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Dec 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner and later went on to become South Africa's first democratically elected president, has died. He was 95.
The Sacramento City Council last night voted to skip the normal bidding process for building a new downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings and other entertainment events.
A controversial plan to build a private psychiatric hospital near Cal Expo is moving ahead.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration today released a draft of its action plan on preparations for the impacts of climate change over the next century. The plan addresses the effects of extreme weather, rising sea levels and other issues.
The tree-thinning program to reduce fire danger in the Tahoe National Forest is having an unexpected consequence. There are fewer trees for the popular public Christmas tree cutting program and the U.S. Forest Service are handing out fewer permits.
A new study reveals some possible negative fallout from California’s two-year-old realignment policy.
With a mix of joyful, mournful and soulful music tens of thousands of South Africans and dozens of world leaders gathered in a huge soccer stadium to celebrate the country's emancipator - Nelson Mandela. Follow the NPR coverage.
Health Exchange Enrollment By State, In 2 Charts
Because HealthCare.gov was barely functioning in October and much of November, the administration is falling far short of the 3.3 million people it has projected would sign up by the end of December. Still, federal officials say they're confident that 7 million people will have obtained insurance on the exchanges by the end of March.
Mystery Bidder At French Auction Plans To Return Sacred Hopi Items
Twenty-four items sold for $530,000 this week in Paris. The Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation turned out to be the buyer, and says it stepped in after a French court rejected efforts to halt the auction.
6 Things Missing From The Budget Agreement
The agreement by the budget committee chairs is no grand bargain. It's more like a mini-bargain. All the really hard stuff was sidestepped because the ideological rift between Washington Democrats and Republicans made it impossible to include those items.
Sebelius Calls For Review Of HHS Practices That Led To Debacle
"The launch of HealthCare.gov was flawed and simply unacceptable." Those are the words of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, published today, just before she spent time with people who share that view: members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
'Civic Tech' Skips The Red Tape
If you've ever spent a day on hold with a government agency, you know there has to be a better way. Now, the emerging field of 'civic tech' is trying to find it. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Roxann Stafford of Design Muse to learn more.
Kids Create Mobile Apps In the Classroom
Some of the best new digital apps are coming from the youngest tech innovators. Middle school students Xavier Manning and Ciara Chase created apps that make their community better: from improving garbage collection to finding missing teens. Guest host Celeste Headlee talk to the students, and their guidance counselor Carletta Hurt.
No Cake For You: Saying 'I Don't' To Same-Sex Marriage
Photographers and a cake baker who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds are challenging rulings that compel them to provide wedding services to gay couples. Lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.
Asiana Pilot Was 'Very Concerned' Before California Crash
Three people were killed and more than 150 were injured when the South Korean passenger jet crashed at San Francisco International Airport last July. As the NTSB holds an all-day hearing, there's word that the pilot was worried about making a visual approach to the runway.
Pensions Become Less Certain For Government Workers
Governments at all levels are trying to save money by scaling back retirement benefits. Public employees may still end up with more generous plans than their private sector counterparts, but the days of feeling totally secure about their pension income may be numbered.
Enrollment Jumps At HealthCare.gov, Though Totals Still Lag
As of Nov. 30, more than 137,000 people had obtained health insurance through the federal website. Another 227,000 got coverage through the state exchanges. Users have until Dec. 23 to sign up if they want the health insurance coverage to start Jan. 1.
'Something For Everyone To Dislike' In Budget Deal
The bipartisan plan would head off any more budget battles for two years. But it also doesn't cut spending as much as some Republicans want or restore some of the funding that Democrats favor. Both sides being disappointed may be the key to the plan's success, though.
Exchange Enrollment Growing But Still Short Of Forecasts
The Obama administration just released the latest sign-up numbers for its troubled health insurance exchange website. Enrollment picked up last month, after a disastrous start in October. Still, the number of people signing up for coverage is below the administration's original forecasts.
Sen. Murray On Budget Deal: A 'Compromise' With 'Smarter Cuts'
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced a bipartisan budget proposal Tuesday. For more details on the plan, Steve Inskeep speaks with Murray, who led her party in the negotiations.
Best when viewed in full-screen modeJazz great, Northern California native and Pacific alum Dave Brubeck died one year ago today, one day short of turning 92. Among his enormous list of achievements, Brubeck was immensely proud of the Brubeck Institute which he and his wife Iola established at University of the Pacific in the early 2000's. Hearing members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet perform always brought a smile to Dave's face.
We’ll debrief what the Sacramento City Council did – and didn’t do – with some critical agenda items including a controversial psychiatric hospital project. Then we'll talk the gift of wine with Rick Kushman and music by 18-year-old Parie Wood.
Intense politics for two area cities: Sacramento counts signatures for an arena initiative and Stockton watches Detroit on bankruptcy and public pensions. Plus, Lauren McCullough, blogger and cancer patient talks about her 21st birthday.
The holiday season shows are taking over local stages, but audiences still have a two weeks to see a provocative new play, imagining a conversation in the afterlife between two famous figures at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.
A plan to house the Sacramento Ballet and several other arts groups at a shuttered elementary school faces a critical vote tonight.