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Stories by Natalie Walsh

Mission Trails Campgrounds Reopen After Budget Cuts Restored

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After being closed for nearly three years, San Diego city leaders celebrate the reopening of Kumeyaay Lake Campgrounds at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Roundtable: Race For San Diego County District Attorney

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On a special edition of The Roundtable, the candidates for San Diego County district attorney talk about prison realignment, the death penalty and other issues facing that office.

Roundtable: Wind & Fire; Minimum Wage; Sterling Racism

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The marine layer disappeared this week, and suddenly May seemed like your typical October. Donald Sterling was outed as a racist by TMZ, and banned for life by the NBA. Dueling minimum-wage proposals will duke it out, unless they won't.

2014 Rings In New Laws For California

The first of the year is a handy date for putting new laws into effect. So on Jan. 1, expect changes in a range of areas from voice-activated texting while driving to gun sales to financial literacy for school children.

San Diego Small Businesses Are Banking On Saturday Shoppers

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated Small Business Saturday, a day created by American Express to encourage shoppers to buy local. In San Diego, many businesses are hoping shoppers will spend money at their stores.

Aquilla Fire Fully Contained in Lakeside, Calif.

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A brush fire that broke out Sunday morning in Lakeside is 100 percent contained. It's the second fire to burn amid the weekend's red flag warning.

Roundtable: More Filner Trouble, UCSD Student Awarded $4.1 Million, Future Of SD's Wild Horses Uncertain

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has another rough week as more people call for his resignation. A UCSD student who was forgotten in a DEA holding cell for nearly five days was awarded $4.1 million by the Justice Department. The fate of wild horses descended from steeds ridden by the Spanish military here in the 1700s is uncertain in East County.

Roundtable: Gay Rights Victory, San Diego Hospice Bankruptcy, Climate Change Challenge

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The U.S. Supreme Court's dual rulings on same-sex marriage establishes a major victory for civil rights. Creditors are lining up to get their share of what's left of San Diego Hospice. The military cites climate change as a vital national security issue and leads the way on alternative energy.

Roundtable: San Onofre; SD Schools' CFO; Path To Citizenship; Plaza de Panama; Meatball The Bear

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San Onofre's troubles continue. San Diego schools' CFO under fire for misinformation. The line for becoming a U.S. citizens may grow longer. Judge nixes plan for Balboa Park renovation. Meatball the Bear is living the good life in the East County.

Envision San Diego

Why Has Whooping Cough Returned With Such A Vengeance?

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KPBS and the Watchdog Institute at SDSU spent four months investigating why whooping cough, a disease that was nearly extinct thirty years ago, has infected thousands of people in California and killed 10 babies. Just why it’s made such a vengeful comeback has two of the world’s leading whooping cough experts in disagreement. KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon raises serious questions about how well the vaccine to prevent the disease works.

Escondido Bomb-House Burned, Toxic Testing Begins

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What's next now that the Escondido home, filled with explosive materials has burned to the ground? KPBS Environment reporter Ed Joyce gives an update including the impact the fire had on air quality.

Envision San Diego

Whooping Cough Has Sickened Thousands, Is The Vaccine Working?

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California is experiencing a whooping cough epidemic, the worst in 60 years. Ten babies have died throughout the state and more than 7,000 people have become sick, nearly 1,000 in San Diego County alone. KPBS and the Watchdog Institute at SDSU have spent the last four months investigating this epidemic and two of the reporters, Joanne Faryon and Kevin Crowe discuss some of their findings.

Del Mar's Quest To Buy The Fairgrounds

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Why does the City of Del Mar want to buy the Del Mar Fairgrounds? Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest held a press conference this week to answer questions about his city's interest in the site. KPBS Senior Metro Reporter Alison St. John gives us the latest info on the potential sale of the fairgrounds.

US Attorney Laura Duffy Discusses Goals For Southern District

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Laura Duffy, United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, sits down with Reporter Alison St. John for an in-depth interview about her goals for the region, her recent investigations of Mexican drug cartels, and Somali terror suspects in San Diego.

How Will Rep. Issa's Prominent Role Impact San Diego?

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North County Congressman Darrell Issa has become one of the most powerful members of the House of Representatives. The Republican is incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Rep. Issa has pledged to increase scrutiny of the Obama Administration in an effort to cut government spending. How might Rep. Issa's rise to national prominence affect our region?

San Diego Boasts Burgeoning CleanTech Cluster

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Is the San Diego region well-positioned to take advantage of future growth in the green-technology industry? KPBS environment and business reporter Ed Joyce joins us to discuss the potential growth of clean technology industries in San Diego.

San Diego Week Special Edition

On this special edition of San Diego Week we bring you some of our most memorable stories from earlier this year. First, the true costs and benefits of illegal immigration, then you'll hear about a gang problem in San Diego's North County, we'll tell you why California's prisons are so crowded and so costly, and why honey bees are disappearing. You'll also hear about one family's journey from an Iraqi refugee camp to a home in El Cajon.

Bed Bugs Are Biting In SD But Are They Dangerous?

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The old saying "sleep tight - don't let the bed bugs bite" isn't a figure of speech anymore. Bed bugs are crawling over mattresses, in crevasses and carpets across California and the country! Heading into the busiest travel week of the year, bed bugs are reportedly hitchhiking with airplane travelers. Why is San Diego playing reluctant host to this persistent pest and what can we do about it?

Airport Body Scanners Intruding On Our Constitutional Rights?

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The holiday travel season has begun and the recently installed full electronic body scan machines at Lindbergh field are busy. Their purpose is to insure public safety. But those scanners have made some passengers uncomfortable and even resistant. We'll discuss the objections and whether they are deserved.

Did Tijuana Police Chief Take Crime Fighting Too Far?

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The days of one of Tijuana's top crime fighters may be numbered. Police Chief Julian Leyzaola has been hailed as a model for the rest of Mexico. He has survived assassination plots but he may fall victim to Mexican politics. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson explains why his job is in jeopardy.

What Are The Chargers Worth To San Diego?

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Reports that the Spanos family, owners of the Chargers, are looking to sell a stake in the team has renewed speculation that the Bolts may leave San Diego. Tonight, we ask if the Chargers go, how will the city be affected? Veteran San Diego Union-Tribune sports columnist Tim Sullivan gives us some answers.

Discussing The Proposed Interstate 5 Expansion

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Drivers on Interstate 5 between La Jolla and Oceanside know that gridlock happens too often. Transportation officials know that, too, and are poised to do something about it. But from the first hint that the freeway could be widened to accommodate more traffic, opposition has been vehement.

SD Veterans Face Challenges

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San Diego honored veterans this week with a parade and other ceremonies, but according to a recent report, 26,000 vets want help from the V.A. medical center here.

Bankruptcy Looming For SD?

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We hear from City Attorney Jan Goldsmith about the bankruptcy option and other reform ideas for a financially troubled San Diego.

San Diego Men Arraigned On Charges Of Aiding Somali Terrorists

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Three San Diego men accused of aiding a Somali terrorist group with ties to Al Queda have pleaded not guilty. They're accused of sending money and providing support to al-Shabab. One is a popular Imam at a City Heights mosque another works as a cab driver and the third is a former Somali community leader. We speak to KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma who has been following the story.

Election Analysis: Business vs. Labor

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Political scientist Carl Luna gives an analysis of how the deep divide between labor and business impacted Tuesday's election.

Parcel Tax Fails, How Will City Schools Manage Cuts?

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School Board President Richard Barrera joins us to talk about the cuts city schools can expect following the defeat of Proposition J.

Reconciling San Diego's Budget Deficit

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We talk to San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye about what's next for the city now that voters decisively rejected Proposition D. We'll also find out whether elected office is in her future as she prepares to term out of office.

SD Mourns Police Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

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San Diego police are mourning the first shooting death of an officer in nearly 20 years. It happened early Thursday morning at an apartment complex southeast of downtown. Veteran police officer Christopher Wilson died hours after the confrontation. The police chief says his family was able to spend some precious moments with him at the hospital before he died. KPBS metro reporter Katie Orr gives us some details on the incident.

What Is The Economic Philosophy Behind Increasing A City Sales Tax?

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Outside of the political debate, there are some people who oppose or support Proposition D purely on economic grounds. For some insight into how a bump in San Diego's sales tax may affect our city's economy. KPBS metro reporter Katie Orr speaks to Alan Gin, professor of economics at the University of San Diego, and author of USD's Index of Leading Economic Indicators.

More Revealed About Sex Abuse By San Diego Catholic Priests

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Child molestation is a horrific crime but when the offender is a trusted authority figure like a priest it's nearly incomprehensible. Here in San Diego, a group of abuse victims has been engaged in a decade-long court battle with the Roman Catholic Diocese. Thousands of pages from personnel files of accused priests were released to the public last weekend. KPBS senior editor Mark Sauer explains the significance of these documents.

Analysis Of Supervisors Races And Prop. A

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It's been 12 years since a San Diego county supervisor has faced a run off election. We'll discuss why challenges to incumbent Supervisors Horn and Roberts were strong enough to get past the primaries. What are the issues in these races that will motivate voters to go to the polls? Also, how will that that economic news just days before election affect the vote on Proposition A, the ballot measure to ban project labor agreements?

Crime Rates Increase At SD Schools

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How have school budget cuts affected the number of police officers on campus in recent years? What provisions exist in Proposition J, the parcel tax ballot measure, to pay for public safety in city schools? We'll talk to KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis about crime on campus and find out whether there's a connection between the timing this news and the upcoming election.

Questions For DA Following Murder Of SD Student

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The body of Diana Gonzalez was discovered last week in a campus bathroom at San Diego City College. Gonzalez had been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her estranged husband. Authorities now believe that he killed her. KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma explains why some say Gonzalez was failed by the justice system.

Ex-Sailor Shares Experience With Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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Joseph Rocha was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2007 after admitting he is gay. We'll hear about his experience in the military and find out why he hopes to reenlist.

County General Plan Update Comes Up Against Opposition

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We'll hear the details of San Diego County's General Plan update and find out why some San Diegans aren't happy about the proposed changes.

San Diego City Hall Update

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KPBS metro reporter Katie Orr shares the latest news coming out of San Diego's City Hall following the secret downtown redevelopment deal and impassioned debates over Proposition D.

Legal Analysis Of Don't Ask Don't Tell Ruling

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We'll discuss the meaning of the court ruling against Don't Ask, Don't Tell and hear reactions to the injunction by San Diegans with military ties.

Envision San Diego

How Would Legalizing Pot Impact Cartel Violence?

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One of the arguments made by supporters of Prop. 19 is that regulating it will reduce drug cartel violence. Officials on both sides of the border doubt whether it would have a significant impact.

Calif. Senate Bill Opens Door For Downtown Chargers Stadium

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How did last-minute state budget maneuvering position state legislators to outflank City of San Diego officials in the push for a downtown Chargers stadium? We'll discuss the senate bill and analyze what is means for San Diego.

Planning Begins For 1 Million More People In San Diego County

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Next week San Diego County Supervisors will begin planning for growth in the county over the next 40 years. KPBS reporter Alison St John reports on how growth may affect the county's unincorporated areas and the people who live there.

SD Business Community Split Over Prop. D

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The fight over San Diego's Proposition D grows fiercer with powerful business interests on both sides. We'll discuss the impact of a half-cent sales tax on consumers and find out what San Diego's fire and police officials say would happen if Prop. D fails.

Envision San Diego

Prop 19: Legal Weed In Calif.

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Why will California voters become the deciders on whether recreational marijuana should be legal and taxed? That's Prop 19 on your November ballot. Learn the details of the ballot measure.

November 2010: Latino Voting Power

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Every election in the last ten years has made the case that the Latino vote is crucial. Why do we keep on saying this? And why does it matter in San Diego?

Gangs In San Diego's North County

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As part of our ongoing series, San Diego Gang Stories, KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis tells us how gangs are affecting lives in all corners of the North County.

Simple Blood Test Can Determine Artery Blockage

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We'll discuss a medical breakthrough that could save you from an angiogram.

Scripps And Trius Partner To Find New Drugs

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Trius, a local drug company, have combined efforts to find new antibiotics from the ocean.

Will Prop. 23 Create Jobs?

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With the November election just five weeks away, people are bombarded with ads telling them how to vote. Figuring out what's accurate and what's not is a difficult task.

Can San Diego Save Money At Miramar?

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Trash is big business in the United States. And the City of San Diego wants to see if it can cash in on some of that trend by outsourcing the operation of the Miramar Landfill. But there's a twist: the outsourcing of the landfill is also tied to a big measure on the November ballot, Prop D, the half cent sales tax.

San Diego Unified Struggles With Budget Cuts

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The state budget crisis is impacting schools all over California. And now, dire warnings of a $140 million deficit in the San Diego Unified School District has spawned a long list of possible cuts.

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