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Richmond agency determined to reduce summer gun violence

August 30, 2012

Richmond agency determined to reduce summer gun violence

By Callie Shanafelt

Last year there were 26 homicides in the City of Richmond – and seventeen of them happened in the summer. This year, Office of Neighborhood Safety outreach workers have taken to the streets of North Richmond to try and stop the spike in homicides.

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Heat illness still a problem despite progress

August 28, 2012

Seven years after a surge in heat-related deaths among farm workers prompted California to adopt the nation’s strictest safety standards, the state has made progress on reducing fatalities in the fields. But more work still remains to be done. Joy Hepp reports.

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Not Your Grandma’s Senior Center

August 28, 2012

A San Diego senior center uses technology and human interaction to keep older adults healthy and independent as long as possible. Matt Perry reports.

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San Joaquin Valley seniors face foreclosures

August 28, 2012

By Clare Noonan

It’s not news to residents of the eight-county San Joaquin Valley that the area has  been hard hit economically since 2008, when the housing bubble deflated. Many neighborhoods show signs of neglect as people unable to meet their mortgage obligations lose their homes to foreclosure. Among those facing this prospect in the central part of the state is a growing number of older homeowners.

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Hundreds gather at family market for free fresh produce

August 27, 2012

By Melissa Flores

For the low-income and unemployed, food insecurity is a lingering reminder of the Great Recession.

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Report finds racial discrepancies in unemployment benefits

August 23, 2012

By Nicole Jones

The Great Recession hit black workers the hardest, according to a recent report by The Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research organization.

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Does it matter who is buying foreclosed homes?

August 22, 2012

By Callie Shanafelt

A recent report showed that investors are snapping up foreclosed homes in Oakland. But is that trend bad for the neighborhoods that were hard-hit by the housing crisis?

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Last fire camp standing

August 21, 2012

Last fire camp standing

By Callie Shanafelt

Six fire camps once housed and rehabilitated young offenders. Since the juvenile system has been realigned, shifting low-level offenders back to the care of the county, five camps have closed. Is that change good for young offenders? The young men at the last fire camp standing don’t seem to think so.

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ACA helps LA clinic provide affordable, comprehensive care

August 20, 2012

By Robert Fulton

A clinic that’s long helped Los Angeles’ poor and uninsured gets a boost from the Affordable Care Act.

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Report: Coachella Valley residents lack insurance

August 16, 2012

By Suzanne Potter

A new study by the Health Access Resource Center shows that 28.6 percent of residents 18 to 64 are uninsured. That’s compared to 21.3 percent nationwide, according to the 2011 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). That same survey showed that 1 in 5 Californians under age 65 lack health insurance and 9.2 percent of children in the Golden State are uninsured.

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