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California Update
6:25 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Republicans Regain Some Relevance As New California Legislature Sworn In

California Assembly Chamber
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capitol Public Radio

  ALSO, undocumented immigrants are becoming a more recognized segment of the California population. Now a state lawmaker wants to make integration easier for them.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Katie Orr.

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More mileage from fresh produce
6:12 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

‘Upcycling’ surplus tomatoes

A fresh and spicy Blood Mary mix is one of the new products that Laci Sandoval is making from tomatoes that would otherwise have gone to waste.
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  Better than just recycling, “upcycling” uses waste materials to create new products with increased value. Laci Sandoval is doing exactly that with surplus tomatoes.

Laci Sandoval says the success of her pilot partnership with County Line Harvest is not a business she intends to pursue for herself, but a demonstration model for other, smaller farmers in the area.

 

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California Update
6:34 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Advocates Say More Immigrants Eligible For Medi-Cal

The California Department of Health Care Services says any information provided by undocumented immigrants will be used to determine their Medi-Cal eligibility, and not for immigration enforcement.
Credit Brian Myers / Media Arts Center San Diego

  Also, AAA reports a surge in Thanksgiving holiday travel.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Steve Milne.

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North Bay News
6:18 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Reopening Palm Drive Hospital

Sonoma County's only full service hospital west of Highway 101, Palm Drive has been shuttered since late April.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Dr. Richard Powers has practiced family medicine at Sebastopol’s Palm Drive hospital for decades. Now he’s going to help run the closed and bankrupt facility, which he is intent on seeing reopened next spring.

In addition to seeing Palm Drive Hospital reopened early next year, new board member Dr. Richard Powers is also hopeful that the facility’s bankruptcy creditors will also be getting paid soon.

 

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California Update
6:41 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Brown Names New Supreme Court Nominee

At 38, US Department of Justice Attorney Leondra Kruger would be the youngest justice on the California Supreme Court. She would also be the only African American.
Credit sacbee.com

Also, some beekeepers in California will receive disaster assistance for colony losses suffered from 2011 to 2013.

Today's reporting by Katie Orr and Amy Quinton.

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North Bay News
7:11 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Vineyard Frost Protection Rules to Kick in

A thin shell of ice protects budding grapevines from being damaged by frost.
Credit Sonoma County Farm Bureau

  Winegrape growers are facing new regulations governing diversions of water from the Russian River and its tributaries for late season frost protection.  But some say that state and county bureaucracies stand in the way of a better response to the problem. The issue was the subject of an Agricultural Water Use Workshop in Cloverdale yesterday. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson was there.

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California Update
6:29 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New State Law May Prolong Vote Counts

State Capitol building, Sacramento, CA.
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Also, the California Senate lays off 40 employees, increases staff health care premiums, in effort to meet next year's payroll.

Today's reporting by Steve Milne and Ben Adler.

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Immigration Policy
3:54 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Local Immigrants 'Devastated' by Exclusions from Deportation Relief

Colorful posters demanding changes in American immigration policies adorn the speakers' podium at the Graton Day Labor Center
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

For many Mexican immigrants in Sonoma County, President Obama’s moves to relax deportations for millions, while welcome, fell far short of what they had hoped for.

There was widespread speculation about how far-reaching the president’s actions would be, so the final announcement, says Jesus Guzman of the Graton Day Labor Center, was deeply disappointing to many of the workers there.

The chart below, prepared by the Pew Research Center, compares Executive Action on immigration issues by President Obama and other recent Chief Executives.

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Parks Update
7:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

You Can Challenge Sonoma County Trails Anytime

Credit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

Although the first ever Sonoma County Trails Challenge officially ends November 30th, John Ryan is here to tell us there's still opportunity to hike the trails, and participate in the program.

Download the Sonoma County Trails Challenge guidebook.

Trails Challenge 2014.

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California Update
7:09 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Covered California Draws in Tens of Thousands of Applications

Over a million people in the exchange are now in the renewal process. February 15th is the last day to sign up if you’re buying your own coverage.
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• Regents Approve UC Tuition Increase

• California Lawmakers Welcome Immigration Action

Today's reporting by Pauline Bartolone, Ben Adler, and Katie Orr.

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