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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. AP Photo / Ben Margot 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. Californians will decide in November whether to abolish or possibly speed up the states death penalty. Proposition 62 would...

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. Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio 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...

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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...

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. Ann Heisenfelt, File / AP Californians will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana through Proposition 64 , a much-debated measure on the states ballot. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein , D-CA, who opposes Prop 64, says a green light for the initiative could strip away advertising rules and dramatically change...

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. The...

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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...

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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. Lois Henry of the Bakersfield Californian joined us...

California delegates expressed their dissatisfaction with the party's nomination process Monday night by booing loudly on the convention floor throughout Monday night's speeches.
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California delegates expressed their dissatisfaction with the party's nomination process Monday night by booing loudly on the convention floor throughout Monday night's speeches. Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is over after four days of soaring speeches, political hob-knobbing and some intra-party bickering. We spoke with delegates from the Clinton and Sanders camps about what they'd like to see happen now. A Sanders delegate, Dr. Talat...

Event staff watch protesters chant during Hillary Clinton's speech accepting her Democratic nomination on July 28, 2016.
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Event staff watch protesters chant during Hillary Clinton's speech accepting her Democratic nomination on July 28, 2016. Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio Hillary Clinton's speech accepting the Democratic nomination sounded much different on TV than it did where the California delegation sat in the convention center. Protestors yelled and chanted throughout the speech, only to be overwhelmed by the rest of the arena chanting their candidate's name. California Clinton supporter Mark Taylor...

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Bakersfield’s Dolores Huerta delivered a speech this afternoon before delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Huerta urged Latinos to vote for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. Huerta: “And with Donald Trump on the ballot, we cannot be quiet. He insults Latinos like we were second-class citizens, like we were newcomers to this county. Hey, I have news for Donald Trump because we have been here all along.” The United Farm Workers co-founder told Trump to...

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