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December 16, 2011

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News Panel: California braces for trigger cuts, a judge decides the fate of Barry Bonds, and more

Californians are bracing for $1 billion in automatic trigger cuts to public programs after the Department of Finance found revenues fell short of projections. Among the hardest hit programs were higher education, MediCal and services for the elderly and disabled. K-12 was spared the worst case scenario, but still suffered a major cut in school transportation. A federal judge decides the fate of former Giants slugger Barry Bonds. Prosecutors want Bonds to serve 15 months for obstruction of justice in the BALCO scandal involving the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. Also, we look at the impact of Bay Area sports teams trading cities. Congress passed a pipeline safety bill this week, but critics say that it doesn't include provisions that would prevent a blast like the one that occurred in San Bruno last year.

Guests:

  • John Myers, KQED Public Radio
  • Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
  • Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News
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Climate Watch Conversation with Dr. Chris Field

Heavy precipitation, brutal storms, and devastating drought will continue to afflict the planet in the coming decades. That's according to the latest report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But where's all this climate science leading us if governments aren't acting upon it? Climate Watch Senior Editor Craig Miller discusses the impact of the report with Chris Field, a leading scientist with the IPCC.

 

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