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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.

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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.

    Proposed Regulations Could Impact Rock Climbers In California

    Proposed Regulations Could Impact Rock Climbers In California

    Federal agencies are considering a controversial rule that would restrict rock climbers from leaving gear attached to cliff walls in designated wilderness areas. This could affect some of California’s iconic routes in Yosemite and other historic climbing destinations.  
    Reporter: Alix Soliman, KQED

    The state legislature passed a placeholder state budget Thursday, just ahead of a mandatory deadline. But lawmakers must still negotiate with Governor Newsom on the final deal.
    Reporter: Alexei Koseff, CalMatters

    A bill that would ban “forced outing” or “parental notification” policies in California schools has moved forward in the state legislature. At least six California school districts in the past year have adopted measures that require staff to tell parents if their child changes their gender identity at school.
    Reporter: Kate Wolffe, CapRadio 
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    How The Closure Of Madera County's Only Hospital Has Impacted The Community

    How The Closure Of Madera County's Only Hospital Has Impacted The Community

    When a county’s only hospital closes, you might expect there to be dire, immediate effects on public health. However, since Madera Community Hospital closed its doors in early 2023, the consequences haven’t been so clear.
    Reporter: Kerry Klein, KVPR

    California insurance regulators are sharing the next phase of their plans to fix the state’s ailing insurance market. The new regulations propose to let insurance companies use the catastrophe models they want, but in exchange, require them to offer more coverage in wildfire-prone areas of the state.
    Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED
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    Parents Adjust To Challenges Of Transitional Kindergarten

    Parents Adjust To Challenges Of Transitional Kindergarten

    California is expanding transitional kindergarten with a vision of making it available to every four-year-old in the state by fall of 2025. The state has a long way to go to reach its goal of serving 300,000 students. And while many families are eager to sign up, they face complicated logistics. 
    Reporter: Blanca Torres, KQED

    Governor Gavin Newsom has removed an outspoken occupational safety expert from the regulatory body that adopts California’s workplace health and safety rules.
    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

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    California School Districts Struggle To Build Out Classrooms For Transitional Kindergarten

    California School Districts Struggle To Build Out Classrooms For Transitional Kindergarten

    When school starts in 2025, every 4-year-old in the state will be able to attend public school. It’s a new grade known as transitional kindergarten. But in the lead-up, many schools are struggling to find the necessary classroom space for these additional classes.
    Reporter: Elly Yu, LAist

    A California law that set guidelines for classifying workers did not unfairly target Uber and other gig companies. That’s according to a federal appeals court ruling that came down on Monday.
    Reporter: Levi Sumagaysay, CalMatters

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    Teacher Shortage Impacts State's Goals For Transitional Kindergarten, Bilingual Classes

    Teacher Shortage Impacts State's Goals For Transitional Kindergarten, Bilingual Classes

    California is in the middle of an ambitious plan to offer transitional kindergarten to all four-year-olds by the 2025-2026 school year. It's poised to be the largest free preschool program in the country. A lot of the kids heading to TK are dual language learners. But a shortage of bilingual teachers could hamper the state's ambitious goals.
    Reporter: Daisy Nguyen, KQED 

    A Superior Court judge has granted a temporary restraining order to the University of California, pausing the strike by thousands of academic workers who walked out over the UC’s response to pro-Palestinian protesters. But some legal experts are questioning that decision.
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    State Supreme Court Ruling Allows Housing Plan To Move Forward At People's Park

    State Supreme Court Ruling Allows Housing Plan To Move Forward At People's Park

    The California Supreme Court has ruled that UC Berkeley can start construction on student and supportive housing in People’s Park -- and also gave the green light to a much larger campus expansion project. The case has brought mixed reaction from the wider Berkeley community.
    Reporters: Adhiti Bandlamudi , KQED and Billy Cruz, The California Report

    A new report shows Sacramento County’s homeless population dropped 29% compared with two years ago. That’s one of the largest reductions statewide.
    Reporter: Chris Nichols, CapRadio

    California has funded over 4 million tax-free savings accounts for students to pay for college. But many families don’t seem to know the money’s there.
    Reporter: Jacqueline Munis, CalMatters
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
362 Ratings

362 Ratings

Fugitive hedgehog ,

Good review of current events

This podcast keeps me up-to-date on what’s happening in California and I think generally fair

California Admires Ruiz Tizon ,

Repulsive bias

This show is so rabidly pro-war and pro-Trump it is getting unbearable

Carina420 ,

Too many other podcast promotions

State news coverage is decent. Too many ads of other podcasts.

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