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    California's Retiree Health Care Costs Jump Past $70 Billion

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    A new report says California’s cost of providing health care benefits for retired state workers over the long run has jumped 10 percent in the last year. The state’s unfunded liability now stands at more than $70 billion.

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    Falling Gas Prices Benefit Drivers, Businesses

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    We continue a series today looking at parts of the California economy to see how they’ve evolved this past year. Today, how falling gas prices are affecting bottom lines.

California Border Residents Grapple with Out-of-State Health Insurance Restrictions
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Anthem Blue Cross, the largest insurer in Covered California's Northern California region, ended an out-of-state benefit for individual planholders this year. Blue Shield of California plans in the region also restrict care to within state lines.


California Housing Market's Middle-Class Squeeze Deepened in 2014
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

On the surface, California's housing market held fairly steady in 2014. But it's become much harder for a middle-class family with two incomes to buy a home.


Stockton Grapples With Options To Rid Delta Marina Of Water Hyacinth
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

This has been one of the worst years for water hyacinth in the Delta. A town hall meeting was held to speak to the concerns of those affected.


Kings First Test Without Malone Is Tonight
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

"What we're trying to do now is put a product on the floor that reflects the Sacramento fan base, which to us is free-flowing, up-and-down kind of style of play." -Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro A new era in Sacramento Kings basketball begins tonight.


Study: Green Buildings Deliver Climate Benefits
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Green buildings in California reduce energy, use less water, and produce less waste. But a new study shows there is room for improvement when it comes to commute-related greenhouse gas emissions.


Latest Storm System Brings Nearly 2 Inches Of Rain To Sacramento Region
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

(AP) -- The National Weather Service says the current storm system has added about a half-inch of rain, as expected.


Sacramento State, Sierra College Partnership Includes Roseville Campus
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

A new partnership between Sacramento State University and Sierra College is part of a long-term plan for a new campus in Roseville.


Holiday Music Fills State Capitol Rotunda
Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Carolers and choral groups are filling the California State Capitol with holiday music this year.


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S.C. Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found that "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr."


U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.


Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled.


Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has lead to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.


Obama Issues 12 Pardons, Commutes 8 Sentences

President Obama commuted the prison sentences of eight people who were convicted of drug-related crimes Wednesday, in a move that also saw 12 presidential pardons issued.


Alan Gross' Release: How It Went Down

American Alan Gross had spent more than five years in a Cuban prison where he suffered ill health. Then, on Tuesday, his lawyer, Scott Gilbert, told him in a phone call that he was going home.


We're Down To 5 Northern White Rhinos: Is It Too Late For Babies?

With the death of a northern white rhino in San Diego's zoo this week, researchers are working to see whether they can save the species. They'd better hurry — only five remain.


In Gaza, The Specter Of ISIS Proves Useful To Both Sides

The Islamic State is not believed to be in the Gaza Strip. But a flier in its name was recently sent around the territory. Both Israel and Hamas are trying to use it to their advantage.


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Farmers and homeowners in the Central Valley have been running out of water. CapRadio found out just how much they're drilling through the drought. Take a look at our county-by-county breakdown.

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  • State Of Drought

    Reservoir levels are at historic lows, municipalities are ordering mandatory conservation and farmers are bracing for water shortages. CapRadio has coverage on how Californians are being impacted by the drought.

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    Capital Public Radio provides the latest information and updates on wildfires hitting the state.

  • California Budget 2014-2015

    Complete coverage of California's budgeting process for the year 2014-2015 -- from Gov. Jerry Brown's initial and revised proposals, to expert analysis and lawmaker reactions, to debate, revisions and eventual passage.

  • A Journey Back to Cuba

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    CapRadio took 65 listeners to Cuba through a U.S. sanctioned "people-to-people" tour. Pauline Bartolone hosted one of the trips, largely leaving her reporter’s hat at home. Here she shares her experiences, with a focus on health care.

  • New California Laws 2014

    On Jan.1, 2014, new laws take effect -- impacting labor, economy, the environment and other aspects of society. We've collected stories about new legislation; where it comes from and how it impacts Californians.

  • California's Delta: Inside and Out

    A 5-part series from environment reporter Amy Quinton examining the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta inside and out, from its habitat and residents to its crucial role as the state's major supplier of water.

  • Special Section: Health Care in Transition

    Open enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act runs Oct. 1, 2013 through Mar. 31, 2014. Learn more about the plans being offered in California and Nevada and follow the latest national, state and local health care stories here.

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