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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4:59pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Politics

New law leaves some foster youth hanging

A new law, California Fostering Connection to Success Act or AB 12, extends support for foster children until age 20. But because the law is being phased in, youth who turn 19 this year will not receive support until January 1, 2013. David Colby, a former foster child who had been accepted into UC Berkeley, may only be covered by Contra Costa County until August. Until then, he could be on his own.

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4:37pm

Mon June 11, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Foster youth debates emancipation

Photo courtesy of Flickr user m t miller

About 4,000 foster youth emancipate each year in California. Many of them have no place to go. A new law that went into effect this year aims to help them transition to adulthood. AB12 allows foster youth to stay in state care until they are 20 years old. They get financial support, and help finding housing and scholarships for college. They also have to check in with a social worker, and have regular court dates. Advocates hope the law will reduce the chances that these young people will end up homeless.

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11:26am

Mon June 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Audiafauna

Today we are featuring music by Audiafauna. First you’ll notice the strong female vocals, but then listen for their soothing electronic touches. Audiafauna is performing on Saturday, June 16 at The Vagabond Ballroom, in Oakland. Doors open at 8pm.

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.

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