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10 Things We All Can Do To Help Mitigate Climate Change In San Diego

Sept. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

News about climate change can make people feel helpless. But there are researchers in San Diego working on ways for communities to mitigate the effects of climate change in their own backyards.

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How Cal State San Marcos Is Turning Students Into Professionals

Sept. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new Business Professional Development program at Cal State San Marcos has business leaders teaching undergraduate students the skills of interviewing, resume writing, developing a network and other aspects of professional conduct and business etiquette.

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First Person: Kadir Nelson On His Artistic Upbringing

Aug. 27
By Megan Burke

Long before he was an acclaimed artist and illustrator, Kadir Nelson was a student at public schools in San Diego and Chula Vista.

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Safety Inspector Describes Near Accident During San Onofre Community Panel Discussion

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The decommissioning of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant is moving forward, even as controversies continue over the storage of spent nuclear fuel.

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Report: Alternative Energy Program Could Help State's Utilities Meet Renewable Goals 10 Years Early

Aug. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The report found that if the current rate of expansion of community choice aggregation continues alternative energy programs could end up serving a majority of California’s power consumers within the next decade.

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Former US Attorney: Trump's Russia Statements 'Debilitating' To Morale Of Intelligence Community

July 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In response to a question from a reporter, President Trump said, "People came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be."

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Reveal: Operators Of Shelters Housing Immigrant Children Accused Of Neglect, Abuse

June 20
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

An investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that some of the private companies running the shelters housing immigrant children have been accused of neglect, lapses in health care and sexual and physical abuse.

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First Person: The Personal Impact Of Being Racially Profiled By A Neighbor

June 11
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Last month a neighbor took a photograph of Ike Iloputaife while he was walking his dogs. The photograph was then used by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department identifying him as a person of interest in a burglary investigation.

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A Novel Matchmaker For Authors And Readers

June 7
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Novel Network is a website where book club members can sign up to be set up with best selling authors who are willing to attend their meetings, either in person or electronically, to talk about their books.

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Midday Edition 2018 Primary Election Special

June 6
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Who won, who lost and who's moving on to the general election in November? Wednesday's KPBS Midday Edition has a primary election roundup. Some results were predictable, while some were surprising.

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First Person: A Delayed Post-Traumatic Stress Diagnosis Inspired A Vietnam Vet To Help Others

May 28
By Megan Burke

Bill Rider remembers an early experience with what would much later be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress and what led him to start a non-profit, American Combat Veterans of War, to help other veterans heal from the wounds of war.

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How A Climate Scientist Became An Ecovangelist For His Children's Future

May 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Peter Kalmus, a NASA climate scientist, set out to reduce his own personal carbon footprint. He reduced his use of fossil fuels over a four-year period and wrote a book about what normal people can do to lessen their impact on the planet.

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San Diego Researchers Playing Leading Role In Landmark 'All Of Us' Project

May 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

An ambitious effort to speed up medical research by collecting health data from one million participants has just gotten underway. UC San Diego researchers are running part of the landmark research project called "All of Us."

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Video Showing Force Used By Vista Sheriff's Deputies Prompts Investigation

May 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego County Sheriff's department said it is launching an internal review after a video posted to Facebook appears to show sheriff's deputies hitting one restrained suspect repeatedly in the head and slamming a second handcuffed suspect’s head into a fence.

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What's Next For Qualcomm Now That Broadcom's Hostile Takeover Is No Longer An Option?

March 22
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

Qualcomm is safe from Broadcom’s hostile takeover after President Trump blocked the deal last week over national security concerns. But there could still be turmoil at San Diego’s biggest public company. Qualcomm’s shareholders will meet Friday to vote on a new board of directors.

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How San Diego Businesses, Government Can Help Get More Electric Cars On the Road

March 21
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

Gov. Jerry Brown has called for 5 million electric vehicles in California by 2030. It is an ambitious goal, since there are fewer than half a million electric vehicles on the road in California right now.

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Granddaughter Of NASA 'Human Computer' To Speak In San Diego

Feb. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The contributions of the black women of NASA's space program were hidden no more after the movie "Hidden Figures," documenting the lives of three of the women, came out last year. But there were more than three black women who worked on the math which helped get astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

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'Mythbusters' Exhibit Coming To The Fleet

Feb. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The exhibit is based on the TV show "Mythbusters," which has for years been the place to go to learn the answers to crucial questions like, does quicksand really pull you under? And, how does Mentos candy make Diet Coke explode?

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Are Kids Playing Tackle Football Too Early?

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A Rancho Bernardo woman, who blames football for the death of her son, is part of a lawsuit demanding that Pop Warner football change its rules to protect kids from head injury.

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Tibetan Bowl Concert Comes To Balboa Park Sunday

Jan. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Diane Mandle of Encinitas is an internationally known Tibetan bowl practitioner and sound healer who gives regular concerts and presentations. And she's soon to debut her personal story in a one-woman show.

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Rep. Scott Peters Co-Authors Bipartisan DACA Bill

Jan. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new bipartisan proposal to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was announced Tuesday. Supporters said the bill is backed by more than 40 members of Congress.

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U-T: Grand Jury Subpoenas Witness In Investigation Of Rep. Hunter's Use Of Campaign Funds

Jan. 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a witness has been ordered to produce documents and receipts from a business in which Rep. Hunter's campaign spent thousands of dollars.

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Rad Scientist Episode 4: San Diego Physicist Working Toward New Energy Source For Future Generations

Dec. 6, 2017
By Megan Burke

The third episode features Cami Collins, a physicist at General Atomics in San Diego. Collins, who grew up in the small town or Glasgow, Montana, dreamed of becoming a physicist.

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Yearlong Investigation By LA Times Details 'Housing Debacle' In Mexico

Nov. 28, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A five-part series recounts the miscalculations and corruption that created substandard and hazardous housing developments from Baja California to the Gulf of Mexico.

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KPBS Explore Project Launches New Web Series 'Jordan Loves'

Nov. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Host Jordan Jacobo shares his irreverent take on some San Diego icons in "Jordan Loves."

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Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan Discusses California Sanctuary State Law

Nov. 10, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Next week, KPBS and inewsource will present special coverage on the Trump administration's effort to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In preparation for that coverage, KPBS Midday Edition spoke with the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan.

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IMAX Film About Aircraft Carriers Opens Friday At The Fleet

Nov. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Captain Craig A. Clapperton, former commanding officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home-ported in San Diego, is featured in the film.

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Union-Tribune: Two San Diego Tourists Contract Hepatitis A

Nov. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that two tourists who visited San Diego for a Metallica concert in August, developed cases of hepatitis A when they returned home to Utah.

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'Rad Scientist' Episode 2: Liang Song Puts Herself Into The 'Shoes' Of Plants

Nov. 8, 2017
By Megan Burke

The second episode introduces us to Liang Song, a research associate at the Salk Institute. Song loves plants. She eats them, photographs them, she talks to them and she studies them to find out how they respond to stressful conditions like drought.

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New KPBS Podcast Introduces 'Rad' San Diego Scientists To The World

Oct. 25, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new KPBS podcast is trying to bridge the connection between San Diego's scientific community and non-scientists. It's called "Rad Scientist," and its host, Margot Wohl, is working towards her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UC San Diego.

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San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob: 'We’ll Never Prevent Another Big Fire'

Oct. 18, 2017
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob wanted to make big changes after the fires to invest in fire prevention. The majority of the nearly 300,000 acres burned by the Harris and Witch Creek fires were in the county's unincorporated area represented by Supervisor Jacob.

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Navigating San Diego School Choice? There's A Map For That

Oct. 11, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego parents now through Nov. 13 have the chance to apply to public schools outside their neighborhood that might be a better fit for their kids. It's called the "school choice window." Families can apply to schools with a dual-language emphasis, an advanced placement focus or even arts and music. Voice of San Diego developed a map to help parents navigate the process.

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Governor Brown Signs Bill Allocating $2.1 Million To Address Tijuana Sewage Spills

Oct. 10, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Senate Bill 507 authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso D-Chula Vista and co-authored by Assemblyman Todd Gloria D-San Diego, is one of several efforts being made to solve the problem, as South Bay communities and residents are increasingly losing patience.

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Helping San Diego-Resettled Refugees Overcome Trauma

Oct. 10, 2017
By Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

A City Heights-based organization is bringing community groups and government officials together to provide better services for immigrants suffering from emotional disorders.

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Succulents, Popular Water-Wise Plants, Also Act As Wildfire Barrier

Oct. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans redoing their landscaping to make it water-wise have probably learned a lot about succulents. The thick, fleshy plants that store water in their leaves are now ubiquitous in neighborhoods across the region. But what might not be as well known is that succulents, including cactus, are big business in San Diego County.

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San Diegans React To Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Oct. 4, 2017
By Megan Burke

It's only been a few days since a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people attending the Harvest 91 Country Music Festival, and injured more than 500. Many of us, all across America, are asking why and how such a tragedy could happen. We asked members of the KPBS Public Insight Network how the mass shooting is affecting them personally.

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San Diegan Describes Story Of Survival, Heroism Of Strangers At Route 91 Music Festival

Oct. 3, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegan Briana Waris, 28, and her two best friends, Michelle Kenbeek and Elizabeth Carvalho, both 29, were among the 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when the rapid pop of gunshots began to be heard over the music.

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A Police Shooting: The Death Of Alfred Olango

Sept. 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Alfred Olango, members of his family are renewing their calls for justice.

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Journalist Compares Investigations Of Police Shootings, Plane Crashes

Sept. 26, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

"When a plane crashes, experts pick through the wreckage to determine the cause and make recommendations to prevent the next accident," journalist Pagan Kennedy, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, wrote. "But no comparable system exists in policing — and that may help explain why you are far more likely to die at the hands of a cop than to perish in an plane crash."

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First Person: Diane And Richard Nares

Sept. 25, 2017
By Megan Burke

Their life together started like a storybook romance and then was tested by a devastating loss. Now married 24 years, they have turned personal tragedy into a commitment to help others.

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My First Day (As A Navy Seal) Episode 12

Sept. 6, 2017
By Megan Burke

Episode 12 brings us the story of Ben Betz who moved to Coronado to become a Navy SEAL. He describes his experience during the most infamous part of training, "hell week" on the KPBS podcast, "My First Day."

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My First Day Episode 11: Jamex And Einar De La Torre

Aug. 30, 2017
By Megan Burke

The de la Torre brothers live on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border. Exhibitions of their glass sculptures have been held at galleries and museums around the world. In San Diego, their work is on permanent display at the San Diego downtown main library and at the San Diego International Airport among other locations.

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First Person: The Healing Love Of A Therapy Dog

Aug. 28, 2017
By Megan Burke

Since 2012, Bob Schultze and his Italian greyhound, Hudson, have made more than 200 visits to memory care units, senior centers, the VA and palliative care facilities in San Diego, all in an effort to help people feel better and spread a little four-legged joy.

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Q&A: State Sen. Toni Atkins On Housing, Single Payer And LGBT Rights Bills

Aug. 25, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

As the White House finalizes plans on barring transgender individuals in the military, California legislators are considering a bill to require transgender rights training. It would be the first law in the nation to require business to offer training about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

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KPBS Community Outreach Manager Reflects On Being From Charlottesville

Aug. 17, 2017
By Megan Burke

Over the past few days, Americans have gotten to know Charlottesville, Virginia, as the place where racial violence erupted, killing and injuring protestors. But one of our colleagues at KPBS knows Charlottesville in a very different way — as her hometown.

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My First Day Episode 9

Aug. 16, 2017
By Megan Burke

The ninth episode brings us the story of Victoria Barrana who came to San Diego in 1999 to learn English. At the time she had recently been disappointed by a rejection from medical school in her native Brazil, and was unsure of what to do with her life.

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Registrar Responds To Claims San Diego Has More Registered Voters Than Are Eligible

Aug. 11, 2017
By Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

A conservative legal group is accusing San Diego County of not doing enough to keep track of who should be allowed to vote.

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My First Day Episode 8

Aug. 9, 2017
By Megan Burke

The eighth episode brings us the story of Somalia-native Famo Musa who emigrated to San Diego from a refugee camp in Kenya in 2004, when she was twelve. She came with her parents and five sisters. She spoke no English when she started the seventh grade.

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What's Up With The Humidity In San Diego?

Aug. 4, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans have been slogging through a wave of summer weather that feels more like the Florida Everglades than sunny San Diego. The question is, when will it end?

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Black Lives Matter Movement Inspires SDSU Class On Black Minds In Education

Aug. 3, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A portion of the eight-week class, Black Minds Matter, will be free and open to the public via a live webcast.

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