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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 Reports Record Number Of New COVID-19 Cases, Added To State Watchlist

San Diego County recorded a record number of new COVID-19 cases Thursday and will be added to the state’s monitoring list. Plus, the rise in coronavirus cases has impacted communities of color at alarming rates. And, “John Lewis: Good Trouble” a documentary about a 17-term Congressman and civil rights crusader is releasing over the holiday weekend.

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San Diego On The Edge

Unless the COVID numbers change, San Diego County could be forced to restrict more indoor business activities as soon as Monday. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: African Americans are disproportionately represented in the county's foster system and local leaders are working to fix that, San Diego officials are optimistic that a long-term fix to stop persistent cross-border ... Read more →

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San Diego’s Essential Workers

A new report from the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UC San Diego says one-third of the city of San Diego's essential health, food and agricultural workers in the city of San Diego are foreign-born. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: San Diego City Council members voted Tuesday to extend the city's moratorium on evictions due to ... Read more →

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Closing San Diego Bars

All San Diego bars, breweries and wineries that don’t serve food must close at midnight Tuesday night in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: Covid-19 is a serious problem in the California prison system, George Floyd's in-custody death has renewed calls to stop adding people's names to California's controversial gang database ... Read more →

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A Police Shooting In San Diego

The shooting victim is 25-year-old San Diego resident Leonardo Hurtado Ibarra who officers recognized from a wanted poster, according to a police statement. He is in a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: Antibodies aren’t the body's only weapons against the coronavirus, the San Diego VA is removing suicidal veterans from a life-saving ... Read more →

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Coronavirus’ Sugar Shield

San Diego scientists have zoomed in on the coronavirus and say the virus is coated with a sugary exterior that makes it hard for the human body to fight it. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: San Diego County public health authorities reported over 300 new COVID-19 cases for the fourth time in five days, unemployment numbers continue ... Read more →

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More Policing Reforms

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and police Chief David Nisleit announced two new policies designed to address community concerns about excessive use of force by the San Diego Police Department. Also: San Diego County public health authorities reported 332 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday — a new daily high — and six deaths, raising the county totals to 11,626 cases and 347 deaths ... Read more →

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A Move Toward More Police Oversight

A proposal to beef up San Diego's civilian oversight of the police is headed for the November ballot. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: An audit into the finances of Sweetwater Union High School District found evidence of mismanagement and fraud, baseball is back and more local news you need.

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A Spike In Local COVID-19 Cases

San Diego County health officials Monday reported another three community outbreaks, raising the number reported in the last week to 10, the most in any week's span since the pandemic began in early March. Also in KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: San Diego is expected to miss out on millions of dollars in state affordable housing funds due to ... Read more →

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Rolling for Rights

Hundreds of Skateboarders took part in a "Rolling for Rights'' protest Saturday. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: San Diego County could stop sending law enforcement to mental health calls and more local news you need.