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Stories by Peggy Pico

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.

What El Chapo's Escape Means For Mexico

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He could be hiding out in Mexico City, he could be heading for a safe compound in Sinaloa. The only thing that is certain right now is that Mexican authorities don't know where Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is.

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.

San Diego Exports Hit Record High

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San Diego exports grew by nearly 4 percent last year.

Study Finds Shark Attacks Off California Down Sharply

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While multiple shark attacks in North Carolina may have people worried about heading to the beach for a dip in the ocean, a new study shows shark attacks off the California coast have been down sharply since 1950.

Survey: DACA Improving Lives Of Young Immigrants In U.S.

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A nationwide survey by UC San Diego professor Tom Wong shows recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are getting better jobs, earning higher wages and pursuing higher education.

How To Enjoy San Diego's Comic-Con Without A Badge

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So you don't have paid admission to Comic-Con International? No problem. There's still a lot of fun to be had during this week's pop culture extravaganza.

Confederate Flag Sparks Discussion About Controversial Symbols In San Diego

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The debate over whether to remove the Confederate flag from civic spaces is reverberating across the country.

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.

SDSU Researchers Find Support For Working Moms Reaches All-Time High

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Researchers at San Diego State University found that 12th graders and adults are more supportive of working mothers today than their 1970s counterparts.

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.

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San Diego Transgender Teen Shares Struggle With Gender Identity

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As part of a series of interviews on KPBS Midday Edition about gender identity issues, 14-year old Sam Moehlig of Rancho Bernardo talks about what it's like to grow up transgender in San Diego.

Supreme Court Upholds Independent Redistricting Commissions

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In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Arizona commission that forms the state's electoral districts. The ruling validates efforts in California and other states that use these groups to prevent gerrymandering.

School Is Out But Hunger Lingers For Some San Diego Kids

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For students who rely on school lunch meals, having enough to eat during summer break can be challenging.

San Diego County Joins Binational Effort To Prevent, Control Tuberculosis

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A collaborative effort between San Diego County, Imperial County and the state of Baja California will focus on identifying, treating and preventing the spread of tuberculosis on both sides of the border.

Ideas to Keep San Diego Students Off The 'Summer Slide'

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School might be out for summer but learning doesn't have to take a break. Educators share ideas on mind-stimulating activities that will keep kids sharp for fall on Midday Edition.

California's New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect July 1

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About 6.5 million workers in California are expected to benefit from a new paid sick leave law authored by a San Diego lawmaker.

San Diego County Author Examines Drug War Consequences

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"The Cartel" is a sequel to Don Winslow's bestseller, "The Power of the Dog." Both books are crime thrillers, but in terms of research and scope, they qualify as a quasi-history of the drug war.

Eliminating Traffic Deaths: San Diego Vision Zero Goal For 2025

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San Diego officials signal their support for a program called Vision Zero, which aims to reduce traffic-related injuries and death through better planning, design and education.

San Diego Faith Leaders Plan Multiracial Forum After Charleston Church Shooting

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Faith leaders in San Diego are planning a multiracial forum for local clergy members to discuss America's racial divide after nine people were killed inside a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week.

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Clinic Helps San Diego Transgender Youth

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Rady Children's Gender Management Clinic opened in 2012. Since then, doctors have seen 80 children with gender identity issues.

How A San Diego Professor Influenced The Pope On Climate Change

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UC San Diego professor Ram Ramanathan advised Pope Francis on climate change.

'We're Out Of Time' — So Says Chargers Stadium Spokesman

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There is nothing left that the city of San Diego can do to solve the stadium issue before the NFL owners vote on whether to allow the Chargers to move to Los Angeles, team spokesman Mark Fabiani told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday.

ASK Campaign Promotes Gun Safety For San Diego Parents

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"Asking Saves Kids" is an offshoot of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. On Sunday, the group would like San Diego parents to have a specific conversation with their kids' friends.

Personal Challenge To Hike Salton Sea Turns Into Environmental Mission

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Triple digit weather didn’t stop a Rancho Cucamonga man on his environmental mission, becoming the first person to complete the 116-mile trek around the Salton Sea.

Point Loma Event Aims To Help Veterans With PTSD

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Coronado residents Howard and Jean Somers lost their veteran son to suicide. They've since started an organization to help veterans with PTSD.

San Diego County Restaurant Workers Report Wage Theft

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A new study finds that some of the 125,700 restaurant workers in San Diego County are getting short-changed on their earnings.

What It Takes To Solve Cold Case Homicides In San Diego County

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Since 2003, the San Diego's District Attorney's office has prosecuted 35 cold cases. Right now, five cold cases are in the judicial system and more than 20 are being reviewed for prosecution.

El Niño Watch 2015: Rain-Starved San Diego Hoping For A Strong One

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A strong El Niño would be good news for the region's farmers. But San Diego fishermen are also rejoicing over warmer summer waters this year.

New Analysis Sheds Light On Suicide Rate Among Female Veterans

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs analyzed a decade of suicide data and found female veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women.

What Will San Onofre's New Emergency Plan Look Like?

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Residents living near the now shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant have security questions after a new emergency plan was approved by federal regulators.

Save the Guacamole: New Planting Method Offers Hope To San Diego Avocado Industry

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An Escondido avocado farm is testing a growing technique that may help the fruit thrive with less water in the middle of California’s drought.

San Diego Coastkeeper Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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The environmental group turns 20 this year. We have a look at what sort of impact it's had on San Diego's waterways.

UC San Diego Study Offers Insight Into Bee Colony Collapse

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For a decade now, we've been hearing about the phenomenon of bee colony collapse and significant bee die-offs. Now a new study may shed light on one piece of that puzzle.

San Diego Community Groups Launch Petition To Stop Route 94 Expansion

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The project would add one express lane in each direction from Interstate 5 to Interstate 805 in San Diego. It is currently in the environmental review process.

San Diego Unified's Financial Outlook To Improve

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San Diego Unified's deficit would cut by nearly half under Gov. Jerry Brown's updated budget proposal.

Scripps Nurses Reflect On Nepal Quake Recovery Efforts

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The Scripps Health medical response team treated more than two thousand people in Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April.

What Court Ruling On Obama's Immigration Action Means In San Diego

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Hopes that new immigration actions announced by President Obama would take effect this month were ended by a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

Supreme Court ‘One Person, One Vote’ Test Could Impact San Diego County

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging how voting districts are drawn in Texas but the ruling could have far-reaching effects. At issue is whether to use total population or the number of eligible voters when drawing district lines.

What's Next For One Paseo Project After Compromise Reached

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As developers head back to the drawing board, a Kilroy Realty spokeswoman and a community group discuss what is next for Carmel Valley after a compromise was reached for the multi-use project.

California Bill Would Prohibit Defendants From Questioning Victims

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A San Diego lawmaker’s bill to ban defendants who represent themselves from cross-examining victims in certain cases is raising constitutional questions.

Lawyers Teach San Diego Students What To Do If Stopped By Police

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The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, a San Diego County African-American bar association, has started a series of presentations on how to handle police-youth interactions.

How To Avoid Being A Starving Artist In San Diego

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Artists and accounting experts in San Diego are helping creative minds survive as artists.

'American Sniper' Widow Comes To San Diego To Discuss Life, Loss

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Taya Kyle, widow Chris Kyle, is in San Diego to discuss her memoir, "American Wife: Love, War, Faith and Renewal." She talks about her life without Chris and resources for other San Diego military families dealing with grief.

Hope After Violence: San Diego Author Demands Support For Children Exposed To Trauma

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Researchers are learning these simple things such as listening, giving praise or sharing a secret, may be effective tools in rescuing kids from the effects of an abusive childhood.

Black Student Organizations Question San Diego Police Policies

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San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said reforms on policing have been made since a Department of Justice review. But students want racial profiling to end.

Bike To Work Day: Promoting Cycling As Viable San Diego Transportation Option

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Government leaders have included biking in its climate action plans for San Diego city and the larger region.

Preparing For San Diego Fire Season: Lessons Learned From May Wildfires

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Over a five-day period In May 2014, unusual Santa Ana winds fueled flames to 14 wildfires around San Diego County. Experts revisit what happened and talk about lessons learned.