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President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - CA: Youth

California is the first state to extend health care benefits to income-eligible undocumented adults younger than age 26. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Starting tomorrow, all low-income Californians younger than age 26 who meet the income requirements will be able to sign up for health insurance under the Medi-Cal program, regardless of immigration status. The state estimates 138,000 young people will sign up - a small but si

New approaches to juvenile justice have led to declines in the incarceration of teen girls, and a new program aims to get to zero. (Chatiyanon/Adobe Stock)

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. -- A movement is afoot to reduce the number of teenage girls behind bars to zero, led by a coalition of juvenile justice reform groups, judges, attorneys and probation officers. Santa Clara County is one of five sites nationwide taking part in the initiative launched by

California ranks 36th in the nation for quality of education. (Andy Dean/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California schools have far too few teachers and other adults on K-12 campuses, and children’s education is suffering. That’s according to a new report from the nonprofit group Children Now. Researchers compared a typical high school, Gunderson High in San Jo

California schools serve 1.4 million students who are English-language learners every year. (Andy Dean/Adobe Stock)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One in four public-school students in California is an English learner, and now programs to help them become more fluent will receive funding to the tune of $10 million. The Newsom administration has agreed to add those funds to the current budget - and lawmakers will th

Studies show that the presence of African-American male teachers in schools improves graduation rates for their black male students. (Shaitra Ken)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A hearing today in Sacramento highlights ways educators can inspire more black male students to stay in school and achieve their dreams. The Assembly Select Committee on ending what's often called the "school-to-prison pipeline" is to meet today and hear from the team behind a

A new report says restorative-justice programs for young people work better to reduce repeat offenses and cost considerably less than traditional prosecution, incarceration and probation. (Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition)

OAKLAND, Calif. – When a juvenile is accused of a crime, making them face the victim, take responsibility and make amends works better than prosecution and jail time, according to a new report. The Oakland area adopted a restorative-justice approach 9 years ago, and in just the first two yea

Climate groups around California rallied last week in support of the lawsuit brought by children blaming the federal government for carbon in the atmosphere from oil and gas wells on public lands. (Bill Wellhouse)

SAN FRANCISCO — The trial is back on in the lawsuit brought by a group of 21 young people who are suing the federal government over global warming - after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a request from the administration to block it. Attorneys for the youths argue that the federal gover

Los Angeles National Forest is among the California sites hosting events for Latino Conservation Week, July 14-22. (reidmurphy/Twenty20)

LOS ANGELES – The fifth annual Latino Conservation Week kicks off this Saturday with events in California and across the nation. The celebration starts with a launch event hosted by the group Nature for All, cleaning up part of the Los Angeles National Forest. Jenny Brandt is deputy director

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