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Aug 1, 2014
Firefighters continue to make headway on the El Portal Fire near Yosemite National Park, with containment at 58 percent as of late Thursday.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is pushing jobs as a way to reduce poverty in California. But some say it’s not that simple.
(AP) Bond sales for California's high-speed rail project can proceed, as the 3rd District Court overturned lower court rulings that held up funding for the $68 billion train.
Pet insurance policies could soon be getting increased oversight and transparency requirements under a bill in the California legislature.
Will an "Under New Ownership" sign soon hang on the Tower Bridge?
Less than a month into the new fiscal year, California has already used up more than a quarter of the money set aside in the state budget for fighting wildfires.
A California state senator pleaded not guilty to a new charge of racketeering.
People with affiliations to the group Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork have filed notice they will appeal a judge's decision denying a request for an injunction blocking the downtown arena project.
An independent state commission says the California Department of Parks and Recreation must fix its broken administration, management and bureaucracy. It then recommends asking voters to pay for maintaining the parks.
(AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown returned home after a trade mission trip to Mexico.
Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises
Politico Magazine editor Susan Glasser and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum talk with Linda Wertheimer about how the president's foreign policy moves are playing out at home and abroad.
Inquiry Shows CIA Spied On Senate Panel That Was Investigating The Agency
CIA director John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had accused the CIA of spying on her committee's computers. Brennan at first denied it.
Congress Approves $16.3 Billion VA Health Care Bill
A 91-3 vote in the Senate will send the landmark VA legislation, meant to address widespread problems in the VA health care system, to President Obama for his signature.
Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data to Changed Terrorist Behavior
For months, U.S. officials have said secret data from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was affecting the way terrorists communicate. A Massachusetts company says it has found proof.
Ebola Patient Will Be Treated In Atlanta Hospital
An isolation unit at Emory University's hospital will be used to treat a patient infected with Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 700 people in a recent outbreak in West Africa.
Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought'
About 58 percent of California is currently in the worst of the four drought levels used by experts, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.
Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled
In 2011, Utah decided to let some people in the state illegally apply for work permits. But the law, pending a federal waiver, still hasn't gone into effect — and now, some want to repeal it.
When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions
China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.
Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up
Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.
CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers
Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.
Facing Conservative Opposition, House Republicans Nix Border Bill Vote
House GOP leaders have abruptly canceled a vote on their own bill meant to address the surge of unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. An effort to pass a pared down version of President Obama's request was blocked by a group of Tea Party conservatives. NPR's Senior Correspondent Ron Elving discusses the state of play.
Star Witness Steps Up To The Stand In McDonnell's Corruption Trial
The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold, as the prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific's Jonnie Williams, testified against McDonnell and his wife.
With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.
Insight: Capitol Chat / Parkways and Public Health / Transportation Projects / Sound Advice: Sacramento News & ReviewThursday, July 31, 2014
CapRadio's Ben Adler is in for Capitol Chat. Plus, a UCLA professor talks about new research linking urban river parkways to improved public health. And Sacramento News and Review’s Janelle Bitker explains the jump in local electronica musicians.
Insight: California-Mexico Business Relationship / Pet Tales: Spay-Neuter Study/ "Race" at Celebration Arts / Catherine RussellWednesday, July 30, 2014
International trade adviser Jock O’Connell explains what Gov. Jerry Brown’s trip to Mexico can do. A UC Davis professor discusses the complications that could come with neutering a dog. And, singer Catherine Russell talks about her new album.
In 1964 an edgy play titled “Marat/Sade" - set in a French insane asylum with the Marquis de Sade as a major character – shook up London audiences. California Stage is marking the 50th anniversary of this radical show by mounting a new production.
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is staging the comedy “As You Like It” with a cast of professional actors who interpret the script in a novel way, with a syncopated beat. The unexpected transfer works out surprisingly well, says our Jeff Hudson.