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March 29, 2013

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News Panel: Broken Bolts on Bay Bridge, Stockton Bankruptcy, and more

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will undergo repairs for more than thirty broken bolts. Caltrans says the span is still safe and the setback won't stall the scheduled Labor Day weekend opening. Also, the Golden Gate Bridge makes national news this week as the first bridge in California and the third in the country to have all electronic tolling.

Wall Street creditors seeking to block the City of Stockton's filing for Chapter 9 protection took the city to court. At the center of the debate is whether Stockton's obligation to the California Public Employees' Retirement System should be protected. The judge is expected to rule on Monday.

The Drakes Bay Oyster Company is fighting to stay open in Point Reyes National Seashore despite an order by the U.S. Interior Department to close up shop. The family-owned, Marin County company?s cause has generated controversy, while attracting support from Louisiana to Washington, D.C.

Guests:

  • Tom Vacar, KTVU News
  • Scott Smith, The Record
  • Robert Gammon, East Bay Express
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Is Your Couch Toxic? Interview with Arlene Blum

They're in just about all our homes -- couches and chairs containing polyurethane foam -- which contain large quantities of chemical flame retardants, mandated by California law. But flame retardants have been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer, learning problems and infertility, and state lawmakers are now considering whether to overhaul the law. The debate was started by Berkeley scientist Arlene Blum, who pioneered research showing the dangers of Chlorinated Tris in children's pajamas. She succeeded in getting it removed from clothing, in 1977. Now, decades later, she's back on the front lines battling flame retardants, this time, in our furniture.

 

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