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Depression Can Hit New Fathers as well as New Mothers

Apr 16, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at Northwestern University finds that new dads should be screened for depression, not just new mothers.

“It’s not just new moms who need to be screened for depression, dads are at risk, too,” says Craig  Garfield, MD, lead author of the study and an associate professor in pediatrics...

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Rural Californians Also Face High Housing Costs

Apr 15, 2014

By Mary Flynn

California residents pay dearly to live in the Golden state. Nearly half of California residents experienced a “high housing cost burden” in 2012, which means that the cost of their housing — including mortgage, home insurance, utilities and property taxes for homeowners and rent and utilities for renters — consumed more than...

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Hospitals pour money into California ballot campaign

Apr 15, 2014
Hospitals pour money into California ballot campaign

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In less than three months, healthcare networks and individual hospitals have pumped more than $51 million into a proposed ballot measure meant to lock up revenue from a Legislature-approved fee on acute-care hospitals.

The measure would limit lawmakers' ability to change or repeal the "Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Act," which lawmakers...

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Community college completion rate falls during recession

Apr 15, 2014
Community college completion rate falls during recession

Completion rates at the California Community Colleges have fallen steadily over the past four years, according to the first update of the system's Student Success Scorecard. The accountability report released Tuesday, which tracks key performance meas...

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State tax revenue continues to outpace estimates

Apr 15, 2014
State tax revenue continues to outpace estimates

brownbudget.JPGState tax revenue continued to outpace budget estimates last month, with year-to-date revenue now $1.4 billion more than the Brown administration projected, the state Department of Finance reported Tuesday.

The report is the last benchmark ahead of April, a heavy month for income tax revenue. Last month, personal income tax...

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AM Alert: Californians split on Congress, own representatives

Apr 15, 2014
AM Alert: Californians split on Congress, own representatives

Like the rest of the country, California voters hold a deeply negative view of the job performance of the U.S. Congress: Just 13 percent approve of the work of the nation's lawmakers in a new Field Poll, compared to 79 percent who disapprove. That's a ...

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Mental Health Courts Give Mentally Ill Offenders the Option of Treatment

Apr 14, 2014

By Lynn Graebner As the number of jail and prison inmates with mental illness increases, addressing the problem is becoming even more critical. In the 1980s, 8 percent of jail and prison inmates in the state had serious mental illness. Now, 20 perce...

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Report: California Lacks Psychiatric Beds for Severely Mentally Ill

Apr 14, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

Jails and prisons are the largest “mental institutions” in California, holding far more people with severe psychiatric illnesses than state hospitals, according to a report released last Tuesday by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

“For a state with 38 million people — 1 in every 8 Americans lives in...

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California bill would revamp tax checkoff program

Apr 14, 2014
California bill would revamp tax checkoff program

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Californians rushing to wrap up their taxes for 2013 can choose from 20 charitable causes to support on their state tax forms.

From sea otters to the California Senior Legislature, voluntary tax form contributions raised about $4.8 million in 2012. More than $102 million has been donated through the program...

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‘Money just simply corrupts,’ Leland Yee said weeks before arrest

Apr 14, 2014
‘Money just simply corrupts,’ Leland Yee said weeks before arrest

In the weeks since the arrest of Sen. Leland Yee, two hard-to-reconcile versions of the San Francisco Democrat have emerged: Transparency advocate running for secretary of state versus the man who, according to an FBI affidavit, accepted campaign mon...

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