Thursday, August 9, 2018

Psychology Association Affirms Ban on Guantanamo Psychologists

The American Psychological Association has rejected a proposal to let psychologists work with terror suspects at facilities like the Guantanamo base detention center. The psychologists’ policy board voted after hours of heated debate in a closed-door session ahead of its annual conference in San Francisco.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Lawmakers Consider Governor's Wildfire Liability Proposal

Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to change liability for wildfires has come up for debate in the legislature. A joint Assembly and Senate committee heard from supporters and opponents of Brown’s proposal to limit liability of utility companies by using a new standard of reasonableness, instead of the current strict liability standard.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lawmakers Discuss Wildfire Prevention, Response

State lawmakers continue their hearings on how to deal with the ever-growing threat of wildfires. The debate comes as Governor Jerry Brown is pushing a proposal to limit utility company liability for wildfires caused by power lines and other utility equipment. Lawmakers hope to craft a bill through a wildfire preparedness conference committee.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Activists Want End to Life Without Parole Sentences

Prisoner rights advocates are calling for an end to the sentence of “life without the possibility of parole”, commonly known as LWOP. They say that sentence is inhumane and expensive, and denies the possibility of rehabilitation. About a hundred activists gathered at the state capitol to bring their message to Governor Jerry Brown.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Firefighters Battle to Contain Ferguson Fire as Smoke Blankets Yosemite

The Ferguson fire raging in Mariposa County has now burned over 91,000 acres and continues to grow on several fronts. Fire has been edging toward the western part Yosemite national park. Heavy smoke from the fire has produced unhealthy air quality throughout much of the park, forcing the closure of Yosemite Valley, Wawona and other areas. A falling tree claimed the life of a second firefighter on July 29th. Brian Hughes was captain of the arrowhead hotshots. That follows the death of bulldozer operator Braden Varney of Modesto two weeks ago. On Friday, firefighting authorities briefed local residents on fire conditions. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Nia Wilson Funeral Brings Call For Action on Racism, Violence

A crowd of hundreds gathered at Acts Full Gospel Church for the funeral of Nia Wilson. The 18 year old African American woman was fatally stabbed and her sister injured last month in an apparently unprovoked attack by a white man at an Oakland BART station. The murder has triggered world-wide outrage, sparking new debate over racism, violence against women, and violence against African Americans.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Jerry Brown Calls Wildfire Season "Uncharted Territory"

Governor Jerry Brown and state officials gave an update on California’s wildfires and the state response. Brown has already declared a state of emergency in Shasta, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Riverside and Mariposa counties because of multiple wildfires. And the fire season is still young.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Senate Committee Discusses Immigrant Family Reunification

A Senate committee held an oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s border family separations. Senators took the opportunity to give their views of the policy, but they did not get many answers to their questions.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Advocates File First Muslim Travel Ban Lawsuit since Trump v Hawaii

Immigrant and Muslim rights advocates have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the way it’s enforcing the ban on travel to the US by people from several majority-Muslim countries. They say the administration is failing to follow its own rules about how people can apply for waivers to be allowed into the US.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Family Reunification Deadline Leaves More Work Ahead

Thursday is the court-ordered deadline for the Trump administration to reunite families separated at the border as part of the administration’s tough immigration policies. More than 2,500 children have been taken from their parents under a “zero tolerance” policy aimed at deterring undocumented immigration at the Mexico – US border.
Christopher Martinez reports.