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Stories by Megan Burke

International Rescue Committee San Diego Director Retires After 38 Years

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Bob Montgomery has been with the International Rescue Committee during the resettlement of Iraqis, Somalis, Eritreans and refugees from more than 20 other countries.

Joyce Carol Oates On Writing About Differences Among People

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Novelist Joyce Carol Oates has written more than 40 novels. She is in San Diego to speak at the 20th Annual Point Loma Nazarene University Writer's Symposium by the Sea.

'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton Speaks About Art Of Screenwriting

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San Diego writer-director Destin Cretton, now making feature films in Hollywood, speaks at Point Loma Nazarene University's Writer's Symposium By The Sea.

Exhibit Unites Humanity Through 45 Questions

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San Diego's Museum of Photographic arts is celebrating the centennial in Balboa Park with a video exhibition of people and voices from around the world. It's called "7 billion Others."

California Committee Explores Road Usage Charge In Place Of Gas Tax

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The state has mandated cars have high-fuel efficiencies, and encouraged drivers to buy hybrid and electric vehicles, all in an effort to reduce gas consumption. And it's been working - so well, that we now have to find a new way to finance road maintenance.

How Should Drug Trials Be Conducted In The Middle Of An Ebola Outbreak?

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The anti-Ebola drug ZMapp, developed in San Diego, is about to start clinical trials in Liberia. Doctors will explain the ethical challenges posed by drug testing during an outbreak.

Leading Linguists Lecturing On Language Evolution At UC San Diego

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When it comes to language — how often do people stop and think: How did these sounds come to mean anything?

San Diego Family Justice Center Offering Domestic Violence Prevention Training To Businesses

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When domestic violence happens in the home, the consequences can easily spill over into the workplace. The Family Justice Center wants to get the word out to San Diego businesses about what they can and should try to do.

San Diego Officers Prepare To Vote On New Contract

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The tentative agreement increases benefits, such as uniform and equipment allowance, over the next three years and raises pay by 6.6 percent over the last two.

Documentary Recounts A Wisconsin Town's Reaction To A Deadly Hate Crime

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A documentary about a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple screens in San Diego, and opens up a conversation about how to stop the hate.

What The Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill Would Mean For San Diego

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President Barack Obama has said he would sign the "Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act" into law. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday.

Military Roundup: Defense Budget And Proposed Changes To Retirement Benefits

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What President Barack Obama's new defense budget means for San Diego, plus recommendations from a presidential commission to revamp military retirement and health care.

Study: Federal Government Not Enforcing Child Welfare Laws

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National child welfare laws are on the books, but a San Diego study finds a lack of enforcement.

First Women's Studies Department Founder On A Life Committed To Feminism

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Carol Rowell Council co-founded the first Women's Studies Department in the world at San Diego State University in 1970.

How Your Smartphone Is Changing Modern Medicine

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Eric Topol is out with a book outlining the cutting-edge technology of digital medicine. The book is called "The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands."

Are We Living In The Golden Age Of Book Publishing?

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The 31st annual San Diego State University Writers' Conference is this weekend. The keynote address focuses on changing the world of publishing.

The Value Of The Colorado River In Dollars And Cents

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The Colorado River generates $1.4 trillion in economic activity — making the shrinking water levels an economic issue for California.

A Discussion On The Motivations Behind The Paris Terror Attacks

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The shootings in Paris last week renewed questions about the challenges nations face in identifying terrorist threats and preventing attacks.

'San Diego's Historic Places' Looks Back To 1915 Expo

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The KPBS-TV series "San Diego's Historic Places" is devoting a whole six-part series to the evolution of Balboa Park.

How A Little Rainfall Can Turn Into A Bountiful Resource

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Brad Lancaster, author of the book, "Rainwater Harvesting for Dry Lands and Beyond" is giving a lecture in San Diego about strategies for harvesting natural resources such as rainwater and greywater.

San Diego County's Meth Problem Not Going Away

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If you think the meth problem in San Diego is a thing of the past, a new Meth Strike Force report card says otherwise.

San Diego's Cuban-Americans Respond To Effort To Revive U.S.-Cuba Relations

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President Barack Obama's announcement on Wednesday sparked debate across the country. Now, local Cuban-Americans share their reactions.

Tips For Winter Gardening In California

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All of this rain reminded us that we are approaching the time of year when it is best to plant native species.

San Diego's Rep. Vargas On The Budget Bill, Homeland Security, Salton Sea

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Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas was the only member of San Diego County's congressional delegation to vote against the government spending bill, which the House approved last week and the Senate passed over the weekend.

The Blind Boys Of Alabama Coming To California Center For The Arts

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Tis the season for holiday music. Finding new music to celebrate Christmas is a true holiday treat. A collaboration between the celebrated gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama and legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, is just that.

Rolling Stone's Journalistic Missteps Cause Fallout For Victims Of Sexual Assault

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Rolling Stone has backed away from its exposé on a sexual assault at the University of Virginia. The Washington Post is re-reporting the story and has found several discrepancies. The debacle has left many questions in its wake: How should news organizations verify allegations made by sexual assault victims? And what kind of fallout will there be for victims of sexual assault who want to come forward?

San Diego University Raising Money To Help Human Trafficking Survivors Get A College Education

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Point Loma Nazarene University's Center for Justice and Reconciliation is raising a first-of-its-kind $40,000 college scholarship for survivors of human trafficking. It's just one way the university is trying to abolish the sex-trade industry.

Documentary Raises Questions About Mexican Cartel Leader's Arrest

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A new documentary — "¿Es El Chapo?" — opened Friday in Chula Vista and raises questions about Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's capture.

San Diego Chefs' New Cookbook Celebrates Seafood

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Consider fish for holidays. We'll get some tips on cooking tuna, tilapia and more from Chefs Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver of the Marine Room.

San Diego Group Trains Civilian Health Care Workers To Treat Service Members

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Many active-duty service members and veterans receive mental health treatment from civilian health care workers. But many of these providers lack adequate training to effectively treat people from a military background.

Effects Of Prop. 47 Immediately Felt In San Diego County

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Nearly 60 percent of voters passed California's Prop. 47, which dropped some crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. It went into effect immediately and is having a big impact on San Diego law enforcement.

KPBS Wants To Know: How Are You Saving Water During The Drought?

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KPBS Midday Edition wants to hear how San Diegans are cutting back on their water use. Share your water saving tips by calling into the show at noon on Tuesday or by leaving a comment here.

Previewing The 2014 San Diego Asian Film Festival

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The San Diego Asian Film Festival opens this Thursday. It has become the largest exhibition of Asian films in the Western United States.

Older Adults Planning For A Carless Future In San Diego Consider Public Transit

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A San Diego nonprofit teaches older adults to navigate the public transportation system in San Diego.

Helping First Responders Deal With The Trauma They've Seen

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Police officers, paramedics and firefighters all are trained and ready to respond when emergencies and tragedies occur. The first responders are a community's first line of defense. But who defends them against the memories of what they've seen and dealt with?

Preparing For The Return of Gray Wolves To California

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An October event in Julian explored the return of the gray wolf. As one California wildlife expert puts it, the public is fascinated by the issue of wolves in the West.

San Diego Author's 'Full Measure' Explores Devastation Of War, Wildfire

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We speak to Fallbrook resident and award-winning mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker about his first literary novel called, "Full Measure," which is set in San Diego County.

Resources And Information For Family Caregivers

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Americans are living longer but diseases and infirmities can lead to some tough decisions for older people and their adult children.

Mid-City 'Rapid 215' Bus To Start Running Oct. 12

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After years of planning and construction, a new rapid transit bus service is about to get up and running from downtown San Diego to San Diego State University along the Mid-City corridor.

San Diego War Reporter Reflects On Her Time In Iraq

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A personal history essay published in U-T San Diego is reminding us of the history of the U.S. conflict in Iraq, as witnessed by one journalist.

San Diegans Sharing Their Big Ideas At Tedx Event

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Maybe you know about Ted Talks and maybe you've seen or heard one. San Diego has its own Ted organization. We'll bring you two of the big ideas that will be shared at an upcoming Tedx America's Finest City conference happening in San Diego next weekend.

San Diego County Retirement Board To Decide Chief Investment Officer's Fate

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KPBS Midday Edition looks at another huge pension fund that's underfunded and is taking risks to try to make up for it.

Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature Would Help Foster Youth In College

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New legislation awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature offers help to foster kids in college by allowing them to live in transitional housing for one additional year.

San Diego Public Library Highlights Banned Books By Reading Censored Books Aloud

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With the Internet allowing access to just about any kind of information, the concept of banning books seems like something from another century. But, every year, books in libraries and schools continue to be challenged — and some of them are removed.

Flow Of Unaccompanied Minors Has Decreased But What About The Children Already Here?

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We no longer see daily headlines about the surge in unaccompanied minors and young families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, but what is happening to the thousands of young people who did cross the border, surrendered to Border Patrol agents and claimed refugee status?

New Play Celebrates Life Of Scott Joplin, The 'King Of Ragtime'

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A new play, "Scott Joplin's New Rag: The Life and Times of the King of Ragtime Writers," is about to be presented by the Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego.

Cost Of Doing Nothing At The Salton Sea May Be Higher Than Cost Of Repair

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A new report on the Salton Sea estimates that the volume of the lake will shrink by more than 50 percent in the next 15 years. If no mitigation or reclamation project is undertaken, the report projects the costs of the shrinking lake will include impacts to Southern California's ecology and public health.

A Challenging Lesson: How To Care For The Dying

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Everyone knows that a baby needs help entering this world. That's why, in addition to mom, other people like doctors or midwives are on hand to assist the start of a young life. But what about when we leave this world?

San Diego Veterans Can Speak Up About VA Healthcare At Town Hall Meeting Thursday

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The VA San Diego wants to hear from veterans about their experience with VA health care. Issues over waiting times, access to care and more will be aired at a series of town hall meetings around the county. These town hall events come on the heels of the new VA secretary's visit to San Diego to rehabilitate the group's battered reputation.

Temple Grandin Speaks About Inclusiveness In Education

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Celebrated autism advocate Temple Grandin is in San Diego to talk about inclusiveness in education.

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