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Despite a federal court order, California waited for three years before increasing payments to foster parents, at a total cost of only $2 million a year. There wasn’t enough to cover food, shelter and other essentials for 18,500 kids. Now the judge has finally cracked down. We find out what that means. Also, how come more school kids aged 12 to 17 don’t participate in physical education? A new study shows that 38 percent manage to avoid PE, even though state law requires it. We hear what the consequences might be. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, is a connection between cell phones and Cancer?

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Main Topic Judge Says California Must Pay Foster Parents More 13 MIN, 43 SEC

A federal judge ordered California to increase the reimbursement of foster parents, the people who care for wards of the state from infancy until age 19. That was three years ago, with a cost of just $2 million out of a multi-billion dollar state budget. But the state did nothing for parents who care for some 18,500 children. Yesterday, Judge William Alsup ordered immediate compliance and, finally, the state came around.

Regina Diehl, Legal Advocates for Permanent Parenting
Garrett Therolf, UC Berkeley and Common Sense News (@gtherolf)

Reporter's Notebook Kids Need More Exercise 12 MIN, 43 SEC

State law requires that high school and junior-high students get 400 minutes of physical education every ten days. But UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research found that 1.3 million kids are avoiding PE. That’s 38 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 17.  Dr. Allison Diamant is faculty associate at the Center and a co-author of the study.

Allison Diamant, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Mark Gomez, Manual Arts High School

Main Topic WHO Says Cell Phones Could Be Carcinogenic 26 MIN, 50 SEC

WHO Says Cell Phones Could Be CarcinogenicLast year, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, spent $24 million to study cell phone use. Its conclusion was that there was no increased risk of brain cancer. But yesterday, that same organization said review of other available evidence suggests there might be a link after all. Scientists are sharply divided. We look for a common sense path through contradictory findings.

Bryan Walsh, Time magazine (@bryanrwalsh)
Keith Black, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Bernard Leikind, independent physicist
Devra Davis, Environmental Health Trust


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