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Jul 28, 2014
UPDATE 9:30 A.M. -- A wildfire continues to burn near Yosemite National Park Monday.
Governor Jerry Brown is taking several dozen California business leaders on a trade mission to Mexico this week. One expert says there’s a limit to what state trade missions can accomplish.
Continued drought brings drawdown of groundwater in California, other western states.
A bill in the California legislature would require local jurisdictions to deal with permits for solar projects more quickly. Supporters say some projects are held up for weeks because of red tape.
Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt brings updates on the Sand Fire from Placerville.
The El Portal Fire, which started on Saturday, has burned 1,900 acres on the Stanislaus National Forest and 200 acres in Yosemite National Park. (Photo courtesy of Edie Howe) UPDATE: 10:20 p.m.
The Sand Fire is holding at 3,800 acres, with 50 percent containment. Fifty-one structures have burned, including 13 residences. The fire began Friday near Highway 49 and Sand Ridge Road at the Amador-El Dorado county line. UPDATE: 10:05 p.m.
The Sand Fire, near the Amador-El Dorado county line, more than tripled in size Saturday, and has now burned 4,000 acres. The fire has claimed 12 structures, and stands at 20 percent containment. UPDATE: 8:51 p.m.
The Sand Fire in Amador County was 20 percent contained as of late Friday. The blaze is burning near the El Dorado County line, has grown to more than 1,300 acres and burned two structures. UPDATED: 11:25 p.m.
Converted military aircraft are being used to help fight wildfires in California and other Western states.
Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think
Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "Bird mecca" of America – is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.
In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances
Life transitions, from expanding families to job losses and promotions, can be financially stressful. Host Michel Martin speaks with money coaches about what to do when you are facing big changes.
NPR's New CEO Hopes To Improve Diversity At The Network
Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's new chief executive officer, Jarl Mohn, about his vision for the organization and the state of diversity at the network.
Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis
The bill would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers are expected to unveil their plan this afternoon.
Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days
The assembly speaker takes over for the senate president pro tem, who takes over for the lieutenant governor, because they all have other obligations during Gov. Jerry Brown's trade trip to Mexico.
People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer
Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.
The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System
Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.
Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default
Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.
When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution
The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health
People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care
Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?
Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders
At the East Bay School for Boys, teachers try to channel students' frenetic energy into resilience and creativity. They call shop class "work," and emphasize softer skills like empathy.
Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist
This past week, a group called Student Veterans of America announced a list of for-profit colleges that they claim are recruiting vets while simultaneously closing and selling off campuses. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with SVA president D. Wayne Robinson.
Insight Goes To Yosemite. In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park, the Insight team hit the road and spent a day at Yosemite. Beth Ruyak talked with visitors, rangers and locals and gives you an audio tour. And we took LOTS of pics. Sample below. More here.
Insight: Capitol Chat / Prohibition in Sacramento / Sound Advice: Steve Milne / Irish Tenor: Anthony KearnsThursday, July 24, 2014
CapRadio's Ben Adler is in for this week's Capitol Chat. We learn about Sacramento's reputation as the "wettest city" in the nation during Prohibition. Plus, Steve Milne has Sound Advice.
We discuss the latest nominee to CA's Supreme Court. We talk about the newest festival in town celebrating the tomato. We learn how the Food Literacy Center is making an impact in South Sacramento. Plus, The Kimberly Trip Band is in studio.
Sacramento’s Music Circus is reviving the classic musical “South Pacific,” a show that despite its age remains popular with audiences. This old favorite endures in part because it offers a fascinating confluence of musical styles.
There’s a new summer theater series in the Sacramento region – the Davis Shakespeare Festival. They’re staging an evergreen Shakespeare comedy, and a small Broadway musical from 1963. Critic Jeff Hudson says this new venture is off to a strong start.