1. Can this LA initiative end chronic homelessness by 2016? (NPR)
A new initiative is trying to help the L.A. homeless by first connecting them with a place to live. The "housing first" model — which research has shown can save money by keeping the chronically homeless out of hospitals, jails and shelters — has been used in cities across the country.
Aiming to end chronic homelessness in the area by 2016, the 'Home For Good' project focuses on those who are most at risk. Officials are gathering information about the population and ranking individuals' vulnerability. The goal is to quickly move the most in need into permanent housing.
2. Storage questions at San Onofre: 'Nuclear waste is still out there' (KPCC)
The public gets a chance Thursday to hear what's next for the closed San Onofre nuclear power station. The NRC has scheduled a meeting at 6 p.m. in Carlsbad to describe the decades-long process of decommissioning.
1. California minimum wage will increase (KPCC)
Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation. The legislation — signed Wednesday at a ceremony in downtown L.A. — will raise the current minimum of $8 an hour to $9 on July 1, 2014, then to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.
The increase is the first to the state's minimum wage in six years.
2. Michael Jackson died from 'his own bad choices,' AEG lawyer tells jury (KPCC)
The defense began closing arguments Wednesday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. An attorney for AEG told the jury that Jackson died because of his own bad choices, and that the conglomerate did not hire Dr. Conrad Murray and therefore was not liable for the pop star's death.
1. Lightbulb moment: Calif. physicist uses light to retrieve archival sound (KPCC)
For his work with fragile archival recordings, California physicist Carl Haber has received a $625,000 "genius grant" from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The 54-year-old experimental physicist employed precision optical measuring techniques used in particle research to pull audio from crumbling cylinders, discs and tinfoil, bringing alive the voices of the dead — from Alexander Graham Bell to a now silent Native American language.
2. Glitch delays delivery of thousands of unemployment checks (KPCC)
Tens of thousands of jobless Californians are still waiting to receive their unemployment benefits, due to a computer problem with the state’s updated payment processing system.
1. Madre Fire: Containment hits 70 percent; firefighter injured (KPCC)
While the Madre Fire continues to burn in the San Gabriel Mountains, containment jumped from 30 to 70 percent this afternoon. One firefighter has been injured by a boulder.
2. Judges extend deadline in California prison overcrowding (AP/KPCC)
The ruling is seen as a temporary victory to Gov. Jerry Brown and leading lawmakers of both parties who said the early release of inmates would jeopardize public safety.
3. Golden eagle attacks deer, a photo of an epic confrontation (NPR)
Through circumstantial evidence, scientists believed golden eagles prey on ungulates, but now there is photographic proof of an encounter in the Russian Far East.
4. LA County to send hundreds of jail inmates to Kern County (KPCC)
1. Madre Fire: 200-acre blaze burns in mountains above Azusa (AP)
A wildfire sweeping through dry brush in the San Gabriel Mountains just above the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa is 5 percent contained.
2. Violent crime down in LA County despite weekend spike (KPCC)
Ten people were shot or stabbed to death over the weekend in LA County, during a time when law enforcement officials say statistics show violent crime is down.
3. 'Priority schools' plan is latest to remake failing L.A. Unified schools (KPCC)
L.A. Unified and seven other California school districts get a new plan this year, under a new federal waiver. Buddy schools are the big new idea.
4. Ratepayers may be off hook for some San Onofre plant costs (KPCC)
The California Public Utilities Commission on Monday issued proposals regarding ratepayer costs related to the January 2012 shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant.