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'Finding Dorothy' Pulls Back The Curtain On 'The Wizard of Oz'

Feb. 12
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Letts will be speaking about her new novel, “Finding Dorothy,” Wednesday at Warwick's in La Jolla.

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Podcast Reveals History Of KKK On Camp Pendleton

Feb. 5
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

“Free The Pendleton 14” is a new podcast about a group of black Marines who tried to combat racism and the Ku Klux Klan at Camp Pendleton in the 1970s.

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Report: Climate Change May Hit States That Voted For Trump The Hardest

Feb. 4
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

A new report from UC San Diego and the Brookings Institution shows the economic impacts of climate change are widespread. But red-voting states may be disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of climate change.

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What's Behind Tijuana's Violence?

Jan. 31
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

More than 2,500 people were killed in Tijuana in 2018, that's seven times the total in 2012.

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San Diego Black Film Festival Spotlights African-American Cinema For 17th Year

Jan. 30
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Comedies, dramas, documentaries and short films are all on the agenda at the 17th annual San Diego Black Film Festival, which officially begins Thursday at ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Returns For 9th Year To San Diego's MOPA

Jan. 29
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This year's festival features five films that focus on a range of social justice issues, from the #MeToo movement to immigration and the fight to protect transgender service members.

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No Sign Of 'Return To Mexico' Policy At San Ysidro Port Of Entry

Jan. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

U.S. officials said the policy to return most asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases work their way through the U.S. court system would start Friday. But there is still no indication the plan has been implemented.

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SDSU Researcher Develops App To Promote Inclusive Teaching

Jan. 23
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

EQUIP or Equity Quantified in Participation is a free and open-source web application that tracks student participation and may help teachers overcome their own implicit biases.

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San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Reacts To State Of The City Address

Jan. 21
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Chris Ward gives his take on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's State of the City Address, which outlined ways to build more housing in San Diego.

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Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries Continue To Operate In San Diego County

Jan. 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The largest concentration of illegal dispensaries is in the county is in the Spring Valley area, where 14 shops were shut down last year.

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Marine Vet Who Helped Clean Up Joshua Tree Says Shutdown's Effects Will Be Long-Lasting

Jan. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Rand Abbott is a paraplegic rock climber who volunteered to lead clean-up efforts at Joshua Tree National Park during the partial government shutdown.

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One Year In, What's The State Of San Diego's Cannabis Industry?

Jan. 16
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the sale of recreational cannabis in the state Jan. 1, 2017.

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A Look Back At The First Year Of Legal Marijuana Sales In California

Jan. 15
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This week, KPBS Midday Edition will look back at the lessons learned from the first year of the legal sale of recreational marijuana in California.

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Rep. Mike Levin On His First Days In Congress

Jan. 8
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Congressman Mike Levin, who was elected to represent San Diego County's 49th Congressional District, was sworn into office last week amid one of the longest government shutdowns in recent history.

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Environmental Groups Call On County Leaders To Adopt New Climate Action Plan

Dec. 28, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A San Diego County Superior Court judge this week rejected San Diego County's climate action plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Rise In Crime Since California’s Prison Overhaul Prompts Call For Rollback

Dec. 27, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new report by The Marshall Project and the Los Angeles Times shows an uptick in crime in the years since prison reform measures went into effect. While the cause behind the uptick remains unclear, critics are calling for a rollback.

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What's In Store For San Diego's Economy In 2019?

Dec. 26, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's economy remained strong in 2018 but there are signs it could be slowing come January 1.

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Report: Asylum Processing System Varies Along US-Mexico Border

Dec. 20, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

The Center of U.S.-Mexico Studies at UC San Diego found while U.S. immigration officials have standardized their “metering” procedures, there is no set process to handle asylum seekers on the Mexican side of the border.

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Report: More Than 88,000 Buildings In San Diego Face Highest Risk Of Wildfire

Dec. 19, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A Los Angeles Times analysis found that San Diego has the second largest concentration in the state of buildings in areas at the highest risk for wildfire.

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Rep. Juan Vargas On Possible Government Shutdown, Migrant Caravan

Dec. 18, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

While he supports boosting funding for border infrastructure Vargas does not entirely support a $1.3 billion offer by congressional Democrats for fencing and other border security measures.

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Escondido's New Mayor Discusses Top Priorities

Dec. 17, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Democrat Paul McNamara beat incumbent Republican Sam Abed in the November election, giving Democrats a majority on the historically conservative Escondido City Council.

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San Diego Migrant Shelter Reaches Capacity

Dec. 12, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

The Rapid Response Network's migrant shelter has run out of room for migrants released from custody and it's asking state and local leaders for help.

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How The New Democratic Agenda Is Taking Shape In The California Legislature

Dec. 5, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

On the first day of the new two-year legislative session, lawmakers introduced a number of bills that address wildfire disasters, the housing crisis along with the expansion of early childhood education and health care coverage.

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Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim On The Inspiration Behind New Album 'Over. Above. Beyond.'

Dec. 5, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera

Kim will mark the release of her new album with a concert Dec. 9 at The Scripps Research Institute.

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San Diego’s New Arts Director Discusses Future Of Arts Funding

Dec. 3, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Jonathon Glus took over last month as the executive director of the city of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture.

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How Shutting Down San Ysidro Border Crossing Impacts Region's Economy

Nov. 27, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere with about 100,000 people crossing every day.

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Talking Turkey: Chef Bernard Shares Recipes For Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 21, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Chef Bernard Guillas, the executive chef of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club's The Shores Restaurant and the Marine Room, joins KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to answer your Thanksgiving dinner questions. Tweet your questions to @kpbsmidday or call us at 1-888-895-5727.

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Reveal: Migrant Children's Lawyers Could Risk Funding If They Challenge Government In Court

Nov. 19, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

There is an all-time high of 14,000 immigrant children in U.S. custody.

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San Diego Federal Judge Formally Approves Family Separation Settlement

Nov. 16, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hundreds of families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year will now be given a second chance to seek asylum.

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Monica Montgomery Discusses Win, Future On The San Diego City Council

Nov. 8, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The biggest upset victory in the city of San Diego this Tuesday was the election of civil rights attorney Monica Montgomery in District 4.

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First Person: Remembering And Honoring Departed Loved Ones On Dia De Los Muertos

Oct. 29, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera

Pita Verdin, a longtime resident of San Diego’s Sherman Heights neighborhood, has been creating a Dia de Los Muertos altar in her father’s memory for nearly 20 years.

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Monday Is California's Voter Registration Deadline

Oct. 22, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

This November, California voters will choose the state's next governor, decide a winner in the U.S. Senate race and weigh in on 11 state propositions.

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A Conversation With US Senate Candidates Kevin de Leόn And Dianne Feinstein

Oct. 17, 2018
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Midday Edition presents live special coverage of the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California's discussion with the candidates for U.S. Senate.

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New Book Examines Science, Politics And Crime At The Center Of The Vaquita Crisis

Oct. 11, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Author Brooke Besessen talks about her new book, "Vaquita: Science, Politics and Crime in the Sea of Cortez."

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San Diego-Based Innocence Project Continues Fight For Remaining Members Of The California 12

Oct. 10, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A march was held last weekend from Berkeley to Sacramento to urge Governor Brown to grant clemency to the remaining six members of the California 12, a group of men and women who the Innocence Project believes were wrongly convicted.

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California Political Watchdog Chair Discusses Campaign Finance Ahead Of November Election

Oct. 9, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California Fair Political Practices Commission is in charge of enforcing the Political Reform Act, which regulates campaign financing, conflicts of interest, lobbying and government ethics.

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Monica Montgomery On The Race For San Diego City Council District 4

Oct. 8, 2018
By Claire Trageser, Marissa Cabrera

Monica Montgomery is challenging incumbent City Council President Myrtle Cole to represent voters in District 4, which covers neighborhoods such as Oak Park, Encanto and Paradise Hills.

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A Network Of Safe Houses For Abused Immigrant Women Has Been Operating Quietly Underground

Oct. 4, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new article in The California Sunday Magazine tells the story of the women behind the underground safe houses, some of whom have experienced domestic violence themselves.

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How San Diego's Centro Cultural De La Raza Is Preparing For A Comeback

Oct. 4, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

For years, the Centro has struggled with leadership and financial problems. But now there's an effort underway to revive the art space and introduce new exhibitions and events.

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Diane Harkey On The Race For The 49th Congressional Seat

Oct. 1, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Republican Diane Harkey, a member of the State Board of Equalization, is running against Democrat Mike Levin in the race to replace Darrell Issa.

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Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo To Be Officially Recognized As Spanish

Sept. 26, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Ahead of this weekend’s annual Cabrillo Festival, the Cabrillo National Monument will install plaques that recognize Cabrillo’s birthplace as Spain, not Portugal.

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First Person: ‘San Diego Has Become My New Puerto Rico’

Sept. 20, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera

It's been a year since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Tens of thousands of people left the island for the mainland, including singer and songwriter Laura Reyes, who settled in San Diego.

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Union-Tribune Documents Stories Of Immigrants In San Diego County

Sept. 19, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego County is home to nearly 800,000 foreign-born residents, according to the most recent estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Mike Levin Discusses Priorities, Issues In 49th Congressional Race

Sept. 18, 2018
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Democrat Mike Levin, an environmental attorney from Orange County, is running against Republican Diane Harkey, a member of the State Board of Equalization, in the race to replace Darrell Issa.

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California To Assist With Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Efforts

Sept. 13, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Gov. Brown's Office of Emergency Services says it's deploying two teams to South Carolina and Virginia to help with emergency management and rescue operations.

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How Do You Know If A Restaurant Is Really Serving Locally Grown Food?

Sept. 12, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A 2015 story in San Diego Magazine exposed fraud in the farm to table movement. Now, Farm to Fork San Diego offers diners a directory of local restaurants that are committed to working with San Diego County farmers.

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Surf, Travel Inspire Recipes In ‘First We Surf, Then We Eat’

Sept. 11, 2018
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

Lifelong surfer and writer Jim Kempton will be speaking about his new cookbook Tuesday at Warwick’s in La Jolla.

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San Diego Rep Opens New Season With Tony Award-Winning Musical 'Fun Home'

Sept. 10, 2018
By Alison St John, Marissa Cabrera

The San Diego Repertory Theatre's production of "Fun Home" runs September 6-30.

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Meet Teresa Romero, The United Farm Workers First Woman President

Sept. 3, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera

Romero is the first woman and first immigrant to head the organization. She will replace Arturo Rodriguez who plans to step down in December.

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Signatures Submitted For Referendum To Overturn San Diego's Short-Term Rental Rules

Aug. 31, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

On Thursday, vacation rental proponents turned in more than 62,000 signatures to place a referendum on the ballot.

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