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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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Beachgoers Can Soon Be Sunbathers

San Diego County officials announced yesterday that lounging at our region's shores is OK beginning Tuesday. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: CVS Health will open seven additional drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites across San Diego County today, parents who are wrestling with the difficult decision over whether to send their kids back to daycare and more local news ... Read more →

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Theme Parks Want To Reopen In July

Representatives of three major tourist attractions in San Diego County — SeaWorld, the USS Midway Museum and Legoland California — presented their reopening plans to the county. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: Law enforcement agencies across the county are not citing people for being out in public without a face covering, many daycares are trying to reopen, ... Read more →

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From Motel To Homeless Housing

A recently renovated Super 8 motel in South San Diego will now serve as temporary housing for homeless families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: valedictorians from across the county talk about what it's like to earn this honor during a pandemic, murder hornets and more local news you need.

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Churches Can Open, With Changes

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued guidance yesterday to churches and other houses of worship in California on how they can safely reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: How drastically the situation along the border has changed, San Diego police are still ticketing the city's homeless residents and more local news you need.

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Yes, They’re Open

Some San Diego restaurants opened yesterday as the county moved forward with expanded reopenings. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: leaders and health officials in the South Bay are asking for help to control the surge of coronavirus cases there, the University of California became the largest public university system in the country to no longer require standardized ... Read more →

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Positive COVID-19 Tests Trend Down In San Diego County

Positive COVID-19 tests are on the downward trend in San Diego. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: San Diego County officials are moving forward with plans to reopen restaurants for dine in service and retail stores, but healthcare workers want more of a say on how quickly that happens, eleven employees at a VA Counseling Center in Mission ... Read more →

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San Diego Wants To Be The Test Case For Faster Reopening

On Tuesday, San Diego County Supervisors decided to ask the state to let our county be a test case for an accelerated reopening. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: San Diego City Council members extended a moratorium on evictions for struggling renters and businesses, California blood banks are urgently asking COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma and more local ... Read more →

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Haircuts Might Happen Soon

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a dramatic relaxation of health standards to reopen the state. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: droves of people turned out for Viejas Casino & Resort's reopening yesterday, restaurants across San Diego are preparing to open for dine-in service as soon as they get the go-ahead, the coronavirus’ silver lining and more local news ... Read more →

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Opening The Casinos

Four San Diego Indian casinos will reopen this week. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: expanded COVID-19 testing and new testing sites in central and southeastern San Diego, the COVID-19 numbers in San Diego County suggest the virus was likely not widely circulating before stay at home orders, as it may have been in other places like New ... Read more →

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The Pandemic Pivot: Coronavirus Vs. Creativity

Today, a story about how creativity persists, even in a pandemic.

Because like a river that snakes its way around rocks, creative juices don’t just stop flowing when hit with obstacles. Often, creativity just finds a way around things.

When the coronavirus hit, Katie Harroff didn’t waste any time. Like, at all.

While most people were still ... Read more →