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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.




Supreme Court ruling puts California gun magazine ban in doubt

The Supreme Court vacated a ruling that supported California’s ban on gun magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. Then, despite the controversy, the artwork called “Three Slick Pigs” is remaining part of The Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters exhibition at the California Center for the Arts Escondido.


Supreme Court hands Biden a victory with 'Remain in Mexico' case

The Supreme Court published two major decisions Thursday. In a 5-4 opinion, the court ruled the Biden Administration has the right to end the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy. And, in a 6-3 opinion, the court sided with West Virginia coal plant operators that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to change the nation’s energy producing system. Next, local health officials are encouraging masking as omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 are taking hold in San Diego...


Legislators move to enshrine abortion rights in state constitution

The state legislature approved an amendment to protect abortion rights in the California constitution, now it’s up to voters to decide in November. State Senate President Toni Atkins of San Diego is one of the leaders of the effort to secure reproductive rights in California. Next, the bodies of dozens of migrants were found Monday in the back of a tractor trailer in San Antonio. At least 53 migrants died in what is now the deadliest human smuggling case in modern U.S. history. Then, the...


Local Planned Parenthood sees uptick in appointments, confusion following Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion continues to reverberate across the country. Now health care providers are expecting an influx of people coming to California to obtain an abortion from states where they are illegal. California may even help them cover the costs of traveling here. And, celebrations took place in some churches in San Diego on Sunday in response to the decision overturning Roe v. Wade while other religious groups had opposite...


Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade

The Supreme Court ruled Friday to strike down Roe v Wade – ending 50 years of federal abortion rights. Roughly half of states are expected to either outlaw or severely restrict abortion as a result of the decision. Next, as states across the nation brace for the impact of this ruling, legal experts are also considering what further constitutional rights may be reconsidered by the court in the near future. Finally, KPBS investigative reporter Claire Trageser tells us about some local areas...


COVID-19 update with Dr. Eric Topol

The last major age group to be vaccinated against COVID-19 - children ages 6 months to 5 years old – are now getting their shots. How significant is this in the fight against the virus? Then, primary elections often result in a low turnout of voters and this June’s California primary was no exception. But what about November? A new UC San Diego survey tries to take the temperature of voters in California. And, we’re learning more about pollution sources from the Port of San Diego that are...


State decision could bring taller buildings to San Diego coastal communities

A decision by the State could potentially add hundreds more housing units in San Diego and change the look of the city’s coastal communities. Then, the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ended “separate but equal” school discrimination and began the integration of American schools. But a new book tells the story of a little-known consequence and legacy of the ruling: Black teachers and principals who taught in segregated schools, lost their jobs and were replaced by...


Ex-Trump aide Navarro pleads not guilty to contempt charges

The televised hearings into the January 6 insurrection have so far featured many of Donald Trump’s inner circle of advisors. But one person we haven’t heard from is a man with deep roots in San Diego. Then, San Diego’s Roman Catholic Diocese has made some big headlines over the past few weeks. First, its leader was tapped by Pope Francis to become a cardinal. Then San Diego’s auxiliary bishop was chosen to become Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, replacing a more conservative Bishop. And, we...


Q&A: What to know about COVID-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers

An FDA advisory panel has given approval for COVID vaccines for kids aged 6-months to 5 years. Then, authorities warn that South Bay beaches may remain closed for the summer due to excess pollution levels. After that, the Fat Leonard Navy bribery scandal is about to wrap up in San Diego. Also, In the wake of constant mass shootings across the nation, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted earlier this week to find policy recommendations that would allow the county to sue gun makers...


Immigration advocates reflect on 10 years of DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was initiated by President Barack Obama in 2012. But it was not supposed to last this long. Permanent immigration reform is still out of reach and the futures of DACA recipients remain uncertain. Then, the looming Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade has some experts questioning whether the state of women’s health in America may be reversing course. Next, California’s wildfires have become bigger, hotter and more destructive. The...


San Diego Pride prepares for safe celebration in wake of recent threats

San Diego Pride prepares for a safe celebration next month in the wake of recent threats against the LGBTQ community. Then, a rental subsidy for seniors at risk of homelessness was approved in the latest city budget. Next, some local police officers are using religious exemptions to avoid COVID testing. And, a group of San Diego high school students share their experiences hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail. They are bringing attention to the challenge faced by asylum seekers who risk...


Navy orders safety pause after training flight crash

Naval Flight operations have been suspended in the wake of a series of crashes in Southern California this month. Then, inflation shows no signs of slowing down. Numbers released Friday show the consumer price index last month jumped 8.6% higher than a year ago. Next, San Diego is one of the biggest biotech centers in the country. Will it last? And, as families across the county celebrate their graduating students, there is one celebration that stands out. It’s a class of just about a dozen...


Veterans say renowned rehab program is now a minefield of drug abuse

An inewsource investigation finds that a renowned rehab center in San Diego is facing widespread drug use on its campus, and conditions there have become dangerous. Plus, this weekend in San Diego plenty of visual art to choose from, outdoor classical music and some all-ages punk rock.


Midday Edition special on reparations

A new report from the California’s Reparations Task Force connects the beginnings of U.S. chattel slavery in the United States and the lasting harms it caused to the oppression of Black Americans to this day. It's the task force’s first step in recommending how the state of California can repair those harms. Over the hour we’ll hear about four aspects of of the report including how oppression and discrimination of Black people throughout the nation’s history created a wealth gap, health...


Local and statewide updates from California's primary election

California held its primary election Tuesday, and while votes are still being counted across the state, there is a much clearer picture of who will be on the ballot in November in key state races. Plus, the top vote-getters for San Diego County Sheriff, California’s Assembly District 80, Chula Vista mayor and San Diego City Council District 2. Then, coronavirus cases in the county tripled between May and June led by new variants that have again made the virus more transmissible. Plus, the...


San Diegans head to polls in primary election

Tuesday is primary election day in California. We hear from San Diego County’s Registrar of Voters Cynthia Paes on how the election is going and how San Diegans can cast their ballots. Then, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria signals a shift to stricter enforcement of homeless encampments. Then, a series of webinars beginning Wednesday promises to teach members of the public more about their rights. Next, California’s fast food workers are planning to walk off the job Thursday to demand better...


California US House races could help tilt power in Congress

On Tuesday, election officials will begin to count the ballots for California’s primary election – setting the stage for November. Political watchers will be paying close attention to the outcomes of a handful of U.S. House seats that could help decide which party controls congress. Those seats include District 49 in San Diego County currently held by Democrat Mike Levin. Then, KPBS has one place where you can find key information about the races, get email updates, what’s on your ballot and...


California lawmakers announce placeholder budget agreement

California state legislators reached the half-way point of their legislative term while negotiations on the state budget continue, and political power-plays reveal infighting in Sacramento. Then, the San Diego International Fringe Festival kicked off Thursday. Fringe runs through June 12th at multiple locations but its home base is in Balboa Park. And, On Sunday The Old Globe Theatre kicks off its Summer Shakespeare Festival with The Taming of the Shrew. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando...


California releases reparations recommendations

A first-of-its-kind report from California’s Reparations Task Force makes recommendations on reparations. Then, a priest serving migrants in the San Diego-Tijuana border region has died under mysterious circumstances. Next, San Diego’s airport begins a major remodel during what aims to be a busy travel season. Then, Mexican culture and representation once again has a place among one of Balboa Park’s iconic attractions. Finally, San Diego International Fringe begins today and KPBS arts...


Balboa Park street project tests San Diego's commitment to biking, transit goals

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria was elected on a promise of drastically reducing emissions through big improvements to biking and public transit infrastructure, but the mayor's commitment to those goals is being put to the test with a street project in Balboa Park. Plus, Gloria joined Midday Edition to discuss transit and a number of the city’s most serious and contentious issues. Next, state law says police must release shooting videos within 45 days, except under the narrowest of...