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News for and about Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties

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Ner Shalom

Beginning at sunset September 20, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah ushers in the High Holidays and the Jewish New Year. Many local congregations have a full slate of activities planned between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset September 29. Steve Mencher talked with Reb Irwin Keller of Ner Shalom in Cotati about the meaning of these holidays.

ALSO: A new U.C. Berkeley study finds a quarter of registered California voters have considered moving out of state because it costs so much to live here.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

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Last week, we met local Vietnam veteran Martin Lesinski. We heard his poetry and learned about his acute sense of responsibility for men under his command. Today he tells reporter Steve Mencher about his own injuries.

  Campus Pride released the 2017 Shame List of colleges and universities that openly discriminate against LGBTQ students. Find out which California campuses made this year’s list.  

  Also, the nation continues to mourn the death of Edith Windsor, the courageous woman who took on the Defense of Marriage act in 2013 and won.  Her case set the foundation for the 2015 landmark marriage equality case.

Outbeat Radio News can be heard as part of Outbeat Radio every Sunday evening at 8 pm on KRCB FM Radio 91. 

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ALSO: Getting to California’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 won’t happen without changes in people’s behavior, a new UC Davis study found.

Find all Politifact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Amy Quinton.

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ALSO: A push to move back school start times in California has stalled in the state Assembly.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Vietnam Memorial
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Yesterday we met Vietnam veteran Martin Lesinski  and heard a poem he wrote about coming to terms with his wartime experiences. We continue with that interview today. As a sergeant, Lesinski  felt keenly responsible for the safety of his men. As he told News Director Steve Mencher, it was a burden that grew as the war wound down in the early 1970s. A warning: some of his descriptions of battle are very graphic.

New Protections For LGBT Seniors In Long-Term Care Facilities

Sep 14, 2017
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ALSO: The California Legislature has voted to let K-through-12 students who return to the U.S. after leaving the country when their parents were deported to also return to school.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Martin Lesinski
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Vietnam is once again pushing its way into the national conversation – courtesy of an 18-hour film about the war by documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It starts on many PBS stations on Sunday night; KRCB will be airing the entire series at a later date. The film inspired us to connect with local Vietnam veterans – including Martin Lesinski, a Nicasio-based photographer and poet.

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ALSO: California lawmakers are once again trying to expand job-protected family leave to new mothers and fathers who work in small businesses.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Adler.

Andrew DeVeny
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

With the school year beginning, special programs that focus on nontraditional approaches to education are also getting underway. One such innovation brings free weekly music lessons to a local elementary school. As Steve Mencher reports, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is building on a successful pilot.

As the school year progresses, we'll hope to visit the classes, and showcase some of the student compositions right here. Below, see a performance from the pilot phase of the project.

Mexico Promises Aid For DACA Recipients

Sep 12, 2017
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ALSO: California lawmakers are set to make a few last-minute edits this week to rules governing the state’s cannabis industry. Among the changes, the bill would allow stores that sell medical marijuana to also offer recreational pot come January.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter. 

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The National Heirloom Exposition returned to Santa Rosa last week. You may have seen photos of the enormous piles of squashes that have become the event’s calling card. But the fair is about more than simply showing off the shapes and colors of fruits and vegetables. It’s about growing food that’s tasty and also fits a sustainable worldview, as Steve Mencher reports.

Irma Weakens But Still Packs A Punch As It Moves Toward Georgia

Sep 11, 2017
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ALSO: California lawmakers have just one week of work left in Sacramento. They’ve got roughly 600 bills to plow through before they adjourn for the year Friday night.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

Drug Transparency Measure Done For The Year

Sep 8, 2017
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ALSO: University of California campuses would be prohibited from conferring with the UC Office of the President when answering requests from the state Auditor’s office under a bill that passed the Assembly Thursday.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

Wenonah Hauter
Food and Water Watch

Many national organizations consider the politics of food or water, or necessary changes to our use of fossil fuels--but few take a holistic look at all three. Wenonah Hauter, the founder and executive director of Food and Water Watch, stopped by our studio yesterday to tell us what her organization is working on--and how she’s helping people make connections to heal the systems that nourish us.

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ALSO: An effort to close a loophole in California law that’s allowed concealed carry permit holders to bring guns to schools is one step away from Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Adler.

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In Santa Rosa Tuesday evening, about 60 people gathered in solidarity with "dreamers," those young people brought to this country as children, who were granted rights to work and study here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  This followed the announcement earlier in the day that President Trump was ending DACA and asking Congress to make new rules for the 800,000 or so dreamers. Steve Mencher reports.

California Lawmakers React To Trump's Move To End DACA

Sep 6, 2017
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ALSO: A California L-G-B-T rights group is the latest to challenge the Trump administration’s recent ban on transgender people enlisting in the military.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

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Yesterday we told you about how a growing number of severe mentally ill adults are ending up in emergency rooms and jails. Today we look at what the county is doing to better care for this population. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi spoke with Press Democrat Health Reporter Martin Espinoza about a patient named Russell who is currently seeking care.

Martin Espinoza's series on Sonoma County's mental healthcare system is archived online on The Press Democrat website. Read the series here.

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While others were celebrating Labor Day, Acapulco-born "dreamer" Denia Candela had an anxious weekend, worrying about the president's decision on young immigrants. Denia came to the United States from Mexico when she was in middle school, and once President Obama provided a way for her to work and complete her education via the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, myriad possibilities opened up for her.

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ALSO: Scientists at U.C. Davis have found a genetic distinction between chinook salmon that migrate in spring and fall. That has a Northern California tribe calling to make spring chinook an endangered species. But some farmers are skeptical...

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Daniel Potter.

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about four percent of adults in the United States suffer from some form of severe mental illness. Here in Sonoma County that's as many as 20-thousand people to take care of. But a recent investigative report by The Santa Rosa Press Democrat revealed that many mentally ill adults are ending up in emergency rooms or in jails.

New App Helps Parents Screen for Scoliosis

Sep 4, 2017
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Some physicians say parents should be screening for scoliosis, even if California schools aren't. Shriners Hospitals put out a new app to make it easier.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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Over the past few days, leaders in business and tech, and even Speaker Paul Ryan urged President Trump to keep or modify the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which allows young people who were brough

Drug Price Transparency Bill Faces Crucial Committee Vote

Sep 1, 2017
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ALSO: California lawmakers could take the first steps Friday towards passing a package of bills that seek to reduce the state’s soaring housing costs, with up to a dozen different bills coming up for votes.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

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The Santa Rosa City Council moved ahead this week with a dramatic change–members voted unanimously to begin a transition to election by district, rather than at large. Reporter Steve Mencher talked with Mayor Chris Coursey and Council Member Julie Combs about the vote and the big changes coming in Santa Rosa politics.

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Temperatures in our area will be headed for the stratosphere this weekend, so here are some resources to know about.

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ALSO: A federal judge issued summary judgment that the Department of the Interior has illegally suspended an Obama-era rule that could increase costs for the coal industry

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

Tiffany Camhi

When a tree falls it’s often chopped up and hauled away. Some might use it as firewood or it could end up in a wood chipper. But for one woodworking couple in Marin County, a fallen tree offers artistic inspiration. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Several pieces of Barbara Contini and Patrick McDonnell's work will be showcased at this years Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. Find more of their handmade boards, bowls and vases at Nicasio Woodworks.

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