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Signs are held as California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016. During the speech, some California delegates were shouting "Ban Fracking."
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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D- Calif., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016.

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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.

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In the Sierra Nevada, it’s estimated that tens of millions of trees have died as a result of drought, many of which succumbed to infestations from bark beetles. As a result, we’ve been told our risk of wildfire is far higher than normal, but FM89’s Kerry Klein says the science doesn’t necessarily agree.

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The phrase ‘seeing is believing’ takes on a whole new meaning in a world full of cellphone videos and police body cameras. Every officer in the Fresno Police Department now wears a camera that records the majority of their work. However, what footage is or isn’t released to the public is a murky subject.

Police body camera video captured the fatal shooting of 19-year old Dylan Noble in graphic detail. It was eventually released to the public to answer questions about why the unarmed man was shot.

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A new report from the Fresno Police Department appears to show a pattern of African-American residents being over-represented in interactions with police. African-Americans were disproportionately more likely to be interviewed than Hispanic or white residents in all areas of the city.

While they only make up about 6% of the city’s population, black residents made up between 20-to-25% of all field interviews according to police logs from the Office of Independent Review.

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.

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