Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host

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Mark Prell began his broadcast career at KRCB in 2008 as a volunteer, hosting Saturday mornings. He eventually took over as weekday Afternoon host, later taking on the duties of weekday Morning host as well. Mark continues to host the weekday Morning and Afternoon drive times, and has a lot of fun doing it. 

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California Update for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mar 6, 2018
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• While the Supreme Court considers whether gerrymandering is unconstitutional, a California expert says the state's redistricting approach is generally fair and competitive.

• Snow levels across the Sierra Nevada are now about 37 percent of normal. Storms over the last week boosted the number by 15 percent.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ezra David Romero.

• The Pentagon accepts the first transgender person into the United State military pursuant to a court order, despite an order by President Trump. 

• The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision in Arizona granting parental rights to a lesbian and said states could not limit rights of same-sex couples that are currently provided to opposite-sex couples. 

• And in New York, a court of appeals ruled that discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. 

California Update for Monday, March 5, 2018

Mar 5, 2018
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• An envoy from the California Farm Bureau traveled to Capitol Hill last week to voice its concerns about a controversial House immigration bill.

• Low-income parts of California could soon be designated “Opportunity Zones” by the Brown Administration. Individuals could invest in these zones and receive a tax break as outlined in new federal tax plan.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, March 2, 2018

Mar 2, 2018
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• Denti-Cal services were partially restored four years ago, but patients still couldn’t get white crowns, partial dentures and some types of root canals. A January first change makes those procedures and many more reimbursable.

• A bill introduced in Sacramento would eliminate the job of Sheriff/Coroner.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Rich Ibarra. 

California Update for Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mar 1, 2018
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• A judge ordered the California Department of Agriculture to stop spraying dozens of pesticides. Some environmental groups count this as a win but a University of CA researcher warns the move will hurt efforts to fight a damaging citrus disease.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

California Update for Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb 28, 2018
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• Two weeks after federal customs enforcement agents detained more that 200 people in Los Angeles, agents have been in central and northern California conducting operations.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt.

California Update for Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Feb 27, 2018
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• There’s now one fewer Republican in the California governor’s race. Former Sacramento area Congressman Doug Ose's departure Monday could change the dynamics of the entire campaign.

• California’s top court has ruled that sentencing juveniles to 50 years or more in prison violates the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 26, 2018

Feb 26, 2018
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• Canadian Eric Radford became the first out gay male athlete to take a gold medal at the Winter Olympics last week.  But Out and proud American skier Gus Kenworthy stole the headlines after NBC broadcast Kenworthy kissing his boyfriend after a qualifying run on the slopes. 

• A new dating website titled Trump Dating launched last week that prohibits gay and bisexual people from participating.  The site says that good relationships are founded on common patriotic and political viewpoints. 

California Update for Monday, February 26, 2018

Feb 26, 2018
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• Delegates from the California Democratic Party over the weekend made no endorsement in the U.S. Senate race. But state Senate leader Kevin de León finished far ahead of longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

• Tony Mendoza sought the party's endorsement for the state Senate seat he resigned from days earlier. Meanwhile, pre-existing party rules forced an endorsement of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who's under investigation for sexual misconduct.

Today's reporting by Andrew Bowen (KPBS) and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018
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• An energized yet fractured California Democratic Party meets this weekend in San Diego for its annual convention. Tensions between the party’s establishment and progressive wings could shape races for governor, Senate and Congress.

• Democratic Senator Tony Mendoza resigned over sexual harassment allegations Thursday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Thursday, February 22, 2018

Feb 22, 2018
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• The California Farm Bureau is bucking a national trend set by its peers, saying it can NOT support the proposed immigration legislation currently being considered by Congress.

• Vanity may be a new funding source for more driver's education in California high schools. A bill in the state Senate would let Californians choose which photo ends up on their driver's license.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Steve Milne.

California Update for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, 2018
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• The Highway Patrol and UC San Diego researchers are working on an effective test for those driving under the influence.

• Activities like watering lawns to the point of overflowing could come become punishable of up to $500 across California. The state Water Resources Control Board heard comments on drought saving measures today but delayed action.

Today's reporting by Randol White and David Ezra Romero.

California Update for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018
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• California home cooks would be able to sell meals prepared in home kitchens directly to consumers under a bill that's passed the Assembly. Opponents say the move would create a public health risk.

• A new bill inching through the California legislature would make it illegal for sit-down restaurants to pair drinks with straws unless guests request them. Bars and fast-food aren’t included.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ezra David Romero.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018
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• Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, the only two out gay male athletes from the U.S. competing in the Winter games, said they don’t plan to visit the White House for the customary celebration following this year’s games because of the administrations anti LGBT stance. 

• States across the country are considering new laws to restrict restroom access based on birth sex; in 3 states, these new laws role back existing protections for transgender Americans. 

California Update for Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018
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• California’s recreational marijuana shops would be limited in their ability to sell customer data to other companies under a bill introduced at the state Capitol.

For more on the topic, visit politifact.com/california.

• New voter registration figures released Friday by the Secretary of State's office show the number of Californians identifying as “no party preference” has nearly caught up with registered Republicans.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, February 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018
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• A new report from the University of California, San Francisco shows that if current trends continue, there will be 41 percent fewer psychiatrists than needed in California by 2028.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Thursday, February 15, 2018

Feb 15, 2018
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• A leading voice of the #MeToo movement inside the state Capitol faces further allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate workplace behavior.

• California Senate leader Kevin de León says voters should reject U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s re-election bid. He says the 84-year-old incumbent’s moderate tone and record are out of touch with the increasingly liberal state she represents.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

California Update for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018
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• The Immigrant Worker Protection Act went into effect back on January 1st. It was designed to help employers deal with ICE agents. However, there has been confusion on the part of employers about whether the Act forces them to break federal law.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

California Update for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Feb 13, 2018
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• Five weeks into his run for California governor, former Republican Congressman Doug Ose doesn’t have much of a campaign yet. But he hopes his loyalty to President Trump and a moderate voting record in the House will propel him past the June primary.

Hear Ben Adler's full interview with Doug Ose HERE.

• On the one-year anniversary of the Oroville Dam evacuation order, California lawmakers have sent a dam safety bill to Governor Jerry Brown.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb 13, 2018

• Violence towards members of the LGBTQ community continues to rise and a second report by the Anti-Defamation League said that murders of cisgender gay and bi sexual men rose 400% last year. 

• More young people today are identifying their gender in terms other than the traditional “boy” or “girl.”  When they lack support, these gender-fluid youth also suffer more from mental health problems. 

• Here locally, the Sonoma County Pride planning committee announced that this year’s pride celebration is returning to downtown Santa Rosa.

California Update for Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018
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• The chair of the California Legislature’s Women’s Caucus and an original signer of the We Said Enough letter that sparked the #MeToo movement at the state Capitol is now the subject of a sexual harassment investigation herself.

The former staffer who filed the complaint has connections to current and former lawmakers who Garcia has criticized. You can read more about that story HERE.

California Update for Thursday, February 8, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

• Hearings about creating a single-payer health care system or universal coverage have wrapped up at the California state Capitol, for now. The final meeting of an Assembly committee was dominated by discussion of a single-payer bill.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

California Update for Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb 7, 2018
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• An initiative to fundamentally change how Californians elect their lawmakers will not appear on the 2018 ballot.

• California is once again suing the Trump Administration, joining New York and eight other states in a case about water.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

• California would require automated accounts, known as bots, to be identified on social media platforms under in a bill proposed last week.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

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• Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson has been banned from entering the country of Jamaica because of his extreme anti-LGBTQ views.  

• Two married men are suing the U.S. State Department after one of their twin babies was denied citizenship despite being born from the same surrogate just minutes apart. 

• The State of Indiana, one of only 5 states with no hate crime laws, voted down again this week proposed hate crime legislation.  This almost guarantees that the state will loose their bid to be host of Amazon’s new HQ2 facility.

California Update for Monday, February 5, 2018

Feb 5, 2018
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• Four current California lawmakers, including a candidate for governor, are named in sexual harassment claims released Friday by the state Legislature.

Find the full story from Capital Public Radio, with details about many of the claims and the lawmakers’ responses HERE.

California Update for Friday, February 2, 2018

Feb 2, 2018
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• California farmers and ranchers have until Monday to be counted by the USDA Census of Agriculture. The data could impact funding for agricultural research and nutrition programs.

• The California Senate has finally approved a bill to provide whistleblower protection to legislative staff – after killing the effort in each of the last four years. It’s a protection other state employees have had for years.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Adler.

California Update for Thursday, February 1, 2018

Feb 1, 2018
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• President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he supports a national Right to Try policy, which would help terminally ill patients access experimental drugs more easily.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jan 31, 2018
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• The California state Senate is attempting to circumvent a change in the federal tax overhaul that they say targets blue states.

• The California Senate has approved a bill that would allow judges to send criminal defendants suffering from mental disorders to treatment instead of trial.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

California Update for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jan 30, 2018

• The California Senate has voted to impose its own version of net neutrality on the state.

• The Department of Water Resources announced today that contractors who receive water from the State Water Project will get more than originally thought.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ezra David Romero.

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