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San Diego News Matters

KPBS' daily news podcast covering local politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings so you can listen on your morning commute.

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Flu Outbreak Hits Local Migrant Shelter And More Local News

In today’s San Diego News Matters podcast, at least 16 people at a family migrant shelter downtown are suffering flu-like symptoms. Also, say goodbye to plastic plates, bowls and cups when you go out to eat and the city’s Independent Budget Analyst says San Diego’s homeless program funding is "unsustainable."

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Dogs Vs Boats: The Future Of Fiesta Island And More Local News

In today’s San Diego News Matters podcast: Space for paddle sports or a place for dogs to run free? The fate over Fiesta Island’s multi-use park could soon be decided. Also today, the county takes steps towards cleaner air and federal regulators say San Onofre fuel transfers can resume.

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District Attorney Calls For De-Escalation Training For Law Enforcement Who Encounter Mentally Ill And More Local News

In today’s San Diego News Matters podcast: How police and deputies can better respond to people with mental health challenges, local abortion rights advocates join nationwide protest and a north county city looks to knock down an old hospital to make way for new housing.

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City, County Leaders Call For Federal Aid As Migrants Fly To San Diego And More Local News

In today's San Diego News Matters podcast: the latest on the migrant influx from Texas to San Diego, the future of Horton Plaza and the zoo's efforts to revive the nearly extinct northern white rhino.

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San Diego Zoo's Research Could Help Stave Off Northern White Rhino Extinction And More Local News

In today's San Diego News Matters podcast: San Diego Zoo researchers are caring for two pregnant southern white rhinos that are a key part in the plan to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos. The extinction clock is ticking because only two northern whites remain alive. Also in the show: The City of San Diego wants to create bus-only lanes. Records have been released under a new state law requiring law enforcement agencies to make internal reports about officers who shoot someone or commit sexual assaults public. And the San Diego City Council is set to vote on a plan for transforming Horton Plaza into a tech hub.

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Clergy Abuse Victims Caution Against Accepting Church Settlements And More Local News

In today's San Diego News Matters podcast: Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have cautioned against accepting a church-sponsored program to financially compensate them. Also in the show: While President Trump pushes Congress to create a new military branch called the Space Force, the Pentagon is about to choose a permanent home for its existing Space Command. And to help address the flow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is tapping its partner agencies — including the TSA.

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Loneliness And High Rent Prompt California Seniors To Look For Roommates And More Local News

A growing number of California seniors are moving in together to deal with the state’s affordability crisis and the solitude that comes with the death of a spouse. San Diego officials are proposing a new program to help police officers live within the city. And unexpectedly wet weather is set to start today.

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Mayor Faulconer's Budget Revise Funds Scooter Enforcement, Balboa Park Upgrades And More Local News

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced $6.7 million in additional spending Tuesday as part of his revised fiscal year 2020 budget proposal. Women participating in a UCSD HIV research study still haven't been told their information was exposed in an October data breach. And California advocacy groups want lawmakers to further address what they call a blind spot in the state's climate policy.

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San Diego Landlords Could Face Historic Rent Control Legislation And More Local News

In a variety of recent assembly bills: one proposes a form of rent control statewide, another bans tiny toiletry bottles in hotels, and another aims to expand the practice of collecting scooter ride data. KPBS Film Critic and host of Cinema Junkie podcast Beth Accomando has full details on how the LGBTQ film festival is taking a year off, but will still being showing a series of short films at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas.

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San Diego Cannabis Growers Grappling With A Changing Marijuana Market And More Local News

As more growers enter the cannabis cultivation business in California business are getting ready for a changing market. The San Diego Hunger Coalition warns the Trump Administration's proposed budget cuts to Cal Fresh, known nationally as SNAP, would be devastating. And the San Diego City Council is set to hold a meeting this evening for public comments on their spending plan.