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Stories by Peggy Pico

Terminal 1 Focus Of San Diego Airport Development Plan

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The redevelopment of Terminal 1 is expected to cost $6.5 million.

San Diego's Cuban-Americans Respond To Effort To Revive U.S.-Cuba Relations

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President Barack Obama's announcement on Wednesday sparked debate across the country. Now, local Cuban-Americans share their reactions.

What Motivates People To Give During The Holidays?

The charitable giving season is in full swing and some estimates suggest people being more generous. A San Diego professor explains the psychology behind giving.

Ending Homelessness Among San Diego Veterans Remains A Challenge

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The number of homeless veterans in the U.S. has been cut by 33 percent since 2009 but the country is far from reaching its goal of ending chronic homelessness completely.

Finding A Healthy Balance When Choosing Technology For Kids

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Technology devices such as smart phones, iPads and video games are on the must-have list for many children this year. KPBS Midday looks at what's considered a safe and healthy amount of time for children to spend on these devices.

San Diego's Rep. Vargas On The Budget Bill, Homeland Security, Salton Sea

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Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas was the only member of San Diego County's congressional delegation to vote against the government spending bill, which the House approved last week and the Senate passed over the weekend.

Toni Atkins Begins First Full Term As California Assembly Speaker

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A conversation with Atkins for her take on what's cooking at the state capital.

Rep. Scott Peters Talks Plans For Upcoming Congressional Term

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Democratic Congressman Scott Peters narrowly won re-election in November, beating Republican Carl DeMaio in a close race that included a lot of negative campaigning from both sides.

Tips On Finding The Right Pets For Your Family

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Staff from Helen Woodward Animal Center will also share tips on keeping your pets safe around the holidays.

The Best Words And Phrases Of 2014: Cloud-Chasing, Lumbersexual, Selfie-Stick

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From cloud-chasing to Ebola and to lumbersexual we take a look at the words and phrases that were hits in 2014. Grant Barrett of "A Way With Words" joins us with his list of the top words for the year.

Chula Vista, Imperial Beach Welcome New Mayors

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Mary Salas was sworn in as the first Latina mayor of Chula Vista on Tuesday as conservationist Serge Dedina is getting ready to take the mayoral oath of office in Imperial Beach.

California Professor Of The Year Is From USD

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A University of San Diego chemistry professor has been named 2014 California Professor of the Year. Mitch Malachowski is being recogonized for promoting hands-on teaching by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

What You Need To Know About San Diego County's Criminal Grand Jury

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As protests continue across the country over the grand jury verdicts in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, we take a look at how San Diego County's criminal grand jury system works.

Rolling Stone's Journalistic Missteps Cause Fallout For Victims Of Sexual Assault

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Rolling Stone has backed away from its exposé on a sexual assault at the University of Virginia. The Washington Post is re-reporting the story and has found several discrepancies. The debacle has left many questions in its wake: How should news organizations verify allegations made by sexual assault victims? And what kind of fallout will there be for victims of sexual assault who want to come forward?

San Diego Rapper Faces Life Sentence For Album

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Rapper Brandon Duncan, who goes by the name "Tiny Doo," is on trial today in connection with a string of gang-related shootings. His connection to the alleged crimes: a rap album.

California Historian Kevin Starr On Balboa Park

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The opening ceremony for the 100th anniversary celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition kicks off this weekend at Balboa Park. California Historian Kevin Starr weighs in on the continuing impact of the exposition on San Diego.

Del Mar Race Track Assesses New Fall Races

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This year, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club held a fall race season. It ended Sunday after a weekend that brought Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, California Chrome, to the race track.

Coping With The Holiday Blues

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The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time. But they could also bring on stress, anxiety and other mental illnesses. Experts offer practical solutions to keeping the holiday blues at bay.

Talking Turkey With Chef Bernard Guillas

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Are you still defrosting your turkey? Wondering if you should cook your stuffing in or outside the bird? Don't panic. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas has answers.

Is Thanksgiving The New Black Friday?

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Black Friday for many large retailers now begins on Thanksgiving Day instead of the day after. We take a look at the strategies behind the move and whether it could mean a big payday or backlash.

San Diego University Raising Money To Help Human Trafficking Survivors Get A College Education

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Point Loma Nazarene University's Center for Justice and Reconciliation is raising a first-of-its-kind $40,000 college scholarship for survivors of human trafficking. It's just one way the university is trying to abolish the sex-trade industry.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer On Water Recycling, More

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined us for his monthly update on the business of the city, looking at everything from police retention to water recycling.

Documentary Raises Questions About Mexican Cartel Leader's Arrest

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A new documentary — "¿Es El Chapo?" — opened Friday in Chula Vista and raises questions about Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's capture.

Women Speak Out Against Honor Violence

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International women rights activists are in San Diego for the 2014 Women Peacemakers Conference underway at the University of San Diego. We hear from two experts on "honor violence" being committed against women and girls worldwide and find out how the rise in extremism is linked to violence against women.

Mexicans Protest Disappearance Of 43 Students

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An estimated 22,000 people have gone missing in Mexico since 2006. But lately, anger has reached a tremendous pitch in the country as a result of the kidnapping and disappearance of 43 students.

Avoiding Holiday Cyberscams

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This time last year a major credit card breach was being uncovered at Target stores and consumers learned just how vulnerable they are to cybercriminals. We take a look at cyberscams as many begin their online holiday shopping.

San Diego Woman Recognized For Program Teaching Autistic Children How To Swim

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Drowning is among the leading causes of death for autistic children and one San Diego woman is helping teach them skills that could help save their lives. Tammy Anderson-Lee is being honored for developing a swimming program for children with autism at her swimming school.

Drought Led To Assyrian Empire's Fall — Are There Similarities Today?

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A new study led by a UC San Diego researcher links drought and overpopulation with the demise of the Assyrian empire. As California deals with its own drought, we ask whether ancient mistakes can serve as lessons today.

'Thunder In The Mountains' Explores America's Gun Culture

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In his debut memoir, 'Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture,' San Diego author Craig Collins writes about growing up with guns and invites readers rethink the gun debate.

A Look At San Diego's Fiscal Health After The Great Recession

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San Diego's economy is expected to exceed $200 billion in GDP in 2014. A new report looks at how San Diego navigated fiscal challenges in the years following the Great Recession.

San Diego Travel Writer Completes 800-Mile Walk To California's Missions

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Maggie Espinosa visited all of California's 21 missions by foot. She is one of 11 people in modern times to complete the 800-mile journey from San Diego to Sonoma County.

San Diego Group Trains Civilian Health Care Workers To Treat Service Members

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Many active-duty service members and veterans receive mental health treatment from civilian health care workers. But many of these providers lack adequate training to effectively treat people from a military background.

Addressing SDPD's Retention Problem Begins With More Pay, Officers Say

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After a city-funded statewide salary survey showed the pay of police officers in San Diego ranks near the bottom, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he is "committed" to finding a solution.

Effects Of Prop. 47 Immediately Felt In San Diego County

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Nearly 60 percent of voters passed California's Prop. 47, which dropped some crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. It went into effect immediately and is having a big impact on San Diego law enforcement.

Last Camp Pendleton Marines Return From Afghanistan

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Camp Pendleton Marines are back from Afghanistan, officially ending their part in a 13-year conflict.

Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account From The Chief Engineer

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The man who led the Mars rover "Curiosity" mission joins us to discuss the challenges of getting an unmanned robot on the surface of another planet and what we're learning from its mission.

Will San Diegans Turn Out At The Polls Tuesday? Maybe

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Midterm elections don't always get voters excited, and that may be the case in San Diego County, too. A study by the National University System Institute for Policy Research predicts a turnout of 34 percent to 38 percent.

Is There Really Such A Thing As Internet Addiction?

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Doctors in San Diego have identified what they consider the first documented case of internet addiction in the United States involving Google Glass. The user was spending up to 18 hours a day online.

The Science Behind Our Love For Water

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New York Times best-selling author Wallace J. Nichols joins KPBS to discuss his book, "Blue Mind," and how science can peg our love of water.

Older Adults Planning For A Carless Future In San Diego Consider Public Transit

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A San Diego nonprofit teaches older adults to navigate the public transportation system in San Diego.

Helping First Responders Deal With The Trauma They've Seen

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Police officers, paramedics and firefighters all are trained and ready to respond when emergencies and tragedies occur. The first responders are a community's first line of defense. But who defends them against the memories of what they've seen and dealt with?

San Diego Mayor Faulconer On Climate Action Plan, Water Restrictions

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Monday to talk about water restrictions and police pay.

San Diego Doctor Helping Patients Drop Weight, Medications

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Dr. Dave Clayton has taken his medical advice about living a healthy lifestyle out of the clinic and into the workout room.

Where Does California's Death Penalty Stand?

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The U.S. Supreme Court will consider reinstating the death penalty of a San Diego man found guilty in a triple murder in 1985. But just this summer a federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. So where does the state death penalty stand?

Carmel Valley Mixed-Use Project Heads To City Council

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Developers call their planned mixed-used development in Carmel Valley "smart growth," but some community members say it's not a good fit for the neighborhood.

Pros And Cons Of California's Prop. 47

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Former San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is co-author of Proposition 47, which would reduce some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors. But others in law enforcement have concerns about "unintended consequences" of the measure.

Peters, DeMaio Trade Barbs In Latest TV Ads

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There has been a lot of spending on advertising in the race to represent the 52nd Congressional District. We take a look at some of that advertising and the messages it's sending.

Baja California's Culinary Boom Reaches Beyond Borders

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There is a culinary boom going on in Baja California that's being experienced on both sides of the border. We take a look at the impact and how chefs will face off this week at the Tijuana Innovadora conference.

Third Edition Of 'Innovadora' Event Showcases Best Of Tijuana And Beyond

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Tijuana Innovadora, will focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and binational economies. The biennial conference features 200-plus speakers, exhibits, workshops and special events about technology, food and fashion.

King Tut Exhibit Arrives In San Diego

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The Discovery of King Tut exhibit opened this weekend at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The exhibition recreates the fascinating empire on the Nile using state-of-the art technology.

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