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Will California Ban Antibiotics for Livestock?

It is an uphill battle for a bill that proposes to implement the country's toughest regulations on antibiotics given to livestock. Some doctors blame the prolific use of antibiotics in livestock for human health problems.

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Beef cattle in California's Central Valley.

Calif. Could Become Toughest State on Use of Livestock Antibiotics

In Sacramento, advocacy groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council are pushing an Assembly bill that would make California the toughest state in the nation on the use of antibiotics in livestock. The fear is that feeding drugs to livestock like beef and dairy cattle promotes pathogens that resist antibiotics. But even the bill's backers say it has some powerful opponents.

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Efforts Ramp Up to Combat Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Efforts Ramp Up to Combat Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

One in every five women will be sexually assaulted while in college, but less than 5 percent will report the assault to law enforcement, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Several national efforts are in the works to address the issue: a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault delivers its recommendations this week, the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation into claims that UC Berkeley mishandled reports of campus sexual assaults and congresswoman Jackie Speier plans to introduce legislation to strengthen sexual assault laws.


Corrosion on the Bay Bridge

Elected officials are calling for an independent examination of corrosion on a critical part of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. An investigation by The Sacramento Bee found that some of the most vulnerable and vital sections of the bridge's suspension system are rusting. Scott Shafer hears from Charles Piller, who broke the story.


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