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Stories by Maureen Cavanaugh

UC San Diego Study: Spread Of Africanized Bees May Be Good For Agriculture

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A new study from UC San Diego researchers finds the majority of honey bees found in San Diego are Africanized, and the spread of bees continues northward in California.

A Look At How San Diego Resettles Refugees As Syrian Crisis Continues

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San Diego resettles 2,700 refugees annually. Midday Edition takes a look at the process and challenges families may face as they search for a new home.

Brent King On Impact Of Chelsea's Law Five Years After His Daughter's Death

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It's the fifth anniversary of Chelsea's Law — AB1844 — which reformed California criminal sentencing law to include life without the possibility of parole for offenders who commit forcible sex crimes against children.

Zomedies, Creature Features Frighten Balboa Park Movie Fans

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Short and feature-length horror films from San Diego and around the world will be showcased this weekend at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival.

Heat Wave Continues Thursday In San Diego County

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Forecasters said slightly less intense heat was expected Thursday but again predicted temperatures would be 5 to 15 degrees above average as a high- pressure system remains over California.

Developer Explains Navy Broadway Project Changes In Downtown San Diego

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With only one more legal hurdle to tackle, the Navy's long-stalled development project headed by Doug Manchester could soon be getting underway.

Ice Age Fossils Unearthed At Carlsbad Construction Site

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New construction in Carlsbad is inadvertently giving San Diego County scientists a window back onto the region’s ancient past.

SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten Discusses Common Core Test Results

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The state Department of Education Wednesday released the first standardized test scores aligned to the new Common Core standards. About 3.2 million students took the online assessments last spring.

Report: California Labor Policy Not Keeping Up With Changing Workforce

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The California Budget and Policy Center's annual report shows the number of women and minorities working in the state is higher than ever, but they lag behind their white, male counterparts in wages and benefits.

Carlsbad Chamber To Offer Classes On How To Run For Public Office

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The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Candidate Academy” next month to help people who want to run for public office in North County.

Story Of Murder In San Diego Inspires Book On Forgiveness

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Azim Khamisa's story of forgiveness after his son's murder inspired journalist Megan Feldman Bettencourt to write a book on the topic. It's called "Triumph of the Heart Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World."

San Diego Experts Talk Violence In The Workplace

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The deadly shooting of two journalists in Virginia by a disgruntled former coworker highlights that fact that homicide is currently the fourth leading cause of death at work, according to OSHA.

San Diegans Reflect On 10-Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina

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The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina brings up painful memories for some San Diegans. We hear from a woman who relocated after losing everything to the storm and how San Diegans helped out in the aftermath.

For One Youth Soccer League In El Cajon, College Is The Goal

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The nonprofit Yalla helps refugee and immigrant youth rebuild their lives in San Diego County through soccer and after school education programs.

How Do Bad Days On The Stock Market Affect People's Retirement Savings?

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The U.S. stock market has been rising and falling at an alarming rate. Midday Edition looks into what this means for retirement plans.

UC San Diego, Scripps Institution Lead Way On Adapting To Warming Planet

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A new research nexus in La Jolla aims to anticipate the problems and offer solutions to the inevitable effects of climate change.

UC San Diego Researchers Study Prevalence Of Minors In Tijuana's Sex Trade

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A new study finds that 25 percent of female sex workers in northern Mexico entered the sex trade as minors.

Study Prompts San Diego Doctors, Patients To Question Breast Cancer Treatment Strategy

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A new study finds that survival rates for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) did not improve with invasive treatment, adding fuel to the argument that some cancers are treated too aggressively.

New Technology To Help Fight San Diego County Wildfires

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Firefighters continue to fight wildfires across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. As San Diego County prepares for wildfire season, we look at new technologies that will help firefighters and residents.

San Diego Travel Experts Share Last-Minute Summer Travel Tips

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Summer is almost over, but there is still time to plan for a staycation in San Diego or a weekend getaway.

UC San Diego Study: Chantix Doesn't Significantly Help Smokers Quit

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Researchers at UC San Diego find a popular smoking cessation drug is not boosting the numbers of smokers who quit.

Proposed North County Development Raises Environmental Questions

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The debate over a plan to build a new outdoor mall near a North County lagoon continues as Carlsbad city leaders prepare to vote on it next Tuesday.

Ready For Her Close-up: La Jolla’s Silent Past Shines In Free Film Screening

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Back in the 1920s, a group of plucky amateur filmmakers based in La Jolla produced several feature length and short silent films. Three of those shorts will be screened Thursday, with live music accompaniment.

San Diego City Council Declares Affordable Housing Emergency For 12th Year In A Row

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San Diego is tens of thousands of units short of the goal for affordable homes for sale, and the rental market is also soaring out of reach for low-income San Diegans.

Female War Correspondents 'Race For Paris' To Cover World War II

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In her new novel, best-selling author Meg Waite Clayton tells the story of two American journalists who are on a mission to document the Liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany.

3 Cool Summer Dishes To Beat The Heat

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From chilled honeydew soup to watermelon pizza, these recipes will cool people down as temperatures heat up across San Diego County.

Sci-Q: San Diego Scientists Answer Questions About Earthquakes

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Earthquakes are nothing new to Californians. Nearly 2,100 temblors shook Southern California in the last year. What do we really know about earthquakes? What's the latest research about earthquakes and climate change?

Turf Replacement Rebate Pays Out For Rancho Santa Fe Residents

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A program put in place by the Metropolitan Water District to help owners replace their lawns during the drought - ran out of money. We look at what's next.

San Diego Unified Urges Parents To Vaccinate Kids

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California's controversial vaccine law doesn't go into effect until the next school year, but San Diego Unified school officials are already getting the word out about the upcoming changes.

Report: Latinos 'Severely Underrepresented' Among California Prosecutors

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A survey by Stanford researchers finds that while Latinos make up nearly 39 percent of the population, they make up less than 10 percent of the state's full-time prosecutors.

San Diego Remembers World War II, 70 Years After Japan Surrenders

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This week marks the 70th anniversary of the day President Harry Truman announced Japan’s surrender during World War II. Midday Edition looks at San Diego's role in the war effort.

Pet Adoption Fees Waived During San Diego's 'Clear The Shelters' Effort

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It’s the dog days of summer, and San Diego County animal advocates are promoting pet adoptions this weekend.

Is California Ready To Legalize Marijuana?

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Four states and the district of Columbia have legalized marijuana, and California could be next. A recent report by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy provides a road map for regulating pot.

Documentary About Vatican Investigation Of Feminist Nuns Screens In San Diego

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An account of the Catholic Church crackdown on the American nuns is the subject of "Radical Grace," a new documentary screening in San Diego on Wednesday night.

San Diego Impossible Science Festival Entertains Curious Minds

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A hands-on, interactive event is planned at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in August. Midday Edition has a preview of the Impossible Science Festival.

How An Early School Start Is Affecting Teenagers' Sleep

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds many schools are starting too early making it difficult for teenagers to get enough sleep.

Lessons Learned From Training Iraqi Troops To Fight ISIS

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It's been a year since President Obama sent U.S. advisers to Iraq to help that nation's soldiers fight back against the so-called Islamic State. Among those still deployed as trainers are Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.

How San Diego Influenced Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

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U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who spent part of his childhood in San Diego, is the first Latino to hold the post.

San Diegans Reflect On 70th Anniversary Of Hiroshima Atomic Blast

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A San Diego woman shares the story of her father, who survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima 70 years ago. Midday Edition looks at how survivors promote peace in San Diego.

Rare Fruit Trees Thrive Amid California Drought

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There are drought-friendly alternatives to thirsty fruit trees. Fig, loquat and pomegranate trees require very little water or no water at all.

San Diego County Sends Firefighters North

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Firefighters from San Diego County have been redeployed around the state to help contain about 20 wildfires.

San Diego Marks 50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

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As the Voting Rights Act turns 50 this year, Midday Edition looks at struggles to get the civil rights law in place and challenges ahead.

The Case For Letting The San Diego Chargers Go

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The city and county of San Diego have recently authorized a combined $2.5 million to be spent on the effort to keep the Chargers. What if they just let them go?

New San Diego City Opera Poised To Entertain Modern Audiences

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For a while in 2014, it looked like San Diego would have no opera but now it has two. The San Diego City Opera will make its debut at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival.

Former Councilman's Biography Highlights Pioneering Contributions To San Diego

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A new biography focuses on Leon Williams and his contributions to San Diego County. Williams, the first African American to serve on the City Council and the County Board of Supervisors, worked for inclusive policies for all.

USC Report: Inequality Could Stifle Economic Progress In San Diego County

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A University of Southern California report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego," found income inequality is more than a social justice issue.

Toni Atkins Discusses Chargers Stadium, Special Legislative Sessions

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Atkins holds one of the most high-profile legislative offices in the state and she's getting involved in the negotiations to keep the Chargers in San Diego.

San Diego Eagle Scouts Praise Boy Scouts Lifting Ban On Gay Leaders

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The Boy Scouts of America made a big change in policy last week. After years of defending its policy against gay troop leaders, the Boy Scouts' national executive board voted to end the ban on gay adult leaders.

Author Shares Global Surfing Adventures With La Jolla Fans

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New Yorker's political writer William Finnegan traces his lifelong love of surfing, from Southern California to Manhattan, in his new book, "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life."

New Approach To Discipline At San Diego Unified Proven Successful

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San Diego Unified School District has seen a drop in expulsions since it implemented a discipline program that uses restorative justice.