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State Considers Raising Smoking Age to 21

California would be the first state in the U.S. to do so, although some cities have led the movement at the municipal level.

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California Considers Raising Smoking Age to 21

A state senator is introducing legislation to raise the legal smoking age in California from 18 to 21. Ed Hernandez of West Covina says the goal of his bill is to reduce smoking rates and save the state money on health care costs associated with tobacco use.

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Common Core and Kindergarten: Too Much Reading Too Soon?

Common Core and Kindergarten: Too Much Reading Too Soon?

Common core standards require that kindergartners acquire a range of basic reading skills, including letter and word recognition and phonics. Supporters of the standards say they are necessary to create a language-rich environment for all children, something often missing in low-income homes. But critics say most children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten, and point to research that shows kids benefit more from play-based programs. We'll look at the complex issue of teaching young readers.


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As the number of measles cases from the outbreak that started in December at Disneyland continues to grow, so does the debate about parents opting out of vaccinating their children. KQED NEWSROOM looks at the outbreak and what needs to be done to keep this airborne, highly infectious disease from spreading farther.


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