Richard Gonzales http://wlrn.org en Senate's Immigration Reform Bill Is Declared Dead At One Year Old http://wlrn.org/post/senates-immigration-reform-bill-declared-dead-one-year-old Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A year-long effort to push a comprehensive immigration reform bill through the House was officially declared dead yesterday. Prospects for the bill were always dicey and the debate became more complicated by the recent wave of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the United States. NPR's Richard Gonzales has more.<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: A key feature of the immigration reform bill was a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million people residing here illegally. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 34618 at http://wlrn.org Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection http://wlrn.org/post/never-tell-them-odds-cities-vie-host-star-wars-collection A short time ago, in a city not far away, <em>Star Wars</em> creator George Lucas decided to build a museum to house his movie memorabilia and his art collection.<p>There's just one looming question: Where should it go?<p>Lucas says he'll spend $300 million of his own money to build the proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and will provide a $400 million endowment after his death. In addition to holding Skywalker artifacts galore, the museum would also host Lucas' private art collection, featuring works by Norman Rockwell and N.C. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 34241 at http://wlrn.org Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders http://wlrn.org/post/fight-over-calif-oyster-company-splits-chefs-and-land-defenders Drive just an hour and a half north of San Francisco, and you're in Drakes Estero, named for the first English explorer to lay claim to California.<p>This near-pristine, wind-whipped marine wilderness is a federally protected home for large beds of eelgrass, the base of the marine food chain. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:09:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 33798 at http://wlrn.org Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community http://wlrn.org/post/shooting-sikh-army-veteran-divides-community In late January, a mentally ill man was shot and killed by two police officers in Lodi, Calif., south of Sacramento. Tragedy often follows a confrontation between the police and a mentally ill person, but the facts of this case are in dispute.<p>The victim was a Sikh Army veteran, and his death has roiled the Sikh community and the city. On a recent Saturday evening, more than 100 people gathered at the Sikh temple in the largely agricultural community of Lodi, to remember Parminder Shergill.<p>Shergill was a 43-year-old Gulf War veteran who had served in Germany and Iraq. Thu, 29 May 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 33103 at http://wlrn.org Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community Teen Stowaway Somehow Survives Flight To Hawaii In Wheel Well http://wlrn.org/post/teen-stowaway-somehow-survives-flight-hawaii-wheel-well The FBI is saying that a 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he hid in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. Severe temperatures and low oxygen would make survival difficult. Investigators are examining the case. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 31134 at http://wlrn.org Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' http://wlrn.org/post/activists-we-want-emancipator-not-deporter-chief Activists who support an overhaul of the immigration system are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/03/14/290244211/hispanic-activists-vow-to-keep-pressing-white-house-over-deportations">angry and frustrated</a>. The immigration bill that passed in the Senate in June is stalled out. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 29994 at http://wlrn.org Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction http://wlrn.org/post/story-calif-senators-arrest-reads-pulp-fiction It's a case that has stunned California's political community: A prominent Democratic lawmaker has been accused in a federal complaint of participating in an elaborate conspiracy involving guns, gangs, drugs and bribery.<p>State Sen. Leland Yee was known as a champion of open government and gun control, but not any more. A 137-page federal affidavit accuses the lawmaker of soliciting and taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political favors.<p>He's also accused of gun trafficking. Not just any guns, but automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 29990 at http://wlrn.org The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean http://wlrn.org/post/what-long-strange-trip-salmon-are-trucking-pacific-ocean In California, severe drought has imperiled millions of juvenile salmon who now face waters too dry to let them make their usual spawning trip to the ocean. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:21:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 29796 at http://wlrn.org What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean Businesses Help Guide Workers Down Path To Citizenship http://wlrn.org/post/businesses-help-guide-workers-down-path-citizenship Silicon Valley companies have launched a drive to provide citizenship services on-site to employees holding green cards. The belief is that such employees become more valuable workers. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 29378 at http://wlrn.org Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases http://wlrn.org/post/ruling-gay-juror-may-cause-ripples-same-sex-marriage-cases There was a small development in a case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month that could have a major impact on the legal battle over same-sex marriage. The case involves a dispute between two pharmaceutical companies, a gay juror and the level of legal scrutiny directed by the appellate court.<p>The two big pharmaceutical companies, SmithKline Beecham and Abbott Laboratories, were in court over the marketing and pricing of some HIV drugs. A lawyer for Abbott wanted to keep one prospective juror off the jury because he is gay. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 29135 at http://wlrn.org Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road http://wlrn.org/post/gays-and-lesbians-seeking-asylum-us-may-find-hard-road Even through a long-distance line from Uganda, you can hear the fear and anxiety in the young man's voice. Nathan, 19, is gay. NPR is not using his surname because he fears arrest.<p>"Right now we are not safe," he says. "Because we are hearing some people say ... 'If we get you, we will kill you. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 28440 at http://wlrn.org Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings http://wlrn.org/post/flood-gay-marriage-cases-releasing-stream-federal-rulings A federal judge in Virginia struck down that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's just the latest in a string of similar rulings in conservative states, and it indicates that the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many had expected.<p>In her ruling, U.S. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 27965 at http://wlrn.org Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients http://wlrn.org/post/small-cuts-food-stamps-add-big-pains-many-recipients In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that costs nearly half a trillion dollars.<p>The bill includes some reductions to food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year. It's far less than what many Republicans had wanted. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 27233 at http://wlrn.org Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients Jerry Brown Declares A Drought Emergency In California http://wlrn.org/post/jerry-brown-declares-drought-emergency-california Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed an emergency drought declaration, saying his state is seeing the driest weather in about a century. This is California's third consecutive dry year with no appreciable rain in sight. As NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, cities and counties across the state are taking drastic measures.<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: January is usually a wet month in California but there's hardly been a hint of rain. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 26636 at http://wlrn.org In California, Alarm Grows Over Shrinking Water Levels http://wlrn.org/post/california-alarm-grows-over-shrinking-water-levels Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Last week, we were shivering in depths of the polar vortex. Now another sign that Mother Nature is in charge. This time it's California, where right now it should be rainy season. Instead, there's growing alarm over a persistent lack of rain. The state is suffering its third consecutive dry year.<p>And as NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, there are calls for the governor to officially declare a drought.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FOOTSTEPS)<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: So, how dry is it in California? Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 26473 at http://wlrn.org