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KQED's statewide radio news program, providing daily coverage of issues, trends, and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population.

    From Dynasty To Scandal, Duncan Hunter’s Old District Is Up For Grabs

    From Dynasty To Scandal, Duncan Hunter’s Old District Is Up For Grabs

    Feds Examine Weather And Other Condition In Bryant Crash Investigation

    The National Transportation Safety Board has released information about  the helicopter crash that killed nine people, including retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Officials say the chopper was manned by a veteran pilot who was trying to maneuver in difficult conditions that had grounded other aircraft in the area north of Los Angeles where the crash occurred Sunday.

    Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, KQED

    California Researchers Rush To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

    California is on alert in the search for more cases of coronavirus.

    Officials have confirmed two cases in Southern California, and a lab in San Diego's gotten a $9 million grant to try and develop a coronavirus vaccine fast. They hope to have something ready for human testing by summer.

    Reporter: Tarryn Mento, KPBS

    Survey Shows Most Americans Favor Data Privacy

    California's landmark data privacy law has only been on the books for a few weeks. It gives consumers the right to know what big tech is doing with our data. A survey out today finds most Americans want some form of data privacy regulation, and more control over how their data is used.

    Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED

    California has a new system to track sexual harassment within state government.

    The new system will track harassment and discrimination investigations by department. The names of state employees who file complaints will remain confidential. Officials say the system will help identify repeat offenders and struggling departments.

    Reporter: Scott Rodd, Capital Public Radio

    From Dynasty to Scandal: Duncan Hunter's Old District Is Up For Grabs

    A new documentary series by the San Diego Union-Tribune digs into the history of California's 50th Congressional District, held by Duncan Hunter until he resigned earlier this month after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds. Now it's the site of a heated race featuring former Congressman Darrell Issa and former City Councilman Carl DeMaio. There's also Ammar Campa-Najjar, the Democrat who almost flipped the seat in the 2018 election.

    Reporter: Sam Hodgson, San Diego Union-Tribune

    California Law Mandates Women On Boards, More States May Follow

    California's publicly-traded companies have been scrambling to make sure they comply with a 2018 law that required them to have at least one woman on their boards by January 1. The Boardlist database - where directors can search for qualified female board candidates - says their data base shows there has been a 20% increase in queries on their site.

    Reporter: Lily Jamali, KQED

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    Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant’s Death Stuns Fans

    Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant’s Death Stuns Fans

    Two Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Southern California

    Public health officials have announced two patients here in California have tested positive for the virus -- one in Los Angeles and another in Orange County. Both had traveled to Wuhan, China. 

    Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED

    Abortion Providers Promise to Fight Back Against Latest Legal Action

    The Trump administration threatened legal action against California’s abortion protections Friday. But state lawmakers and health groups say they’ll keep working to make the procedure more affordable and accessible.

    Reporter: Sammy Caiola, Capital Public Radio

    What Humans Can Do To Prevent Whale Entanglements

    California scientists are learning more about how a warming ocean threatens species like humpback whales. New research from UC Santa Cruz also highlights the connection between climate change and whale entanglements.

    Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED Science

    Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant's Death Stuns Fans

    Hundreds of people poured onto the plaza outside of Staples Center to remember Bryant with other fans.

    Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report co-Host

    Bryant's Legacy Complicated by Rape Allegation

    In 2003, Kobe Bryant was accused of rape by a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado. Prosecutors dropped the criminal case after his accuser decided not to testify. Later, as part of a civil settlement, Bryant publicly apologized to her, saying he understood how she felt she didn’t consent to the encounter. That means survivors of sexual assault might have a more complicated response to news of his death.

    Guest: Kavitha Davidson, The Athletic

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    Grassroots Campaigns Ramp Up for Democratic Candidates

    Grassroots Campaigns Ramp Up for Democratic Candidates

    State Public Health Officials Brace for Coronavirus

    An outbreak of coronavirus in China has killed at least 17 people and sickened hundreds more. Although the LA County Department of Public Health says the risk of the virus spreading to people in LA is currently very low, public health officials across the state are taking precautions.

    Reporter: Robert Garrova, KPCC

    Some Families Separated at the Border Reunite

    Hundreds of migrant parents were separated from their children at the U.S. Mexico border and then deported without their children under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy. Now, some of those parents are returning to cities like Los Angeles and reuniting with their kids because of a federal judge’s order.  Farida Jhabvala Romero spoke with one dad, as he waited to board his flight to LAX at the airport in Guatemala  City.

    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

    Newsom Says PG&Es Plan Doesn't Cut It

    Governor Gavin Newsom is warning Pacific Gas and Electric that the utility’s current plan for exiting bankruptcy isn’t good enough to get the state’s approval. And this isn’t the first time the Governor as warned the utility

    Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED 

    SF Prosecutors Will No Longer Seek Cash Bail

    San Francisco prosecutors will no longer seek cash bail as a condition for a defendant's release before trial. That’s long been a goal of the city’s new District Attorney, Chesa Boudin.

    Reporter: Mina Kim, KQED

    State Defends Women in Discrimination Lawsuit

    State regulators are intervening in a 10 million dollar settlement proposal between the popular Los Angeles video game maker Riot Games and former female employees. Their concern? The dollar amount may not be big enough.

    Reporter: Tiffany Camhi, KQED

    Grassroots Campaigns Ramp Up for Democratic Candidates

    As presidential candidates accelerate their grassroots campaigns in California, Saul Gonzalez visits a couple of Los Angeles organizing events to see and hear what street-level politicking looks like. He also talks to fired-up volunteer supporters.

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    Where Did All the Camp Fire Survivors Go?

    Where Did All the Camp Fire Survivors Go?

    University of California Delays Vote On Undergrad Tuition Hikes

    A heated vote was scheduled for today by the University of California on whether to raise tuition for undergrads.

    Now, the UC has pulled the topic from its agenda. Experts say that continued tuition hikes are putting pressure on families in the state.

    Reporter: Peter Jon Shuler

    Los Angeles Takes Stance Against Cheating in Baseball

    Fans are still reeling from news that two of the Dodgers' recent World Series opponents were linked to a cheating scandal.

    The City Council voted yesterday to ask Major League Baseball to strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of their World Series titles.

    California Airports Screen for New Coronavirus

    Major airports throughout California are bracing for a new virus, known as coronavirus, spreading through Asia. Public health officials are ordering air travelers who may have been exposed to it be re-routed. These passengers will be screened for symptoms at five designated airports, including LAX and SFO.

    Reporter: Lesley McClurg, KQED

    Where Did All the Camp Fire Survivors Go?

    As part of our ongoing coverage of the 2018 Camp Fire, which destroyed much of Paradise and surrounding towns, we take a look at where survivors are now. The fire forced many residents to scatter across the region, the state, and the country. Now, research out of Chico State is giving us new insights into where so many people went.

    Guest: Peter Hansen, Chico State 

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    A Victory for Homeless ‘Moms 4 Housing’ in Oakland

    A Victory for Homeless ‘Moms 4 Housing’ in Oakland

    A Victory for Homeless 'Moms 4 Housing' in Oakland

    After a contentious court battle and an early morning eviction, the company that owns the West Oakland home that a group of mothers occupied without permission says it will negotiate a sale with a community land trust that will allow the mothers to live there. The mothers occupied the house in November to protest investors meddling in the housing market and gained national attention.

    Reporter: Kate Wolffe, KQED

    Hearing Relocations Could Lead to Hundreds More Deportations

    Public defenders in the Bay Area say they had no warning before President Trump's administration announced a major pivot that will shift hearing venues for immigrant detainees from Northern to Southern California.  Lawyers in San Francisco and Alameda counties have provided pro bono and low cost legal support to many Bay Area immigrant detainees, and this move may mean detainees will be deprived of the legal services they need.

    Reporter: Mary Franklin Harvin, KQED

    Newsom Works to Expand Bachelor's Degree Program in Prisons

    There’s only one public bachelor’s degree program in a California prison. But if the governor has his way, that’s going to change. We find out more about a proposal to get more California State Universities teaching behind bars.

    Reporter: Vanessa Rancaño, KQED

    Car Break Ins Prompt Bi-Partisan Action in Sacramento

    There were almost a quarter of a million thefts from vehicles reported across the state in 2018. But, as the law stands right now, victims have to prove their car was locked to get a conviction for auto-burglary. A new bill, sponsored by San Francisco State Senator Scott Weiner, could change that so the cases are easier to prosecute

    Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED

    After String of Race Horse Deaths, California Officials Investigate Racetrack

    Three race horses have died in the past three days at Santa Anita Park Racetrack. These deaths are occuring despite safety measures put in place after 37 horses died last year. The string of fatalities is drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and animal advocates.

    Reporter: Scott Rodd, Capital Public Radio

    The Problem With the Insurance Behind the Insurers

    Californians who live in wildfire zones are in crisis mode. Many of them have reported that they can't get their home insurance renewed or if they can, that their rates have skyrocketed after the state's string of unprecedented fire years. It's not just household-name insurers like Farmers or State Farm, but lesser known companies that insure those companies, called "re-insurers." We find out exactly what the problem is.

    Guest: Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee

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    The Push to Block A Private Equity Firm from Buying .Org

    The Push to Block A Private Equity Firm from Buying .Org

    The Push to Block A Private Equity Firm from Buying .Org

    Democratic lawmakers in California are moving to stop a private equity firm from buying the internet registry for .org domain names, which are commonly used by non-profits and advocacy groups. Advocates say the issue is the firm will have to recoup its billion dollar investment by either raising fees, or worse.

    Reporter: Peter Jon Shuler, KQED

    Immigrant "Brain Waste" Costs California Almost $700 Million Annually

    The Trump administration has made it more difficult for asylum seekers to win protection, and for refugees to be accepted into the country. Even so, the thousands of humanitarian migrants already here face big challenges in finding work in which they can use their talents and skills.

    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

    PG&E Makes Progress on Installing Power Lines Underground in Paradise

    The town of Paradise was nearly destroyed in 2018's Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive in the history of our state.

    A few months after the fire, PG&E, which caused it, promised to re-install the town's power lines underground to reduce fire risk. So far, they've installed 20 out of almost 200 miles of line.

    Guest: Paul Moreno, PG&E spokesman 

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