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Insight: Modesto Safety Net / Shark Fin Ban / Bradley on the Kings / Sacramento Beer Week

Modesto Safety Net Doctors in Stanislaus County say mounting numbers of out-of-work professionals and jobless blue collar workers have joined the chronically poor in clinic waiting rooms throughout the region, threatening to overwhelm its fragile safety net. The deep recession has pushed the ranks of Central Valley uninsured to unprecedented levels, while a dire state budget deficit has forced lawmakers to drastically cut key health care programs for the state's poorest residents. A series of reports that culminated from a collaboration between the Modesto Bee and the California Health Foundation Center for Health Reporting at USC Annenberg ran in the paper this week. We'll talk about it with reporter Jocelyn Weiner.

Shark Fin Ban A new bill sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D) would ban the use of shark fins in food. The practice - where only the fin is harvested and the shark is returned to the water to slowly die - is considered inhumane by most, but the fins are still used for soup by some in the Chinese community. We'll talk with Assemblyman Fong about it.

Bradley on Possible Kings Move Bill Bradley, the former Sacramento Bee Sports Editor who now writes the 27x7 Blog, gives us his take on the Kings possibly moving to Anaheim. Bradley has a long history of covering the Kings and basketball in general, and this wouldn't be the first time he's seen a team leave it's hometown for greener pastures.

Sacramento Beer Week The second annual Sacramento Beer Week kicks off Thursda. Last year's inaugural event was deemed an overall success and this year's event appears to be even bigger and will include some special brews made just for Sac's beer lovers. We'll talk about it with founder and executive director Dan Scott and promotions manager Rick Sellers.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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