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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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Humane Society Draws Controversy By Sending Cats Back To The Streets And More Local News

The San Diego Humane Society is using a controversial program that involves putting stray cats back on the streets. A KPBS Investigation found that includes not just feral cats, but friendly, adoptable ones too. Plus, there’s a connection between mental illness and methamphetamine use among people arrested in San Diego County. New research found a higher rate of mental illness ... Read more →

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California Gets Good Marks Planning For Sea-Level Rise And More Local News

California has received the nation’s highest marks for coastal protection policies. A report out this week from California-based Heal The Bay looked at how the country’s 31 coastal states are dealing with climate change. Plus, protecting kids from harm is the goal of a new online tool unveiled by San Diego county prosecutors Wednesday. It allows people to report suspected ... Read more →

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Factoring Mental Health Into Wildfire Emergency Plans And More Local News

It's wildfire season in California, and though risk will eventually die down, the trauma these fires inflict on families can linger for a lifetime. Hear why some psychologists say mental health ought to be part of residents' emergency plans. Plus, San Diego may have to cut spending by nearly $84 million next year — that's the prognosis in a new ... Read more →

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San Diego Catching Shade For Tree Planting Efforts And More Local News

An ambitious effort to boost the number and size of trees in the city of San Diego faces a difficult timetable. The city’s climate action plan hopes to soften the impact of climate change by tripling the city’s tree canopy. Plus, the San Diego County Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death for a San Diego State student who ... Read more →

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San Diego Vets Part Of Campaign That Asks Public To Go ‘Beyond The Thank You’ And More Local News

Going from active duty military to veteran can feel like a loss of identity. Hear San Diego veterans talk about transitioning to civilian life. Plus, Veterans Day is a day to honor those who proudly served our nation. KPBS talks to one veteran about why the celebration means so much to him. And, after sitting vacant for more than a ... Read more →

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Some National Guardsmen Don’t Get Veterans’ Benefits, Congress Is Trying To Change That And More Local News

On Veterans Day, we look at how not everyone in uniform will be considered a veteran. Plus, culture plays a big part in the way communities deal with death.The experience of local Vietnamese immigrants is the focus of a documentary playing at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. And, Seaworld has hired a new CEO. This is the fourth one ... Read more →

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Audit: Local Control School Funding Model Failed To Close Achievement Gap And More Local News

A new audit found schools across the state have misused hundreds of millions of dollars.That money was supposed to help disadvantaged students. Plus, 25 years ago Friday, California voters passed the anti-immigrant Proposition 187. The reaction to that vote ushered in a generation of immigrant activists that has transformed the state. And, San Diego veterans are getting some help finding ... Read more →

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San Diego Students Going To Mexico For College And More Local News

For some American students, the costs of attending college in the U.S. are too high. So they're finding an alternative place to study — across the border, in Mexico. Plus, if you were to migrate to a whole new place, what would you bring with you? That is the focus of an art exhibition at Liberty Station. How a simple ... Read more →

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San Diego Unified Considers Joining Class-Action Suit Against Juul And More Local News

Vaping among teenagers is on the rise. A new government study found that more than a quarter of high school students currently use e-cigarettes. How San Diego Unified School District is confronting the growing public health issue. Plus, KPBS talks with author Aaron Glantz about his book “Homewreckers,” which details how banks and capitalists conned people out of their homes ... Read more →

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Report: Young Black Students Suspended At Higher Rate In San Diego Unified And More Local News

A new study published by researchers at San Diego State University details the disparities in test scores and school discipline for black students at San Diego Unified School District. Plus, a program in LA, and across the state, finds homes for the chronically homeless. Turns out, putting them in an apartment saves money for taxpayers. And, President Trump is criticizing ... Read more →