Take Two for May 29, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program

California Senate, Assembly issue budget proposals

Two weeks ago Governor Brown released his $96.4 billion dollar budget proposal. Now the State Senate and Assembly have outlined their plans. Which budget will prevail?
Options Head Start - 1

Sequester cuts hit Monrovia Head Start program, others soon to follow

An afternoon preschool program will close, an early example of how the reductions are affecting local families. Head Start will suffer its biggest cut in 50 years.
Senator Barbara Boxer is asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Southern California Edison lied to regulators and the public about the San Onofre nuclear plant. Boxer says she has a letter proving the utility knew about potential problems at the plant back in 2004.
Michele Bachmann Joins For Americans For Prosperity Rally Against Big Gov't
Congressman Jeff Denham called that hearing to determine how one company, Tutor Perini, was selected to build the first phase of California's bullet train, despite having the worst-rated safety plan of all the competing bids.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Los Angeles Dodgers
Time to run through sports with our pair of aces Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered sports for ESPN and the L.A. Times.
Japan v Phoenix Mercury

Brittney Griner and the future of the WNBA

WNBA rookie Brittney Griner made a spectacular set of plays earlier this week when she dunked twice in one game during her professional debut.
Costa Rica

Without careful research, retirement abroad could be difficult

More and more Americans are leaving the US for the warm weather of Costa Rica. However, without careful research, that quiet paradise could become a nightmare.
The Imperial Valley
Federal officials met yesterday to address the drought in the Colorado River. It's an important source of water for the Southwest, serving 40 million people in seven different states. It also irrigates about 4 million acres of farmland. Much of it in California's Imperial Valley.
Strawberry Farm - 8
One option farmers worried about the effects of drought might look into is a method called dry farming.
Kenzie

Graduation Day: Student poet finds freedom in expression

As part of the California Report's Graduation Day series, we hear from Los Angeles student Kenzie Givens, a straight-A high school senior who navigates questions of race and isolation through poetry.
U.S. Marijuana Enthusiasts Gather For Mass Pot-Smoking Celebration
Yesterday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a set of bills into law that will regulate the legal production, distribution and taxation of marijuana in the state. Last year voters approved a constitutional amendment allow adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana
The smoke stacks at American Electric Po
A tiny political race in a tiny county is on the verge of making a big decision for the American coal industry.
asteroid 1998 QE2
An asteroid the size of the one that wiped out the dinosaurs will fly somewhat close to Earth on May 31. SoCal scientists will be watching and taking measurements.
What's going on in your brain when just a mere suggestion can influence the way you see an object?
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