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December 10, 2010

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News Panel: Unemployment in California and the Prop 8 battle continues

While debate continues in Congress over the Bush tax cuts and on extending benefits for the unemployed, California leads the nation in the number of metropolitan areas with more than 15% unemployment. Judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hear arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in California. And more than one out of three African American students in California drops out before graduating high school.

Guests:

  • Tom Abate, Business Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Howard Mintz, Legal Reporter, San Jose Mercury News
  • Jill Tucker, Education Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
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Climate Watch Conversation

As the Global Climate Conference concludes in Cancun, Mexico, Craig Miller assesses the outcome with Louis Blumberg, Director of the California Climate Change Team, The Nature Conservancy.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).

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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area

KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.

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