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August 10, 2012

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News Panel: Chevron Refinery Fire, Assault Weapon Legislation, and more

As the investigation into the cause of Monday's fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery continues, the community, environmentalists and elected officials are outraged over the warning system and possible health risks. Gas prices are already rising as a result and could go up to $4.00 per gallon within a week.   In the wake of this week's shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Senator Leland Yee renews attention to his bill that aims to close the loophole in California's assault weapons ban. Meanwhile, the Bay Area Sikh community speaks out against ongoing discrimination.   Tech giants Apple and Samsung continue to battle in a San Jose courtroom over patent rights for the design of their smart phones and tablets.  The outcome of the trial could influence the types of mobile devices available to consumers.   

Guests:

  • Tom Vacar, KTVU
  • Laura Sydell, NPR
  • Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
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America's Cup World Series Race

In advance of the America's Cup World Series races set for August 21 - 26, Yul Kwon heads to Pier 80 in San Francisco for a close up look at Oracle Team USA's sleek AC 45 catamaran...and a preview of what's in store for spectators from Oracle Team Tactician John Kostecki.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

The New Environmentalists: From Chicago to Karoo
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View of a dry Mt. Diablo from Briones Regional Park in the East Bay. (Lauren Sommer/KQED)
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