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California Update for Friday, April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018
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• The California Endowment is classifying police killings as a public health issue that must be addressed.

• The Trump administration has pointed to a 200 percent spike in arrests along the Southern border in March compared with the same month a year ago. How many of took place along the California border with Mexico and how significant is this increase?

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Thursday, April 19, 2018

Apr 19, 2018
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,• A new kind of poaching is taking place in California. Thieves are stripping succulents from cliffs near the ocean, boxing them up and sending them to countries like Korea, China, and Japan.

• California cities dominate the list of places with the most polluted air in the United States according to an annual report by the American Lung Association.

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

California Update for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018

• A bill that would expand health care coverage to undocumented adults has moved forward in the California state Assembly.

• When you eat eggs from your friend's backyard coop, those yolks are connected to the soil hens scratch around in. After last year's fires, UC Davis researchers are testing backyard eggs statewide to see if contaminants ended up in those eggs.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

California Update for Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Apr 17, 2018
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• The battle to save net neutrality comes to California today – after the Trump administration repealed Obama-era rules designed to make sure internet service providers can't play favorites.

Today's reporting by Suzanne Potter.

California Update for Monday, April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018
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• Some California Democrats are trying to pass their own Internet laws in response to the Trump Administration's rollback of Net Neutrality rules enacted under President Obama.

• Lawmakers seek to alleviate emergency room overcrowding by sending people in mental health crisis or under the influence of drugs and alcohol to destinations other than the hospital.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Apr 11, 2018
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• A controversial bill to increase the number of tall housing developments near transit stops in California, has been amended in response to a chorus of concerns.

• California’s largest water district has given key support to a 17-billion-dollar water project, long sought by Governor Jerry Brown.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Apr 10, 2018
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• Health advocates and labor groups are pushing for a plan they say would lower health care costs, but pushback from physicians and insurance providers is already springing up.

• Gov. Jerry Brown has the legal right to reject President Trump’s request to deploy California National Guard troops to the Mexican border. But there are reasons for Brown to consider approving it, despite Trump’s deep unpopularity in the state.

• An opioid prescription database that was supposed to be a required part of physician practice two years ago still isn’t ready to use. Patient advocates say it’s costing lives.

• We’re still waiting for word from Gov. Jerry Brown about whether he’ll agree to President Trump’s request to deploy California National Guard troops to the Mexican border. What would Trump's options be if Brown says no?

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

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• A man in the United Kingdom has been infected with the world’s worst case of treatment-resistant gonorrhea after a sexual encounter with a woman in Asia.  Health officials are worried about a spread of the infection immune to traditional antibiotics. 

• Vice President Mike Pence says he is happy to see high school students engaging in the civic process after it was announced a group was organizing a Pride celebration in his hometown. 

• Santa Rosa Gaydar is hosting a cornhole tournament at the Jaded Toad in Cotati next Sunday.

California Update for Thursday, April 5, 2018

Apr 5, 2018
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• California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration says it’s reviewing President Trump’s proclamation deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

• The two Democratic leaders of the California state Legislature threw their support behind California State University administrators, faculty and students calling for more state funding.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018
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• Following President Trump's move to place tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum exports, China says it may retaliate by levying 2 billion dollars in tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports.What does that mean for California pistachio growers?

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, March 26, 2018

Mar 26, 2018
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• President Trump’s legal team tried to recruit top attorney Ted Olson to help defend the president in the Russia Investigation.  While Olson won the fight against Prop 8 in the Supreme Court, he won’t be defending Trump. 

• A man on PrEP in Washington State became infected with a drug-resistant form of HIV despite taking Truvada daily.  Health officials continue to say though that Truvada remains a highly effective defense against HIV infection.  

• And in California, the first lesbian woman was elected to the office of Senate President.

California Update for Monday, March 26, 2018

Mar 26, 2018
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• Flags at the California state Capitol are flying at half-staff in honor of the most influential advisor to Governor Jerry Brown since he returned to the office.

• More than a million cigarette butts were collected in the US this year. That’s why Democratic Assembly member Mark Stone is trying to make them illegal for the third time.

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

California Update for Friday, March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018
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• POLITIFACT CALIFORNA: Gavin Newsom's True Claim: California Ranks 49th In Per Capita Housing Supply

Find more on this and other PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

• Lieutenant Governor Newsom said he wants to change how higher education is funded during a Q&A Thursday afternoon in Sacramento.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Update for Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mar 22, 2018
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• Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ohio Governor John Kasich headlined the first event for a group of California Republicans trying to push the party in a more moderate direction.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

California Update for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018
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• The California Senate will swear in its first ever female leader Wednesday — and its first openly gay leader too. San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins takes the oath as Senate President pro Tem at a unique moment for the state.

• In San Francisco Wednesday the nation's first-ever court hearing on the science of climate change will take place. Major oil companies will answer questions like what created the ice age and what are the sources that cause the planet to warm.

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

California Update for Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mar 20, 2018
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• The nation’s top court will consider whether a California abortion law violates freedom of speech rights of anti-abortion advocates.

• The Chief Justice of California's Supreme Court turned her attention from the state's judicial system to the national stage in her remarks before the legislature Monday.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, March 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018
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• After threats of protest by the anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church, students at Missouri’s John Burroughs Prep school rallied around a fellow students and football start who came out as gay last fall and staged a counter protest. 

• A federal court in Maryland ruled that schools must allow access to restrooms and locker rooms for transgender students based on their gender identity and that failure to do so violates Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause. 

California Update for Monday, March 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

• Some groups want doctors to be trained on how to ask patients about gun ownership, others say it's inappropriate.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Friday, March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

• California isn’t moving to a single-payer health care system anytime soon. So a coalition of liberal advocacy groups is calling for policy actions this year to achieve statewide universal coverage under California’s current health care system.

• Lawmakers think the underground pot market is growing. That’s why a new bill would eliminate taxes on cultivating cannabis and drop the excise tax from 15 to 11 percent for three years.

Today's reporting by Ban Adler and Ezra David Romero.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018
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• An Ohio judge took away custody of a 17-year-old transgender teen away from her parents because the parents refused to authorize hormone therapy based on their religious beliefs.  The teen will live with her grandparents and continue her transition from female to male. 

• NBC news reports Santa Rosa has the 2nd highest percentage of same-sex married couples in the nation. 

• Sonoma County Pride is planning this year’s celebration in downtown Santa Rosa, June 1 through 3 and they are looking for volunteers.

California Update for Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018
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• The California Senate threatened to suspend or expel one lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct — but issued a letter of admonishment to another. The first senator, Tony Mendoza, resigned. The second, Bob Hertzberg, continues to serve.

• The cost of the bullet train just rose another 20 percent to $77 billion. The new CEO of the High-Speed Rail Authority also revealed in a biennial report that the time frame to complete the project has been pushed back to 2033.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, March 9, 2018

Mar 9, 2018
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• The California state Senator known as "Huggy Bear" is no longer allowed to initiate hugs, but can keep his job.

• This year's flu vaccine wasn't entirely effective against the early-season influenza A, but it may help with the influenza B strain that emerged more recently.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mar 8, 2018
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• Some veterans are being blocked from using right to die law. Advocates for the law may bring a legal challenge to the California Department of Veterans Affairs if they don't change their policies.

• California added another 35,000 jobs in January according to new data out today – and the state’s unemployment rate has once again dropped to a record low.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

California Update for Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mar 7, 2018
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• The director of the California Senate Fellows Program is no longer employed after an investigation into whether he failed to report sexual misconduct allegations against a student Fellow.

 

• The Trump administration will sue California over policies designed to protect immigrants who arrived illegally from deportation.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

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.

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