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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.
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.
The proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has reached a significant milestone. The state has released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review.
An annual report that assesses the status of women as business leaders in California shows only slight improvement in the number of female corporate executives.
New real estate data show the Sacramento area had more than 4,433 active and available listings in November.
It was about ten degrees colder than normal this morning in the Sacramento area, and that contributed to icy roads and school delays.
To Get Kids Exercising, Schools Are Becoming Creative
An NPR poll finds that most elementary school kids have physical education classes just one or two days a week. In response, parents and educators are getting kids to squeeze in walks, jogs and jumping jacks before, after and even during school.
For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment
Reed Holway served in Iraq, where he developed PTSD. His symptoms worsened back in the U.S. He got in trouble and ultimately received a bad-conduct discharge. Now Holway is stuck: He can't get medical care from the VA for the disorder that he says caused him to get kicked out of the Army in the first place.
Surveillance Revelations Give Creative Writers Pause
A recent survey by the PEN American Center, a nonprofit writers group, suggests that recent revelations about government surveillance are affecting creative expression. David Greene talks about the survey with David Simon, the writer and producer who created the HBO series The Wire, among other hits, and Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.
High Stakes For Banks As Volcker Rule Is Finalized
Federal regulators on Tuesday unveil and vote on a final version of the so-called Volcker Rule. It's part of the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul and prohibits banks from trading stocks, bonds and derivatives for their own accounts. Defining what the rule covers has taken years of work.
Leaked Documents Show Government Spying On Fantasy Games
A new leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveals that intelligence agencies spied on popular online fantasy games, like Second Life and World of Warcraft.
LA Sheriff's Deputies Face Charges Of Inmate Abuse
Eighteen current and former Los Angeles sheriff's deputies are facing federal charges, accused of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice. The indictments are part of an ongoing FBI probe into allegations of widespread abuse against inmates at county jails.
Treasury Department Sells Its Stake In GM
The U.S. Department of Treasury has gotten out of the auto business. The government completed its sales of stock in General Motors on Monday.
Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns
But Republicans blocked a measure that would have strengthened the restrictions on the firearms that can skirt airport detectors.
Ethics Panel Hands Down Holiday Gift Rules — In Rhyme
With stern and often complex limits on accepting gifts, the House Ethics Committee sends out a guidance memo each holiday season. This year's version has seven pages of Capitol Hill holiday gift rules — and one page of advice in the form of a poem.
Senate GOP Could Taste Sweet Revenge In Supreme Court Case
If the Obama administration winds up losing a Supreme Court case challenging President Obama's recess appointments, the Senate back story could make the win especially gratifying for Republicans.
Government Sells Last Shares In GM, Loses $10 Billion
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the government lost $10.7 billion on the deal but saved an estimated 1.5 million jobs in the industry.
18 LA Sheriff's Deputies Indicted In Sweeping Jail Probe
Federal prosecutors have charged current and former deputies with unjustified beatings of inmates, unjustified detentions and obstruction of justice.
Newtown Calls For 'Acts Of Kindness' On Shooting Anniversary
Relatives of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School say they will light candles in memory of the victims.
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.
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.
Insight: Political Junkie Goes West / Mandela's Influence on Davis / "Rails, Tales and Trails" / Young SopranoMonday, December 9, 2013
Ken Rudin joins us once again to give California politics a national perspective. Then, the City of Davis was one of first to divest from South Africa due to apartheid. Plus, a train enthusiast releases a new book and a seven-year-old tackles opera.
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.