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"Past eight it's morning edition on weedy. I'm Brian watt. It's been a big year for snow in the Sierra Nevada range records have fallen along with the snow. We've seen reports of fifty feet of snow or more on mammoth mountain in the central Sierra. And in the resort town of mammoth lakes. Some people have literally had to tunnel out of their homes. This is the time of year when the snowpack is typically at its peak and tomorrow when surveyors do their monthly manual survey. They're likely to find a snow pack at about one hundred sixty percent of the average we've called up Ben hatchet in atmospheric scientist at the western regional climate center in Reno and Ben in a word or two. How would you describe the snowfall this year, absolutely fantastic and not just for skiers? But also for anyone who uses water in California. All right. So the water supply loves it. But what is it about the storms that have come in this year that has created so much snow and so much water in the snow? Well, we've had very consistent snowfall and the storms that have been bringing the snowfall have been somewhat colder than average. And so we've seen snow levels bringing snow down to one or two thousand feet. Quite frequently. We've even seen snow in the city itself, San Francisco, and the foothills there close to sea level, which is pretty novel and rare, and so we cumulated a lot of snow at the higher elevations at the middle and even down in the foothills. So we have a lot of water stored in our snowpack right now. All right. So do we ever reach a point where we have too much snow is definitely possible because we have a very nice state of our reservoir water levels right now or at about eighty percent full and running about one hundred and eleven percent of the historic average for the date, and we have a lot of snow stored in our natural snowpack reservoir. So if we have a warmer than average spring or has some very warm spring storms that accelerate the melting we might see some that water coming down a little bit early, and that could create some challenges for the water management community because our reservoirs are so full right now and those in some of these communities that have been receiving heavy snowfall like Manasota springs and Myers. People have been tirelessly shoveling out of their homes or businesses. We've seen overuse injuries from too much shoveling. I think the chiropractors are going to be very busy this spring and summer. Oh my goodness. Right. Well, I'm sorry to hear that. Everyone shovel safely shovel safely. Yes. Stretch then hatchet of the western regional climate center in Reno. Thank you very much. Thank you very much for having me on a much more serious note. All the snow we've received this year has also meant a heavy year across the west for avalanches. Especially in the rocky mountains avalanches there have triggered evacuation orders in almost twenty five people have died. That's a lot of people. But it's pretty typical for a heavy snow year. Unfortunately, science editor Danielle Benton has been looking into the state of avalanche science. It's an old problem. But the full solution still eludes us she started with a call to the Sierra avalanche center. Good morning. Sierra with the avalanche forecasts for when if you're heading into the Lake Tahoe back country during winter and early spring. The Sierra avalanche center is a good place to start bottom line. Considerable avalanche tangible exist all of Asians to win. Slab storm slot and loose wet islands problems. Human triggered avalanches likely with natural triggered avalanches possible recording. Forecasts offer about five minutes of info on conditions and where it's riskiest. Everything's available online too. It's the product of lead forecaster Brandon Schwartz and his colleagues who start studying the snow wants the first ball of the season hits the ground. And we tracked that snowfall. We look at how those snow crystals change on the ground, and as they change throughout winter each snowfall creates new layers in the snow pack a relatively weak layer of snow under a stronger one on a slope of thirty degrees are more. That's the recipe for an avalanche. Though, we're looking to see what it's gonna take to make those weak layers fail and trying to figure out what is that gonna be perhaps surprisingly Schwartz and his colleagues do not use computer models. They're forecasting. No one has yet developed a computer model that can accurately predict the complexities of an avalanche one area of science that he says has advanced recently is the physics of how snow fractures and releases or start sliding, which is important for modelling, Kara Burke Lind is one of the researchers studying this fracturing he directs the national avalanche center in bozeman Montana. He says even snow that looks the same can vary widely across a slope. There's areas that are going to be center areas that are going to be sicker. The weekly is going to be a little bit weaker in one spot and a little bit stronger another spot that means in some places, you might trigger an avalanche just by skiing across it. But other.
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"I'm Jack Speer. US trade negotiators say, they have made substantial progress in talks this week with China, but his NPR's Scott Horsely explains they're not offering any predictions of whether an agreement can be struck in time to meet a March first deadline, the US wants to see major structural reforms from China, including new protections for American technology negotiators say they made headway during two days of intensive talks here in Washington. But President Trump says they're still a long way to go. Be so easy for me to make a deal with China. But it wouldn't be a real deal. I could get them to buy more corn than they've ever more and more soybeans and they've ever bought, and it'd be so happy if I did that, but they gonna do that. But in even higher numbers, but we're going to do a lot of other things negotiators plan to hold follow-up talks in China in mid-february, China did promise to buy a lot of US. Soybeans. Welcome news for farmers who've been hard hit by the trade war. Scott Horsely NPR news, the White House. In southern California this morning three people were arrested for visa fraud and other crimes authorities say were illegal birth. Tourism schemes NPR's on Jaffe reports the businesses allegedly charged Chinese nationals tens of thousands of dollars help them give birth in the USO their babies will become US citizens the birth. Tourism businesses were named star baby USA, happy baby. And you win USA which was operated by Dongwon Lee. As a result of the investigation, Lee, forfeited or federal authority seized millions of dollars in real estate and half a dozen luxury cars as well as cash gold, bars and coins, the owners of the birth tourism operations allegedly instructed customers how to disguise their pregnancies and lie to customs officials so they could overstayed their tourist visas in addition to visa fraud. Charges also include filing false tax returns and skipping out on hospital bills altogether nineteen. People were indicted, but sixteen of them have left the country. I knew Jaffe NPR, news Catholic diocese in Texas have released the names of two hundred eighty six priests and church figures, credibly accused of sexual abuse. San Antonio had the states longest list of names with fifty six some dating back all the way to nineteen forty archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller says he understands the anger of survivors and says the church needs to work to make things right allegations of sexual misconduct. Mishandling of some of these cases might be ships during the church apart. And the challenge for us as church is to renew our commitment to holiness and Justice. The move by Texas church. Leaders follows last year's report of widespread clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania, number of people filing first-time jobless claims to the bump up last week. The Labor Department says claims rose by fifty three thousand on Wall Street, the Dow was down fifteen points. This is NPR MRs KCRW, it's seven oh four. Good evening. I'm state. You take is this month storms up and down, California. Have brought the Sierra snowpack to near normal levels on a day. Of course, where we had some rain moving through and some upper elevations snow state water officials making that announcement today the State Department of water resources saying the snowpack is at ninety eight percent of normal for this time of year. Ben hatchet of the desert research institute in Reno. We can really make a lot of ground. If we just have a couple of kinda heavy hitting store, and that's what we're gonna get this weekend. One this morning another come tomorrow night early Saturday morning and. Still another one on Monday. The Sierra provide California with about a third of all its drinking water new US drought, monitor monitor map released today shows coastal southern California remains in a moderate drought that much of the central valley and the central Sierra Nevada no longer in a drought at all a controversial housing proposals. Getting some strong support today. It's a Bill that would make it easier for developers to build housing near public transportation and jobcentres even if there's local opposition more on that story. Now KCRW is Anna Scott, the big idea behind Senate Bill fifty is to tackle the housing shortage. That's led to high prices and cities like LA and help get cars off the road at the same time today. Habitat for humanity as well as a coalition of more than seven hundred and fifty affordable housing organizations announced their support for it state Senator Scott Weiner, previously introduced a similar measure that failed after one committee hearing last year that proposal got criticized for not doing enough to protect. Low income renters among other things while Senator wieners new version has picked up new supporters it's likely to go through tough negotiations as it moves forward. Local leaders around the states still have concerns about giving up any local control over development in their communities. Ws Anna, Scott reporting this evening, SP fifty has yet to be set or has any hearings hit yet to be set in Sacramento LAPD says it's investigating an act of antisemitic vandalism at a synagogue in. Tarzana it happened earlier this week at the Mishcon Torah synagogue on receipt boulevard. LA city councilman Bob Bloomfield, called the graffiti profane and hateful. The investigation comes on the same day that the center for the study of hate and extremism at Cal State. San Bernardino is out with a new study on hate crimes, and it found that they spiked by thirteen percent in the city of Los Angeles last year with the most crimes committed against members of the gay community, LGBTQ community, African Americans and Jewish people. Governor Gavin Newsom today defended the state's lawsuit against Huntington beach the suit claiming that the city reduced the number of affordable housing units at a planned to build and that is violation of state law Newsom saying that the housing situation in all of California is a crisis. The affordability crisis in the state is real the housing crisis in this state is real and it cannot be addressed by some alone has to be dressed by all of us together. And that includes Huntington beach state, Republicans have criticized the lawsuit thing the focus should be cutting red tape that allows special interest to tie up new housing projects for years seven, oh, seventy KCRW support for NPR comes from Newman's Own foundation, working to nourish the common good, but donating all profits from Newman's Own food products to charitable organizations that seek to make the world a better place. Newman's Own foundation dot ORG..
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"Voluntary recall of infant ibuprofen has expanded because it may contain overly high concentrations of the drug the manufacturer says no related health problems have been reported the affected. Brands include CVS health, and equate in her sold at WalMart CVS and dollar stores. This is NPR MRs KCRW at four thirty two. Good afternoon. I'm Steve take us rain has moved out of the area at least for the most part here in southern California. And we're going to get more rain and snow this weekend. And you know, we had some snow and rain over parts of the area. Earlier this month. Matter of fact, we had a walloping of rain for four days straight a couple of weeks ago, and this month's storms. Up and down California brought the Sierra snowpack near normal level state. Water officials made the announcement today. This is the State Department of water resources who says the snowpack now is at ninety eight percent of normal for this time of year. Ben hatchet is with the desert research institute in Reno. We can really make up a lot of ground. If we just have a couple of heavy hitting storms now the Sierra provide California with about a third of all its drinking water a new U S drought monitor map released today shows coastal southern California remains in a moderate drought. Much of the central valley in central Sierra are no longer in a drought at all. We're getting some breaking news to something that we've told you about all afternoon PCH was shut down in the Malibu area. This is point Mugu even torture tranquil canyon and places like that. Now, it has reopened after that mudslide on PCH PCH now open on all lanes of Pacific Coast Highway after those mudslides this morning. We'll keep you updated on that. We'll get a check on traffic, by the way with cash on in just a moment. Some of the migrants and asylum. Detained in US custody are protesting against the conditions by going on hunger strikes and agents with US immigration and customs enforcement are now feeding those protesters to try to keep them alive. Here's KCRW Sherry Glaser. When a detainee refuses nine meals in a row ice considers that a hunger. Strike. The agency says almost a dozen detainees have stopped eating at a center in El Paso, Texas, along with four others one each facilities in San Diego. San Francisco Phoenix Miami. But immigration attorneys say the number is much higher almost thirty in El Paso, along the hunger strikers protesting what they call rampant. Verbal abuse and threats of deportation from guards a man tells the Associated Press his two nephews were put in solitary after going on hunger strike and are so weak. They can't talk an attorney for another detainee. Says her clients gone without food or water for a month and has lost about fifty pounds. KCRW cherry Glazer, a nonprofit group called freedom for immigrants says it's documented. Nearly fourteen hundred cases of people going on strikes at US immigration detention facilities, just in the last four years ice for its part says it is monitoring the food and water intake of the hunger. Strikers as well as their vital signs. Let's get a quick check on traffic.
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"NPR news. Hundreds of Chinese companies have posted losses for twenty eighteen another sign of China's echo. Economic slowdown NPR's rob Schmitz has more on the day before a deadline to post earnings warnings four hundred forty Chinese companies did just that of the more than two thousand four hundred listed firms in China that have announced preliminary earnings nearly four hundred said they'll post a loss in two thousand eighteen a big change from the year before when eighty six percent of them were profitable, the data's reminder of how China's slowdown is damage many parts of its economy like airlines vehicle manufacturers refrigerator makers first official. Gauge of China's economy in two thousand nineteen was released today showing a slowdown across the manufacturing sector. Eased off a little in January. Rob Schmitz, impair news Shanghai. President Trump is welcoming Chinese trade officials to Washington the US and China are seeking to resolve trade disputes Trump has threatened to impose two hundred billion dollars in new tariffs on Chinese goods, unless the disputes are settled on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average is down forty points at twenty four thousand nine hundred seventy five it's. NPR from K Q E D news, I'm Brian watt. State officials plan to take a snapshot of California's so-called frozen reservoir today. This time it brings a sigh of relief from state water managers central valley. Farmers and skiers cake science editor Craig Miller has more when surveyors check the snowpack this morning, they're likely to find its water content. Clocking in at just about average for this point in the winter. Well average is good news given the state of things a month ago. Ben hatchet is a climate scientist of the desert research institute in Reno. We can really make up a lot of ground. If we just have a couple of a heavy hitting storms. We got him in January which kinda put us over the hump for the season with the snowpack. Now at about sixty percent of what they'd hoped for in April. When it's typically at its peak and begins to melt cold front right behind the storm sweeping in tomorrow, should improve the picture even more. I'm Craig Miller. News navy officials say during the partial government, shutdown cleanup continued at formers hunters point naval shipyard in San Francisco, but had happened without oversight from the Environmental Protection Agency. Hundreds of homes already existed, hunters point and hundreds of additional units are in the works there. Dan, Hirsch, a nuclear policy expert and former UC Santa Cruz professor is concerned. The lapse in oversight could make it difficult for the EPA to determine if the cleanup is happening properly. And if it is not cleaned up appropriately we're talking about producing large amounts of health effects. The EPA says it's restarted reviews of clean up data, and that state and local regulators continued their oversight at hunters point during the shutdown. I'm Brian watt. K QB news support comes from Cisco. Who's new Cisco WebEx meetings provide integrated audio video and sharing content for all businesses? Six minutes past the hour of eight now and time for another look at traffic.
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"This summer air monitoring systems will be deployed to pinpoint the worst sources of pollution, and then this fall enforcement and regulatory activities will ramp up this time next year. More communities will be added to the program the funds largely come from the states cap and trade program for the California report, I'm Leslie mcclurg, we're gonna head to Lake Tahoe. Now where skiers and snowboarders are reveling in the fresh powder. The recent snowfall has left behind take it from eleven year old Alex Guthrie who just got back from the slopes issue was very good compared to years past because of climate change. There hasn't been that much snow for. The last few years, but this year was really nice. They skied for about four hours. I did not wipe out. But my dad did so Alex is clearly loving it. But the scientists have something else on their minds. They wonder does this mean California will have enough water comes spring. Here's cake, Craig Miller. It's looking more like it. When surveyors check the snowpack this morning, they're likely to find its water content. Clocking in at just about average for this point in the winter. Well average is good news given the state of things a month ago. We can really make up a lot of ground. If we just have a couple of a heavy hitting storms. Ben hatchet is a climate scientist at the desert research institute in Reno. And we sure did and it was the people rejoiced at the ski resorts, and and hopefully at the the water management and other agencies, and it appears that January kinda put us over the hump for the season with the snowpack now at about sixty percent of what they'd hope for in April. When it's typically at its peak and begins to melt, meanwhile, a cold front right behind the storm sweeping and tomorrow. Should improve the picture even more for the California report. I'm Craig Miller. Let's go to Orange County now where the only needle exchange program filing an appeal to resume operations cake, Michelle Wiley has this outside of Hart park in the city of orange workers from the now closed Orange County needle exchange program are looking for clients. They used to see it their location in the Santa Ana Civic Center, mainly to talk to people make sure they know they're not forgotten that there's someone who cares about their health. That's name with the exchange. The program which provided clean needles and lifesaving overdose reversal drugs. Like naloxone was forced to close its doors more than a year ago over complaints from the county of massive amounts of needle litter. So they got a permit from the California Department of public health to form a mobile needle exchange, but that got blocked to by a lawsuit from the county and neighboring cities now lawyers for the program are filing an appeal asking that the court reconsider its decision. Nine says part of the issue is ideological place. Like, Orange County. That is known for being a very opulent place is known for beaches and good schools and low crime if you have a needle exchange you in a way admit that. There is injection drug. Use the motion to reconsider is scheduled to be heard by a trial court judge in early March for the California report, I'm Michelle Wiley in Orange County this week, we're digging into common myths about homelessness right now counties across our state or doing what are known as point in time counts to figure out who's homeless..
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"This summer air monitoring systems will be deployed to pinpoint the worst sources of pollution, and then this fall enforcement and regulatory activities will round up this time next year. More communities will be added to the program the funds largely come from the states cap and trade program for the California report, I'm Leslie mcclurg, we're gonna head to Lake Tahoe. Now where skiers and snowboarders are reveling in the fresh powder. The recent snowfall has left behind take it from eleven year old Alex Guthrie who just got back from the slopes is your was very good compared to years past because of climate change. There hasn't been that much snow for the last few years, but this year was really nice skied for about four hours. I did not wipe out. But my dad did so Alex is clearly loving it. But the scientists have something else on their minds. They wonder does this mean California will. Have enough water comes spring. Here's Craig Miller. It's looking more like it. When surveyors check the snowpack this morning, they're likely to find its water content. Clocking in at just about average for this point in the winter. Well average is good news given the state of things a month ago. We can really make a lot of ground. If we just have a couple of heavy hitting storms. Ben hatchet is a climate scientist at the desert research institute in Reno. And we sure did and it was the people rejoiced at the ski resorts, and hopefully at the the water management and other agencies, and it appears that January kind of put us over the hump for the season with the snowpack. Now at about sixty percent of what they'd hoped for in April. When it's typically at its peak and begins to melt, meanwhile, a cold front right behind the storm. That's sweeping in tomorrow should improve the picture even more for the California report. I'm Craig Miller. Let's go to Orange County now where the only needle exchange program spoiling an appeal to resume operations cake, Michelle Wiley has. This. Hart park in the city.
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"Snow helps the ski resorts maintain a more consistent product as they call it. I mean mammoth they miss their opening day by one one day this year for the first time since it insults making and it was just one day since the early nineties, and so they can you know, done snow at all can still have skiing. They can supplement and some places it's pretty much all they have like where I grew up in winter green Virginia. So I don't, you know, I certainly think it's okay. What one thing that's come up with a fake snows people somehow think that water uses all consumptive, and it's just gone, but the truth is kind of goes right back into the. It's just runs off, you know, in the snow melts and. Right back into the watershed or down into groundwater, mostly. It's the energy consumptive part of it uses up the. Most energy is you have to us now. So air compressors, it's a lot of trinity run the compressor houses curious how these work, and I just watched a bunch of videos of huge hoses easing compressed air or fans to blast tiny water droplets hyphen this guy, so they freeze and then flutter down into powder. And apparently this can be an overnight job. Kind of like the snow fairy comes at night in a beanie and north face parka and unleashes its giant hose arm octopus creature to cover the mountain and frozen confetti while you sleep cute. Caroline Lewis in Israel king. Both wanna know are there are there any ways to better clear snow off your car walkway excetera aside from scraping shoveling as snow expert. I don't have any good answers. I mean, I don't like the salt because pets can it sort of Mark's things, and I kind of enjoyed that. You know, it's like a good way to get some exercise when you're stuck inside. Right profit. Yeah. You gotta watch your back. That's okay. I think the main there's there is. The teach in avalanche classes called strategic shoveling which was more about how to most quickly extract people as to do with tiered levels and stuff like that. You don't just want to dig straight into the ground, but just like any any working at your desk. There. Correct ways that sit shemmel practice to hold your. So you don't damage your back shoveling. So when you're digging someone out of an avalanche almost like terraced. Yeah. This is something that Bruce Avs really came up with which is great strategic shoveling for one thing if they're on a slow you wanna shovel in towards them, not straight down at them. Because it's the fastest way to shovel out. It's excavate. And then also usually depends on what kind of setting you're in. But especially if you're like ski resort with a lot of people you have more than chances. Are you only have like one or two people up front doing fast, Shelly then there's going to be other people who maybe aren't doing anything? So that they can get behind them on like terrorists. You know, if you can match steps going down and shovel out that debris. The the first group, right? You can scan would dead. Also, if your car snowed in I did see some tips like using a lighter to heat your key. If your lock is frozen or putting on a priest no car cover, so you can just remove that sucker Dolittle scraping. Another option is just never go outside. Again. Now main advice lift with your legs and not your back. And if you're my dad, please wait until I can come up and help you please. Thank you, sir. Also, a lot of you had a similar question. And I'm just going to say your names with my mouth now. Spencer Gillespie Billy Marino. Carla can Lubar Lauren harder. Sarah Clark, Barbara Blackie. And Eva a lot of people had questions about climate change. Are you seeing your work change a lot in the last ten years? The last ten years that you know, that's a particularly interested in period of time. There's there's strong evidence that from snow radars. For instance, Ben hatchet is doing some great work up at his at the desert research institute in UN. Are they've got the snow radars that they can look at the snow levels..