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First-time delegate Tony Leal is a long way from home - and not just geographically.

"Well, if you don't mind getting spit at, talked down to, cursed at, thrown rocks at, thrown bottles at, then you're okay," says Leal. "And that's what it's like to be a Republican in my district."

Democratic Congressman of the 52nd district Scott Peters campaigns at a town hall meeting with senior citizens Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.
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Democratic Congressman of the 52nd district Scott Peters campaigns at a town hall meeting with senior citizens Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Race, police involved shootings, and the Black Lives Matter movement have captivated the Valley’s media attention over recent weeks. The case of the fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Dylan Noble, an unarmed man from Clovis, rocketed back into the news last week with the release of police body camera footage of the shooting. The video was released, in part, due to public pressure to see the informative but graphic scene.

But some are questioning the motives for the intense media scrutiny.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Gun control advocates make a lot of claims about how easy it is to get a firearm in America.

California GOP delegate ShirleyHusar officially announces the state's 172 votes for Donald Trump as the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

 

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.: California delegates voted Tuesday to officially name Donald Trump as the Republican party's presidential nominee. Two Californians also took to the main stage Tuesday night.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Visalia City Council is set to take up debate tonight whether to send a sales tax increase to voters this November. The half-cent tax on retail sales would bring in about $10 million a year to help fund public safety, road and facilities maintenance.

It would be in addition to Measure T, an existing voter-approved sales tax that funds law enforcement in the city. Because the new tax would not be dedicated for any one specific use, it only requires a simple majority to pass.

A fireworks display wrapped up the opening party at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 17, 2016.
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

A fireworks display wrapped up the opening party at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 17, 2016.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Fresno Police Department

Fresno Police have arrested the organizer of a Black Lives Matter protest that shut down a major street in Fresno and Clovis on Saturday. Authorities say 20 year-old Clovis resident Justice Medina was cited for blocking streets without a permit. Police say Medina directed several hundred marchers to block traffic on Shaw Avenue. The protest began at Blackstone and Shaw in Fresno and continued east into Clovis. 

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Fresno Police have released body camera footage  from the shooting death of the unarmed teen Dylan Noble from late June. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.

 

One of the two videos starts off with the officers pulling over 19-year-old Dylan Noble at a traffic stop. After the teen gets out of his truck he ignores the officer's demands to remove his hands from behind his back.

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