In our news wrap Friday, rebels in Ukraine consolidated control at the border crossing between Russia and the Ukrainian port town of Novoazovsk. Russia’s foreign minister rejected NATO’s claim that satellite images show Russia has sent 1,000 soldiers and heavy weaponry across the border. Also, California moved toward becoming the first state to make colleges define sexual consent. Continue reading
Northern California’s Napa Valley began to assess the damage caused by a 6.0 earthquake on Sunday — the largest quake to rock the region since 1989. At least 90 homes and buildings were deemed unsafe for occupancy, while the wine industry suffered losses from broken bottles, barrels and lost tourism dollars. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading
The 16-student outfit drew inspiration for the film, which they began producing over their summer break, from the health statistics from their own neighborhoods. North County, a northern section of the San Diego region, was noted for having one of the lowest rates of vaccination compliance California, according to the students. Continue reading
Earthquakes, unlike other natural disasters, often hit without warning. But some countries have systems to give residents a heads-up before one strikes. Despite a history of deadly quakes in California, the U.S. has no widespread warning system. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports on ShakeAlert, a project in development in Southern California that measures initial waves before a strong shaking. Continue reading
Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe says operations at the shelters will soon be suspended because there have been fewer child immigrants caught at the border and the government has expanded capacity at other shelters. Continue reading
Two separate education advocacy groups have filed suits in New York challenging the state’s teacher tenure laws, claiming that current laws, which protect teacher employment, violate the constitutional rights of children and make it difficult to dismiss ineffective teachers. Continue reading
California is facing its worst drought in generations — bad news for the state where nearly half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables are grown. With water from rivers and reservoirs in short supply, attention has turned to how to manage the state’s groundwater. How much can be safely pumped from underground? Special correspondent Spencer Michaels reports on the competing concerns. Continue reading
As California suffers through an historic drought, with penalties for wasting water going into effect this week, something unusual is going on: the state and the farmers seem to be agreeing on how to manage groundwater. Or how not to manage it.