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Aiming to differentiate themselves for California voters, U.S. Senate candidates Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez sharply criticized each other's experience, leadership and stands on major issues during their only scheduled general election debate Wednesday night.

Their different styles were in full display in the hour-long televised event, with Sanchez' pugnacious and combative manner contrasting with Harris' aggressive and prosecutorial bearing as they took on each other's record.

Cultiva La Salud

Students in Fresno and across the valley celebrated International Walk and Bike to School Day today.

The event aims to tout the benefits of walking and make the streets safer for kids. Esther Postiglione is a program manager with Cultiva La Salud, the advocacy group who organized events in Fresno and Orange Cove.

"Sidewalks aren’t well maintained, there’s limited crosswalks, and a lot of what we hear from residents is there’s a lot of loose dogs," Postiglione says. "So getting their kids to school is a real challenge in terms of walking safely."

A new study aims to quantify the social costs of nitrogen fertilizer. San Joaquin Valley residents are likely familiar with nitrates that seep out of agricultural fields and into the water supply. But nitrogen also makes its way into the air and the environment, impacting human health, ecosystems, and the climate. And all those exact costs on society.

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EDITORS'S NOTE: As of Monday October 10, 2016 the hot meals program has reopened at a new location.

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The Merced County Rescue Mission is looking for a new home for its hot meals program.

Prop. 58 Would Undo Bilingual Education Limits

Oct 5, 2016
San Gabriel teacher Jenny Tan helps a student who's been in the U.S. less than a year learn the basics of English.
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San Gabriel teacher Jenny Tan helps a student who's been in the U.S. less than a year learn the basics of English. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC

On a recent afternoon in San Gabriel's McKinley Elementary School, a class full of students who arrived in the United States less than a year ago practiced their English language skills.

They are third, fourth and fifth-graders, but the English lessons are at a kindergarten level. 

At a morning news conference in downtown Los Angeles, Rep. Loretta Sanchez – flanked by law enforcement officials – announced she is opposed to a ballot measure that would grant some prisoners early parole
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In the lead up to tonight's debate between Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris, Sanchez announced her opposition to Proposition 57, an initiative that would allow some prisoners early parole.

Harris and Sanchez, both Democrats, are competing to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has represented California for more than 20 years.

Tonight’s U.S. Senate debate in Los Angeles will be the last chance to see California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Orange County congresswoman Loretta Sanchez face off against each other before the election. It might help voters decide which of these two Democrats is best suited to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.

And that begs the question: What does it take to be a good U.S. senator anyway?

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

The last time California had an open U.S. Senate seat, Bill Clinton was running for president. Nearly 25 years later, the winner of this race is guaranteed to make history. But with the only general election debate set for Wednesday night, hardly anyone in California seems to be paying attention.

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The year 2016 was supposed to be one of celebration at Yosemite National Park, one of the crown jewels of the now century-old National Park Service. But while President Obama did visit the park to celebrate the NPR Centennial this past summer, a new scandal has rocked the park and those who work there. Allegations of a hostile work environment, gender discrimination and sexual harassment led longtime park superintendent Don Neubacher to unexpectedly resign last week.

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In an effort to bump up the number of endangered yellow-legged frogs in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon area the National Park Service has approved a plan to remove nonnative fish from lakes and streams. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.


Nonnative trout were introduced into the Sierra Nevada in the late 1800’s. Danny Boiano is an aquatic biologist in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.