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Stories by Tom Fudge

Churches Pitch In To Help San Diego Homeless

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When a Midday Edition guest lamented last week that he didn't see churches stepping up to help the homeless, that didn't sound quite right. We looked into it and found lots of helping hands in area churches.

Ron Roberts Takes Charge

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From the Chargers to land use, infrastructure to transportation, Ron Roberts — as chair of the Board of Supervisors and the board of SANDAG — will be right in the thick of 2016's biggest issues.

Flood Insurance: What Good Is It?

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If any year was a good year to purchase flood insurance, this is it, says the California Department of Insurance. So what good is it to homeowners and renters?

What’s For Dinner? San Diego Experts Examine New USDA Dietary Guidelines

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The new American Dietary Guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. Based on the guidelines, what should the be on the average San Diegan's plate at breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Escondido Exhibit Untangles History of Hair

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A new exhibit opening Saturday at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido examines hair trends from Africa and how they are linked to cultures and identity.

New California Laws Go Into Effect Friday

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From laws aimed at closing the gender pay gap to new rules of the road, here are the new laws you need to know about before you ring in the new year.

Top Words And Phrases Of 2015: Deflategate, Cuckservative, Nae-Nae

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Grant Barrett, co-host of public radio's "A Way With Words," discusses how language evolved in 2015.

Petco Park Ownership Issue Shines Light On Deed Fraud

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Experts say deed fraud is rare, but it can happen to anyone.

What's Ahead For San Diego Housing Prices In 2016

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San Diego home prices continued to rise in 2015, according to the latest Case-Shiller housing report. But will that trend continue in the new year?

Oboe Player Featured In San Diego Youth Symphony Documentary

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To mark its 70th anniversary, the San Diego Youth Symphony traveled to China this past summer to perform and participate in musical and cultural exchanges. A documentary about the trip airs Friday on KPBS TV.

California's Minimum Wage Increases To $10 In New Year

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The state minimum wage jumps from $9 to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, but some lawmakers say that's not enough.

Oceanside Bilge Pump Makes Dent In Coastal Pollution

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Oceanside harbor is now offering boaters free use of a bilge pump that prevents fuel from being dumped into the sea.

Stone Beer Now On Tap In Europe

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The Escondido brewery on Monday begins selling in Europe beer it's making in Germany. Stone says it is the first American craft brewer to build, own and operate a brewery in Europe.

Jerry Sanders: 'No Solution' To Mass Killings

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Former San Diego Mayor and Police Chief Jerry Sanders says little can be done about mass killings like the one in San Bernardino, or the one he responded to in San Ysidro 31 years ago.

Could A Chargers Departure Mean A Better Stadium For The Aztecs?

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Followers of San Diego State football imagine a new collegiate stadium if the San Diego Chargers depart for Los Angeles.

Bumble Bee Says Customers Now Can Trace Their Tuna

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San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafoods has set up a website that allows customers to find out where and how their tuna was caught.

San Diego State Developing Its Own Downtown

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South Campus Plaza will be home to student housing, retail, restaurants and a Trader Joe's market. It could also signal a growing campus footprint.

San Diego Tightens Rooming House Ordinance

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College area residents say cracking down on problem mini-dorms has gotten easier thanks to a revision in the rooming house ordinance.

Aztecs Super Fan Cheers On Team for 758th Straight Game

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Tom Ables has been a devoted fan of Aztecs football since the 1940s, and he's pumped up for the new season.

Rep. Susan Davis Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

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One of the issues up for debate when Congress returns from its August recess on Tuesday will be the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran.

Stay Classy: NPR’s Ari Shaprio Sings With Pink Martini At Shelter Island

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People have heard his dulcet tones delivering the news on KPBS, but longtime NPR journalist Ari Shapiro can also sing.

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?

Writer Explores San Diego’s Best Scenic Drives

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As a kid growing up in San Diego, Jack Brandais remembers going on Sunday drives. He compiled some of his favorite scenic drives, from the coast to the back country, in a series of Kindle books called Joyride Guru.

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.

The Trouble With Parking At Balboa Park

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Access to San Diego’s crown jewel is a challenge for visitors and the park organizations that don’t want to turn them away.

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.

Exhibition At San Diego Natural History Museum Explores Ancient Maya

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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opens Friday and runs through January 2016.

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.

New Book Explores California’s Pension Crisis

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"California Dreaming" by economist Lawrence McQuillan, a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, explains the origins of the state pension crisis and offers solutions.

Peralta Family Accepts Navy Cross For Their Late Son At Camp Pendleton

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The family of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta accepted their late son's Navy Cross Monday, even though they would have preferred the Medal of Honor.

California Assembly To Consider Bill To Regulate Medical Marijuana

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Assembly BIll 266, authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, could come up for a vote on the Assembly floor as soon as Wednesday.

Beating Expectations: San Diego Homeless Program Saves Lives, Money

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Community leaders take a look at what is next for Project 25, a program helping the chronically homeless in San Diego County and saving millions of dollars in public resources.

San Diegans Reflect On The End Of World War II

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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. On this Memorial Day, we take a look back at the war that dramatically changed the country and San Diego.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Dips To Nearly 8-Year Low

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San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent — the lowest rate the region has seen in almost a decade.

North San Diego County Ramps Up Water Recycling

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After connecting the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe with purple pipes, recycled water is coming to the Village Park area of Encinitas.

San Diego Women Fought For Role In 1915 Expo At Balboa Park

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Historians explain how the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which created the Balboa Park we know today, was also a touchstone of the women’s movement in San Diego.

How A San Diego Man Survived The Holocaust

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Lou Dunst survived concentration camps and slave labor camps, and also eluded death by gas chamber during the Holocaust. He shares his story of survival as Jews around the world commemorate Yom HaShoah.

San Diego Psychologists Explain How To Teach Kids To Solve Problems

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San Diego child psychologists turned authors discuss how a life filled with instant gratification can produce unintended consequences.

Meal Gap Study Shows How Hunger Hits San Diego County

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A new study finds that while the number of San Diegans suffering from food insecurity is down there are still thousands that are impacted by hunger.

Adult Bike Helmet Bill Is Amended Away

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A state Senate bill that would have made California the only state to require adults to wear helmets while riding a bike was amended to require only a study.

IRS Offers Last-Minute Tips For Tax Filers

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The clock is ticking down to the April 15 tax filing deadline. The Internal Revenue Service expects millions of Americans to file this weekend.

San Diego Groups Weigh In On Proposed Immigration Bills

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This week California Democrats proposed an immigration package consisting of 10 bills aimed at extending health care, legal rights and business protections to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Lessons From The Fukushima Disaster For California

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It's been four years since the devastating Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Like Japan, California's coast has many earthquake faults and seaside nuclear reactor sites. How vulnerable is California's coastline to a similar disaster?