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Insight: State of the Valley / Doping in Cycling / Realty Wrap Up / Girls Scouts 100th


State of the Valley The Great Valley Center is releasing its latest study on the state of California's Central Valley. "The State of the Great Central Valley: Assessing the Region Via Indicators-The Environment 2006-2011" is the 12th report in a series of regional studies measuring conditions in California's fastest growing region. Today on Insight, you'll learn what's in the study and hear why water will play a large role in future development in the Valley and throughout California. Roger Bales, a UC Merced professor and Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, joins us for the discussion.

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Doping in Cycling Drugs in sports is nothing new. There are countless stories since the early 19th Century of elite athletes taking any manner of substance in an effort to boost their performance. And for a long time, it was totally legal. That changed for cycling in 1966, but some riders still succumb to the allure of winning at costs. We'll talk about doping in sports and efforts to stop it with former professional cyclist-turned-team director Mike Sayers; Dr. Don Catlin, ran the IOC'S drug testing lab at UCLA for 25 years; and Dr. Steven Van Pelt, a Bay Area sports medicine doctor who spent 17 years working on doping controls for the US Olympic committee.
 
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Realty Wrap Up It's easy for someone to crunch a few numbers and tell you that buying a home in most markets is cheaper than renting one, but there are a lot of factors many people don't take into account. As part of an assignment for their business class, a group of graduate students at UC Davis actually found a piece of property they'd like to own and then saw if they could buy it and for how much. We'll let the students and their professor, Dr. Anna Scherbina, tell you what they found. James Jennings focused on buying a loft in Sacramento.
 
Dr. Scherbina's blog about her project can be found Here.
 
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Girl Scouts 100th The Girl Scouts of the USA is celebrating 100 years of meetings, camping, patches and cookies. Scouting says its mission today is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who will make the world a better place. To help mark the anniversary, there are two local exhibits celebrating the Girl Scouts. We talk with Diana Ramirez and Elizabeth Wyant, two sophomores at Folsom High School who are also members of Troop 255. They are docents at the California Museum's exhibit. You'll also hear from Linda Farley, the Development Director of the Crocker Art Museum, who's also a long-time Girl Scout.
 
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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