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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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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• Wedding bells began to ring for same-sex couples in Australia last week.  Two couples tied the knot in ceremonies happening just moments after midnight. 

• Here in the U.S, the Human Rights Campaign released the 2017 state equality index report.  Many state legislatures across the country considered sweeping anti-LGBT laws to allow wholesale discrimination, including some that attack marriage equality and transgender youth. The good news is that California is among the 13 top rated states in the report. 

California Update for Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018
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• A bill that would have expanded the use of rent control in California fell one vote shy of passing the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

• Three California gas-fired energy plants could be replaced with giant batteries. The proposal calls for PG&E to find clean energy alternatives for two Calpine-owned gas-fired plants in Sutter County and one in San Jose.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2018
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• Alicia Lewis co-authored the #WeSaidEnough letter --signed in October by more than 140 women who work at the California State Capitol. The letter was a show of support for the national #metoo movement. Lewis was fired from her job a week later.

• A law that goes into effect on January 1st requires new and remodeled pools in California to have an additional safety layer to protect children from drowning.

Find more new California laws going into effect this month HERE.

California Update for Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jan 3, 2018
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• The state Senate left a female Fellow in the Sen. Tony Mendoza’s office for six weeks after receiving a sexual misconduct complaint. It’s the latest concern—but far from the only one—of critics who question the HR credentials of Senate leadership.

Find Ben Adler's full investigation HERE.

Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world. 

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