Prescription drug abuse now kills 40 people each day across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control. While addicts often get a hold of pills illegally, the troubling rise in painkiller abuse is also posing thorny questions for physicians who prescribe the drugs. The California Report's Michael Montgomery profiles a Bay Area doctor who's one of the state's most proilific prescribers.
In just a couple of weeks, the 2012 Olympic games will kick off in London. And its not just gold, silver and bronze the athletes will be competing for — but green. Olympic sponsorships have become a multi-billion dollar business. But how much of that cash do the athletes actually see? Not much, according to journalist Ann Killion, who wrote about this for Ad Week.
Last night, the San Bernardino City Council voted to seek bankruptcy protection. City officials said without bankruptcy, San Bernardino — saddled with a budget deficit of at least $40 million — could miss next month's payroll, according to KPCC. Mayor Pat Morris and other officials blame the budget crisis on soaring salary and benefit obligations, plunging property tax returns and the loss of an estimated $30 million in state redevelopment funds.
Safe to say, Mitt Romney was not the most popular guy in the room this morning at the NAACP Convention in Houston. He spoke before an audience that overwhelmingly supports his opponent, President Obama. In 2008, Obama received 95 percent of the black vote. But, things were going alright this morning until Romney vowed to stop spending money on programs like 'Obamacare,' which led to sustained boos from the crowd. Despite that hiccup, could Mitt Romney make a dent in Obama's black voter advantage?
Army suicides hit a record high in July. A former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army talks about why the suicide rate is increasing now. We also have the second part of our story on the rise of heroin abuse in California. Pussy Riot, the punk rock girl band, has been sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest in a famous Russian Orthodox Church. And if you're looking for something to do this weekend, Meghan McCarty has you covered with her Weekend Alibi. She'll tell you where to go to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan story published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Finally, Madeleine has some news for listeners about some changes to the show.
Korean pop music, better known to fans as K-POP, is hugely popular throughout Asia, but finding success in the U.S has been much harder. That was before the single "Gangnam Style" from singer PSY hit the web. The Medicare debate heats up Presidential race. Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center. The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been delayed because of his objection to being forcibly shaved. John Moe is back for his update on tech news. The perils of picking the perfect Vice President, in the era of post-Sarah Palin. And the Sklar brothers are back with the latest highlights in sports.
Every year in Hiroshima, organizers conduct a ceremony that looks back on the end of WWII. Roland Kelts tells us how, even 67 years later, the city is still coping. In choosing congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice President pick, many think that Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote. All over Los Angeles, high school football players are already struggling with team practices and college recruiters have been playing very close attention, hoping to find the next college superstar. California Watch reports that heroin abuse is on the rise in California. And we'll talk to Luke Burbank, the host of the "Too Beautiful to Live" podcast about banning kids from bars, Insane Clown Posse's fight with the FBI and the Scrabble cheat that was recently uncovered.
A Martinez sits in for Madeleine today. Students head back to school in Los Angeles, KPCC's education reporter Vanessa Romo gives us an update on Miramonte Elementary, embroiled last year in a sexual abuse scandal. At Miramonte, there's a new principal, and a majority of the former teachers are returning. Then, we look at older students in California, and why 'CA's Master Plan for Education' is no longer the envy of the nation. Plus, it's New Music Tuesday, Ann Powers reviews two young acts re-interpretation of older, classic sounds. And, the deadliest day on K2, "Buried In the Sky" uncovers how two men survived the 'savage mountain.'
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