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Just when it looks like the U.S. economy may be improving, an expiring Federal Reserve program may slow down the mortgage market again...Meanwhile, in California, lawmakers are continuing cutbacks in an effort to balance the state budget. But critics say an effort to slash prison...
California's public education system is in crisis. School districts all over the state are having to slash budgets because of declining revenue. Last year, federal stimulus dollars helped schools plug some of the funding holes. However, that money was temporary, and it will run out. Educators are...
President Barack Obama is talking jobs, jobs, jobs, and here in the Bay Area, the news is getting better. High-tech employment nationally seems to have hit bottom in September and flattened out in the fourth quarter, raising hopes that a similar trend is under way in Silicon Valley. But things can’...
You've probably noticed that fares for public transit all around the Bay Area have already been going up -- and you may well have found that one of your favorite bus lines stopped running recently.  That can make your life a bit tougher in this economy, but as KALW's Nathanael Johnson reports...
Marin County Coroner Kenneth Holmes released his annual causes of death report today. The final tally for jumpers from the Golden Gate Bridge for 2009 is 31. In 2008, that number was slightly higher - 34. It may not look like a significant difference number-wise, until you realize what it really...
The Spindles, from Santa Rosa, are playing Wednesday, January 20th at the Elbo Room in San Francisco.
Development in Bay Area cities seems to have stalled. It’s hard to know where the next boom might come from—high tech? Green energy? Cupcakes? We thought it might be helpful to speak with someone who has a clue, so we called on Sean Randolph, president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute...
Every time a teen drops out of school, we all know they're going to have a rough road ahead of them, getting a job and simply surviving. But according to a new report, a whole city suffers when one of its kids drops out of school. The Alliance for Excellent Education,  http://www.all4ed.org/...
Inside the offices of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, international teenagers and their foster parents gather once a month on a Tuesday night.  The adults greet each other warmly while the teenagers from different countries sit and chat, eating from plates of take-out.  There...
On yesterday's Crosscurrents, we heard an interview with Zoe Mullery about the creative writing class she teaches in San Quentin State Prison, known as "Brothers in Pen." It's part of a larger arts program for inmates, which is currently in jeopardy because of California's budget crisis....
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