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Stories by Deb Welsh

Are You Ready For Some FootGolf?

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Forget "Route 66." You can now get your kicks by playing a new and wildly popular sport called “footgolf."

North County Manufacturing Roundtable In Vista On Tuesday

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An executive roundtable Tuesday will talk about the reasons manufacturing companies choose to operate or stay in San Diego's North County.

Nation Recognizes PTSD Awareness Day

Friday is the nation's official day to focus on post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that has affected many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Interfaith Community Services Receives HUD Grant To Help North County Homeless

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More than 1,600 homeless individuals were found in North County on a single day last January.

San Diego Chaldean Members Urge President Obama To Help In Iraq

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Some of San Diego's Iraqi community are heading to Washington, D.C. in hopes of convincing President Barack Obama to take action against a militant offensive.

Public To Review San Diego County Community Enhancement Grants

Critics say the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program essentially is a slush fund that County supervisors can tap into when in need of political support. But the public has more opportunities to give input into how Community Enhancement grants are spent.

Nearly Half Of Californians Favor Health Care Reform, Survey Reveals

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Nearly half of Californians have a generally favorable opinion of federal health care reform, according to a new survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

San Diego County Grand Jury Wants Accountability

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The San Diego County grand jury can make recommendations to government entities, but it has no policing powers to ensure any changes are made. It wants "implementation review committees" created so the grand jury's work isn't ignored.

Bad News Keeps Piling Up For North County's Gregory Canyon Landfill

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week it was withdrawing Gregory Canyon Ltd.'s permit application for the project proposed for east of Interstate 15 along the San Luis Rey River.

San Diego State University Seeks Memorabilia From MLK Visit

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School officials want to commemorate the visit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to SDSU nearly 50 years ago but are having difficulty locating memorabilia from the event.

Do's And Don'ts When San Diego's Rattlesnake Season Arrives Early

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The number of rattlesnake calls to the San Diego County Department of Animal Services has more than tripled compared to the same period last year.

Legendary Racehorse On The Move Even In Death

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The remains of the first racehorse bred in California to earn more than $1 million was exhumed after nearly 50 years by a group of archeology students before being moved to Del Mar..

PBS Survey Shows Parents Concerned Kids Aren't Ready For School

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If you're a parent with a young child you may be worried that he or she lacks the necessary skills to start elementary school. According to a new survey, you're not alone.

San Diego's Superbowl Of Ornithology In Its 18th Year

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The annual San Diego Bird Festival, now in its 18th year, is called the "Superbowl of Ornithology."

Congress Urging San Diego High School Students To Develop Mobile App For STEM Contest

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Congress wants to hear from tomorrow's innovative leaders today. That's why representatives have launched the first annual "Science, Technology, Engineering and Math" -- or "STEM" competition for high school students.

Forest Service, CPUC Hold Public Meeting Over Backcountry Power Pole Conversion Project

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The U.S. Forest Service and California Public Utilities Service are hosting a public meeting to discuss San Diego Gas & Electric's master special use permit project.

Breaking Down Faulconer's Win In San Diego Mayor's Race

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Overnight, Republican Kevin Faulconer went from city councilman to mayor-elect. For insight into how he defeated Democrat David Alvarez, KPBS Morning Edition Anchor Deb Welsh spoke with San Diego Mesa College political science Professor Carl Luna.

SDSU Professor Helps Test California Kelp For Radiation Exposure From Fukushima Disaster

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Nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear incident, testing for radiation will begin on samples taken from the kelp forest along the California coastline.

Toni Atkins To Become First State Assembly Speaker From San Diego

KPBS Morning Edition host Deb Welsh spoke with Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins about "then and now," and asked if she had any idea she'd end up where she is today.

Loan Repayment Program For Nursing Students Accepting Applications

A federal program that repays school loans partially for nursing students in exchange for taking a job in an underserved area is now accepting applications.

Water Rates At Root Of San Diego's Case Against Metropolitan Water District

The latest salvo in a long-standing feud between the San Diego County Water Authority and the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is playing out in a San Francisco court beginning Tuesday.

What's Worse Government Shutdown Or Hitting The Debt Ceiling?

Top House Republican leaders have rejected the short-term spending plan expected to be passed by the Senate in coming days — increasing the possibility of a government shutdown next week. But that's not the only problem we're facing.

Following The Money In The Race For San Diego's Mayor: Who's In The Lead?

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Our media partner inewsource brings us an update on who has received the most $1,000-plus contributions in the race for San Diego's next mayor.

How To Beat The Flu This Season

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It may still be too early to tell exactly what this year's flu season will bring, but it's not too early to roll up your sleeve for a vaccine.

Dow Jones Industial Averages Is Set For Changes

Alcoa, Bank of America and Hewlett-Packard are being dropped from the index of America's 30 top companies and replaced by Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa.

How To Talk To Someone Who's Thinking About Suicide

A record number of people committed suicide in San Diego County last year, 413 to be exact. But why?

Q&A: Why Are Back-To-School Sales Down?

Consumers are ordinarily big spenders when it comes to back to school purchases. But this year, those sales are down by as much as 9 percent. Why?

Summer Months Peak Season For West Nile Virus

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In San Diego County, three crows have tested positive for West Nile virus in recent weeks. KPBS Morning Edition's Deb Welsh speaks with Chris Conlan, a county health official, to learn what makes the virus so prevalent.

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Comic-Con Invades San Diego

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Just ahead of Comic-Con day one, KPBS Morning Edition's Deb Welsh talks with KPBS arts reporter — and longtime Comic-Con attendee — Beth Accomando.

Former Troop Member Responds To Boy Scouts' Acceptance Of Openly Gay Youths

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Chance Kawar, an Eagle Scout and former member of La Mesa's Troop 51, shares his thoughts on the Boy Scouts of America's recent vote to end its ban on openly gay youths.

Brothers Bound For "Biggest Baddest Bucketlist Competition"

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Two San Diego brothers with a passion for travel video blogging are selected among 10 finalists for the competition.

County Seeks Families To Adopt Foster Children

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San Diego County is renewing its commitment to find loving, permanent homes for children now in temporary foster care. KPBS Morning Edition Anchor Deb Welsh spoke with County Supervisor Dave Roberts about the effort.

Breakthrough Results Lead To Multi-Million Dollar Donation

Former Padres owner John Moores wants to strike-out river blindness.

Medical Marijuana Machines Could Find Home In San Diego

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Similar to a vending machine, the Medbox safely and securely dispenses medical marijuana.

Cancer Research In San Diego At Risk

Billions of dollars in cancer research funding could be lost to sequestration.

Local University Says No To LGBT Organization

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Point Loma Nazarene University will not allow an LGBT organization on campus. For many students not only is the decision disappointing, but it's also frustrating.

State Parks Director Optimistic About His New Job

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Marine Corps Major General Anthony Jackson didn't need the job as Director of California State Parks, but he took it anyway.

Psychiatrist Is Building Public Awareness About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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A well-known clinical psychiatrist will discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during a lecture on the San Diego State University campus.

Is 'Apple Mania' For Apple Products Real Or Hype?

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Purchases of the iPhone 5 could be just for the thrill of it.

Einstein's Brain Available Through iPad App

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Albert Einstein's brain has been digitized and made available through an iPad app.

Escondido Man Wins Nation's Largest Tuna Tourney

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A North County man reels in a first place tuna challenge win.

Online Shopping Is About To Get A Little More Expensive in California

Big internet retailers like Amazon are making big moves that may affect your pocketbook.

Online Voter Registration Coming Before November Election

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California voters will be able to register to vote online in time for the November election.

SDSU Professor And 'Mormon Girl' Talks Romney, Mormonism

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She's Mormon, supports same-sex marriage and isn't afraid to talk about religion and politics.

Crimes Rates Rose In First Half Of Year, SANDAG Reports

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Violent and property crime rates in San Diego County rose in the first half of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011, the San Diego Association of Governments announced today.