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Stories by Patty Lane

Full Disclosure: What California Home Sellers Must Tell Buyers

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California has many disclosure codes on the books requiring home sellers to tell potential buyers everything from whether a person died in the home to an unruly neighbor.

San Diego Gets High Marks For Preventing Premature Births

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Midday Edition takes a closer look at the March of Dimes 2015 Report Card on Premature Birth Rates and what San Diego researchers are doing to help preterm babies.

New Book Explores Forces That Shaped California's Coast

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San Diego's coastal environment is always changing and geology professor Keith Heyer Meldahl explains how in his new book, "Surf, Sand, and Stone: How Waves, Earthquakes, and other Forces Shape the Southern California Coast."

Jonas Salk's Life, Career Explored In New Biography

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As celebrations wind down marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jonas Salk, a new biography explores the many facets of the man.

New Law Helps Low-Income Families Stretch Food Dollars

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The California Nutrition Incentives Act will leverage federal grants to provide a dollar-for-dollar match to people who shop at farmers markets.

Veteran Science Educator Leads Birch Aquarium Into The Future

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The new executive director at the Birch Aquarium joins Midday Edition for a chat about his work and his plans for the future.

Solana Beach Moves Toward Banning Plastic Foam Food Containers

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A vote scheduled next week could make Solana Beach the first city in San Diego County to ban plastic foam food containers, commonly known as Styrofoam. KPBS Midday Edition looks at what's behind the effort.

Food For Thought: Healthy Planet Left Behind In U.S. Dietary Guidelines

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A scientific recommendation for the final 2105 Dietary Guidelines not only calls for a healthy diet but a healthy planet. However, the USDA says it will not adopt sustainability in its final report.

New California Laws Target Technology, Digital Privacy

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than 800 bills this year and last week, many involved privacy rights. Midday Edition will take a look at how electronic communication will be regulated in California.

Lessons Learned From Ebola Epidemic Discussed At San Diego Conference

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The 2014 Ebola outbreak will be front and center at a national infectious disease conference being held in San Diego this week.

Summit To Tackle Impact Of Food Waste In San Diego County

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Community, government and business leaders will take part in a summit this week to tackle hunger and the impact of food waste in San Diego County landfills.

Drought Leads Agenda For San Diego Binational Delegation Visit To Nation's Capitol

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A binational delegation of business and community leaders will meet with Washington, D.C. lawmakers to examine California's ongoing drought and other issues affecting San Diego County.

Climate Change In San Diego: What's Faith Got To Do With It?

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As Pope Francis' begins his first U.S. visit, Midday Edition looks at his much anticipated speech before Congress addressing climate change and how San Diego's interfaith community is responding.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins Discusses Challenging Session, Terming Out

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California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) joined Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss wrapping up the 2015 regular legislative session and her future plans as she plans to end her term in state office.

Report: Property Crime Down, Violent Crime Up In San Diego County

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Crime around San Diego County has stayed relatively stable, according to a new SANDAG report.

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.

San Diego Chargers Gear Up For Season Opener As Team Eyes Los Angeles Move

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The team and city of San Diego failed to meet their Friday deadline for a stadium agreement. "The Chargers are unwilling to go along with the city's ill-conceived strategies," Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani told the Associated Press.

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.

Historic Jewish Artifacts Donation Helps Support Diversity At SDSU

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A San Diego man donated his Torah collection to the university, which turned out to be worth nearly $500,000.

Australia Offers Lessons In Mitigating California's Drought

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Desalination has become a hot topic as California looks to mitigate the ongoing drought. Midday Edition takes a look at lessons learned from Australia's drought.

Show Them The Money! San Diego Fans Play Fantasy Football

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Many San Diegans gathered this weekend to pick their Fantasy Football teams. Midday Edition discusses the game and who is making money from it.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Grants Help San Diego County Groups Study Climate Change

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The San Diego Foundation awarded more than $300,000 in grants to six local programs to address climate issues that impact San Diego County's economy and way of life.

San Diego CityBeat Columnist Calls On White Americans To Help End Racism

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Aaryn Belfer looks at how white people can help fight racism by being "upstanders" instead of “bystanders."

How Print Journalism Is Surviving In San Diego County

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With The Daily Transcript business newspaper closing in September, the conversation continues around whether print journalism is dying a slow death in a world with on-demand news options.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Latest Efforts To Keep Chargers In San Diego

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday that the $2.1 million the city agreed to spend on an environmental analysis of a proposed NFL stadium will be money “well-spent.”

UC San Diego Researchers Uncover Key To Bacterial Communities’ Survival

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UC San Diego researchers studying bacteria colonies found bacteria have the ability to secure the survival of the entire community.

California Bill Would Ground Drones Near Firefighting Efforts

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Legislation introduced in Sacramento would allow first responders to disable or damage drones if it interferes with emergency responses.

Shooting Saddam: Encinitas Cameraman Goes Behind-the-Scenes Of Hussein Trial

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Dennis Lynch of Encinitas offers a behind-the-scenes look at the trial that led to the conviction of Saddam Hussein in his new memoir.

San Diego Pride Celebrates Transgender Community

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San Diego's Pride Parade and Festival take place this weekend and there's plenty to celebrate in the LGBT community. Midday Edition takes a look at victories and challenges still facing many in the LGBT community.

One Giant Step For Space Exploration As Pluto Gets Its Close-Up

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After 9-1/2 years traveling 4.67 billion miles from earth at a speed of over 36,000 miles per hour - the spacecraft New Horizons is presumed to have gotten a close-up of Pluto. San Diego astronomers tell us what scientists hope to learn about the farthest planetary mass in our solar system.

University Of California Providing Clear Path For Transfer Students

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University of California President Janet Napolitano announced this week a plan to help streamline the way community college students transfer to UC campuses.

'Project Smoke' Host, San Diego Chef Give Tips On Grilling Great Burgers

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Summer grilling is in full swing. Steven Raichlen of "Project Smoke" talks about smoking your favorite food, desert and even cocktails, while San Diego chef Jeff Rossman of Terra American Bistro explains how to build a better burger.

Report Sheds Light On Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents In California

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Reports of discrimination against Muslims in California nearly doubled between 2013 and 2014, according to the latest report published by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

San Diego Lawmaker Pushes For Cheerleader Protections

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said high school cheerleaders are athletes performing without health and safety standards.

A Guide Dog Not Only Led The Way — He Changed A San Diego Man's Life

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A special friendship between a San Diego man and his guide dog is shared with readers in "Confessions of a Guide Dog: The Blonde Leading the Blind."

San Diego County Plan Will Lead to Fewer Animals Euthanized

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The San Diego Welfare Coalition announced a new policy Wednesday that would lead to fewer dogs and cats being euthanized at shelters. Midday Edition reviews the policy and concerns that it may lead to overcrowding.

1985 Normal Heights Fire Prompted San Diego Education, Prevention Programs

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Midday Edition looks back at 1985 and the Normal Heights fire that destroyed 76 homes and damaged another 57. The fire prompted San Diego leaders to establish several initiative and improve water pressure in the mid-city area.

Food Fables: Investigating San Diego Restaurants Claims of Farm-to-Table Products

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A San Diego Magazine investigation uncovers how local eateries may be claiming they're using locally grown food in their farm-to-table menus, but instead they're lying about where the food comes from.

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