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.
California is now in the third year of its worst drought since the 1970s. Despite a drought emergency, consumption actually rose in May. But under new rules starting August 1, people who waste water on lawns and car washing could be fined up to $500 a day. Judy Woodruff talks to Craig Miller of KQED and Timothy Quinn of the Association of California Water Agencies about the new measures. Continue reading
Timothy Draper, a billionaire venture capitalist who has invested in the likes of Twitter and Skype, is pushing to have his proposal to divide California into six separate states added to the state ballot in 2016.
The proposed rules would prohibit individuals from allowing runoff during outdoor watering, washing cars with open hoses, spraying down sidewalks or other hard surfaces, and using potable water in decorative fountains. There would be a $500 fine for breaking those rules. Continue reading
Growing strawberries takes water, sunshine, soil…and math. Mathematicians are helping farmers in the Parajo Valley grow more berries using less water with the power of numbers. Continue reading