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World’s Smallest Baby Born At Sharp, Healthy And Going Home And More Local News

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In today’s San Diego News Matters podcast, meet “Saybie,” a preemie born last December weighing roughly the weight of an apple. Plus, the number of migrants arriving to San Diego from Texas that have the flu is still on the rise and the district attorney announces charges against 11 people in an alleged charter school “scheme.”

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Speaker 1: 00:00 Good morning. It's Thursday, May 30th I'm Deb Welsh and your listening to San Diego News matters. Sharp health care says it helped deliver the world's smallest surviving baby KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman says the baby was born at just 8.6 ounces about the size of a large apple,

Speaker 2: 00:18 the baby nickname savy was born after 23 weeks in three days, nearly half the time of a full term pregnancy. It wasn't clear at first FCB would survive. Her Primary Care Physician, Dr. Paul Wazniak says when born she wasn't able to use her lungs so they had to insert a breathing tube.

Speaker 3: 00:35 We told the folks for the first week it's going to be hour by hour and she was really quite sick the first week or so and then got better and better and fortunately at a very good course.

Speaker 2: 00:46 Savy was born last December and at five months old just went home with her parents who are choosing to remain anonymous despite being born. So premature. Doctor [inaudible] is in good health and she will continue to be monitored for years. Matt Hoffman. K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 01:01 According to the tiniest babies registry run by the University of Iowa, savy is seven grabs smaller than a boy born in Germany in 2015 a grand jury indictment says a statewide charter school network has stolen more than $50 million in public education funds. KPBS reporter Melina's Spitzer says a three education is accused of creating an elaborate scheme involving 19 charter schools. The alleged scheme involved a company called a three education, which created online charter schools in San Diego County and across the state. They bought names of students and enrolled them in online charter schools. Often without their knowledge, the charter schools then charged a fee to the state ranging from 2000 to 5,000 per child, San Diego County district attorney's summer. Stephan, whose office spent a year investigating the case. So the stolen money was desperately needed by the school districts. It was siphoned from when you have schools where teachers have yeah,

Speaker 4: 02:00 to buy supplies from their own pocket, and you see that 50 million is funneled right off the top. That's a problem.

Speaker 1: 02:10 Prosecutors say the ringleaders funneled state funds to personal bank accounts and projects. The 11 defendants charged in the case include to, he's a school superintendent, Nancy Hower, Melina Spitzer KPBS news, the number of migrants arriving to San Diego from Texas that have the flu is still on the rise. KPBS reporter John Carroll as the latest numbers from the county health department,

Speaker 5: 02:34 asylum seekers, primarily families begin arriving from the lone star state on May 19th since then, the county has published daily statistics on how many migrants are screened and how many tests positive for the flu. The numbers for Wednesday show 97 people screened with 12 testing positive. There were no cases among the new arrivals Wednesday that were serious enough to require hospitalization. 82 people, 33 whom are members of families are currently quarantined in hotels. That's a big jump. From Tuesday when 36 people were quarantined at hotels, 14 of which are members of families. The county health department says everyone with the flue must have recovered from the illness before they'll be allowed to travel elsewhere. This latest group of asylum seekers are being brought to San Diego. To relieve overcrowding at shelters in Texas. John Carol Kaye Pbs News,

Speaker 1: 03:26 California law will require a sexual harassment training for nearly every employee in the state starting next year, but this may pose challenges for large institutions including state government capital, public radio, Scott Rod reports.

Speaker 5: 03:41 Existing law requires that state agencies provide sexual harassment training to all supervisors, but this has been difficult for them. A Capitol public radio investigation found dozens of state agencies have not complied in recent years come January. These agencies will also need to provide the training for all employees. Arena Ortega is head of the California Department of Human Resources and says agencies may struggle to meet the new requirement.

Speaker 6: 04:05 What concerns me is the logistics of the Herculean effort to get 220,000 people trained.

Speaker 5: 04:13 The Department of fair employment and housing is in the process of developing training materials to ensure employers can meet the new requirements from Sacramento. I'm Scott Rod.

Speaker 1: 04:21 Plenty of studies have shown that mothers who smoke while pregnant could harm their baby's brain development, but KPBS science and technology reporter Shelina Celani says smoking after giving birth could be damaging for newborns to

Speaker 6: 04:36 researchers at Uc San Diego studied groups of newborn mice who are given high levels of nicotine through their mother's milk, the equivalent of one to two packs a day, and these babies ended up wanting more of it. Dava Day Dulces is a psychiatry professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and lead author on this study. When he looked at the brains of these mice, after they were exposed to the drug, there were more dopamine cells known for creating feelings of pleasure or happiness.

Speaker 7: 05:06 Those cells had a higher electrical activity, any indication of these cells being ready to respond to nicotine later on in the adult

Speaker 6: 05:16 dolcis says the mice developed a preference for nicotine months later when they were adults and that means they were more likely to develop an addiction to the drug. Shelina chat. K PBS news.

Speaker 1: 05:29 Two doctors associated with Uc San Diego and the local VA used biological samples taken from CIC veterans to bolster an academic paper published this month. The problem according to I knew source investigative reporter Brad Racino is those samples were banned from ever being used.

Speaker 6: 05:48 The blood and stool specimens were banished according to the projects lead researcher because they were part of a study that unethically collected biological from veterans

Speaker 8: 05:58 without their consent. Ethics experts told I knew source of publishing academic papers based on unethical research is problematic.

Speaker 9: 06:06 One because it's a violation of patient and research participants trust

Speaker 8: 06:12 Katie Specter. Baghdadi is the chair of the University of Michigan's research ethics committee

Speaker 9: 06:17 and too we don't want to encourage bad behavior.

Speaker 8: 06:21 A quick recap, Doctors Burn Schnabel and Samuel Ho had staff at the San Diego VA perform liver biopsies on alcoholic veterans and gather samples of their blood and stool as part of an international project to study liver disease and October San Diego VA report confirmed the veterans did not give doctor's permission to remove pieces of their livers for research. Still Schnabel and Ho you some of the specimens in a recent article in the academic journal, digestive diseases and sciences,

Speaker 9: 06:52 they should not have been included in the analysis.

Speaker 8: 06:54 A Ucs d spokeswoman said the university is investigating a San Diego VA spokeswoman said there was not an issue with using the samples. Ho and Schnabel declined multiple interview requests for KPBS. I'm I knew source investigative reporter Brad Racino.

Speaker 1: 07:09 You can find more of I knew sources ongoing investigation into human research problems and I knew soros.org/risky research I knew source is an independently funded nonprofit partner of KPBS in Mexico City. Many street jobs have become part of the soundscape from hand cranked, Oregon's and folk musicians to vendors yelling or playing horns. Kj Is Z, Mexico City bureau chief. Rodrigo Cervantes reports on the challenges to keep these iconic jobs and sounds alive.

Speaker 8: 07:46 Nope. That is not a factory whistle, but one of the most distinctive sales in Mexico City's dusk. I go with a rolling stove, cooking sweet potatoes, implantations housing's of street workers make sounds for making money in Mexico City and among them [inaudible] who plays an Oregon needs a vintage hand crank Oregon. He teaches me how to make it sound

Speaker 10: 08:08 doc. This instrument's arrived from Europe in the early 20th century and are now considered an icon of the city squares.

Speaker 8: 08:21 Whoever says that. Yeah. He guess like [inaudible] tradition is almost gone. As many people consider it noisy.

Speaker 1: 08:28 Aye.

Speaker 8: 08:29 [inaudible] says that some people still appreciate its beauty, particularly tourists, which helps preserve the tradition, but others have been more in locals like Felix Marine. Every morning Medina parks, he's tricycle packed with bakery products and coffee, calling his customers with a heart. Any street workers like him migrated from impoverished regions in the country. That list problem he faces is corruption. He says he has to tip the local authorities every week meeting [inaudible] Martin says the tradition of silicone bread on the street. Gross. Yeah. So is the number of vendors cramming districts? It's a theory that we think this amazing human soundscape. That's Bruno Barrera, coordinator of the sound map of Mexico, and unlike map matching locations, which sounds like this marrow Lico street vendor using chance to attract customers, this is the guy that fixes cartoons.

Speaker 11: 09:27 [inaudible]

Speaker 8: 09:31 thought that it wants to map to help preserve the auditory memory of a city is very few cities in the world are even allowed to be so reaching sounds. I mean, you can't go out in the streets of New York City shouting that you're selling downloads or ice cream or whatever and and not be eventually prevented from doing it. Right.

Speaker 12: 09:50 Well, he calls [inaudible] [inaudible]

Speaker 8: 09:58 are recording well known by locals, fills the streets of a middle class neighborhood in Mexico City inviting to bite the malice. It's played by Carlos Rodriguez who started using it about 70 years ago. [inaudible] he says, [inaudible] owe a lot to the recording. A sales dramatically increased with it, but the loop chant also came with more competitors. [inaudible] Rodriguez says the city is saturated with them. My lists and in another battery that's mainly street violin player tells me the streets are congested, but with musicians [inaudible]

Speaker 11: 10:34 [inaudible]

Speaker 8: 10:38 Manuel Torres meets a traditional music trio. He says contemporary music tastes and an excess of street musicians make it hard for them to make a living. What is he [inaudible]? His job has its ups and downs, but like the other street vendors, he says he would not change it for anything else. Yeah. [inaudible] I'm bloated ego Cervantes in Mexico City. I don't want to talk to us. Yes.

Speaker 1: 11:17 And to learn more about Mexico City's sounds, visit loud Mexico dot k Jay z z.org. Thanks for listening to San Diego News matters. For more KPV as podcasts go to k pbs.org/podcasts.

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