Ben Bradford

Ben Bradford is a city kid, who came to Charlotte from San Francisco by way of New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Prior to his career in journalism, Ben spent time as an actor, stuntman, viral marketer, and press secretary for a Member of Congress. He graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in theater and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. As a reporter, his work has been featured on NPR, WNYC, the BBC, and Public Radio International.

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The California High Speed Rail Authority has changed its plans for the first route the train will operate.  In a new draft plan announced yesterday (Thursday), the Authority would build the northern section of the rail line first.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The University of California has received the go-ahead from the Brown administration for a billion-dollar expansion of its Merced campus.  The Department of Finance approved the project yesterday (Wednesday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California labor unions are proceeding with caution, even though the death of U.S. supreme court Justice Antonin Scalia likely derails a court case against them.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California's new medical cannabis law will put the state in charge of tracking each marijuana plant from "seed to sale."  But the Brown administration and the state's independent tax board are at odds over who will oversee it.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

As more and more companies and hobbyists launch drones into California skies, state lawmakers want new regulations to govern them.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California's state fire chief says his agency has put new safeguards in place in response to a series of scandals.  He testified at a state hearing yesterday {Thursday}.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The California High Speed Rail Authority is again defending its estimates of the project's $68 billion cost... this time to lawmakers.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on an oversight hearing at the Capitol yesterday (Wednesday). 

For California lawmakers who want to keep the state's Double-A-minus credit rating, Standard & Poor's has a message:  don't spend more.  The ratings agency issued advice yesterday (Monday) that mirrors recent statements from governor Jerry Brown.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California Governor Jerry Brown delivered his annual State of the State speech yesterday.  It was brown's 14th address to the Legislature, which is a record.  And, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, it had a familiar message.

The first priority that California state Senators are pushing this year could face a legal hurdle.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the plan to fund new housing for the homeless isn't new, and it may require voter approval.

A new survey finds California divided about how to address the state's stalled death penalty process.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, that's a significant shift in views from two years ago.

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California governor Jerry Brown was in his element when he introdeuced his annual January budget proposal yesterday at the state Capitol.  The Governor waved charts and warned of looming recession, even as he called for new taxes and the largest budget of his political career.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, Brown stuck to a familiar theme of fiscal restraint.

California lawmakers are proposing new state gun control measures to go along with the federal actions President Obama is pursuing.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The California Supreme Court is taking a harder look at the state's sweeping environmental protection law, CEQA -- the California Environmental Quality Act.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the court decided one of several cases this week.

The rooftop solar industry hailed a long-awaited proposal by California energy regulators yesterday (Tuesday).  Over objections from the big electrical utility companies, The PUC decided to leave current rules mostly in place, instead of adopting the utilities' proposals that would have made solar power significantly more expensive.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Victims of the San Bernardino mass shooting will receive faster access to benefits provided by the state of California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California is one of just a few states looking to curb the influence of outside spending in elections.  With few tools to govern the unlimited sums of money groups can spend, independent groups will likely pour millions of dollars into next year's campaigns.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains how California regulators are pushing back.

A UC Berkeley report finds California school facilities are underfunded, and that's putting more stress on the budgets of districts serving low-income students.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The California Public Employees' Retirement System has released new data about what it pays for private equity investments. As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, it's a rare look at the unusual arrangement required by the private equity industry.

California energy regulators say they will need to upgrade the state's power grid in order to meet a new law mandating 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. From Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, Ben Bradford reports.

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The University of California plans to expand its undergraduate student body by 10,000 over the next three years.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A report from California's nonpartisan budget office projects growth in the economy and budget surpluses next year.But it also contains words of caution.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A program to lure clean energy and other green businesses to California will run out of money for the first time.  A state board voted yesterday (Tuesday) to stop accepting new applications.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California counties will receive a half-billion dollars to build new jails.  The Board of State and Community Corrections approved the funding yesterday (Thursday) in a room filled with anti-incarceration protestorsw.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California corrections officials are inviting inmates on death row to weigh in on their method of execution.  Capital Public Radio's Ben  Bradford explains.

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A new report estimates about half of immigrants living without legal documentation in California would qualify for Medi-Cal, if the program were open to them.  It also provides rare data about where they live.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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A new lethal injection protocol proposed last week could allow executions to resume in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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After appearing to pick up steam this year, California's ambitious high speed rail project hit a snag this week.  Opponents are accusing the High Speed Rail Authority of hiding higher cost estimates.  The state insists that cost remain on track, although the trains may not be ready to run on time.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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An effort to raise California's minimum wage next year just got more complicated.  California's largest union and a local affiliate are offering competing ballot initiatives.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California regulators say they've found another 16-hundred Volkswagen vehicles designed to evade emissions tests.  That's in addition to the half-million the company has already admitted selling in the U.S.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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