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Insight: Cal Grant Cuts / Olympic Update / Sam Sixkiller / James Hunter


 
 
Cal Grant Cuts California's new spending plan will cut $103 million from the state's Cal Grants program.  Public university students will mostly be unaffected, but students attending private schools could lose half of their Cal Grant funding.  Governor Jerry Brown intended for the cuts to stop students from using taxpayer money at private for-profit colleges like Heald College  or ITT Technical Institute.  But students at nonprofit private universities could see significant reductions in their Cal Grants if their school fails to meet new, stricter graduation requirements.  Joining us to explain who the cuts will affect and how is Steve Boilard, Managing Principal Analyst at the Legislative Analyst's Office's education section; Mary Lou Lackey, Vice President of the University of the Pacific; and John Zimmerman, President of MTI College.
 
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Olympics Update Sacramento born American coxswain and gold medalist Mary Whipple describes herself as the "Olympian I was, am and want to be."  She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics where she won a gold medal in women's eight, and in the 2004 Summer Olympics where she won a silver medal.  We'll talk to Mary about life as an athlete and her hopes for the London Olympics. We'll also check back in with Track and Field athlete Kim Conley. She qualified for the Olympic Team in the 5000 m race and you can see it here. Plus, US Olympics Trials swimmer Kevin Ferguson. We spoke with him about his quest before the big event and, unfortunately, he didn't make the team. We'll hear what it was like to compete and what his plans are now.
 
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Sam Sixkiller Sam Sixkiller was one of the most accomplished Cherokee frontier lawmen in 1880's Oklahoma Territory, and, in many ways, he was a typical law-enforcement official, besides the fact that he was Cherokee.  Sixkiller upheld the law, but always made sure to protect the traditional ways of the Cherokee.  Chris Enss is the co-author of Sam Sixkiller's biography and joins us to discuss the ways the Native-American sheriff made a name for himself in the Wild West.
 
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James Hunter James Hunter is an American soul singer who just can't change the fact that he's British.  His music is thriving with American influence and soul. Hunter will be performing at Harlow's on Tuesday, July 3.
 
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Monday, July 02, 2012
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