Stories From This Week's Episode
July 15, 2011
In the face of an impasse over the debt ceiling limit in Washington, DC, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer explains why California is preparing to borrow as much as $5 billion in short term loans. Lockyer says education and health care programs which depend on federal funds could be severely jeopardized by a federal loan default.
Students brace for another round of major tuition hikes at California State University and University of California campuses across the state. California's Citizens Redistricting Commission is under fire for its maps redrawing the state's political districts.
- Nanette Asimov, Education Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
- Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Political Editor, Contra Costa Times
PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports on blockbuster exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, which showcase the art collections and life of Gertrude Stein.
Two new studies will be presented at the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome next week. The studies found that use of the anti-retroviral drug Truvada could prevent HIV transmission from someone who is infected to someone who isn't. Meaning, the medication may be the first actual pharmacological prophylactic to contracting HIV. KQED's news blog, News Fix, spoke with Paul A. Volberding, co-director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of California, San Francisco, about the research.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
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).
"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.