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California Update for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018
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• Efforts to legalize sports gaming in California have new momentum from Monday's U.S Supreme Court ruling. But it’ll be years, if ever, before you can legally bet on the Giants or Dodgers at your nearby casino, card room or race track—or even online.

• This year, advocates are pushing for three bills which would help undocumented immigrants get access to local business licenses, income tax credits, and healthcare.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

California Update for Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Apr 10, 2018
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• Health advocates and labor groups are pushing for a plan they say would lower health care costs, but pushback from physicians and insurance providers is already springing up.

• Gov. Jerry Brown has the legal right to reject President Trump’s request to deploy California National Guard troops to the Mexican border. But there are reasons for Brown to consider approving it, despite Trump’s deep unpopularity in the state.

California Update for Thursday, February 1, 2018

Feb 1, 2018
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• President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he supports a national Right to Try policy, which would help terminally ill patients access experimental drugs more easily.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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Yesterday we told you about how a growing number of severe mentally ill adults are ending up in emergency rooms and jails. Today we look at what the county is doing to better care for this population. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi spoke with Press Democrat Health Reporter Martin Espinoza about a patient named Russell who is currently seeking care.

Martin Espinoza's series on Sonoma County's mental healthcare system is archived online on The Press Democrat website. Read the series here.

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about four percent of adults in the United States suffer from some form of severe mental illness. Here in Sonoma County that's as many as 20-thousand people to take care of. But a recent investigative report by The Santa Rosa Press Democrat revealed that many mentally ill adults are ending up in emergency rooms or in jails.

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Earlier this week, Marin General Hospital took a first tentative step toward becoming California’s first public medical center to openly allow patients to use medicinal cannabis. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi was at the hospital’s governing board meeting and prepared this report.