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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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San Diego Officials Push Tourist Tax Hike For Civic Projects And More Local News

The push for a tax measure that would pay for a Convention Center expansion, homeless services and road paving is back — what's different this time. Plus, California this week launched a peer-run phone line that offers callers emotional support. The new statewide resource is just another option for local residents. Also on today’s podcast, the number of reported heat-related ... Read more →

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Police Video Shows One Officer Fatally Shooting El Cerrito Man While Partner Uses Taser And More Local News

Newly released body camera video shows what happened during an officer-involved shooting by San Diego police in August. The video shows an officer shooting and killing a man who is charging at him with a shovel. Plus, as Turkish military forces attack Kurdish controlled cities in northern Syria, the Kurdish community of San Diego has been gripped with fear and ... Read more →

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Rep. Peters Authors Bill That Ties Federal Transit Funds To Housing And More Local News

The bill proposed by Congressman Scott Peters would require state and local governments applying for federal transit money to show that housing will be located near planned mass transit stops. Plus, California’s frequent wildfires are hurting efforts to stem climate change, according to a key finding from the non partisan think tank, Next 10. Also on today’s podcast, Jennifer Doudna, ... Read more →

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Awareness Helps But It’ll Take More To Shed Mental Illness Stigma And More Local News

Advocates are battling the mental health stigma with this week's National Mental Illness Awareness. In San Diego, a temporary mural brings awareness to the issue but changing the negative perception hinges on more than just education. Plus, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear SDG&E’s appeal to pass on the $379 million in costs related to the 2007 fires ... Read more →

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Study: Stricter Border Enforcement May Lead To More CBP Corruption And More Local News

A new study from San Diego State University finds stricter border enforcement creates a greater climate for Border Patrol corruption. Plus, in order to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, organizations are exploring scuba diving. And, mental health advocates are encouraging San Diegans to think about behavioral health as part of National Mental Illness Awareness week in an effort to ... Read more →

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Study: California’s Native American Students Suspended, Expelled At Higher Rates And More Local, State News

Native American students in California schools are being suspended and expelled at disproportionately high rates, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Plus, since February, 125 people from low-income neighborhoods in Stockton have been getting a monthly cash boost, with no strings attached; hear how the money is being spent. Also ahead, a multimillion dollar settlement was reached Thursday with hundreds of ... Read more →

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Grand Jury Faults San Diego's Response To Dockless Scooters And More Local News

A recent grand jury report finds San Diego's enforcement of electric scooter laws is lax and riders routinely violate traffic laws. The city is pushing back on the findings. Plus, the city of San Diego says street crews are filling potholes at a record pace but the problem remains massive and expensive. Also on the podcast, the Department of Veterans ... Read more →

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Activists Say 'Operation Gatekeeper's' Legacy Is Death, 25 Years After It Began And More Local News

Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of “Operation Gatekeeper,” which increased border security in San Diego county. While border arrests dropped in San Diego afterward, thousands have since died in nearby deserts trying to evade the Border Patrol. Also, this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a controversial law that promises to allow collegiate athletes to sign endorsement deals and profit ... Read more →

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The Story Of A Cinderella Costume With A Twist Goes Viral And More Local News

The costume, created by an Oceanside woman who was born without an arm, has inspired children and people with limb differences. Plus, Congress will conduct a hearing to investigate a powerful healthcare office in the Department of Veterans Affairs following inewsource stories that exposed the office’s shoddy review of a dangerous San Diego liver study. Also on today’s podcast, a ... Read more →

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San Diego County Launching Weekly Flu Reports Ahead Of Potentially Severe Season And More Local News

Two San Diegans have already died from the flu so far this season, pushing the county to begin its weekly flu updates slightly earlier this year. Plus, in cities all over California, medical professionals are now part of homeless outreach teams keeping the homeless healthy and out of the ER. Also ahead on today’s podcast, even though recreational marijuana was ... Read more →