This week Governor Brown signed several bills into law including the bots bill and a bill that will allow minors to delete online postings. We'll get a rundown on what's the most important legislation. And now officials say that Southern California Edison and a contractor were to blame for design flaws that resulted in the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. We'll get the latest. Plus, last month, eight school districts in California - including LA Unified - vowed to follow new federal rules meant to turn around chronically failing schools. KPCC's Annie Gilbertson visited one of the LA's most troubled schools to find out how the changes will work. And then we'll get the latest music reviews in our weekly segment, Tuesday Reviewsday.
Starbucks CEO says guns no longer welcome in stores; The American media's waning interest in the Navy Yard shooting; Officials say prison hunger strike leader still in control of Mexican Mafia; Drug cartels thrive on ultimate consumers: addicts; Yudof prepares to leave UC Presidency; Is it legal to dismiss jurors based on their sexual orientation?; Actress Jenna Fischer takes the stage in 'Reasons To Be Pretty'.
The waters are receding in Colorado ... where in a week, rains flooded out much of the state. More than 12-thousand people evacuated, and hundreds are still stranded or missing. As the water level comes down, people are getting a better view of the damage. However it's not only to homes: but to oil and gas wells, and there is a concern by some that flood waters mixed with the chemicals used at fracking sites. And the massive rail shipments known as megaloads have been a source of controversy. In order to get oil refining equipment up to Canada, shippers take these 747-sized loads through the scenic back roads of Idaho and Montana. But locals say these shipments threaten the environment, and are so big that they block routes in and out of their community. And the rugged San Gabriel Mountains are heavily used by millions of residents who live withineasy driving distance. But the U-S Forest Service, which oversees the Angeles National Forest, has little money to add rangers, to make trails safer or clean up graffiti. And next year the new Broad Museum will open, and we'll get a preview. PLus a whole new kind of luxury chicken.
In two weeks, the state's new health care exchange opens for business. We get an update on the progress of the exchange from KPCC health reporter Stephanie O'Neill. And this week marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage month in the US. Take Two looks at how the White House and the GOP are marking the occasion. As the rains in Colorado subside, residents are assessing the damage from the floods that started last week. The small mountain town of Estes Park was hit hard by the rains, we’ll talk to Mayor Bill Pinkham to see how the town is starting to recover. And five years ago Lehman (LEE-man) Brothers filed for bankruptcy, and the US economy plunged into the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression. There were few areas of the country harder hit than the Inland Empire. But as KPCC's Ben Bergman reports, housing prices are going up and more homes are being built in the former foreclosure capital. And we'll talk to photographer Jason Knight who's risked life and limb to take shots of a car crash graveyard along Mulholland Drive.
More Americans than ever are identifying as lower class. For more on why that is and what it means, we'll talk to Chris Thornberg. He’s an economist with the California-based firm, Beacon Economics. And the chairman of the Federal Reserve is one of the US economy's most influential people. Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers was considered the front-runner for the post. Now he has taken himself out of the running. For more on why - and to find out who's up next - we'll talk to Michael Hirsch of National Journal. And in an emotional on-air interview, popular New York DJ Mister Cee resigned after he appeared to solicit sex from a transgender prostitute. The incident has opened a conversation about homophobia within the hip-hop and African American communities. And did you ever wonder how action heroes look so good in movies? If its a fighting scene then you should probably thank the film's fight coordinator. We'll hear from one in the next installment of our semi-regular series, Hollywood Jobs.
This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Lehman Brothers filing for bankruptcy. Many see that event as the beginning of the end. We'll talk to Phil Angelides, the man tasked with figuring out what to do next. And during the financial collapse, many families in California were among the many that took the brunt of the aftermath. We’ll host a discussion on what’s changed for Californians in those 5 years since. Plus, our regular explainer on the Affordable Care Act with Emily Bazar, senior writer for the California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health Reporting.