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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.

Opponents of California’s Proposition 60 — which requires adult film performers to wear condoms — say it’s not the protective measure it’s touted to be.

Farmworker Overtime Bill Delayed

Aug 26, 2016
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Widely-watched, heavily-lobbied legislation that would allow California farm workers to receive overtime pay more quickly did not come up for a vote Thursday, as it was expected to. Ben Bradford reports from Sacramento that led to a renewed pledge that it will pass from the Assembly Speaker.

When the Assembly adjourned and it became clear the bill would not come up, farm workers who’d rallied at the Capitol lined up outside Speaker Anthony Rendon’s door, until he came out.

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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.

Opponents of Proposition 56, California’s proposed $2 per pack cigarette tax hike, are flooding radio airwaves with attacks on the measure.

The initiative is one of many on the state’s November ballot.

California's Attorney General Kamala Harris talks during a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.

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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.

Cradle to Career

Over two dozen non-profit groups and local governments, from school districts to local hospitals have pooled their attention and resources together as part of a new effort - the Cradle to Career partnership. It links efforts from early childhood education to jobs readiness and efforts to keep kids out of the criminal justice system. A key part of the effort is the on-going tracking of data in eight key categories - from kindergarten readiness to health.

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At harvest time each year many farmworkers around the state work 16 hours a day and sometimes seven days a week. Long hours with little time to recover mean aching muscles and few hours for family. On Monday the California Senate approved a bill that hopes to change that by extending overtime rules to those who work in the fields. But as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports the bill is also a big source of controversy.

5 things to know about legalizing recreational pot in California

Aug 17, 2016

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Will it be the fifth to legalize recreational pot this November? We traveled to Sacramento to host a live event about the pros and cons of Proposition 64, which would legalize adult use of cannabis.

The town hall was moderated by Larry Mantle, host of KPCC’s AirTalk, and Beth Ruyak, host of Capital Public Radio's Insight. It was hosted by California Counts, a collaboration with KPCC in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco, Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KPBS in San Diego.

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California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Will it be the fifth to legalize recreational pot this November? We traveled to Sacramento to host a live event about the pros and cons of Proposition 64, which would legalize adult use of cannabis.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, condemned inmate Martin Navarette peers out his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif.

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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.

California Legislature Kills Fentanyl, Whistleblower Protection Bills

Aug 11, 2016
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) chat in a Capitol hallway Thursday before their committees took up more than 500 bills combined.
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Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) chat in a Capitol hallway Thursday before their committees took up more than 500 bills combined.

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California lawmakers churned through more than 500 bills one-by-one in the blink of an eye Thursday.

The Senate and Assembly appropriations committees froze some measures while advancing and amending others – all without any debate or explanation.

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The city of Fresno now says complaints about discolored water in Northeast Fresno were being diverted for years to the private email account of the former surface water treatment plant manager. That is one of the findings of an investigation into why the problems went untreated for more than a decade.

The first reports of rust colored water began rolling in shortly after the treatment plant opened 2004.

But the issue did not gain steam until residents began connecting on social media earlier this year.

In this photo taken on Thursday, May 26, 2016, Sarah Seiter, curator of the exhibit "Altered State: Marijuana in California" handles a cannabis leaf with gloved hands at the Oakland Museum in Oakland, Calif.
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This Dec. 21, 2012 file photo shows Senate intelligence committee chair, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington.

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Californians will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana through Proposition 64, a much-debated measure on the state’s ballot.

In November, voters will get a chance to elect a new U.S. senator for California. That hasn't happened in 24 years.

Competing for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat are two Democrats -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County.

Both participated in a debate hosted by KPBS before the June primary as part of the station's California Counts election collaboration with KPCC in Pasadena, KQED in San Francisco and Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.

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Relations between communities in the Central Valley and police departments seem to be at a boiling point. Protests and counter protests have taken place several times this summer. The Fresno Police Department has an independent auditor who is supposed to keep an objective set of eyes on the department and help build community trust. Still, some are questioning if that position is getting the job done.

For about the last six years, Fresno’s Independent Police Auditor has been reviewing police-involved shootings and other excessive use of force complaints.

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In late June the Erskine Fire devastated communities around Lake Isabella in Kern County. Nearly 300 homes were destroyed in the fast moving blaze in communities like South Lake. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help. In late July, FEMA rejected the state's request for a major disaster declaration, and the federal help that accompanies it. That left many locals shocked and dismayed.

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