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Forced sterilization is illegal in California, but there's evidence that women inmates in two state prisons were pressured into being sterilized as recently as 2010. Did the operations prevent future health risks or help the state save money? Were they performed against the women's will? Also, LA's budget for summer school cut from $42 million to $1 million, and the last of two original navel orange trees is threatened by insects after 140 years.

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Making News LAUSD's Much Reduced Summer School Program 6 MIN, 36 SEC

LA Unified used to offer summer school at more than 100 high schools. Now it's down to 16. The recession and other priorities cut the budget from $42 million to $1 million. For the second year in a row, summer school's only available for students who failed a class, presuming that class is even available. Alvaro Cortes is Executive Director of Beyond the Bell, which operates the summer school program.

Alvaro Cortes, LAUSD

Main Topic Did Prison Officials Violate State Law? 11 MIN, 28 SEC

Fifty years ago, forced sterilization of prisoners, the mentally ill and the poor was common in California. The legislature banned the practice in 1979, but as recently as 2010 former inmates and staff workers say, almost 250 women were given sterilization procedures in state prisons without official approval. That's according to Corey Johnson, who writes about money and politics for the Center for Investigative Reporting. We speak with him, and with Joyce Hayhoe, Director of Legislation and Communications for the California Prison Health Care Receivership Corporation, set up by a federal court to improve the medical system in California prisons.

Corey Johnson, Center for Investigative Reporting (@CoreyGJohnson)
Joyce Hayhoe, California Prison Health Care Receivership Corporation

Reporter's Notebook America's First Navel Orange Tree 7 MIN, 28 SEC

At an intersection ringed with apartment houses and a strip mall in Riverside stands the Eliza Tibbets tree, which made history 140 years ago. It's one of two mutant specimens imported from Brazil to produce the first navel oranges in the US. Now it's in trouble. Tracy Kahn is principal museum scientist at the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside and curator of its Citrus Variety Collection, with more than 1000 kinds of fruit.

Tracy Kahn, University of California, Riverside


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