Single Payer Health Care Bill Passes First State Senate Vote
A bill that would provide health care coverage for all Californians passed its first key vote in the state Senate on Wednesday. KQED's Laura Klivans has more on the effort to create what's known as a single payer system.
Cuts to NIH Funding Could Hurt Undiagnosed Disease Network
President Trump has proposed slashing the budget for the National Institutes of Health by 20 percent. That could lead to extensive cuts to research programs, including one that helps patients with rare and mysterious diseases. We visited a young man in Whittier, outside Los Angeles, who has been struggling with a baffling set of symptoms for years. When no one else had answers, his family turned to the NIH program.
How President Trump's Tax Plan Might Trip Up California
President Trump is releasing a host of executive orders and policy plans that could change California's economy, environment and education system -- even the tax structure. Under Trump's tax plan, businesses would get massive tax cuts, with a new rate of 15 percent. And high-tax states like California would pay for it.
Trump Administration Looking Into Offshore Drilling In California
President Trump is expected to order studies by the end of this week to look at the feasibility of drilling for natural gas and oil in federal waters off California and other states. But does that mean companies are likely to want to drill here? And what are the legal and environmental roadblocks that could make the whole thing moot?
NRA Files Lawsuit Challenging Gun Control Restrictions
The National Rifle Association this week filed what's expected to be the first of several lawsuits challenging a series of gun control restrictions. Marisa Lagos, from KQED's California Politics and Government Desk, reports that the lawsuits want to review gun control measures passed by both lawmakers and the voters.