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The California Report

Millions of California Kids Missing Out on Summer Meals

School's out for summer, and for some kids that can mean carefree summer days. But for many kids in California, summer means going hungry or eating unhealthily. Thousands of schools, community centers and libraries in California serve kids meals in the summer — for free. But they only reached 400,000 youth last July, about 1 in 5 children who qualify for free or reduced price lunch during the school year.

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L.A., Silicon Valley Governments Take Action to Reduce Water Consumption

More local governments in California are taking action to cut water consumption following a directive the State Water Resources Control Board issued last week to cope with one of the worst dry spells in decades. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to tighten the spigot at all county parks and government buildings. And the board overseeing the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved a $500,000 program to hire as many as 10 enforcement officers.

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Bill Cosby on 50 Years of Comedy

Bill Cosby on 50 Years of Comedy

Generations of Americans grew up with Bill Cosby as the wise-cracking, eye-rolling but tender dad during "The Cosby Show's" eight-year run and years of repeats. Cosby had a rich and varied career before he became known as "America's Dad." His performances at San Francisco's legendary nightclub, hungry i, in the early '60s helped launch his standup career before he got his big break in 1965 playing an undercover agent in the TV series, "I Spy." Now he's 77 years old and still doing standup with his current tour, "Far from Finished." We talk to Cosby about his career as a comic, his new family comedy slated for 2015 and his thoughts on race and culture today.


Special Edition: Fracking Debate Heats Up In California

An in-depth look at the fracking debate with a special edition exploring the science behind the extraction technique and the social, environmental and political landscape shaping its use and regulation in the future. Travel to San Benito County, CA, to hear from grassroots activists who are campaigning hard to ban fracking, even though the practice is not currently in use in that county.


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I Have Cancer

Despite the horror of a cancer diagnosis, Judy Bastin finds courage in the support of family and friends.

Teacher Tenure

A California judge has ruled teacher tenure unconstitutional, but David Ellison calls the decision a distraction from the real issues affecting teaching and low-income students.

Meat, Milk and Butter for Vegans

Don't tell vegans they can't eat meat and butter and drink milk. They can and do, says Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, just different kinds.