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Local Lens on Seismic SCOTUS Rulings -- Plus: Drought, Goleta Council, SBUSD & Flag Football Scandal

The Newsmakers TV panel this week examines the local impact and implications of two far-reaching and consequential U.S. Supreme Court decisions -- one revoking a woman's right to choose to have an abortion, the other expanding the right to carry a gun.

Simply put, the Court's right-wing majority decreed, in space of 24 hours, no states rights for enacting gun control, but absolute states rights for governing women's bodies.

In the wake of the perilous rulings, KEYT's Jade Martinez Pogue returns to the show and reports that Planned Parenthood's Central Coast leaders are expecting a one thousand percent increase -- that's 1000% -- in demand for services, as women from states where abortion already now is, or soon will be, illegal, flock to California for treatment.

And Nick Welsh, who's been tracking the case in which the Court tossed a 100-year old New York law limiting who can get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, offers his take on the consequences, here and across the nation, of that landmark ruling.

Pivoting back to our trademark Santa Barbara-centric analysis and commentary, Josh Molina reprises the sad story of why a wildly-popular kid's flag football league got the boot from the fields they've been using, at the hands of the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and then updates the latest on the swirl of controversy surrounding Superintendent Hilda Maldonado.

Plus: new drought regulations for the city that already leads the state in water conservation; a second City Council re-election challenge in Goleta; a look at that $100 million airport expansion; and how a UCSB geography professor is using the newest in mapping technology to make local streets safer for bicyclists.

All this and more, right here, right now, on Newsmakers TV..


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