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San Diego Leaders Condemn Texas School Shooting

May 18
By KPBS News

San Diego leaders are reacting to a school shooting in Texas, where a 17-year-old boy carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people and injuring 10 more.

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San Diego Congressional Reps. React As Trump Withdraws From Iran Nuclear Accord

May 8
By Associated Press, KPBS News

President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran on Tuesday, abruptly restoring harsh sanctions in the most consequential foreign policy action of his presidency.

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Backers Of Soccer City Sue To Pull SDSU West Initiative From November Ballot

April 19
By KPBS News

The backers of Soccer City filed suit Wednesday to remove the SDSU West initiative from the November ballot.

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Qualcomm Laying Off 1,231 San Diego Employees As Part Of 'Cost Reduction Plan'

April 19
By City News Service, KPBS News

Qualcomm is laying off 1,231 San Diego employees and another 269 workers in Northern California as part of a $1 billion cost- cutting plan.

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Sheriff's Department Will Review Rebecca Zahau Case

April 16
By City News Service, KPBS News

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Monday they will reevaluate the Rebecca Zahau case, following a civil verdict that found a man responsible for her death.

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Chula Vista Native Desi Linden Wins Boston Marathon, 1st US Woman Since '85

April 16
By Associated Press, KPBS News

Desiree Linden, a Chula Vista native, splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory on Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985.

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San Diego State Partners With Ofo To Offer Dockless Bike Rentals

April 10
By KPBS News

San Diego State University hosted its first-ever Bike to Campus Day to launch a partnership between the university and dockless bike rental provider Ofo.

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Scooter Company Bird Pledges To 'Save' Sidewalks From Vehicle Clutter

March 28
By City News Service, KPBS News

Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden wrote an open letter to his counterparts at four bike-sharing companies urging them to join him in a pledge to "Save Our Sidewalks." He says the pledge would help American cities avoid the plight of the "out-of-control" bike-sharing deployment in China.

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Thousands Denounce Gun Violence At San Diego's 'March For Our Lives'

March 24
By Associated Press, KPBS News, Megan Burks

Thousands of San Diegans decried gun violence in downtown San Diego as part of the nationwide demonstrations called the "March For Our Lives" by organizers. The protests were planned as a response to the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that killed 17 people.

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San Diego City Council OKs Homeless Storage Facility

March 20
By City News Service, KPBS News

After a nearly three-hour public hearing, the San Diego City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday evening to approve a facility that would allow those who are homeless to store their belongings.

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Trump Tours Border Wall Prototypes While Bashing California

March 13
By Associated Press, KPBS News

President Donald Trump on Tuesday eagerly inspected eight towering prototypes for his long-sought wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and accused California of putting "the entire nation at risk" by refusing to take tough action against illegal immigration.

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LIVE BLOG: Trump Praises Troops, Promises Military Buildup After Border Visit

March 13
By Associated Press, KPBS News

President Donald Trump told U.S. troops that he's overseeing a massive military buildup, praising soldiers for pushing themselves to "new heights of excellence."

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Evacuations Ordered Near Mission Valley Gas Leak, SR-163 Closed

March 7
By City News Service, KPBS News

The San Diego Police Department has issued mandatory evacuation orders due to a gas leak in Mission Valley near Ulric and Friars Road. State Route 163 has also been closed in both directions near the site of the gas leak.

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Sheriff's Deputy Facing 14 Criminal Charges In Sexual Misconduct Case; Bail Set At $100,000

Feb. 22
By City News Service, KPBS News

After a months-long sexual misconduct investigation, San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Fischer surrendered to authorities Thursday and is facing 14 criminal charges, eight of them felonies. Fischer pleaded not guilty. His bail was set at $100,000.

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It's Not The Apocalypse, It's Another SpaceX Rocket Launch

Feb. 16
By KPBS News

SpaceX is launching a rocket Sunday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara. The Falcon 9 is scheduled to lift off at 6:16 a.m.

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City To Expedite Audit To Answer Why Hundreds Of San Diego Water Bills Are So High

Feb. 15
By Jade Hindmon, KPBS News

The audit of the city utilities department's water billing procedures is being fast-tracked and expanded, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday, as officials seek more answers about how 343 residents were overcharged by as much as $420 due to one employee's misreading of water meters.

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Statewide Public Media Collaboration 'California Dream' Launches With Call-In Show

Feb. 12
By KPBS News and KQED

California Dream is a new, statewide collaboration focused on key issues of economic opportunity, quality of life and the future of the “California Dream.” The project will launch Feb. 15 with a special statewide call-in show.

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Ruling Expected Soon In Trump Border-Wall Case

Feb. 9
By Erik Anderson, Jean Guerrero, KPBS News

A ruling is expected this week after further briefing in the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's effort to bypass environmental laws to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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San Diego Leaders React To Appointment Of New Police Chief David Nisleit

Feb. 1
By KPBS News

The San Diego Police Department announced Thursday the appointment of David Nisleit as the next chief of police.

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City Announces New Police Chief

Feb. 1
By City News Service, KPBS News

The San Diego Police Department has announced Assistant Chief of Police David Nisleit will become the new city police chief. He will take over the job after current Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman retires in March.

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Former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

Jan. 24
By City News Service, KPBS News

Former Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

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El Cajon Ends Ban On Feeding Homeless

Jan. 23
By KPBS News

The city of El Cajon lifted its ban on serving meals to homeless people on city property on Tuesday, after drawing national attention for the ban and arresting about a dozen people for serving meals earlier this month.

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San Diego Supervisor Kristin Gaspar Running For Issa's Seat In Congress

Jan. 22
By KPBS News

San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, a Republican, has jumped in the race for Rep. Darrell Issa's 49th Congressional District seat.

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Thousands Rally Downtown For Second Annual Women's March

Jan. 19
By KPBS News

Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday.

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Assemblyman Rocky Chavez Running To Replace Congressman Darrell Issa

Jan. 11
By KPBS News

California Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, announced Wednesday that he will run to replace Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, in California’s 49th Congressional District.

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Rep. Darrell Issa To Retire From Congress

Jan. 10
By Associated Press, KPBS News and Michael R. Blood, Kevin Freking

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election after serving out his ninth term in Congress.

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Pacific Storm Prompts Coastal Water Advisory In San Diego

Jan. 9
By KPBS News

A Pacific storm hit San Diego Monday and will continue to bring heavy rain and gusty winds in the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.

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11th Flu Death Reported As Influenza Cases Soar In San Diego County

Dec. 27, 2017
By City News Service, KPBS News

The number of influenza cases and related fatalities skyrocketed in the San Diego region last week, pushing the "flu season'' totals to levels far ahead of the same time last year, county health officials reported on Wednesday.

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SpaceX Rocket Launch Seen Over San Diego County

Dec. 22, 2017
By City News Service, KPBS News

Residents in San Diego County were surprised Friday evening to see the contrail from a Space X Falcon 9 rocket that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara.

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San Diego Labor Leader Steps Down From Democratic Committee Amid Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Dec. 20, 2017
By Christopher Underwood, KPBS News

San Diego labor leader Mickey Kasparian is resigning from the San Diego Democratic Central Committee, one week after a new lawsuit was filed accusing him of sexual assault.

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High Winds, Power Outages Prompt School Closures Across San Diego County

Dec. 8, 2017
By City News Service, KPBS News

The San Diego County Office of Education reports that some school districts in the county will be closed Friday due to high winds and potential power outages.

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Parts Of Fallbrook In Ashes After Lilac Fire

Dec. 7, 2017
By City News Service, KPBS News

Driven by Santa Ana winds, a brush fire ignited Thursday morning off of Interstate 15 and State Route 76 in the Bonsall-Fallbrook area, burning at least 4,100 acres, destroying at least 65 structures, according to fire officials.

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Several County Schools Closed Due To High Santa Ana Winds Forecast

Dec. 7, 2017
By KPBS News

Due to forecast high Santa Ana winds and possible power outages, several schools in the county will be closed Thursday.

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What You Need To Know In The Event Of A Wildfire In San Diego County

Dec. 6, 2017
By KPBS News

If you or your loved ones live in an area prone to wildfires, there are certain steps you can take to be prepared.

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'Rad Scientist' Episode 3: Can Molecules From The Coast Be Tomorrow's Cancer Medicine?

Dec. 5, 2017
By KPBS News

The third episode of the KPBS podcast "Rad Scientist" features Phil Baran who is the chair of the chemistry department at Scripps Research Institute. Baran is studying if molecules from the coast can be used as a future medicine to fight cancer.

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San Diego Animal Sanctuary Unveils New Habitat

Nov. 28, 2017
By KPBS News

The Lions Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine unveiled a new multi-acre habitat Tuesday.

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San Diego County Cities Tie, Break Thanksgiving Day Heat Records

Nov. 24, 2017
By City News Service, KPBS News

The city of San Diego matched its highest recorded Thanksgiving temperature, which was set in 1932, but other cities in the county were even hotter.

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La Jolla Symphony, UC San Diego Celebrate 50 Years Of Collaboration

Nov. 3, 2017
By Ebone Monet, KPBS News

The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will be opening its season with a concert featuring music by George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

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Superhero Window Cleaners Surprise Patients At Rady Children’s Hospital

Oct. 31, 2017
By KPBS News

Local window washers from A-Plus Window Cleaning dressed up as superheroes to surprise patients at Rady's Children's Hospital for Halloween.

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Mayor Seeks Solutions To Hepatitis A Outbreak, Dismisses Blame

Sept. 22, 2017
By KPBS News, Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The city of San Diego is preparing to install 19 more hand-washing stations and eight more public restrooms by next week, amid a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 16 people and infected 444 countywide.

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San Diego Immigration Expert Says DACA Decision Is A Political Bargaining Tool

Sept. 6, 2017
By KPBS News

Tom Wong, UC San Diego political science professor, recently conducted a survey of DACA recipients and found DACA continues to have a positive impact on the lives of young immigrants and the economy.

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Several San Diego Leaders Denounce Trump's Decision To End DACA

Sept. 5, 2017
By KPBS News

Several San Diego politicians and organizations are speaking out against President Donald Trump's decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Hundreds Of Protesters March Against Hate In San Diego

Aug. 27, 2017
By City News Service, KPBS News

Hundreds gathered at the Museum of Man Sunday to kick off an anti-hate march from Balboa Park to Horton Plaza in a show of solidarity with anti-racist and anti-fascist activists in San Francisco and Charlottesville.

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My First Day Episode 10

Aug. 23, 2017
By KPBS News

Cy Kuckenbacker got an Army ROTC scholarship to study civil engineering at a college in South Dakota. But, after his first year he knew it wasn't for him. He returned to his hometown, a small remote island in Alaska, and decided he would move to San Diego.

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Where To See The Solar Eclipse In San Diego

Aug. 18, 2017
By KPBS News

Many San Diegans are eagerly awaiting Monday’s once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. On August 21 a total solar eclipse will move across the U.S. Check out where you can see it.

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San Diego Removes Confederate Monument Downtown

Aug. 16, 2017
By City News Service, Elma Gonzalez, KPBS News

As cities and towns nationwide grapple with what to do with their Confederate statues, San Diego leaders took swift action Wednesday to remove one from a public park.

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Proposed California Bill Calls For Later School Start Times

Aug. 3, 2017
By Ebone Monet, KPBS News

A new California bill may give teenage students more time to sleep every morning. It calls for a mandated later school start time statewide, with classes beginning no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

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What To Expect At Comic-Con 2017: A Conversation With Organizer David Glanzer

July 21, 2017
By Beth Accomando, KPBS News

San Diego’s biggest event is underway. Comic-Con International draws more than 130,000 pop culture fans every year, and this year is no different.

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San Diego Public Library Issuing Comic-Con Themed Library Cards

July 20, 2017
By KPBS News

In the spirit of Comic-Con, the San Diego Public Library is issuing new cyborg-themed library cards starting Thursday, July 20.

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National Parks Senior Lifetime Pass To Jump From $10 to $80

July 12, 2017
By KPBS News

The National Park Service's lifetime pass for seniors is set to increase from $10 to $80 on August 28 due to legislation that Congress passed last year.

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