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Stories by Peggy Pico

Poverty Among San Diego Seniors Increases

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More than 212,000 people lived in poverty in the city of San Diego in 2014, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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.

Canonization Of Junipero Serra Stirs Controversy In San Diego

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The history of San Diego and Junipero Serra date back to the first mission he founded. On the eve of his canonization, reaction is mixed to the Spanish missionary and his legacy.

How Atkins, Block Race Affects San Diego Politics

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The race between California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and state Sen. Marty Block may have local and statewide implications.

San Diego's Catholic Bishop Discusses Pope's Visit To U.S.

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Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. this week. But what does the historic visit mean for the one million Catholics in San Diego and Imperial counties?

San Diego Nonprofit Works To Keep Laid-Off Qualcomm Employees Local

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The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation said avoiding a high-tech worker exodus will be beneficial to the local economy.

Balboa Park Centennial Lecture Series Concludes With Focus On Future

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Thursday's lecture wraps up a year-long look at the park, mostly through a variety of historical perspectives. Tonight's event is different in that if focuses on the future, and how best to preserve the park for coming generations.

Proposed Ballot Measure Would End Death Penalty In California

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A new ballot initiative is being proposed in California to end the state's death penalty. Initiative supporters have to collect more than 365,000 signatures in 180 days to get the measure on the November 2016 ballot.

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.

NAACP Leads March For Justice In San Diego

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The San Diego chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is organizing a rally and march to coincide with the final leg of an 860-mille "Journey for Justice" from Selma, Ala., to Washington, D.C.

UC San Diego Study: Spread Of Africanized Bees May Be Good For Agriculture

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A new study from UC San Diego researchers finds the majority of honey bees found in San Diego are Africanized, and the spread of bees continues northward in California.

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.

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.

Developer Explains Navy Broadway Project Changes In Downtown San Diego

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With only one more legal hurdle to tackle, the Navy's long-stalled development project headed by Doug Manchester could soon be getting underway.

SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten Discusses Common Core Test Results

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The state Department of Education Wednesday released the first standardized test scores aligned to the new Common Core standards. About 3.2 million students took the online assessments last spring.

Report: California Labor Policy Not Keeping Up With Changing Workforce

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The California Budget and Policy Center's annual report shows the number of women and minorities working in the state is higher than ever, but they lag behind their white, male counterparts in wages and benefits.

Carlsbad Chamber To Offer Classes On How To Run For Public Office

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The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Candidate Academy” next month to help people who want to run for public office in North County.

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."