Southern California breaking news and trends

KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 9)—Private drones, toxic town hall, guess how many pothole-inflicted damage claims the city approves?

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1. Town hall fires up residents near Exide's toxic Vernon plant (KPCC)

People living near a controversial Exide lead battery recycling plant in Vernon demanded answers from regulators and lawmakers during a tense four hour meeting Tuesday. EPA could not attend (see: government shutdown), but the head of CA's Department of Toxic Substances Control showed up to face the angry crowd of nearly 200.

She defended plans to keep the plant open, saying "if they cannot find a way to operate without polluting communities, then we will revoke their permit." Not many people clapped.

2. Writing the rules on the use of private drones (KPCC)

The FAA is developing guidelines for the civilian use of drones, and they've turned to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, housed on the massive Edwards Air Force Base in Antelope Valley, to help write the groundbreaking rules.


KPCC DIGEST PM (Oct. 8)—Rain, snow, physics, corruption, pitbulls, burning church and the return of the 840-pound emerald

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1. Cooler than usual: Rain, snow possible mid-week (NBC LA)

As a storm system pushes into Southern California, NWS says to expect measurable rainfall for most of L.A. County, with L.A. County mountains possibly seeing light snowfall at higher elevations on Wednesday night.

"The first cold storm of the season will bring light rain during the middle of this week as day-time high temperatures in mountain areas dip to 15 to 25 degrees below normal," reports NBC LA.

2. Mandatory pit bull spaying/neutering ordinance unanimously passed (KPCC)

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to mandate spaying/neutering of pit bulls county-wide. The supervisors heard from the public before the vote who called into question whether the legislation unfairly singles pit bulls out as a dangerous breed.


KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 8)—Dodgers to NLCS, immigration rally gets green light, 'patient dumping' on Skid Row, inside the SHU

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1. Immigration rally to go on at National Mall despite closure (KPCC)

The National Mall in Washington, DC is closed thanks to the government shutdown, but for proponents of immigration reform, the show will go on. Tuesday's Camino Americano Rally was OK'd by the National Park Service.

This protest follows weekend marches in different cities across the nation, including Hollywood where some 2,000 demonstrators called on Congress to do something to act on reform.

2. LA officials investigate new accusations of 'patient dumping' on Skid Row (KPCC)

The L.A. City Attorney confirmed to KPCC that they are investigating claims by Skid Row workers who say they've seen at least a dozen people in recent months wearing hospital gowns or ID bracelets.

The new accusations of “patient dumping” — the practice of hospitals discharging homeless patients to somewhere other than their home without their consent — is a violation of a city ordinance.


KPCC DIGEST PM (Oct. 7)—Prototype airship damaged, pit bull law, Benjamin's makeover, Fox News gets in 'touch' with its inner Wonka

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A pilot at the controls of an experimental Rolls Royce machine known as the 'Flying Bedstead'. Without wings or rotors, it can take off vertically from a horizontal position and is powered by two Rolls Royce 'Nene' engines. The pilot sits on a platform above the engines and the control movements he needs to balance the machine are supplied by compressed air jets.

1. Benjamin's makeover (KPCC)

The new $100 dollar bill goes into circulation Tuesday. Benjamin Franklin is still the face of note, but there are changes and additions. The bills will feel different, have “raised printing,” and come with various high-tech, counterfeit-thwarting designs.

The Federal Reserve, which has not been affected by the shutdown, will fan out the armored trucks from its regional banks around the country sending them off to banks and other financial institutions.

2. Experimental airship damaged in OC roof collapse (KPCC)

A WW II-era blimp hangar in Tustin partially collapsed Monday, damaging a 230-foot experimental airship. The dirigible, developed by Worldwide Aeros, might one day be capable of carrying 66 tons of cargo to disasters and military bases.

NASA and the DoD have invested $35 million in the prototype. The rigid-framed flying machine is filled with helium, takes off vertically like a helicopter, and changes buoyancy for landing. The extent of the damage to the vessel was not known.


KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 7)—Vandals, vesicles, NFL denial, Red Square sparks, a bakery rises

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1. Closed parks could be an open invitation to vandals (KPCC)

The National Park Services reported that vandals cut locks at two sites in the Santa Monica Mountains Friday night, after park officials limited access to the national recreation area due to a red flag warning. Officials say “it appears that the gates were vandalized in response to the Federal government shutdown.”

26 properties national parks remain closed in California. As federal furloughs continue, conservationists have warned of the risk of environmental harm.

2. NFL is in a 'league of denial' about brain injury (NPR)

"One of the more chilling things about this whole thing is that the people who are dying, many of them are dying in very macabre ways. They're drinking anti-freeze or they're driving their trucks into a tanker truck at 100 miles per hour...[Dave] Duerson, after spending years denying that this was an issue and warning that the NFL was turning the league into a league of sissies, he then shoots himself in the chest to preserve his brain and then he writes this note... 'PLEASE, SEE THAT MY BRAIN IS GIVEN TO THE NFL'S BRAIN BANK' was found to have CTE."