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12:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Labor Shortage Hastens Push for Immigration Reform

Workers stack boxes of freshly picked Brussels sprouts at Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville.
Credit Krista Almanzan

 

Nearly a month after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill, the debate in the House drags on.   Meanwhile, local farmers are eager for a solution.  They’re facing an ongoing labor shortage that many feel could be solved by immigration reform. 

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6:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Dueling Initiatives Over Land on Fort Ord

Oaks on the land slated for development and proposed for a development ban.
Credit Doug McKnight

This November, Monterey County voters will face dueling initiatives with different visions for a piece of land on Fort Ord. One measure seeks to maintain the original plan to develop some 500 acres on the former Army base, the other to prohibit development of the land.

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3:25 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Son Fights Killer’s Release at a Time When More Lifers are Getting Parole

Jason Chelius looks through a folder of letters and pictures he plans to bring to the parole hearing.

Many don’t have vivid memories of when they were just seven-years-old, but Jason Chelius does.   That’s how old he was when his father was murdered back in 1979. “I remember sitting in the bathtub, and I mean still to this day, I can hear the rap on the door.  So I hear the knock on the door, and the blood curdling screams of my mother, just echo through your body,” said Chelius.  

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6:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Project Dulce: Helping Latino Immigrants Cope With Diabetes

Abel Corona, 60, sits at his dining table at his Watsonville home. He has diabetes and is a student in a diabetes education class at Salud Para le Gente, a health clinic in Watsonville.

Latino immigrants in the Pajaro Valley are among the growing number of Californians who have diabetes.  A new program trying to reverse that trend balances cultural traditions with health education.

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11:56 am
Thu June 27, 2013

In Victory, Medi-Cal Dental Patients Still Face Challenges

Gloria Sams cools down her pet birds on her balcony in Santa Cruz.

Today Governor Jerry Brown signed the new state budget. It partially reinstates adult dental benefits for the poor; the program that was slashed four years ago.  But even in this victory for patients in need, challenges lie ahead. 

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