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KPBS Midday Edition

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

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Mayor Gloria Proposes $4.6 Billion Budget To Help City Recover From COVID-19

Nonprofit and small business loans, building "sexy" streets, reducing police overtime, investing in the city's Climate Equity Fund and a focus on supporting the San Diego Convention Center are among the highlights of Mayor Todd Gloria's $4.6 billion proposed budget. Plus, a preview of the California Report’s series honoring Californians lost to COVID-19. This week’s remembrance is about Eric Warner, ... Read more →

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People 16 And Older Can Now Get COVID-19 Vaccines In San Diego County

Hundreds of thousands of San Diegans become eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines Thursday when the state expands eligibility to everyone age 16 and over. Plus, The United States will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Biden announced Wednesday. Then, if you have a medical emergency in San Diego and call ... Read more →

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Mayor Gloria Releases Black Empowerment Plan To Fight Systemic Racism In San Diego

Mayor Todd Gloria on Monday announced an empowerment policy plan for San Diego's Black community. Plus, California Department of Public Health investigators knew that certified nursing assistant Matthew Fluckiger had been accused of sex crimes by women at multiple nursing homes in El Cajon and La Mesa. Yet, the agency waited years to revoke his license. And the cost of ... Read more →

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San Diego County Announces Pause Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

San Diego County is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement comes as the CDC and FDA are reviewing reports of a “rare and severe type of blood clot” that occurred in six people days after receiving the vaccine. Plus, a series of reports in the San Diego Union Tribune has been exploring bias in policing ... Read more →

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KPBS Midday Edition Special: Students Return To The Classroom

San Diego Unified, San Diego County's largest school district, welcomed students back to campus Monday. About half of the district's students opted to return to the classroom, while the other half will continue learning remotely.

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State Law Puts Sport Arena Development On Hold

A large area around the Pechanga Arena, commonly known as the Sports Arena, is slated to become a new entertainment district, with a new arena, parks, retail and housing. But guidelines implementing a new state law seem to put the city’s plans in limbo. Plus, the Pentagon ordered all service branches to conduct a stand down to discuss racial extremism. ... Read more →

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Almost 19,000 Migrant Children Stopped At US Border in March, Most Ever In A Month

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports 19,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers entered the U.S. last month, the largest monthly total ever. Plus, KPBS reporter Tania Thorne looks into some of the barriers preventing the Latino community from seeking mental health help. And across California, more than 200 people have died of COVID-19 in state prisons. R.J. Donovan prison in Otay ... Read more →

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79th Assembly District Special Election Is A Close Race

La Mesa City Councilwoman Dr. Akilah Weber was close to being elected to the 79th Assembly District seat on Wednesday, a position previously held by her mother, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber. Plus, how California’s restaurants are preparing for a June 15 reopening.. And California will soon allow indoor live performances and events in counties outside the state's most-restrictive ... Read more →

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California Announces June 15 Reopening Date And End To COVID Tier System

On June 15 California will do away with the color-coded COVID-19 safety system and plans to fully reopen the state, as long as the vaccine supply holds and infection rates remain low. Plus, the March 2 tragedy in Imperial Valley where 13 people were killed in an human smuggling attempt is a tragic consequence of the humanitarian crisis at the ... Read more →

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San Diego County Surpasses 1 Million Vaccine Doses

According to the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, 1,022,026 San Diegans — or 38% — have received at least one dose of the two doses Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Plus, the president's $2 trillion infrastructure plan would invest heavily in public transit and intercity rail. And the San Diego Commission On Police Practices submitted 19 proposed changes ... Read more →