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Ag Days returned to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds this week. The annual event, hosted by the local Farm Bureau, gives thousands of elementary school students some first-hand exposure to this region’s agricultural heritage and its products. 

Assembly Democrats Back Debt-Free College Plan

Mar 14, 2017
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Bernie Sanders didn’t win the Democratic presidential primary last year, but his platform is getting traction in the California Legislature. 

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

A fired up crowd eager to defend the Affordable Care Act filled the Marin Civic Center, to hear a panel led by Congressman Jared Huffman detail the problems they foresee in the new, Republican-sponsored alternative.

While much of the testimony focused on the anticipated harms that would befall the North Bay should the Affordable Care Act be replaced with “TrumpCare,” Marin County Director of Health and Human Services Grant Colfax also noted that the Republican alternative would also slash funding for health care at the national level.

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California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom offered a cost comparison between an iPhone and health care this week after Rep. Jason Chaffetz made a controversial comparison between the two. PolitiFact California checked Newsom's claim and rated it Mostly True.

Find full versions of all fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Tiffany Camhi

Sonoma County’s roads have taken a severe beating from this winter’s nonstop storms. Now the county’s Department of Transportation and Public Works is out with an initial estimate of over 16 million dollars worth of damages. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Former DOJ Attorney Says Major Changes To H1-Bs Require Congress

Mar 10, 2017
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ALSO: Scientists say the threat of catastrophic flooding at Oroville Dam could be a warning for California, and the effect climate change could have on infrastructure in the future.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Amy Quinton.

Homeless With Pets

Pet owners are deeply attached to their dogs, cats, birds and other animals, and that doesn’t change if they become homeless. But their ability to care for their pets may. That’s where an unusual and specially focused non-profit steps in to help.

More than two thirds of the pets kept by homeless people locally are dogs, says Gillian Squirrell, founder of Homeless With Pets. But that other third encompasses considerable variety.

"Day Without A Woman" Draws Attention From California Lawmakers

Mar 9, 2017
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A couple hundred people spent their lunch breaks outside the state Capitol Wednesday as California lawmakers led a rally for International Women’s Day and Day Without A Woman.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

With new tax rates approved by Sonoma County voters on Tuesday, the local cannabis industry is gearing up to enter—and pay for—their new era of legitimacy.

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ALSO: California health care policy experts who back the Affordable Care Act reacted today to a proposal from House Republicans to repeal and replace the law.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

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California State Senator Jeff Stone recently claimed statewide violent crime has been on the rise since 2011, and spiked 12 % in 2015. 

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

After a year getting acquainted with the inner workings of Sonoma County's Department of Health Services, Barbie Robinson is starting her new job as the department's head with plans for some ambitious collaboration at the top of her agenda.

As Barbie Robinson takes the helm of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, she is keenly aware that the biggest challenge she will face in the near future is the possible repeal of the nation al Affordable Care Act.

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It’s similar to the president’s January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

PG&E Decides Some Pot Growers Can Qualify For Ag Energy Rate

Mar 6, 2017
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ALSO: Assembly To Vote On $3B Park Bond

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

Tiffany Camhi

For nearly ten years, a group of volunteers have been gathering every first Saturday of the month to clean up trash and help beautify the Santa Rosa Creek. Now what was once just considered a flood controlling waterway for the city has become a vibrant creek filled with life. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi checked out this month’s clean up.

CA Supreme Court Rules Private E-mails Can Be Public Record

Mar 3, 2017
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ALSO: Work crews are hauling away massive amounts of debris from the base of the damaged Oroville spillway, making it possible that a shuttered power plant could resume operation. Also, plans to redesign the spillway could set a new global standard.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Randol White.

Training new teachers for local schools isn’t enough. The Sonoma County office of Education is also partnering in efforts to help secure housing for them.

Learn more about the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County here.

Near Record Snowpack Readings For Sierra Nevada

Mar 2, 2017
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ALSO: A Democratic state senator wants the labels on cleaning products sold in California to include their ingredients. 

Today's reporting by Randol White and Daniel Potter.

To meet the persistent shortage of teachers locally, a new program is recruiting and training would-be educators who are already here, but doing something else right now.

One of the re-entry members in the current cohort is Amanda Park, who already has teaching experience, but decided to change course after moving to California last year.

Derek DiBenedetti has long enjoyed being a high school baseball coach. Now he’s joined the teacher internship program in order to be on campus even more of the time.

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ALSO: Beginning today, signage for all single use bathrooms in California must indicate that it is for all genders.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Ja'Nel Johnson.

Donald Trump, both personally and politically, is deeply unpopular with a wide swath of Americans. That’s not a basis for impeachment, but there does appear to be one in the US Constitution.

With a strong Republican majority controlling both houses of Congress, it may not be surprising that no individual representative has yet come forward to argue for impeachment. But Norman Solomon, co-chair of the Mill Valley-based Grass Roots Coalition for Grass Roots Progress, says there has been one preliminary step taken.

Dem Senators In CA Express Regrets After Removing GOP Colleague

Feb 28, 2017
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ALSO: California's top Democratic state lawmakers say they want more transparency about recent immigration raids in California. They've filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

Tiffany Camhi

Many of us start our day with a hot cup of coffee but for some local men who’ve gone through Redwood Gospel Mission’s coffee roasting program that cup of joe is beginning to mean a lot more. For them it could be a new way of life. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Redwood Gospel Coffee Company offers several varieties of specialty roasted coffee sourced from around the globe.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris recently claimed "studies have shown Latinos are more than 40 percent less likely to call 911 when they have been a victim of a crime.” One key study backs this up. PolitiFact California rated this Mostly True.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Sonoma County is grappling with the many complexities of legalizing cannabis, bringing a fast-growing, largely free-wheeling industry under governmental control. Opponents of Measure A, which would tax cannabis businesses here, fear it will cripple the small-scale operations it is out to regulate.

Sonoma County Republicans have officially opposed measure A. The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association took no position, but their Executive Director, Dan Drummond, says he personally is inclined to favor it, despite some misgivings.

California Senator Ousted From Floor

Feb 24, 2017
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Security forcibly removed a California Senator from the floor of the chamber for the first time in the memory of long-time state Capitol staff.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Living With Autism

Feb 23, 2017

While Temple Grandin has become a well-known exemplar of a person with autism, attaining that status required overcoming a daunting series of challenges. It was a journey begun and largely shared with her mother, Eustacia Cutler, who has become an ardent advocate for families that include children on the autism spectrum. She has her own story to tell.

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ALSO: Congressman Tom McClintock told reporters that he would support cutting off federal funds not just to sanctuary cities -- but even to the state of California.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

Lawmakers Look To End Jails That Don't Allow In-Person Visits

Feb 22, 2017
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ALSO: The labels on sugary drinks would have to warn consumers they can cause health problems, under a bill in the California Legislature. This isn’t the first time such a measure has been proposed...

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

In centuries past, bio-char helped grow food for the indigenous people of the Amazon basin for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years before the first Spaniards arrived. Now it could help the 21st century world to slow global climate change.

The Sonoma Biochar Initiative is hosting a workshop on the process this Friday at Circle Bar Ranch south of Sonoma. Find details here.

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