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News Panel: Drought Driving Up Food Prices, Mars Rover Landing, and more

Watch Complete Episode: August 3, 2012 »

Plans to build a new hospital in San Francisco at Cathedral Hill, currently home to several churches, and to rebuild St. Luke's in the Mission District, are on hold until November. The Board of Supervisors put the decision on the backburner while questions about an escape clause that would allow the hospital to be closed based on weak financial performance by the company raises a red flag. The drought gripping more than half the country is driving up food prices -- including milk, beef, chicken and pork -- due to the scorching heat and minimal rainfall. Drought is affecting over 80 percent of the county's corn crops. Consumers can expect to pay 3 to 4 percent more for groceries next year. Excitement is more than sky high over a large rover NASA is gearing up to land on Mars Sunday night. The 1-ton Curiosity will feed vivid images of the Red Planet back to Earth and work to find evidence of microbial life.

Guests:

  • Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Tom Vacar, KTVU
  • Lisa Krieger, San Jose Mercury News
 

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