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Stories by Patty Lane

Research Finds Postpartum Depression Symptoms May Begin Before Giving Birth

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Postpartum depression can range from being depressed or sad to suicidal thoughts — but researchers now say it may begin earlier than after giving birth.

'Fluent In 3 Months' Author Believes You're Never Too Old To Learn

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Even if you have struggled learning a new language, Benny Lewis says you can be "Fluent In 3 Months."

From Linkage Fee To Mt. Soledad, San Diego Mayor Provides Update

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Midday Edition for his monthly update on the business of the city and it's been a busy four weeks since his last visit.

Book Signing To Biotech — Hillary Clinton Visits San Diego

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a swing through San Diego to sign copies of her new book and speak at the BIO convention. We'll play an excerpt of her discussing topics including the national debt and the job that prepared her for Washington.

BIO Convention Puts Spotlight On San Diego Stem Cell Research

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Stem-cell research in San Diego is featured at the BIO International Convention. Take a look at a local company conducting the research, and its ethical dilemmas.

Weekend Festival Celebrates American Roots In Bluegrass

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Banjo, fiddle and guitar jamming is set to get underway this weekend at the Huck Finn Bluegrass Music Festival in Ontario, California. We have a preview from the band Lonesome Otis.

San Diego Aging Summit Provides Resources, Support For Caregivers

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As baby boomers reach their '"golden years" families are finding themselves caregivers. A summit this week in San Diego focuses on personal safety for our seniors, elder abuse and challenges for local families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Business Owners Weigh In On Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage

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As a San Diego City Council committee gets ready to discuss raising San Diego's minimum wage to $13.09 an hour, we hear from San Diego's small-business community.

San Diego Author Of 'Once Upon A Mulberry Field'

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Some forty years ago Saigon fell to communist North Vietnam. A local author who lived in Vietnam during the war explores his experience in his first novel, Once Upon A Mulberry Field.

Can San Diego Meet New EPA Carbon Emissions Standards?

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The Environmental Protection Agency released major new rules to reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants on Monday. How will California — and San Diego — measure up?

San Diego Homeless Program 'Project 25' Is Running Out Of Money

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A pilot housing program that supports San Diego's most at-risk homeless population — those who are frequent users of emergency services — is running out of money.

San Diego Musician AJ Croce Performs Songs From New Album

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Singer and songwriter A.J. Croce, who calls San Diego home, visits KPBS to discuss his latest album "Twelve Tales." Croce worked with six legendary producers on that album that took a year to complete.

From Wildfires To Budget, An Update From San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins us for his monthly update on the business of the city.

Prop. A Proposes Changes To San Diego City Charter

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Changes to San Diego's city charter go before the public for a vote next week. We take a look at Prop A and what other charter changes may be needed.

Props. B & C: Barrio Logan Plan Goes Before Voters

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San Diego voters will be deciding on whether the Barrio Logan plan, approved by the San Diego City Council, will stay or go on June 3. We take a look at both sides of the issue.

Study Shows Impact Of Diabetes On San Diego Health Care Costs

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Skyrocketing costs associated with rising rates of diabetes are being felt by San Diego hospitals. A new study finds diabetes is not only affecting patients, but also the health care system.

Tracking Santa Ana Winds During San Diego's Wildfires

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As San Diego recovers from last week's Santa Ana wind-driven fires we take a look at a weather network run by SDG&E providing cutting-edge data during crucial wildfires.

How To Deal With San Diego's Stressful Fire Outbreak

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How are San Diegans dealing with multiple fires and the anxiety, stress and fear that goes along with evacuations, power outages and watching homes burn? We get an update on the fire and talk to a mental health expert.

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Extreme Fire Danger Hits San Diego County — Is Your Home Fire-Safe?

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Firefighters and emergency officials are bracing for extreme fire danger across tinder-dry San Diego County this week as another round of Santa Ana winds blows into the region, along with single-digit humidity and triple-digit heat.

Speaking Out: How One San Diego College Addresses Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is not something people like to talk about, especially if it takes place at a college campus. We hear about programs and outreach offered at San Diego's Mesa College and how it's keeping students safe.

Reducing Skin Cancers In Sunny San Diego

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San Diegans are ramping up for summer, but there are some precautions you need to take when soaking up the sunshine.

What Would A 'Frictionless Border' Between San Diego And Tijuana Look Like?

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The report's authors believe that such a change in diplomatic and economic strategy would enable the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing to greatly accelerate binational economic growth and prosperity.

Is The Initiative Process Jamming The System In San Diego?

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The initiative process is democracy in action, but is it jamming up San Diego and its courts?

Ask The Mayor: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Answers Your Questions

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins us for an update on the business of the city — and he's taking your calls! Call in at noon on 1-888-895-5727 or tweet us @KPBSMidday. We'll discuss what's been going on the last month from the mayor's proposed budget to infrastructure bonds.

Teen Pregnancy Rates Down In San Diego County — But More Can Be Done

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Pregnancy rates are down around the county — and nation — but health officials warn there are still 1,700 births by teens every week. We take a look at what's being done to educate teens in an effort to prevent teen pregnancy.

Heartbleed Bug: Is Your Financial Info Vulnerable?

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Some are saying it's the biggest security threat the internet has ever seen: the Heartbleed bug. Is your personal financial data vulnerable? We get some insight from SDSU information security expert Professor Murray Jennex.

Pinpointing A Crash Site: San Diego Analyst Shares Lessons From Air France Search

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A San Diego analyst helped locate Air France 447 two years after it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. She talks about the challenges investigators face pinpointing the exact location of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

Meet Ed Harris, San Diego's Newest Councilman

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Infrastructure and the minimum wage increase are just two issues facing San Diego's City Council. This week Ed Harris, retired Marine and career lifeguard, was appointed to fill Mayor Kevin Faulconer's term in District 2. He joined us to discuss what his first week was like on the council and where he stands on the issues.

Birch Aquarium Event Brings Together Music And Sea Life

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Nigella Hillgarth, executive director of the Birch Aquarium, came on Midday Edition to talk about this weekend's music program, but she also discussed her pending departure to head the New England Aquarium in Boston.

California Rebate Meant To Encourage Energy Conservation

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Check your utility bill - SDG&E is rebating $36 to its customers as part of a program to fight climate change.

San Diego Business Helping Rwandans Thrive 20 Years After Genocide

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Twenty years ago this month, a brutal massacre took place in Rwanda where political rivalry between Hutus and Tusis tribes led to the genocide and 1 million deaths. A San Diego company is one of many working in the region helping Rwandans thrive and heal.

San Diego Mother-Daughter Adventures Highlighted In 'We'll Always Have Paris'

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A San Diego author has given her daughter memories that will last a lifetime. When Jennifer Coburn's daughter Katie was just 8 years old the pair dropped everything, hopped on a plane and headed off to Paris for a mother-daughter vacation.

How Might A Union For College Athletes Change Collegiate Sports?

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SDSU management professor Gangaram Singh discusses the implications across college sports of the recent decision allowing Northwestern University football players to unionize.

San Diego Study Looks At Impact Of War On Children

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The study found that if the challenges faced by the children of wounded warriors are not addressed, they could have long-term consequences.

San Onofre - Decommissioning A Nuclear Power Plant

With San Onofre nuclear power plant shutdown for good -- the attention has turned to decommissioning the plant. But many questions remain about the process, the cost and the security of the radioactive waste onsite. Last night the first public meeting was held to address concerns. The Community Engagement Panel was created by Southern California Edison to advise the public on decommissioning.

Drought Continues As San Diego Looks At Reusable Water

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San Diego Public Utilities officials will present a plan called "Pure Water San Diego" to a city council committee Wednesday. It calls for turning wastewater into reusable potable water by 2035. We explain the plan and its challenges.

San Diego Mayor: SDPD Allegations; Balboa Park Centennial; Mexico

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins us for the first of his scheduled monthly updates on KPBS. He'll discuss issues surrounding allegations of police misconduct within the San Diego Police Department and today's appointment by the U.S. Justice Department of an officer who will conduct an independent assessment of SDPD in an effort to restore public trust. Other issues include Balboa Park's Centennial and ongoing relations between San Diego and Mexico.

Documentary Examines Suspicious 1970 Death Of LA Times Journalist Ruben Salazar

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Premiering at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, the documentary presents information from newly released documents in an effort to shed light on whether the Los Angeles Times reporter's death was an accident or murder.

Program Assists San Diego Veterans Entering Civilian Workforce

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From the battlefield to the job site — an Easter Seals program is helping San Diego's new veterans make the transition from military life to a job in the civilian world.

Divorcing In San Diego — At What Cost?

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The end of a marriage is usually sad, painful and often traumatic. But does a divorce have to be? A new documentary describes divorce in America as big business, where determining what's right for the former couple and their children often gets lost in a sea of attorney's fees and endless court arguments. We look at where the money is going, reform and what options are available for families in San Diego County.

Survey Of San Diego County Stores Shows Food Placement Matters

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A new survey looking at the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol, healthy and unhealthy food products in San Diego County finds some troubling trends.

20 Years Later: NAFTA's Impact on San Diego-Mexico Trade

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It's been 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement was put into place. We take a look at what it's done, what it hasn't and its future goals as talk of a Trans-Pacific Free Trade agreement picks up steam.

The Cost Of Attracting Companies To San Diego

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What does it take to attract and retain a business to our region? We take a look.

Ukraine Crisis Concerns San Diego Community

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As Russian troops demand the surrender of Ukraine's Crimea, San Diego's Ukrainian community is watching and waiting. We take a look at how this crisis is unfolding and what it means to local residents.

What's Next For San Diego Police Department After Lansdowne's Abrupt Retirement?

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San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday amid allegations of sexual misconduct in his department. We take a look at his retirement and what's next for the department.

Law Enforcement, Social Media And The Courts: San Diego Judge, Attorney Weigh In

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The personal and business use of social media is growing, but law enforcement agents are also using it to their advantage.

Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria Updates On Infrastructure To Police Audit

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As San Diego's new mayor, Kevin Faulconer, takes the oath of office next week, Todd Gloria joins us as interim mayor for the last time.

Gathering Of Great Minds: Creating San Diego's Salk Institute

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Dr. Jonas Salk is known for developing the vaccine that wiped out polio, but his contributions went far beyond that discovery. Salk had another great scientific mission: to create a research institute bringing together the best scientists in their field to unlock the mysteries of human biology.

SDSU Alum Behind "Sh*t My Dad Says" Talks New Sitcom On Campus

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Justin Halpern took the outrageous, profanity-laced observations from his dad about life, love and oddball self-esteem into gold.

San Diego Treatment Center To Assist Iraq/Afghan Veterans

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A first-of-its-kind residential rehabilitation center opened this week in San Diego. The focus is to treat newly returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are struggling with the invisible battle scars such as PTSD. Join us for a look at the Aspire Center.