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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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Four Candidates Vying For Duncan Hunter's Vacated 50th District Seat And More Local News

For the first time in four decades, someone who isn't named Duncan Hunter will be representing the 50th Congressional District. The main candidates include three Republicans and a Democrat. And, San Diego County Voters To Decide Fate Of Newland Sierra Housing Project. Plus, San Diego City Council Debates SDSU Mission Valley Deal.

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Coast Guard And Scripps Oceanography Partner On Technology And More Local News

The Blue Technology Center takes Scripps research and gives it a practical application in Coast Guard patrols. Plus, Lemon Grove proposes a sales tax hike to try to correct years of financial troubles. And the Navy joins forces with SANDAG to create a San Diego transportation hub and a home for the Navy’s cybersecurity experts.

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San Diego Lab Tapped To Rapidly Develop Vaccine For China's Novel Coronavirus And More Local News

San Diego researchers at a local pharmaceutical lab are working to quickly develop a vaccine in response to the growing and deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in China. Plus, San Diego County could see sweeping changes in its land-use rules for unincorporated areas if Measure A passes on the March ballot. And, a week of classics at Landmark’s Ken Cinema ... Read more →

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Democrats Duke It Out In What Was Once A Swing Council District And More Local News

San Diego City Council District 1 used to be a district that could swing Republican. But now four Democratic men are trying to distinguish themselves in the March primary. Plus, the point-in-time homeless count takes place in San Diego County. And California school enrollment has been dropping every year since 2013.

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Father Joe’s Village Will Build 14 Stories Of Affordable Housing And More Local News

San Diego’s homeless provider has big plans to create more than 400 units of affordable housing in a new downtown highrise. Plus, Californians are being asked to vote on another Prop 13. This year’s ballot measure is a 15 billion dollar school bond measure. And students at Hoover High School learned how to prepare for a forum where they can ... Read more →

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San Diego’s District 7 Race Features Four Political Newcomers And More Local News

Four candidates will vie to replace Scott Sherman on the San Diego City Council. Plus, after a record-setting deployment, sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln were greeted by their families at North Island Monday morning. And Brian Maienschein switched parties and is now running for state assembly as a Democrat.

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One Republican, 2 Dems Vie For San Diego City Council District 5, Once A GOP Stronghold And More Local News

Three major candidates, two Democrats and a Republican, are running in the March primary to replace termed-out Councilman Mark Kersey. Plus, new data from U.S. Labor Department says women are now the majority in the American workforce. And, California increased its efforts to keep the federal government from allowing oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of ... Read more →

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Border Patrol Allows New Friendship Garden After Bulldozing The First One And More Local News

The San Diego Border Patrol apologizes for demolishing the Friendship Garden, a garden that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana. Plus, California water quality officials lambast Poway for allowing contamination that shut down the city’s water supply for a week. And more and more fire calls in San Diego a linked to homeless encampments.

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A Record Deployment Means A Tough Time For Navy Families And More Local News

The USS Abraham Lincoln is heading for its new home port of San Diego and the ship’s families, who have already arrived, are eager to settle down with their sailors. Plus, the City of San Diego waves a $2,000 permit fee to encourage homeowners to help the city fix its cracked sidewalks. And San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivers his ... Read more →

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Wrong Way Crash Kills Two Following Police Pursuit

A motorist stopped by Oceanside Police flees the wrong way on I-5, resulting in a crash that causes two deaths. Plus, the head of the Border Patrol in San Diego is appointed to be the head of the whole agency in Washington D.C. Also, California becomes the first state to conduct its own “mini census” to check the numbers the ... Read more →