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Stories by Peggy Pico

Two Years After San Onofre Shutdown Questions Remain

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A leak led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear power plant, but many questions remain. Who will pay for the enormous costs of the shutdown? And what does the trouble at San Onofre say about the safety of nuclear power?

Leading San Diego Housing Advocate Joins Gov. Brown's Administration

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Susan Riggs will step down in March as executive director of San Diego's Housing Federation for a post as deputy secretary for California's housing agency.

San Diego Profits From Super Bowl

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While the Super Bowl is a win-win for the host-city economically, many San Diego businesses are seeing financial gains from the game. KPBS Midday takes a look.

Environmental Group Challenges San Diego County Water Authority's Master Plan Update

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The San Diego County Water Authority went through a months-long process to update its master plan for supplying water to the county through 2035, but a group says the master plan's environmental impact study is flawed.

President Obama Renews Push For Immigration Reform

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In his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama urged Congress to get immigration reform done this year. But while the debate seems to be gaining momentum in the House, some remain skeptical.

What Can City Heights Residents Do In Response To Albertsons Store Closure?

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The largest supermarket in the community of City Heights is shutting its doors next month. The loss of Albertsons might increase the neighborhood's reputation as a "food desert."

Beer 101 Is Serious Business In San Diego

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Getting a professional certificate in beer from a major university might have been an undergraduate joke a few years ago. But with the craft beer business booming in San Diego, educators are starting to take the beer industry seriously.

San Diego interim Mayor Todd Gloria's City Hall Update

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Todd Gloria joins us for his last update on city business as San Diego interim mayor.

San Diego Unemployment Rate At Lowest Level Since 2008

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The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 6.4 percent last month, the lowest level since September 2008, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

Obese While Pregnant — San Diego Programs Promote Healthy Birth

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More than one-third of women in the U.S. are obese and more than half of pregnant women are overweight or obese which puts them at an increased risk for pregnancy complications.

San Diego Gardening During Drought Conditions

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A winter without rain is becoming a challenge for San Diego gardeners. Nan Sterman of KPBS-TV's "A Growing Passion" has some advice to use less water but keep your plants growing.

San Diego Historian Chronicles Balboa Park 1915 Exposition In New Book

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San Diego has a big anniversary to celebrate next year. It's the 100th anniversary of the event that many say put the city on the map.

Wildfire Preparedness In San Diego After The Driest Year On Record

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San Diego's very dry weather has already produced a rash of unusual winter wildfires across the state. Cal Fire talks about the increased fire danger.

ID Theft Concern For Consumers As Security Breach Expands Beyond Target

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With news that six more retailers across the U.S. have been infected by the same malicious software that stole data from Target — consumers become more worried about identity theft.

New Report Finds 10 Percent Of San Diegans Live In Poverty

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A new SANDAG report finds one in 10 San Diegans live in poverty, as do 9 percent of families in the county.

More San Diego Businesses Accepting Bitcoin

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You can now pay for lunch using Bitcoin in downtown San Diego. But with its volatile exchange rate and reputation, will Bitcoin go mainstream?

A Life Of Pain And Hope — Former San Diego Foster Care Children Speak Out

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Giving foster care children something to hold onto — that's what a local group says their CASA program offers children. These CASA's or court-appointed special advocates, are volunteers who represent the interests of children in foster care. Now, some of those grown-up children are speaking out about how their CASA made a positive impact on their lives.

What Will Define San Diego In 2014?

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San Diego was defined largely by the mayor sexual harassment scandal in 2013; what issues do you think will define San Diego in 2014?

Imperial Beach Hopes New Hotel Draws Tourists, Spurs Redevelopment

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After 10 years of planning and an economic downturn, a new beachfront resort opens its doors next week in Imperial Beach and city leaders are pinning a lot of hope on the success of the hotel.

The Connection Between Dry Weather In San Diego And The Polar Vortex

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Extreme weather is freezing the midwest and leaving San Diego high and dry. Is there a connection between the weather patterns that are bringing extreme cold to the nation's midsection and causing dry, mild weather here?

San Diego Filmmakers Document Our Ties To The Ocean

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A documentary produced by San Diego filmmakers looks at what the ocean means to people from all walks of life. "What The Sea Gives Me" is comprised of candid interviews of some of the ocean's ambassadors who thrive under the most extreme water conditions.

New Study Provides Motivation To Get Healthy And Fit In 2014

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Losing weight, toning up and getting healthy frequently top New Year's resolution lists. A recent study seems to give us some extra reasons to shed pounds a 2014 goal.

Year In Review 2013: Top San Diego education stories

It was a big year for education in San Diego and across the country in 2013. KPBS Evening Edition host Peggy Pico highlights some of the biggest changes going into effect this year.

Task Force Recommends New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines

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The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force said lung cancer screening for many chain-smokers and former smokers should be done with a CT scan instead of an X-ray.

Year In Review 2013: Top science stories in San Diego

San Diego scientists had a bumpy ride in 2013. KPBS Evening Edition host Peggy Pico reviews the impact on the local bio-tech and science industries with KPBS science and technology reporter David Wagner and learns what can be expected in the new year.

2014 Rings In New Laws For California

The first of the year is a handy date for putting new laws into effect. So on Jan. 1, expect changes in a range of areas from voice-activated texting while driving to gun sales to financial literacy for school children.

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Family In San Diego?

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A new cost-calculating tool provides detailed estimates of family budgets in each of California's 58 counties.

San Diego Lawmaker Wants State Community Colleges To Award 4-Year Degrees

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California's community college system is considering a proposal to offer four-year degrees. And one San Diego lawmaker is getting ready to introduce legislation that would make it happen.

2014 Forecast For San Diego's Housing Market

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Good news and bad news seemed to go hand in hand for San Diego's housing market this year. We'll hear what may be in store for local real estate in 2014.

Judge Hears Case Involving San Diego County Water Authority

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It's been a long time coming, but San Diego's claims that it has been overcharged for water transport fees are being heard this week in a San Francisco courtroom.

Help For San Diegans Dealing With Holiday Stress

While the holidays can be a joyous time for many, it can also be stressful, especially if you have overcommitted yourself with tasks or perhaps are dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Mount Soledad Cross Dispute Far From Over

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Last week a federal judge, following an appeals court ruling, ordered the cross removed from the Mount Soledad war memorial. But the order was stayed and more appeals are expected. We'll trace the history of this complicated San Diego legal case.

Escondido Golf Course Fate To Be Decided By Property Rights Case

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A battle over property rights in Escondido is headed to court. The case involves the defunct Escondido Country Club golf course and the city of Escondido. The golf course owner wants to develop the property; the city has designated it open space.

Tentative Budget Deal Could Give San Diego Economic Boost In 2014

The tentative budget deal in Washington is boosting San Diego's economic outlook. One 2014 economic forecast for San Diego predicts slow and steady growth next year. But how will economic recovery impact income-inequality?

How Does Someone Get Identified As A Gang Member In San Diego?

A recent report on street gangs finds there are more than 7,500 documented gang members in San Diego County, and their names go into a statewide database that some civil rights activists say may be flawed.

Holiday Safety Tips: Avoiding Hazards And Illness

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With children and older adults visiting, a loose carpet or small item that can be swallowed can mean a trip to the emergency room. We have some tips from an ER physician and San Diego's fire marshal.

Report: California Skimping On Spending For Tobacco Prevention

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In California, only 14 percent of the recommended $441.9 million of tobacco settlement dollars is being spent on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, report by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids finds.

San Diego Discussion On Military Use Of Drones And Unintended Casualties

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On Human Rights Watch Day, we take a look at the use of military drones in warfare, and the unintended casualties: civilians.

How Sustainable Is Sustainable Food Model For San Diego Restaurants?

The farm-to-table movement might be facing more of an uphill battle in San Diego since the recent closure of a couple farm-to-table restaurants.

San Diego Study: Acupuncture Effective For Pain Management In Children After Tonsillectomy

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A new study by a San Diego pediatric surgeon finds acupuncture is effective for pain management in children post-op tonsillectomy. Codeine was often used for pain relief after this surgery until it was banned by the FDA earlier this year because of the risk of death.

Report Shows Concerns Growing Over San Diego Street Gangs

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A report released by the San Diego Association of Governments shows local officials are more concerned about gangs today than five years ago.

San Diego Businesses Join Fight Against Distracted Driving

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It's against the law in California to drive while talking on the phone or text, but many are still doing so, which increases the risk of a collision four-fold. A UC San Diego campaign is targeting businesses to get the word out to employees about the risks.

National Survey Shows 40 Percent Of Military Personnel Have Difficulty Making Ends Meet

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Long deployments are just one of the additional challenges military families face when it comes to keeping their finances straight. Nearly a third of those surveyed in new report are still resorting to high-interest pay day loans, or fall prey to predatory lending practices that trap them in a cycle of debt.

Chef Alice Waters Discusses The Future Of The Slow Food Movement

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While in San Diego for a book signing, chef Alice Waters discusses the "slow" food movement.

San Diego Professor Discusses Warning Signs For Communication Difficulties In Children

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After a poll finds many caregivers are missing the warnings signs, a new campaign underway aims to educate them about identifying the signs of a communication disorder in children.

What's Buried Under An Abandoned Caltrans Building In San Diego's Old Town?

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After decades of negotiating, a former Caltrans building in Old Town is now part of the State Parks system. Experts say it could tell us a lot about San Diego's earliest days.

Aging With AIDS: San Diegans Living With Virus On The Rise

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On the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we discuss the growing number of people living longer with the disease and the unique challenges they face as they age with AIDS.

Will San Diegans Spend Cyber Monday Shopping?

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The rat-a-tat-tat of keyboards will be clicking all day as Cyber Monday gets into full swing. Those who dislike packed malls and parking lots will be taking advantage of sales from behind their desktops, tablets and smartphones.

Scams And Other Things To Know About Your 2013 Income Taxes

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The American Taxpayer Relief Act went into effect in January 2013. Several changes to the tax code could impact income deductions. IRS spokesman Raphael Tulino gives details of the changes and some end-of-the-year tax tips.

San Diego Small Businesses Are Banking On Saturday Shoppers

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated Small Business Saturday, a day created by American Express to encourage shoppers to buy local. In San Diego, many businesses are hoping shoppers will spend money at their stores.