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.

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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Californians are hoping El Nino will bring some relief from the drought this winter, but there's also concern it may bring major flooding.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that state and federal officials are pitching flood insurance.

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Now that a World Health Organization agency has classified them as carcinogenic, bacon, ham, and other processed meats could require warning labels in California,  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California regulators are considering changes to the compensation utilities must pay households with rooftop solar.  The solar industry says the wrong decision could doom the growing solar sector.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California political heavyweights provided aspiring lawmakers a master class about what they need to do to run for office.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, they offered a frank look at the role of money in politics.

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California energy regulators want to change the light bulbs commonly used in stores.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the lighting industry is taking a dim view of the proposed rule.

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Candidates for political office in California will need to be more careful about their interactions with the outside groups that support them.  A state election board passed new rules yesterday (Thursday) to tighten scrutiny.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The California State Auditor has found two California government agencies in charge of responding to emergencies are now better prepared to do so.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the agencies are no longer classified "high risk."

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The California Legislature is on hiatus until January, but a few lawmakers will be busy today (Thursday) at the Capitol.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports they're examining the problem of homeless veterans.

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Non-citizens in California will be less likely to face deportation for minor drug offenses, under a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down on diesel pollution from commercial trucks and buses in California.  The agency has already issued one fine, and says more will follow.  The EPA's actions have repercussions in the Inland Empire, where diesel trucks are pervasive amid the worst air quality of any other urban area in the state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Governor Jerry Brown cleared the nearly 200 bills remaining on his desk this weekend. He vetoed some and approved others. In this report from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford, Governor Brown was not easy to pigeonhole.

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The California agency that oversees oil and gas drilling says 55,000 oil injection wells statewide need review.  The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources released a self-audit yesterday (Thursday) and found faulty oversight.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed new clean energy standards into law.  They require the state to double energy efficiency in buildings and obtain half its electricity from renewable sources in the next 15 years.  But one sector of the renewable industry is not cheering, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a law designed to narrow the pay disparity between men and women.  It updates the state's "Equal Pay Law."  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The California Attorney General's Office has received its seventh proposal for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use.  But with the clock ticking, Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that legalization advocates can't agree on which one.

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The California Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a proposition should have been taken off the ballot last election, and whether it can return.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed another batch of bills on his desk.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the 34 new laws take on hazardous waste, criminal profiteering, recidivism, and ... alpacas.

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Even though a majority of Californians favor it, a push to extend higher state income taxes for the wealthy could face a tough fight at the ballot box, a new poll finds.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The California Air Resources Board has released a plan to drastically reduce some lesser known air pollutants implicated in climate change.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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California election officials have 30 days to determine whether a referendum to repeal the state's new vaccination law will appear on next year's ballot.  Supporters dropped off signatures yesterday [Monday].  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the question is whether they've collected enough.

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A new report finds California prison realignment reduced the state's inmate population without increasing violent crime.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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