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Mental Health/Open Primary/Textbooks for Liberia/Belle Yang

Mental Health Sacramento County's mental-health budget is likely to take a big hit. How will that affect a clinic that provides services for the county and its patients? Today on Insight, we'll talk about it with some of the people that could be affected.

Open Primary Should California have an open primary with the top two vote-getters competing in the general election? That's the premise of Proposition 14 on California's June ballot. Supporters say 14 would give a stronger voice to independent voters, and lead to the election of more moderate lawmakers. Opponents say the initiative would hurt small parties, and make it easier for Democrats and Republicans to downplay their party affiliation if that would help them get elected.

Textbooks for Liberia We'll get an update on Textbooks for Liberia, an ambitious project of a Carmichael high school student. For three years, Casey Robbins began collecting and shipping textbooks for schools in Liberia. The fourth shipment arrived in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, last month.

Belle Yang Most authors do not also illustrate their own books. One of the exceptions is Belle Yang. Born in China, she lives in Carmel, and writes and illustrates books for children and adults. Belle Yang also creates graphic novels. Her first, a graphic memoir called "Forget Sorrow," was published yesterday. It's about a crisis in her own life set against her ancestral history. Belle Yang came to Sacramento in March to speak at a children's literature conference. This segment originally aired March 4, 2010.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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