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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 Bases Tighten Security Following Killing Of Iranian General And More Local News

San Diego military bases and bases around the country increase security measures, slowing traffic and restricting base access once enjoyed by friends and family. Plus, Santa Ana winds raise risk of wildfires but winter rains have dampened the vegetative fuel. And scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography help populations of grouper fish in the Caribbean rebound.

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San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Looks Forward As Legislative

San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley Weber Looks Forward As Legislative

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After 30 Years Building Life In America, San Diego Woman Deported Again To Mexico And More Local News

A San Diego mother, Rocio Rebollar Gomez, 50, first entered the country illegally more than three decades ago. She was deported to Tijuana on Thursday, though her family fought for years to keep her in the United States. Plus, the city of San Diego plans to spend $100 million on sidewalk repairs. With a backlog of more than 81,000 sidewalk ... Read more →

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Carrier USS Lincoln Headed For San Diego After Record Deployment And More Local News

After a long stint in the Middle East, the USS Abraham Lincoln will eventually arrive in San Diego after breaking the post-Cold War record for having the longest deployment by a U.S. carrier. Plus, Medi-Cal expands health coverage for young adults who can't prove legal assistance and the International Auto Show returns to San Diego and the San Diego Zoo ... Read more →

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The Future Is Male: Why California Needs More Male Teachers Of Color And More Local News

Having a non-white male teacher can make a huge difference in California classrooms. Hear how a new program is helping to get more men of color into teaching. Plus, in a two-part series, KPBS highlights a group of moms helping a San Diego pastor prepare high-risk offenders to re-enter society. And starting Wednesday, minimum wage workers in California will see ... Read more →

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Does Your Stuff Really Get A Second Life When You Give It To Goodwill? And More Local News

The holidays are the busiest time of the year for Goodwill and other second hand stores. But do those items get a second life or just a delayed trip to the dump? Plus, USO, the United Service Organizations, has entertained and boosted the morale of American troops for nearly 80 years, in every major conflict since World War II. But ... Read more →

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Can California Reduce Homelessness Through Better Prevention? And More Local News

What can California cities struggling with homelessness learn from Chicago? A program there to help people avoid eviction seems to be working. From our California Dream collaboration, a way to keep people in their homes and off the streets. Plus, as the Christmas decorations come down, you might be tempted to just toss your Christmas tree in the trash. San ... Read more →

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Control Burns Aim To Reforest San Diego's Mountains And More Local News

Setting fires to save the forest? That’s what the California State Parks department is doing in San Diego’s eastern mountains as part of a reforestation project. Hear why. Plus, Louisa May Alcott's novel “Little Women” has been adapted to the screen many times and now it gets a new one this year from Greta Gerwig. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando ... Read more →

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US-Chinese Tariffs War Means Tough Times For Local Lobster Industry And More Local News

As President Donald Trump continues to negotiate a truce to his trade war with China, tariffs are still impacting the San Diego lobster industry. Prices for locally-caught spiny lobsters are down by nearly half what they were a year ago. Plus, City Heights residents will be able to get closer to nature in the coming years thanks to a state ... Read more →

California Still Struggling To Police Stoned Drivers And More Local News

Unlike alcohol, California doesn’t have a legal limit for drugged driving. So it’s up to drug recognition experts. But how do they evaluate someone they think may be under the influence? Hear the last story in KPBS’s five-part series: “High Hopes: California's Pot Experiment.” Plus, Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Joy to the World. Find out how these songs are ... Read more →