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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.
Several California cities have either filed or considered filing for bankruptcy. And high pension costs continue to cause controversy. Now a recent ruling in the Detroit bankruptcy case is bringing more uncertainty into the mix.
The Sacramento Kings will present their goals Tuesday night for the number of local and small businesses that would be involved in building a new downtown arena. The presentation will be made before the Sacramento City Council.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration plans to release environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan today.
The City of Sacramento has asked the City Council to suspend the usual competitive bidding process for the downtown arena project.
Advocates for change in California’s correctional system are asking that alternatives to incarceration be considered in the planning for how to spend bond revenue meant to reduce the prison population.
If your driving in Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Carmichael or Folsom this Sunday morning, you could run into a few roadblocks.
Will Obamacare Play Big In 2014? Keep An Eye On N.H. Senate Race
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a popular Democrat, former governor and strong proponent of the Affordable Care Act, is taking some heat back home for the problems with HealthCare.gov. She faces re-election next year, but a formidable Republican opponent has yet to emerge.
Epilepsy Patients Help Decode The Brain's Hidden Signals
When doctors stick electrodes into the brain of a patient with epilepsy, they're hoping to find a cure for debilitating seizures. But they're also exploring a still-mysterious landscape. And they couldn't do it without a patient willing to help.
Temperatures Dip From Sea To Icy Sea
Frigid weather and freezing rain have beset large swaths of the country. Those below-average temperatures are expected to stay well into the week.
Unrealized, Unforeseen Environmental Results Of NAFTA
When the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican governments were negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement back in the 1990s, environmentalists warned that it would create a race to the bottom: Countries would compete to gut environmental rules to attract businesses. But by and large, those fears were not realized. Still, the trade deal had other unforeseen environmental consequences.
Debate On Wage And Wealth Gap Heats Up; Solutions Elusive
Fast-food workers across the country protested their low pay this week, while President Obama decried the nation's growing wealth gap, calling it "the defining challenge of our time." Meanwhile, the nation's capital city passed a new minimum wage law.
Go Ahead And Mail Your Boring Holiday Cards
There's no question that people have mixed motives when they send out their cards. No doubt they want to put the best face on their own lives, offering an annual report marked more by pride, perhaps, than honesty. Christmas cards may be self-serving and smug, but they're also well-meant attempts to connect.
Help Is Hard To Get For Veterans After A Bad Discharge
More than 100,000 troops left the service with other-than-honorable discharges in the last 10 years. The consequences of a bad discharge can last a lifetime, disqualifying veterans from benefits and health care. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Quil Lawrence about his series on these former members of the military.
Economists Toast 20 Years Of NAFTA; Critics Sit Out The Party
In December 1993, President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted Americans would hear a "giant sucking sound" as Mexico vacuumed up U.S. jobs. Economists say that the worst of Perot's fears never materialized. But opponents still see downsides.
Winter Storm Moves Into Mid-Atlantic
Freezing rain is creeping across Tennessee on its way to the mid-Atlantic as the stunning cold, snow and ice that gripped Texas and the west on Saturday makes its advance eastward.
N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System
The high-tech system can essentially override human error and slow a train that is going too fast. Congress mandated that all trains have it by 2015, but only a few passenger and freight railroads will be ready by then. And after a deadly train crash in New York, few in Congress may be willing to vote for a delay.
How U.S. Activists Helped Push South Africa Away From Apartheid
U.S. civil rights leaders were among the first Americans to shine an international light on apartheid in South Africa. But calls for economic sanctions eventually led to wider actions, from college campuses to Wall Street. Richard Knight, project director of the African Activist Archive, remembers the role the U.S. indirectly played in South Africa's struggle.
U.S. Veteran, Held By North Korea, Arrives Safely In Calif.
Newman was deported by North Korea on Friday, days after he appeared on state TV reading an apology for alleged war crimes.
Gene Therapy Keeps 'Bubble Boy' Disease At Bay In 8 Children
Earlier efforts to use gene therapy to treat a rare immune disorder in young children failed when some of the children got leukemia. Scientists say they think they may have figured it out, with eight children now living normal toddler lives.
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.
A local Reverend remembers his meeting with Nelson Mandela and how it influenced his work today. Katie Orr updates us on the latest legislative news. Neal Conan on life after TOTN. Plus, author Toni Piccinini and musician John Weed live in studio.
New survey of parents show satisfaction with local schools but a lack of awareness about new funding mechanisms. Keith Lowell Jensen records fourth CD. Gay Men's Chorus teams up with Harley White Jr. Orchestra and Cale Wiggins with new music.
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.