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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.




Weekly reported COVID-19 infections increase by 40% in San Diego County

Two new and highly contagious COVID-19 variants have been detected in San Diego. This comes as more than 1,500 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county Wednesday – the highest one-day number reported since February. And, one of the most competitive races in San Diego's June 7 primary election is the race for City Council District 2. Incumbent Jen Campbell faces five challengers. Finally, San Diego’s parks will come alive with public art this weekend. The civic initiative Park Social...


Homelessness is up 10% in San Diego county

The numbers from the annual Point In Time homeless count are in and show a sharp increase in homelessness in the county. Next, San Diego’s new ambulance provider is facing a $457,500 penalty for failing to meet the terms of its contract. Then, we get introduced to the candidates running to be the next sheriff in the county. And, six candidates are running to be the next mayor of Chula Vista. Plus, Olympic medalist and San Diegan Meb Keflezighi talks about the return of the Carlsbad 5000...


FDA authorizes first COVID booster for children ages 5 to 11

Kids ages 5-through-11 years old are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine boosters as infection rates are increasing again nationwide. Then, the pandemic may change the way large buildings are designed to prevent airborne diseases from spreading. Next, after a series of appeals, one murder conviction set aside, an audit finding sloppy work by the San Diego crime lab, an intervention from an innocence project and preparations for a new trial, this week the San Diego County District Attorney's...


In Buffalo, Biden condemns racism, mourns new victims

President Joe Biden on Tuesday called the shooting over the weekend in Buffalo, New York domestic terrorism and spoke about the dangers of white supremacy. But this is not a new problem. The alarms have been ringing for years. Then, a judge in Los Angeles struck down California’s Women on Corporate Boards law saying it violated the equal protection clause in the state constitution. Many lawmakers say they knew the law was on shaky legal ground to begin with but they point to the changes it...


San Diego County residents stand up to hate after mass shooting

People across the nation are coming together to fight against violent hate crimes, including here in San Diego. A vigil protest against gun violence and white supremacy is being held Monday night at the Balboa Park fountain. Then, carbon capture, removing excess carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, is essential to the latest climate report from the United Nations and is an essential element in California’s new climate roadmap released by the state Air Resources Board. Next,...


How’s San Diego responding to increase in overdose deaths?

Overdose deaths in the U.S. reached a grim new record, according to new figures released earlier this week. How is this impacting San Diego County? Plus, the “godmother of air medical services in San Diego” shares what it’s like to be a flight nurse. And finally, weekend preview details visual art, experimental ballet and other arts and culture events happening this weekend in San Diego.


Court: California's under-21 gun sales ban unconstitutional

A federal appeals court struck down a state law prohibiting the sale of semi-automatic rifles to people under the age of 21. The law passed shortly after the 2019 Poway Synagogue shooting. Then, a national baby formula shortage is a serious issue for some San Diego families. And, two more journalists were killed in Mexico this week bringing the total deaths to 11 this year. The murders are rarely solved and investigations often lack transparency. Next, May is mental health awareness month....


Ex-caregiver pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 2 women in nursing homes

An ex-caregiver and convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting two women in San Diego area nursing homes. Meanwhile, the California Air Resources board has just released an updated roadmap on how the state can achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Also, COVID-19 cases seem to be on the rise again, both across the United States and here in San Diego County. In response, the Biden administration is pushing for a new round of funding to prepare for an upcoming wave of the...


San Diego County wants to expand homeless services to cities throughout the region

The county is proposing to provide on-site homeless resources including behavioral health services and public benefits assistance to any city in the region that builds new shelters. Then, despite upgrades to the state’s power grid, California energy officials say there’s a potential for energy shortfalls that could lead to power outages this summer. Next, Assembly District 80 is up for grabs on June 7, not just once, but twice. The two-for-one special election runoff and standard primary...


Similarities in police vaccine exemption requests raises questions

Most San Diego police officers who requested COVID vaccine exemptions due to their religious beliefs gave heartfelt reasons for their requests. But were they genuine? Also, the chair of the San Diego Democratic Party is taking a leave of absence while assault allegations against him are investigated. Then, due to an increasingly severe drought that’s drastically reduced the sierra snowpack, watering will be cut back to one day a week in parts of Southern California. Why not in San Diego?...


Toni Atkins vows to enshrine a woman’s right to choose in California

State lawmakers have come out in force this week to voice their support for abortion rights in California. In addition to a package of 13 new bills aimed at strengthening reproductive rights, there’s now a push for a state constitutional amendment enshrining a woman’s right to choose in California. State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins from San Diego has been in the forefront of many of those efforts. Plus, in this weekend arts preview, we have sound immersion, the ballet and lots of...


US marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths as summer approaches

Pandemic restrictions are easing as summer approaches, a new highly infectious omicron subvariants emerge and the U.S. marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, where are we in the progress of the disease. Plus, how raising the interest rate fights inflation and what it means for you. Meanwhile, the San Diego police union is blaming the rise in crime at city parks on police funding cuts and accuses San Diego Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe of orchestrating them. She says that’s false. Also,...


‘When you don’t know where to go, you come here:’ California preps to be a haven for abortion rights

San Diego Planned Parenthood officials say they are getting ready for an influx of women from other states coming to California if abortion is banned by the U.S. Supreme Court. After, while a proposal to mandate treatment for severely mentally ill people is making the rounds in Sacramento, two San Diego City Council members are proposing a local effort to mandate care for some homeless people. And, housing advocates see 48 acres of public land in the Midway District as a golden opportunity...


Local, state leaders react to possible overturning of Roe v Wade

The Supreme Court is reportedly poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. The court confirmed the authenticity of a leaked draft majority opinion which reads in part, quote: “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives.'' Then, people in long-term immigration detention in San Diego County can now get free legal assistance through a new county program. After, California is now offering Medi-Cal coverage to lower-income older residents who...


California AG opens investigation into 'plastics deception campaign' by fossil fuel industry

An investigation alleges that fossil fuel companies have long known that messaging to consumers about individual responsibility for climate change is misleading and inaccurate. Next, California is now offering Medi-Cal coverage to older, lower-income residents who do not have U.S. citizenship. Then, hate incidents are on the rise in San Diego, but hate crimes are notoriously difficult to prosecute. KPBS race and equity reporter Cristina Kim reports how 911 dispatchers can help make a...


In photos: Community members march in protest following alleged hate crime in Lakeside

The stabbing of a 16-year-old Black girl in Lakeside earlier this month highlighted frustration around unchecked racism in East County. And change is coming to California’s rooftop solar market, but when it arrives and what it will look like is a closely guarded secret. Plus, for our weekend arts preview, we have a new Broadway-bound musical, botanical designs at the San Diego Museum of Art and plenty of live music.


Moderna seeks to be 1st with COVID shots for littlest kids

Moderna applied for emergency use authorization from the FDA for its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for children six months to five years old. And it has been four months since a federal lawsuit forced the Biden Administration to bring back a controversial Trump-era Remain in Mexico asylum program, also known as Migration Protection Protocols. Plus, starting May 1, people 18 and younger across San Diego County will be able to ride public transportation for free. Next, a home sold under market value...


Expert weighs in on mask usage following federal ruling

The U.S. is out of the pandemic phase of COVID-19, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Plus, California residents who are members of federally recognized Native American tribes, will soon be eligible for a tuition-free college education at University of California schools. After, comments from a federal judge have put plans to end Title 42 – a controversial Trump-era asylum policy – in limbo. Meanwhile, San Diego is seeing a wave of no fault evictions. Which means some people are being evicted...


Biden’s new program leaves some Ukrainian refugees stranded at the border

Changes by the Biden administration meant to make it easier for Ukranians to enter the United States have had the opposite effect for those stuck in Tijuana. Plus, the controversy over racially insensitive comments made by the San Dieguito Union High School District's superintendent is taking on a new dimension. Then, San Diego will soon join a growing number of California cities that prohibit retailers from selling flavored tobacco products. Later, an update on California’s high speed rail...


Unsheltered: Solving homelessness in San Diego

As San Diego grapples with how to connect its unsheltered population with services and housing, complex questions have to be asked: What role should conservatorship laws play in helping the hardest-to-reach homeless individuals? What are the best strategies for reducing the number of people living on the street and into housing? How can you find permanent housing for so many people in one of the least affordable places in the country? KPBS posed these questions and more to a panel of experts.