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KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts.


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KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts.




$5.5 Million Settlement Reached With Family Of Man Who Died In MTS Custody

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced Monday that a $5.5 million settlement has been reached with the family of man who died after being restrained with knees in his back and on his neck by Transit law enforcement. Plus, two San Diego researchers hope a new peer-reviewed article helps them convince federal officials to change their opinion of how COVID-19 spreads. And with consecutive years of record high temperatures and scarce rainfall, some climate researchers are hinting at...


For Asian Americans Bearing Racism’s Psychological Toll, Mental Health Experts Have Advice

Asian American mental health care providers in California are seeing an increase in demand for services in the wake of surging anti-Asian hate incidents.


Mayor Gloria Proposes $4.6 Billion Budget To Help City Recover From COVID-19

Nonprofit and small business loans, building "sexy" streets, reducing police overtime, investing in the city's Climate Equity Fund and a focus on supporting the San Diego Convention Center are among the highlights of Mayor Todd Gloria's $4.6 billion proposed budget. Plus, a preview of the California Report’s series honoring Californians lost to COVID-19. This week’s remembrance is about Eric Warner, who died last July in San Quentin Prison. Then, our weekend arts picks include a musical...


People 16 And Older Can Now Get COVID-19 Vaccines In San Diego County

Hundreds of thousands of San Diegans become eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines Thursday when the state expands eligibility to everyone age 16 and over. Plus, The United States will withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Biden announced Wednesday. Then, if you have a medical emergency in San Diego and call 911, a new ambulance company will be taking you to the hospital. Plus, COVID-19 was great for dogs and cats, but not...


Mayor Gloria Releases Black Empowerment Plan To Fight Systemic Racism In San Diego

Mayor Todd Gloria on Monday announced an empowerment policy plan for San Diego's Black community. Plus, California Department of Public Health investigators knew that certified nursing assistant Matthew Fluckiger had been accused of sex crimes by women at multiple nursing homes in El Cajon and La Mesa. Yet, the agency waited years to revoke his license. And the cost of housing, gas and food have been increasing, bringing San Diego’s inflation rate to one of the highest in the nation. Then, a...


San Diego County Announces Pause Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

San Diego County is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement comes as the CDC and FDA are reviewing reports of a “rare and severe type of blood clot” that occurred in six people days after receiving the vaccine. Plus, a series of reports in the San Diego Union Tribune has been exploring bias in policing in San Diego. And ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters say they are closing all of their roughly 300 screens, including several locations in San Diego County....


KPBS Midday Edition Special: Students Return To The Classroom

San Diego Unified, San Diego County's largest school district, welcomed students back to campus Monday. About half of the district's students opted to return to the classroom, while the other half will continue learning remotely.


State Law Puts Sport Arena Development On Hold

A large area around the Pechanga Arena, commonly known as the Sports Arena, is slated to become a new entertainment district, with a new arena, parks, retail and housing. But guidelines implementing a new state law seem to put the city’s plans in limbo. Plus, the Pentagon ordered all service branches to conduct a stand down to discuss racial extremism. They were supposed to be done by the beginning of April and within the past couple weeks, there’s been a rush to complete them. Then, this...


Almost 19,000 Migrant Children Stopped At US Border in March, Most Ever In A Month

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports 19,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers entered the U.S. last month, the largest monthly total ever. Plus, KPBS reporter Tania Thorne looks into some of the barriers preventing the Latino community from seeking mental health help. And across California, more than 200 people have died of COVID-19 in state prisons. R.J. Donovan prison in Otay Mesa has been among the most deadly. Then, for over a year, school has been online. To get a glimpse into...


79th Assembly District Special Election Is A Close Race

La Mesa City Councilwoman Dr. Akilah Weber was close to being elected to the 79th Assembly District seat on Wednesday, a position previously held by her mother, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber. Plus, how California’s restaurants are preparing for a June 15 reopening.. And California will soon allow indoor live performances and events in counties outside the state's most-restrictive reopening tier. Also, the City Council on Tuesday voted to go ahead with Measure C, a March 2020 ballot...


California Announces June 15 Reopening Date And End To COVID Tier System

On June 15 California will do away with the color-coded COVID-19 safety system and plans to fully reopen the state, as long as the vaccine supply holds and infection rates remain low. Plus, the March 2 tragedy in Imperial Valley where 13 people were killed in an human smuggling attempt is a tragic consequence of the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Also, San Diego County schools are expecting close to $1 billion in stimulus money from the third COVID-19 federal relief package with...


San Diego County Surpasses 1 Million Vaccine Doses

According to the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, 1,022,026 San Diegans — or 38% — have received at least one dose of the two doses Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Plus, the president's $2 trillion infrastructure plan would invest heavily in public transit and intercity rail. And the San Diego Commission On Police Practices submitted 19 proposed changes involving SDPD's policy on how officers respond to and interact with protestors. Then, on Wednesday the Supreme Court heard...


Derrick Chauvin Trial Retraumatizing For Many

The first week of witness testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial and repeated showings of the video of the former police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd have been retraumatizing for many people. Plus, the public agency that manages the tidelands around San Diego Bay is considering adjusting the way it does business to include environmental justice. And, a look at the art events for this weekend in SanSan Diego County.


Supply Problems Persist As California Opens Vaccine Eligibility For Those 50-Plus

People 50 and older are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in San Diego. But, the state still faces supply shortages. Also, opening day kicked off in San Diego with the Padres facing the Arizona Diamonds. In Tijuana, Haitian asylum-seekers say they face racism and descrimination on both sides of the border. San Diego Pride will once again go virtual due to the pandemic and a preview of “The Great Khan” that will close out San Diego REP's Black Voices 2021 Play Reading Series.


Part Of César Chávez’s Legacy In Hands Of Supreme Court Justices

Nearly 30 years after César Chávez's death, a key part of his legacy is in jeopardy.The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case surrounding a 1975 California law that affords union organizers limited access to farms to organize workers. Plus, nearly three-quarters of all inmates in California have not been convicted of any crimes and are sitting in jail waiting for their day in court. Also, it's well-known that "gang life" isn't easy. Often it leads to jail time, substance abuse or...


Biden, CDC Director Warn Of Virus Rebound If Nation Lets Up

In the past week, coronavirus cases have risen by as much as 12% nationwide. Will a rise happen in California too? Plus, the California Supreme court ruled that keeping people behind bars simply because they cannot pay a set bail amount is unconstitutional. And, thousands of people across the county get CalFresh, commonly known as food stamps, to help them buy food. But a KPBS investigative report found the program regularly pushes out people who are still eligible for the extra money. Then,...


Nonprofit Helping To Care For Migrant Children At San Diego Convention Center

The first 500 teenage girls arrived at the convention center Saturday night. Services for the teens, such as family reunification, education and health care, will be provided by a mix of government agencies and local nonprofit organizations. Plus, data gathered by The San Diego Union-Tribune revealed that police officers and sheriff’s deputies disproportionately target minorities for stops, searches, arrests and use of force. And though the Marine Corps has now integrated its two boot camps,...


California To Open Vaccinations To Everyone 16 And Older

California is expanding vaccine eligibility to anyone 50 and over starting April 1, and anyone 16 and up on April 15. Plus, San Diego Unified students will return to campus either two or four days a week in April, depending on the number of families who want to participate in in-person instruction. And in San Diego weekend arts: SDMA’s Young Art exhibition, a virtual piano concert, Coronado Playhouse’s latest production, The Black Iris Project, “Contralto” and “A Shimmer of Strings.”


Two Cases Of COVID-19 Brazilian Variant Found In San Diego County

The Brazilian variant of COVID-19, which caused a deadly spike in cases in that country, has been found in San Diego. Plus, California assemblyman Rob Bonta has been chosen to become the state’s next attorney general. Upon his appointment, Bonta would be the first Filipino American to occupy the position. And some doctors are seeing a disturbing spike in lethal alcoholic liver disease, especially among young women. Then, the pandemic has restricted the number of clinical placements available...


San Diego Unified Superintendent Questioned By Senators In Confirmation Hearing

San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten was questioned by senators in a confirmation hearing for the position of deputy U.S. Secretary of Education Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, a group back in San Diego protested her nomination. Plus, UCSD Assistant Professor Christen Sasaki, Ph.D., joined Midday Edition to talk about the intersection of racism and sexism against Asian American women. And five candidates are now vying for the 79th Assembly District seat. Then, as...