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Stories by Peggy Pico

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 joined 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.

Plans Released For Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration

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The celebration aims to elevate, celebrate and promote the park through several improvements, special events and a long-term plan to make Balboa Park a premier cultural destination.

Resources And Information For Family Caregivers

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Americans are living longer but diseases and infirmities can lead to some tough decisions for older people and their adult children.

Mid-City 'Rapid 215' Bus To Start Running Oct. 12

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After years of planning and construction, a new rapid transit bus service is about to get up and running from downtown San Diego to San Diego State University along the Mid-City corridor.

'Tactical Urbanism' Gaining Momentum In San Diego

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After years of feet-dragging, the city of San Diego is beginning to embrace the idea of urban development on a much smaller scale.

Escondido Voters To Elect Mayor On Nov. 4

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Voters in Escondido have a lot of decisions to make in the November election — including who will lead their city. And the top two mayoral candidates, incumbent Sam Abed and Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz, have very different points of views on a number of issues.

Domestic Violence Behind 20% of San Diego County Homicides in 2013

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One in five homicides in San Diego County in 2013 were the result of domestic violence. KPBS Midday Edition takes a look at the study and what resources are available for victims in San Diego County.

Balancing Housing Density And Community Character In San Diego

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Terms like "smart growth" and "housing density" can be hot buttons for residents who don't want added homes and increased transit. But with San Diego's population increasing - how do you balance housing growth and retain community character?

Manufacturing Contributes Nearly 9% To San Diego Economy

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What do drones, 3-D printers, beer and guitars have in common? They all make up part of San Diego's manufacturing sector — an industry that plays a big role in the region’s economy, a new National University study shows.

San Diego County Retirement Board To Decide Chief Investment Officer's Fate

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KPBS Midday Edition looks at another huge pension fund that's underfunded and is taking risks to try to make up for it.

Tony Young Heads New Nonprofit Rise San Diego

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Former San Diego Council President Tony Young and former council candidate Dwayne Crenshaw are joining forces and starting Rise San Diego, a new nonprofit aimed at driving civic engagement and fostering leadership San Diego's urban neighborhoods.

What Impact Will California Plastic Bag Ban Have On Businesses, Consumers?

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California became the first state to impose the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags this week. We take a look at what impact the law might have on consumers, retailers.

Has San Diego Recovered From Lehman Brothers Collapse?

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On Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy marking the beginning of public awareness the U.S. financial structure was at serious risk. Six years later, KPBS Midday Edition asks has San Diego County recovered from the financial fallout?

Prostate Cancer: What You Need To Know

Recently, San Diego Bishop Cirilo Flores died of prostate cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we take a look at testing, diagnosis and treatment options available.

Temple Grandin Speaks About Inclusiveness In Education

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Celebrated autism advocate Temple Grandin is in San Diego to talk about inclusiveness in education.

Prop H: Escondido Golf Course Dispute To Be Decided By Voters

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Escondido voters will decide the fate of the Escondido Country Club property when they head to the polls in November.

One Man's Quest For Good Bread Turns Into An Adventure In Baking Around The World

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A journalist turned award-winning baker and author is sharing his secrets about making the perfect loaf of bread in a new memoir, "In Search of the Perfect Loaf — A Home Baker's Odyssey."

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

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A settlement deal on the costs of the San Onofre shutdown, approved by the utilities and three consumer advocate groups - must now be changed. What's the cost to consumers?

School Kids And Vaccines: New Numbers Show More California Students Are Not Getting Their Shots

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The number of parents delaying or declining to vaccinate their school-age children is climbing in California. We'll speak to San Diego doctors and hear about a new NOVA documentary about vaccines.

San Diego Hosts Ideas@50+ AARP Convention

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At this week's conference of the AARP, staying brain smart is one topic many in the over 50-crowd are interested in.

Deportations Affecting Homelessness In San Diego, Tijuana

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A forum Wednesday night at the University of San Diego will highlight the issue of homelessness on both sides of the San Diego, Tijuana border.

How The Affordable Care Act Is Changing San Diego Community Health Clinics

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Now that the Affordable Care Act has opened up healthcare for more people, how are community clinics managing an influx of patients while maintaining quality care?