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 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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Just a year after California voters approved a multi-billion dollar water bond, another may be on the way.  Governor Jerry Brown's former top water official is pushing another initiative to upgrade the state's water system.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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An independent state oversight board will review California's troubled Denti-Cal program today [Thursday].  That's after a December audit found fewer than half of the program's 5-million children received care.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Elected officials and advocacy groups across the California are making a push this week to register voters, after record-low turnout last year.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, much of the focus is on Latino, Asian, and young voters. 

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