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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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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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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.

Why Can't We Vote Online?

Oct 4, 2016

Kate and Richard Riggins’ son, John, was murdered along with his girlfriend, Sabrina Gonsalves, in 1980. At the time, John was a freshman attending the University of California  at Davis.

“They were kidnapped and left in a ditch to die with their throats slit,” says Kate Riggins. The case was unsolved for decades, until a DNA hit led cold case investigators to Richard Hirschfield, who was serving time in a Washington State prison for child molestation.

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A disgraced former Bakersfield Police detective has been sentenced to five years in prison for bribery, drug dealing and other corruption charges.

Damacio Diaz is receiving a sentence much lighter than the state recommended.

Diaz admits to lying on reports, taking bribes from drug dealers and himself moving as much as forty pounds of methamphetamine, among other crimes, during his time as an undercover narcotics officer.

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.

A ‘Yes’ vote on California’s Proposition 67 would ban thin plastic carryout bags at grocery and convenience stores statewide. The ban is supported by environmental groups that argue the bags choke wildlife and cause problems for recycling centers when they wrap around machinery.

Jeff Thompson holds his 8-month-old son, Tyler, while voting in the Los Angeles County primary election at Canyon Springs School's library on Tuesday, June 3, 2016, in Santa Clarita.
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Jeff Thompson holds his 8-month-old son, Tyler, while voting in the Los Angeles County primary election at Canyon Springs School's library on Tuesday, June 3, 2016, in Santa Clarita. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Election Day is November 8. It's time to study up.

There's a lot on the ballot, including 17 statewide ballot measures certified by the California Secretary of State’s Office. You'll be voting on a range of issues like legalizing marijuana, the death penalty, prescription drug costs, taxes and much more.

Election 2016 FAQ: Proposition 63, Gun And Ammunition Sales

Oct 3, 2016

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Proposition 63 regulates ammunition sales, requires lost and stolen guns be reported, makes gun theft a felony. The basics

California already has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. But Proposition 63 aims to tighten them even further, while also placing new regulations on selling or buying ammunition.

Election 2016 FAQ: Proposition 66, Death Penalty Procedures

Oct 3, 2016

Election 2016 FAQ: Proposition 65, Money From Carry-Out Bags

Oct 3, 2016

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Proposition 65 requires grocery stores to turn over money from sale of reusable bags to a new state fund. The basics

You probably thought the plastic bag debate was over: The Legislature passed a statewide ban in 2014, and before that dozens of local governments in California had already banned supermarkets from handing out plastic bags at the checkout counter.

What you're voting on

Election 2016 FAQ: Proposition 62, Repeal The Death Penalty

Oct 3, 2016

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Proposition 62 bans the death penalty and replaces it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The basics

There’s one thing supporters and opponents of capital punishment agree on: California’s death penalty simply doesn’t work. 

Since voters reinstated the death penalty in 1978, California has executed 13 inmates. Meanwhile, the population on death row has grown to nearly 750.

Election 2016 FAQ: Proposition 67, Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum

Oct 3, 2016

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Proposition 67 clears a path for a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags to go into effect. The basics

If you’re thinking California already has a statewide law and a passel of local laws banning single-use plastic bags, you’re right.

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