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California Ranks 40th in Children's Well-Being

A new report looks at four indicators of children's well-being: family stability, economic stability, health and education. This year, California inched up one spot to 40th overall, but ranked 26th in the health category.

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The California ReportThe California Report

L.A., Silicon Valley Governments Take Action to Reduce Water Consumption

More local governments in California are taking action to cut water consumption following a directive the State Water Resources Control Board issued last week to cope with one of the worst dry spells in decades. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to tighten the spigot at all county parks and government buildings. And the board overseeing the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved a $500,000 program to hire as many as 10 enforcement officers.

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The Debate Over Part-Time Work

The Debate Over Part-Time Work

On-call and part-time employment is on the rise. But some on-call employees complain that unpredictable schedules create burdens when it comes to going to school or finding childcare. That's prompting some cities like San Francisco to propose new protections for workers, such as extra pay and advance notice of shifts.


Special Edition: Fracking Debate Heats Up In California

An in-depth look at the fracking debate with a special edition exploring the science behind the extraction technique and the social, environmental and political landscape shaping its use and regulation in the future. Travel to San Benito County, CA, to hear from grassroots activists who are campaigning hard to ban fracking, even though the practice is not currently in use in that county.


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I Have Cancer

Despite the horror of a cancer diagnosis, Judy Bastin finds courage in the support of family and friends.

Teacher Tenure

A California judge has ruled teacher tenure unconstitutional, but David Ellison calls the decision a distraction from the real issues affecting teaching and low-income students.

Meat, Milk and Butter for Vegans

Don't tell vegans they can't eat meat and butter and drink milk. They can and do, says Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, just different kinds.