraries Launch Bug-Themed STEAM Program

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San Diego public libraries are aiming to make science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts more accessible and engaging by focusing on something that gets the attention of most kids — bugs.

How San Diego Bookstores Are Surviving

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While Fifth Avenue Books in Hillcrest is closing its doors at the end of the month, other bookstores in San Diego are doing OK and surviving in what was thought to be a dying industry.

How Increased Immigration Enforcement Could Impact San Diego County Farms

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Farms across the country, including those in San Diego County, rely on laborers who are in the country illegally. How will increased immigration enforcement affect San Diego County's farming workforce?

Sen. Atkins Discusses Single-Payer Health Care For California

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State Sen. Toni Atkins has co-sponsored a bill to explore a single-payer health care system in California. She joined us on Wednesday's Midday Edition to talk about the proposal. Here is what she said.

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

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For some insight into how human beings coped with changes in the earth's climate in the past, we have to switch from the climate scientists to the archeologists.

Oroville Dam Emergency Puts California Dams In The Spotlight

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Seventeen of California's 1,585 dams are listed as being in poor condition, according to the National Inventory of Dams.

San Diego County Teachers Infuse Art In Core Academic Subjects

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The Centers for Research on Creativity at UCLA have been studying the impact of a program that helps San Diego County teachers incorporate the arts into core academic subjects.

First Person: Working With San Diego's Homeless Population

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Paul DeLessio has been working with San Diego's homeless population for the last 16 years.

Despite Possibility Of Repeal, People Continue To Sign Up For Insurance Through ACA

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Despite plans by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in health insurance under the act hasn't slowed down.

San Diego Leaders Condemn President Trump's Immigration Order

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President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban prompted protests nationwide over the weekend. In San Diego, hundreds of protesters appeared at the San Diego International Airport.

Nonprofit Teaches San Diegans How To Get To Zero Waste

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I Love A Clean San Diego is holding a workshop on zero waste in the home on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Ocean Knoll Farm, 701 Bonita Drive, in Encinitas.

How LSD Alleviated Author's Depression

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Ayelet Waldman decided to try microdosing to combat her depression when her medication stopped working. Microdosing involves taking a small amount of LSD, in her case 10 micrograms, every three to four days.

California Water Managers Want Emergency Drought Rules To End

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The State Water Resources Control Board is meeting on Feb. 7 to decide whether or not to end these rules.

More Than 30,000 San Diegans March For Women's Rights

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Downtown San Diego was a sea of pink as thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego for the Women's March Saturday morning.

Documentary Points To What Could Happen If Salton Sea Isn't Restored

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"Breaking Point" is a documentary about the shrinking Salton Sea and what could happen if the problem isn't addressed. It's produced and directed by Bill Wisneski, a producer for Palomar College Television.

Organization Helps San Diego Homeless Prepare For Wet Weather

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The city of San Diego and the county have opened their emergency shelter programs due to the coming rain and low temperatures. Despite this, many of the county's homeless won't be in shelters during the bad weather.

San Diego Judge Out With New Book About Experience Of Immigrants

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"Qudeen the Magnificent," a book of short stories, describes the struggle New Americans face in assimilating to mainstream culture.

Report Finds California Home Ownership Rates At Lowest Since 1940s

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The California's Department of Housing and Community Development report also found that the state has more than its share of the country's homeless population.

SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday

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As the park is phasing out the orca shows it is also introducing three new attractions this year and a roller coaster the next year.

Meet The Artist Selected For Public Art Project At New East Village Park

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An event Wednesday will help artist Mark Reigelman learn about the neighborhood so he can create a site-specific piece.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

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We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

From Black Eyed Peas To Forest Bathing, San Diegans Share Their New Year's Traditions

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Whether it's celebrating at a New Year's Eve party or ringing in the New Year in front of the fireplace, many people return each year to cherished traditions. We spoke with several people around San Diego who shared their New Year's traditions. Here's what they said.

Chula Vista's First Woman Police Chief On Her Plans For The City

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Roxana Kennedy will be sworn in as the police chief for the Chula Vista Police Department Friday.

San Diego-Based Snopes To Help Curb Spread Of Fake News On Facebook

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The fact-checking website Snopes is one of five organizations that will be working with Facebook to help curb the spread of fake news on the social media site.

Comedian, Actor Leslie Jordan To Perform In San Diego

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Emmy award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan is in San Diego to perform his stand-up comedy show "Stra?ght Outta Chattanooga" at Martinis Above Fourth.

First Person: San Diego's Sustainable Santa Out To Change Santa's Image

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As part of our First Person series, Sustainable Santa tells us why he tries to get kids to stop eating processed foods and start eating healthier foods.

San Diego County Organizations Working To End Homelessness

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On Thursday's Midday Edition, we talk to the CEO's of two groups that are working to end homelessness — Herb Johnson of the San Diego Rescue Mission and Chris Megison of Solutions for Change.

Giving A Pet As A Gift? San Diego Humane Society Wants To Help

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The San Diego Humane Society has a program that aims to make is easier to give a pet as a gift.

New Book Profiles Remarkable San Diego County Women

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Belle Benchley, the first female zoo director and Bertha Pendleton, the first woman and first African American San Diego school superintendent, are among the 28 women whose stories are told.

Imperial Valley Water Officials Set Ultimatum To Protect Salton Sea

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The Imperial Irrigation District is demanding that the state have a 10-year plan for the management of the Salton Sea by the end of the year or it will not agree to a proposed Colorado River drought deal.

How Should Chula Vista Spend Its Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase?

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The sales tax increase is intended to pay for infrastructure needs in the city, including upgrades to police and fire facilities, equipment and repairing streets and sidewalks.

Community College Students Face Housing, Food Insecurity

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"Struggling to Survive, Striving to Succeed: Food and Housing Insecurities in the Community College" found that about a third of community college students face homelessness or housing insecurity, while 12 percent don't know where their next meal will come from.

Rain Doesn't Signal Wet Winter, But Does Reduce Wildfire Risk

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San Diego County may get more rain Saturday night or Sunday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

Scripps Ph.D. Student Discusses Progress Made At UN's Climate Change Conference

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The goal of COP22, the United Nations climate change conference earlier this month, was to build on the Paris Agreement on global action to limit climate change.

Book Explores Life Of Joan Kroc, The San Diego Philanthropist Who Gave McDonald’s Fortune Away

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The new biography "Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away" looks into the story of the couple and their legacy.

San Diego To Consider Temporary Ban On Growing Marijuana Outdoors

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The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee has voted to forward a proposal to put a 45-day moratorium on personal outdoor recreational marijuana cultivation and recreational marijuana-related businesses.

First Person: Team Penning Is Family Affair At Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo

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In team penning, three riders on horseback compete to corral three numbered cows into a pen out of a herd of 30 cattle in less than 90 seconds.

IMAX Documentary Shows 'Extreme Weather' Caused By Climate Change

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The film, produced by National Geographic, opens at the Fleet Science Center on Friday.

Measure S Asks El Cajon Voters To Change How They Elect Council Members

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Measure S is asking voters if they want to change from at-large elections, where everyone votes on every council seat in the city, to district elections, where voters in a region of the city would vote on a council member to represent them.

Wives Of Wounded Veterans Share Their Experiences In New Book

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For the last eight years, Barbara McNally has been sponsoring an event for the wives of wounded warriors. She's turned the stories she has encountered at these events into a book, "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife."

Lindbergh Flight Path To Change Next Month

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The changes are part of the Southern California Metroplex project. The Federal Aviation Administration held a meeting Thursday night to inform residents about the changes. Another meeting will be held Tuesday in Spring Valley.

How Far Has San Diego Region Come In Supporting Renewable Energy In Last 20 Years?

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The San Diego-based nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy, which focuses on renewable energy solutions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this Thursday.

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