Decades Later, Industry and Regulators Fail to Clean Up Former Rocket Test Site
Decades ago, the government and private industry pioneered atomic energy and tested the rockets that got us to the moon at a sprawling complex in the Simi Hills west of Los Angeles. The lab closed down 20 years ago, but the land retains the toxic residue from nearly a million gallons of carcinogenic solvent and a partial nuclear meltdown. State regulators promised a thorough cleanup by the end of this year. Today, activists fear the polluters will get off easy.
Scientists to March for Science on Saturday
Saturday is Earth Day, which comes with the usual menu of events, from eco-inspired art exhibits to nature walks. But taking center stage this year are hundreds of protest marches organized by scientists. KQED Science Editor Craig Miller says the action is unprecedented.
Judge Threatens to Fine California Prisons for Delayed Mental Health Treatment
California prison officials could face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines per day if they cannot comply with a federal court order to eliminate delays in treatment for the most severely mentally ill inmates.
Decline of International Tourism in L.A. Hurting Local Economy
Fewer international travelers -- an estimated quarter million fewer this year-- are spending their tourist dollars in Los Angeles, and it's affecting the local economy.