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Stories by Peggy Pico

Now Hiring: San Diego Unified Aims To Fill Teacher Vacancies

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Amid a nationwide teacher shortage, San Diego Unified held a three-day job fair this week to fill 40 teaching positions.

San Diego, Tijuana Experts Tackle Homelessness On The Border

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A public forum in San Diego explores how the issues of homelessness on both sides of the border are related, and what can be done to bring the numbers down.

San Diego Experts Talk Health Benefits Of Eating More Seafood

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What are the health benefits of eating seafood? And what difference does it make what kind of seafood you eat?

What It Takes For Non-Traditional College Students To Succeed In San Diego

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Roughly 50 percent of San Diego community college students are 25 or older. What does it take for those so-called "non-traditional students" to succeed in college?

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.

What San Diego Is Doing To Keep Pollution Out Of The Pacific Ocean

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According to San Diego Coastkeeper, 80 percent of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean comes from inland sources through storm drains.

How Do Bad Days On The Stock Market Affect People's Retirement Savings?

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The U.S. stock market has been rising and falling at an alarming rate. Midday Edition looks into what this means for retirement plans.

UC San Diego, Scripps Institution Lead Way On Adapting To Warming Planet

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A new research nexus in La Jolla aims to anticipate the problems and offer solutions to the inevitable effects of climate change.

UC San Diego Researchers Study Prevalence Of Minors In Tijuana's Sex Trade

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A new study finds that 25 percent of female sex workers in northern Mexico entered the sex trade as minors.

Study Prompts San Diego Doctors, Patients To Question Breast Cancer Treatment Strategy

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A new study finds that survival rates for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) did not improve with invasive treatment, adding fuel to the argument that some cancers are treated too aggressively.

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.

San Diego Travel Experts Share Last-Minute Summer Travel Tips

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Summer is almost over, but there is still time to plan for a staycation in San Diego or a weekend getaway.

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.

Proposed North County Development Raises Environmental Questions

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The debate over a plan to build a new outdoor mall near a North County lagoon continues as Carlsbad city leaders prepare to vote on it next Tuesday.

San Diego City Council Declares Affordable Housing Emergency For 12th Year In A Row

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San Diego is tens of thousands of units short of the goal for affordable homes for sale, and the rental market is also soaring out of reach for low-income San Diegans.

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 Unified Urges Parents To Vaccinate Kids

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California's controversial vaccine law doesn't go into effect until the next school year, but San Diego Unified school officials are already getting the word out about the upcoming changes.

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.

Is California Ready To Legalize Marijuana?

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Four states and the district of Columbia have legalized marijuana, and California could be next. A recent report by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy provides a road map for regulating pot.

Documentary About Vatican Investigation Of Feminist Nuns Screens In San Diego

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An account of the Catholic Church crackdown on the American nuns is the subject of "Radical Grace," a new documentary screening in San Diego on Wednesday night.

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.

Lessons Learned From Training Iraqi Troops To Fight ISIS

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It's been a year since President Obama sent U.S. advisers to Iraq to help that nation's soldiers fight back against the so-called Islamic State. Among those still deployed as trainers are Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.

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 County Sends Firefighters North

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Firefighters from San Diego County have been redeployed around the state to help contain about 20 wildfires.

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.

The Case For Letting The San Diego Chargers Go

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The city and county of San Diego have recently authorized a combined $2.5 million to be spent on the effort to keep the Chargers. What if they just let them go?

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.

USC Report: Inequality Could Stifle Economic Progress In San Diego County

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A University of Southern California report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego," found income inequality is more than a social justice issue.

Toni Atkins Discusses Chargers Stadium, Special Legislative Sessions

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Atkins holds one of the most high-profile legislative offices in the state and she's getting involved in the negotiations to keep the Chargers in San Diego.

San Diego Eagle Scouts Praise Boy Scouts Lifting Ban On Gay Leaders

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The Boy Scouts of America made a big change in policy last week. After years of defending its policy against gay troop leaders, the Boy Scouts' national executive board voted to end the ban on gay adult leaders.

New Seuss Book Out Of The Bone Pile And Onto Bookshelves

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The manuscript for "What Pet Should I Get?" by Theodor Geisel was discovered in 2013 in a box of notes and sketches, which he referred to as the "bone pile."

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.

San Diego To Document LGBTQ History

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The city of San Diego will document the people, places and events that gave strength to the "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer" community during times of discrimination.

Medicare And Medicaid Turn 50

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On July 30,1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that created Medicare and Medicaid. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries who live in San Diego County.

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.

What Americans With Disabilities Act Has, And Has Not, Accomplished In 25 Years

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Former President George H.W.Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990, banning discrimination based on disability. How well has it worked? And what still needs to be done?

What San Diego Scientists Are Discovering About Dolphins And Diabetes

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Dolphins may hold the key to understanding how to prevent diabetes in humans, according to a study published this week in the journal PLOS One.

Does San Diego County Owe You Money?

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San Diego County is looking to return property tax over-payments and other funds to rightful owners.

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.

A San Diego Perspective On Reforming Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences

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Last week, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He was there to make his case that the United States is putting too many non-violent offenders in prison for far too long.

The California Lawn Suffers Another Blow

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Newly constructed homes will only be allowed to have 25 percent of landscaping dedicated to turf under new rules adopted by the California Water Commission.

How San Diego's Zero Waste Plan Is Different From Standard Paper And Plastic Recycling

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The City Council has approved a goal of reaching zero waste by the year 2040. To meet the goal it will take a new way of thinking about how to dispose the things we want to throw away.

Are Summer Interns In The U.S. Compensated Fairly?

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According to a 2014 survey of graduating college seniors in the nation, 61 percent said they had held some kind of internship during their college careers. But not all internships are created equal.

It’s Gonna Blow! San Diego Film Explores Underground Music Scene

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Bill Perrine turns his lens on the burgeoning music scene in San Diego during the 80s and 90s, that seemed on the verge of exploding, but never quite became the next Seattle.

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.

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