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Center for Investigative Reporting Uncovers Abuse at California Developmental Centers

Watch Complete Episode: February 24, 2012 »

Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy, severe autism and mental retardation. Some 1,800 of California's most severely disabled are cared for at state-run facilities with around-the-clock supervision. But while the state spends about $300,000 a year on each patient, The Center for Investigative Reporting has uncovered a pattern of abuse and neglect, sometimes leading to death, and a failure to hold staff and administrators accountable.

 

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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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