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Stories by Natalie Walsh

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.

Housing The Homeless During The Winter

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There are more 4,500 homeless people living on the streets in the City of San Diego. The battle over where to put San Diego's temporary winter homeless shelter ran into refrain this week.

How Well Maintained Are SD County Gas Pipelines?

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How common are natural gas leaks? We'll hear from an SDG&E official about how important is it for people to determine where gas pipelines are located in their neighborhoods or near places of business.

Is This The End Of San Diego's Pension Fiasco?

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San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith joins us to talk about the next steps in the city pension case.

FDA Panel Rejects Diet Drug From SD Biotech

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We discuss what this setback will mean for San Diego-based Arena Pharmaceuticals.

Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic In 55 Years

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Officials just confirmed a ninth baby died of complications from whooping cough at the end of August. We'll discuss whether there are any signs that the disease is slowing down.

Liberty Station Development Scrutinized

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We'll find out why the developer Corky McMillan wants to tear down a community meeting space and how much the city has collected from the Liberty Station deal.

Tijuana Celebrates 'El Grito'

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We'll hear about the Mexican Independence Day celebration that took place this week in Tijuana.

How Widespread Is Anti-Muslim Sentiment?

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Amita Sharma speaks with Imam Taha Hassane, director of the Islamic Center of San Diego, about Muslim sentiment following a Florida pastor's intention to burn copies of the Koran.

FBI Informant Jailed After Speaking To 10News

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The jailing of an informant for talking to the media seems like a tale straight out of a Soviet-era police state. But that's exactly what FBI informant Andrea Gomez says happened to her after she spoke to JW August, managing editor, of 10news. J.W. August joins us to talk about what happened with Gomez.

Local Economy Slowly Improving

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University of San Diego economist Alan Gin joins us to discuss the latest trends in the local economy. We discuss the impact high unemployment and reduced consumer spending are having on the slow economic growth our region is experiencing.

Tijuana's Police Corruption Investigation Being Questioned

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13 Tijuana police officers, who were jailed for more than a year for allegedly working for drug cartels, have been freed. The case raises questions about the efforts in Tijuana to fight police corruption. Tijuanapress.com editor Vicente Calderon and KPBS Border reporter Amy Isackson bring us the story.

Editors Discuss Chelsea's Law, State Prisons Plan

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The editors will discuss the impact Chelsea's Law could have on California's ability to prosecute violent sex offenders and the state's overcrowded prison system. We'll also discuss a controversial budget proposal to send some state prisoners to county jails.

County Schools Face Tight Budget In New Academic Year

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Next Tuesday will be the first day of school for many students throughout San Diego County. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis join us to discuss the biggest challenges local school districts are facing this year.

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Rooting Out Corruption In Tijuana's Police Force

In its fight against violent drug cartels, Tijuana officials have been engaged in a massive effort to weed out corruption in the city's police force. But some are accusing the city's top law enforcement officials of engaging in human rights violations such as torture against police officers they suspect of being corrupt.

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SDSU President To Retire

SDSU President Stephen Weber announced that he will retire in July, 2011. Weber came to SDSU in 1996 as the university's 7th president. We'll talk about his accomplishments at the helm of the region's largest university and how the state's budget crisis is impacting public higher education.

CAL FIRE Discusses Wildfire Preparedness

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We'll hear from CAL FIRE's Captain Mike Mohler about the status of the wildfires burning around the county and what San Diego County residents can do to prepare their property for fire and themselves for evacuation.

San Diego Biotechs Impacted By Stem Cell Ruling

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We'll find out how a court ruling on federally funded stem cell research will impact the local biotech industry.

SD Somali Leader Reacts To Terrorist Attack In Somalia

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KPBS reporter Amita Sharma gets reaction to the deadly terrorist bombing in Somalia from a local Somali leader she asks what the community is doing to prevent local youth from being recruited by terrorist groups.

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Keeping Watch Over Synthetic Biology

What are the benefits and downsides of synthetic biology? We'll explore the ethical issues that arise as part of our monthly ethics segment.

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Finding The Joy In Local Food

As part of our monthly segment about food, we'll look at how you can buy, cook and enjoy more local foods.

Rep Darrell Issa Discusses Healthcare Reform, Border Security, War In Afghanistan

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We speak to Rep. Darrell Issa about the California Republican Convention that will take place in San Diego this weekend. We also talk to Issa about the national economy, homeland security, and illegal immigration.

How Will $600 Million Border Bill Impact San Diego?

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What's being done to combat illegal immigrant smuggling operations along the border? Reporter Amy Isackson sits down with CBP Commissioner to talk about the latest efforts to create more stability along the border.

Local Marines Face Long Battle In Afghanistan

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Tony Perry joins us live from the Helmand Province, Afghanistan to talk about the challenges local Marines are facing, and how U.S. combat operations are continuing to evolve.

What Are True Costs And Benefits Of Illegal Immigration?

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Who truly benefits from the work of illegal immigrants? Reporter Alison St. John brings you a story about the costs and benefits of illegal immigration.

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The Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Infants And Mothers

There are many health benefits from breastfeeding for infants and mothers. We'll talk about efforts to increase breastfeeding rates in California.

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The Latest Electronic Gadgets For Back To School

As schools start back up, we'll look at the latest high tech gadgets that students young and old will be interested in.

Calif. Budget Partisian Clashes

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We discuss what can be done to create a more functional governing body in California.

On The Record With State Assemblyman Joel Anderson

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California Assemblyman Joel Anderson joins us in studio to discuss the state budget and how legislation he's proposing would allow Californians to use IOUs for state fees.

Moth Discovery Prompts Agriculture Quarantine

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How will local farmers be affected by the light brown apple moth quarantine? We speak to a nursery owner and the county's agriculture commissioner about the risks the moth poses to local agriculture, and the challenges the quarantine will create for farmers who ship products out of the state.

National City Plans Cuts To Services

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We'll discuss proposed budget cuts in National City that may affect library hours and other public services.

Children Caught Up In Illegal Immigration Debate

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We'll hear about the national immigration debate largely focuses on adults. But there are more than five million children living in the U.S. whose parents are here illegally. We'll hear the story of one young woman living in San Diego.

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How Important Is Local News To A Community?

What's the role for local media in the 24/7 digital age? We'll look at the changing relationship between the media and public and how local news organizations will survive in the future.

Council Approves Reform Before Revenue Ballot Measure

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What are the main arguments for and against the City of San Diego's "reform before revenue" ballot measure? We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about the impact the measure could have on San Diego's long-term financial outlook.

Proposition 8 Overturned By Federal Judge

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California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage has been overturned. We speak to David Rolland about why Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8, and where the legal battle could go from here.

How Much Are Your City Officials Paid?

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Many people were shocked to learn that the small California city of Bell was paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to city officials, although it only has 40,000 residents. KPBS has investigated how much officials in San Diego County's 18 cities are paid.

New Bayfront Development Plans Unveiled

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San Diego's downtown bayfront is often called the city's front porch. And, there's a new plan to redevelop the land along the bayfront. Vice Chairman of the San Diego Port Commission Scott Peters talks about the latest plans.

Former SD Man Charged With Aiding Terrorists

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Jehad Serwan Mostafa is a 28-year-old man who grew up in San Diego, and is now being charged with helping a Somali terrorist group with ties to Al Qaeda. KPBS News Reporter Amita Sharma tells us more.

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The Ethics Of Protecting HIV Patients And The Public

As part of our monthly series on ethics in science, we'll explore the current research HIV prevention. We'll look at how that research balances protecting individual rights verses the public's health.

Proposal To Increase San Diego Sales Tax

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It's battle of the ballot measures. We discuss whether San Diego politicians will ask voters to decide on taxing themselves for both city and school expenses.

Crossing The Line: One Immigrant's Journey

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KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson tells the story of why one man risked illegal crossings to live and work in San Diego County.

CalTrans Asks For Public Input On Interstate 5 Expansion

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Hear the details on see the proposed plans to widen Interstate 5 from La Jolla to Oceanside.

Whooping Cough Blamed In Death Of SD Infant

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Find out why whooping cough is now an epidemic in California.

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Local CEOs Are Optimistic About The Economy

How are companies fairing in the recession? We'll look at an optimistic CEO survey and whether it is enough to push the economy forward.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith Discusses Latest City Developments

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San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith joins us this week to talk about privatizing trash collection, the push to build a new city hall, and the discussion around raising the city sales tax.

Will Voters Approve New City Hall Proposal?

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What kind of risk is the council taking by putting a proposal to build a new city hall on the November ballot? What are the chances local voters might approve a half-cent sales tax increase in the city? We speak to editors Ricky Young and Andrew Donohue about those issues.

Misleading Stats On OxyContin Usage

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Are county officials misleading the public about OxyContin usage among San Diego's young people? We speak to a North County Times reporter who investigated the county's claims.

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Summer Means Alfresco Dining

Summer means eating fresh food in the fresh outdoors. We'll talk about great cooking and eating with summer produce and fresh ingredients.

County Passes On Federal Jobs Grant

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There's no job in San Diego for one out of every 10 workers and millions of federal dollars are available to create many jobs. But our county didn't go after that money. We find out why not.

Solutions For SD Budget Deficit

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Last January Mayor Jerry Sanders gave himself 18 months to come up with a solution for the city’s structural deficit. He has 11 months to go, we discuss what progress has been made and whether he'll be able to fulfill his pledge.