Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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9:16am

Mon June 11, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for June 11, 2012

(LA Times) // High-Speed Rail construction is facing challenges over its environmental impact on both air quality and endangered species. Concerns include the problematic air quality in the San Joaquin Valley where about 1 out of 7 children have been diagnosed with asthma, and federal biologists say 11 endangered species will be impacted.

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3:38pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 7, 2012

Part 2 in our series on Asian American mental health issues, finding translators for Spanish speakers, and federal and local agents spying on Muslims and mosques.

2:39pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

FBI spies on Bay Area mosques

Islamic Society of East Bay

Since 9/11, surveillance of Muslims has been on the rise. New York City made national news in February when the Associated Press broke the story about the NYPD spying on area mosques. AP won a Pullitzer Prize for that reporting.

About a month later, in March, we received similar news much closer to home. The ACLU announced it had documents showing the FBI spied on mosques here in the San Francisco Bay Area between 2004 and 2008.

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2:21pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for June 7, 2012

(San Jose Mercury News) // There are still 1 million votes left to tally in the vote for Proposition 29, the San Jose Mercury News projects a loss for the proposed cigarette tax hike. A vast majority of the votes left uncounted come from districts in the southern part of the state, where there was less support for the initiative to raise the state tax on packs of cigarettes to $1...

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2:12pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Growing language needs are a challenge for Nevada justice system

Carol Partiguian is the only staff Spanish interpreter for the Clark County public defender office. Budget cuts have prevented the office from hiring more interpreters despite a growing caseload of Spanish-speaking clients.
By Jude Joffe-Block

On a recent afternoon, Carol Partiguian rushed over to an appointment at the Clark County jail downtown. She the only Spanish language interpreter in the county public defender’s office, which means she is usually in a hurry.

“With a hundred-plus attorneys that we have in the office, it is very hard for one person to be able to help everybody,” Partiguian said.

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