Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh
A bipartisan group of California assembly members announced Wednesday new legislation to address the shortage in the state: the California Resident Worker Program and Economic Stabilization Act.
David Newman is the co-owner and head grower of A Soothing Seed in Oceanside, which sells marijuana cuttings to people with medical marijuana prescriptions. Newman will join Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of personal cannabis cultivation.
The best student playwrights in California are getting the chance to see their work come to life at The Old Globe.
"Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias" explores the plants the Kumeyaay use to make food, medicine and traditional arts.
In "Vietgone," playwright Qui Nguyen tells the story of how his parents fled Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War and fell in love at a refugee camp in Arkansas.
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is apologizing yet again for sexually harassing numerous women during his political career, asking for redemption in his first substantive comments since the #MeToo movement prompted more public conversations about the sexual abuse women face.
Tony Krvaric has chaired the San Diego County Republican Party for more than 10 years. He joins Midday Edition to outline his priorities for the midterm elections and whether this will be his final year at the helm of the county's GOP.
The first episode of the mini-series "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" debuted on FX network Wednesday night. The series will no doubt revive interest in one of San Diego's most curious and tragic chapters — the 1997 cross-country murder spree of Andrew Cunanan.
The nonprofit Women’s March San Diego is planning to hold the second annual march Saturday in downtown San Diego. This year's theme is "hear our vote."
The play, making its West Coast debut at Cygnet Theater, puts the spotlight on Henry VIII's sixth wife in a contemporary, re-imagined history.
This year’s flu season has already had devastating consequences with thousands of confirmed cases and a record number of deaths in San Diego County. But health officials say there’s been another consequence of the flu epidemic—a drop in blood donations.
A new bipartisan proposal to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was announced Tuesday. Supporters said the bill is backed by more than 40 members of Congress.
Textile waste accounts for 10.5 million tons of trash yearly in U.S. landfills. That's one of the reasons some people choose thrift shopping, the authors of "ThriftStyle: The Ultimate Bargain Shopper's Guide to Smart Fashion" said.
"It's About Time: A Festival of Rhythm. Sound. And Place." runs through Feb. 11. A dozen different arts organizations are putting on a total of 25 performances, installations, conversations and other events.
In downtown San Diego, the city's struggle to help its neediest residents is most apparent. Nearly 1,300 people sleep on the street, according to the latest census from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
Civil rights attorney Eva Paterson was the keynote speaker at Monday's All Peoples Celebration in San Diego. She is the president and co-founder of the Equal Justice Society.
North County is in the midst of transforming into an arts hub, and this weekend's exhibition of work by Niki de Saint Phalle and play based on a Jules Verne novel are good examples why.
RECHARGE Events plans to hold healthy eating, self-care, yoga and crafting workshops.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a witness has been ordered to produce documents and receipts from a business in which Rep. Hunter's campaign spent thousands of dollars.
High school students usually write book reports, not their own books. But that's exactly what students at High Tech High North County have done.
It's been nearly a year since Jessica Hayes was named chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party. She joins Midday Edition for a discussion on how the party is preparing for the November election.
While working at New York University Abu Dhabi, Adam Levinson hopscotched across the Middle East, visiting Kuwait, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. Many of those trips took place in the midst of the Arab Spring.
"Fake news," a favorite of President Trump's, is one of several Trump-related phrases that made it onto the annual list.
KPBS Midday Edition host Maureen Cavanaugh spoke with Robert Siegel prior to his retirement on Jan. 5.
The tax reform package passed the House and Senate earlier this month without a single Democratic vote. But Democrats are hoping to have more of a say in Washington, D.C., soon, as the party gears up for midterm elections in November 2018.
KPBS reporter Tarryn Mento covers the community of City Heights. She joins Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the impact of President Trump's policies on residents of City Heights and other stories that have impacted the community in 2017.
One of the major stories of 2017, was how the Trump administration began moving forward on its hard-line immigration policies, and how those new policies affected U.S.-Mexico relations and immigrants living in the U.S.
Thousands of people who live in the path of the Thomas Fire were under mandatory evacuation orders which were lifted last week. But not everyone who is ordered to leave their homes evacuates.
From box-office hit "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to coming of age love story in "Call Me By Your Name," film critics give their take on the best holiday releases this year.
This weekend features iconic names in theater and hip hop, as well as an unconventional art show.
New sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced against San Diego labor leader Mickey Kasparian, who is now accused of sexual assault.
San Diego County is seeing an outbreak of flu much earlier than normal. The number of confirmed cases is three higher than at the same time last year.
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, one reason he gave was that the program recipients were taking jobs away from U.S. citizens. But a new study finds that competition for jobs between DACA recipients and their corresponding millennial U.S. population is not widespread.
The state estimates these inmates save California $100 million a year it would otherwise have to spend on firefighters.
Gary Taubes says sugar is the cause of an increase in the number of people who suffer from obesity and diabetes.
A new U.S. Forest Service survey found that another 27 million trees died due to drought and disease since November 2016. That brings the total number of dead trees to a record 129 million since 2010.
For over a decade the Zzymzzy Quartet has been transporting audiences back in time with their 1930’s era music. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and the American Songbook, these San Diegans have become an integral part of the swing dance scene.
Journalist Sasha von Oldershausen writes in the latest issue of Marie Claire about the U.S. Border Patrol’s struggles to recruit more women.
Allegations of sexual harassment by state lawmakers continue to come out in Sacramento. And now, there are reports that there has been a backlash by some male legislators against the women who have come forward.
Imperial Beach could become the third city in San Diego County to ban the plastic food containers at restaurants.
California may be a majority-minority state and pride itself on its racial diversity, but diversity does not mean equality.
The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents sickened by the cross-border sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley has grown to 83, according to a report Monday by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
You can say that in San Diego, the holidays don't officially begin until December Nights weekend. Here's a guide to navigating the popular Balboa Park event.
Siguenza served as one of several Latino cultural advisors who worked on Pixar's animated film inspired by Día de los Muertos. He is also part of the film's voice cast.
A Stanford University climate scientist has taken the relatively rare step of suing another scientist, arguing that a rebuttal paper critiquing his work amounted to defamation.
The end of 2017 is shaping up to be busy for members of Congress as the debate over the GOP tax plan continues along with controversy over sexual misconduct allegations.
California's largest state park covers 600,000 acres in eastern San Diego County.
San Diego Rep. Jim Bates was the first congressman to be reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee for sexual harassment, back in 1989.
A five-part series recounts the miscalculations and corruption that created substandard and hazardous housing developments from Baja California to the Gulf of Mexico.
Even as the chance of living to old age increases, many people avoid thinking about old age, afraid of the choices and challenges it presents.