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San Diego Filmmaker Interviews Former White Supremacists For New Documentary

Oct. 19
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

In "Love Wins Over Hate," reformed white supremacists talk about their transformations to becoming people who promote empathy and inclusivity.

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History Of San Onofre's Legendary Surfing Beach Remembered

Oct. 8
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

San Onofre is one of the legendary surf beaches of the world. A 1,500 page book, filled with pictures and mementos, brings its history and culture to life.

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Homelessness During Pandemic Making A Bad Situation Worse

Oct. 5
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Pediatrics expert's keynote address to San Diego Housing Federation will stress the importance of "decent, stable" housing for the physical and mental health of children and families.

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'A Growing Passion' Host Nan Sterman Talks About Season 8 Of Her Popular Show

Sept. 24
By Alison St John, John Carroll

"A Growing Passion" host Nan Sterman joined Midday Edition to give us a sneak peek into season 8 of the popular show. We'll hear her suggestions about what to plant going into the fall and winter, and the challenges COVID-19 has presented in producing this season of the show.

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CA Insurance Commissioner Seeks Public Input On Wildfire Coverage

Sept. 23
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

As a plague of wildfires torches large sections of the state, many California homeowners are discovering that fire insurance is either out of their reach financially or not available for any price. Ricardo Lara, California's insurance commissioner, is searching for solutions.

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'We Know It Is In The Air,' Local Scientist Reacts To Changing CDC COVID-19 Guidance

Sept. 22
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control removed language about the spread of the coronavirus through aerosol particles from its website, information they had just posted Friday. A renowned UC San Diego atmospheric chemist explains what science believes about aerosols and the coronavirus on KPBS Midday Edition.

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What To Know If You Receive A Jury Summons

Sept. 22
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Jury trials in San Diego are scheduled to begin again in October with safety measures in place. San Diego Superior Court Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne discusses how jury trials will work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Summer Music: Indian K Explores His Identity In 'Duality 2'

Sept. 17
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

The hip-hop artist Indian K is a member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. He spent the early part of his childhood living on his tribe’s reservation. His life has taken him on a long and winding road through foster care and prison and back into the community as a respected musician.

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Sen. Toni Atkins Reflects On 'Most Difficult Year' In The Legislature

Sept. 15
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The turmoil surrounding COVID-19 touched everything this year, including California's State Legislature. When the Senate and Assembly wrapped up their sessions in August, many closely watched bills failed to get the votes they needed to pass.

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KPBS Event Delves Into Childcare Crisis

Sept. 10
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A virtual panel discussion on the topic takes place Thursday night at 7 p.m. It's free and open to the public.

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Rooftop Solar And Energy Storage Units Could Help During Emergency Blackouts

Sept. 9
By Alison St John

With the ongoing threat of blackouts, some people now have questions about whether it's worth getting solar panels and energy storage batteries.

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The University Of California Is Taking The Lead On Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics

Sept. 8
By Alison St John

Legislation to reduce single-use plastics failed to pass the California Legislature this year, but the University of California has committed to phasing out single use plastics on its 10 campuses in the next ten years.

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San Diego County Releases Limited Coronavirus Outbreak Data

Sept. 4
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

There have been more than 240 community coronavirus outbreaks since the start of the pandemic in San Diego County, according to a new list released Thursday by the county.

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Summer Music: San Diego Songwriter Alfred Howard Teams Up With His Mom For New Project

Sept. 3
By Alison St John, Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen

As part of a new multimedia project, Alfred Howard is writing 100 songs — each one accompanied by an original watercolor painting by his mother.

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In The Midst Of The Pandemic, San Diego Home Prices Keep On Rising

Sept. 1
By Alison St John

In spite of job losses and high unemployment, the median price of a single family home in San Diego County is still rising, hitting an all-time high of $700,000 in July.

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Summer Music: How Nature Inspires Musician Jesus Gonzalez

Aug. 20
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

Gonzalez, who is known for his experimental style and looping techniques, joined Midday Edition on Thursday as part of our annual summer music series.

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State Urges Officials Not To Postpone Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Aug. 18
By Alison St John

A California report urges local and state governments not to get distracted by COVID-19 from planning ahead for rising seas.

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Facebook Group Leads To Violent Face Offs At Protests

Aug. 18
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Some of the confrontations have involved members of a Facebook group called “Defend East County.” The group was started after a La Mesa protest at the end of May turned destructive. It has recently swelled to over 20,000 members.

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San Diego Author Captures 'Spirit Of Chicano Park' In New Children's Book

Aug. 18
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The book's release coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of Chicano Park in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood.

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Summer Music: Greyboy Allstars Release New Album

Aug. 13
By Alison St John, Kurt Kohnen

"Como De Allstars" is the bands first album in seven years.

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New Study Says Forecasters Are Overestimating Future Demand For Water

Aug. 11
By Alison St John

A new report from the Pacific Institute suggests Californians have learned to conserve so well that water forecasters have radically overestimated the amount of water we will need in the future.

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Billions In PPP Loans Still Available But Applications Are Due By Saturday

Aug. 6
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Businesses in San Diego County have received about $1 billion through Paycheck Protection Program loans according to the San Diego and Imperial County’s Small Business Development Center but more than $110 billion remain in the national fund.

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San Diego Writers Festival Wraps Up With A Focus On Getting Published

Aug. 5
By Alison St John

The San Diego Writers’ Festival holds its final day of on-line speakers this Saturday Aug. 8th, focusing on what it takes to get published.

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Your Voting Questions Answered

Aug. 4
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Election day is three months away, but voting will start much earlier and already questions are swirling around how safe and secure voting will be. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Michael Vu, answers your voting questions.

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Managing Your Money During A Pandemic

Aug. 4
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

A quarter of a million people in San Diego County have lost a job amid business reductions and closures caused by the coronavirus. If you are among those who are still getting a paycheck, the pandemic has likely still impacted your finances.

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San Onofre Decommissioning Update

July 27
By Alison St John

As summer slips by, work continues to dismantle the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The process of decommissioning the plant is more controversial than its 44 years in operation, due to unanswered questions about where to safely dispose of the nuclear waste.

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SDSU Considers Proposal To Revoke Emeritus Status For Cause

July 23
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

A committee of SDSU's Faculty Senate is considering a proposal to allow the university president to revoke emeritus status and its privileges held by retired professors who cause harm to the university's reputation.

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Chicano Federation: County's COVID-19 Outreach To Latinos Lacks Urgency

July 23
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Nancy Maldonado, CEO of the Chicano Federation, said more needs to be done to address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Latino community.

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San Diego City Ratepayers Overbilled For Industrial Wastewater

July 22
By Alison St John

A San Diego city audit has revealed that residents and businesses have been improperly charged tens of millions of dollars in fees to cover industrial wastewater services.

'Screenagers' Offers Tips On How To Keep On-Line Screen Time Healthy

July 22
By Alison St John

Young people are spending more and more time on line during the pandemic quarantine, and parents are often at a loss for how to monitor or modify their children’s screen time.

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Avid San Diego Hiker Offers Advice On Hiking During The Pandemic

July 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Scott Turner is the co-author of four hiking guides, including the fifth edition of "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County."

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Oceanside Native Brit Bennett Discusses Her New Novel, 'The Vanishing Half'

July 8
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

The novel reveals the personal experience of what it’s like to be defined by the color of your skin.

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New Swine Flu Concerns San Diego Scientists

July 6
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

In 2009, San Diego scientists were the first to report the strain of virus that became known as the H1N1 swine flu. Not as deadly as the coronavirus, it eventually killed some 285,000 worldwide. Now scientists are concerned by a new strain of the same virus which is spreading quickly in China.

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Task Force Recommends Creation Of Agency Focusing On Disposal Of San Onofre Nuclear Waste

June 24
By Alison St John, City News Service

Wednesday's report from the SONGS Task Force featured a wide range of policy recommendations to ensure the safe removal of nuclear fuel from the site and development of a permanent repository location to dispose of the waste.

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Public Health Officers Across Country Are Being Verbally Attacked, Threatened

June 24
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Around the country, a number of public health officials have resigned, retired or been fired, some after being verbally attacked or threatened in response to their repeated warnings of the crucial importance of wearing masks, social distancing and delayed reopening in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

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San Diego Teachers Reflect On Returning To The Classroom During The Coronavirus

June 23
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Dave Erving, who teaches ceramics at Hoover High School, said he wants district leaders to know that their reopening plan to help keep him and his students safe should be clear, well understood and guided by science.

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Affirmative Action May Return To California

June 22
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, introduced a bill that would put the issue on the November ballot.

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Economic Recovery And Climate Change

June 16
By Alison St John

UC San Diego researchers say how we use stimulus money to restart the economy will have a bigger impact on future climate change than the temporary reduction in carbon emissions created by the pandemic.

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Pandemic Is Hurting Some City Budgets More Than Others In San Diego County

June 15
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen

Cities across California are on track to lose an estimated $7 billion in tax revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But while no city is immune to the economic crisis, some are in a much better position than others.

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COVID-19: What To Consider Before Leaving Home

June 11
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

By Friday, more businesses will be allowed to open in San Diego County, including gyms, bars, hotels and museums.

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How White Parents Can Talk To Their Children About Racism

June 8
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Feion Villodas, professor of clinical psychology at San Diego State University, says parents should start having conversations about racism with their kids as early as pre-school.

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First Person: Being A Black Man In San Diego

June 5
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

As protests continue against police violence and racial injustices across the nation, San Diego native Jordan Carroll opens up about the "daily grind" of being a black man in "America's Finest City."

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San Diego Community Review Board To Discuss De-Escalation Tactics

June 4
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Sharmaine Moseley, executive director of San Diego's Community Review Board on Police Practices, says the board is recommending the San Diego Police Department adopt a deescalation policy similar to one used in the city of Baltimore.

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Council Members Propose Social Workers Oversee Homeless Outreach Instead Of Police

June 3
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Two San Diego council members are proposing using more social workers and fewer police officers to do homeless outreach in the city.

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SDSU, Black Community Groups Organize Events Focused On Healing

June 2
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

As people try to deal with the pain and anger triggered by the death of George Floyd, some are out protesting, others are responding with violence and some are turning to each other to share their feelings and find solidarity.

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San Diego Leaders React To Weekend Protests

June 1
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego elected officials responded to the protests in San Diego County this weekend.

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USD Professor Examines Protests And Reasons Behind Them

June 1
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

It's not academic for University of San Diego sociology professor Cid Martinez, who studies the relationship between urban poverty, policing and gun violence in California.

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CSUSM President Reacts To Proposed State Budget Cuts, Online Fall Semester

May 21
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The 23-campus California State University system is facing a $404 million reduction in funding compared to last year's budget.

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Coronavirus-Related Harassment And Discrimination Impacts Mental Health, Spreads Fear In Asian American Community

May 20
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

Thursday afternoon a free virtual community conversation will be offered by Jewish Family Service of San Diego to explore how an increase in discrimination is affecting the mental health of members of the Asian American community.

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In San Diego, As Elsewhere, Reaction To Coronavirus Restrictions Is Political

May 19
By Alison St John, Pat Finn

Reaction to the various ways of dealing with the coronavirus — wearing masks, staying home, going to the beach, protesting — is often along political lines in San Diego County as elsewhere in the U.S.

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