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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors yesterday (Tuesday) narrowly voted to impose a labor contract on union employees, in spite of opposition from union officials.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente began a 5-day strike yesterday (Monday), calling for more staffing and shorter wait times.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Outside the Kaiser building in Fontana, mental health professionals are chanting and holding signs that say “Kaiser, Don’t Deny My Patients Mental Health Care.”

It’s the first day of a five-day long strike. Over 4,000 mental health workers across California are demanding Kaiser increase their staffing to provide shorter wait times for clients.

The Riverside County Board Of Supervisors is expected to vote today (Tuesday) on whether to unilaterally impose a contract on one of its employee unions.  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency is likely to approve limited antibiotic use in citrus trees.  Capital Public radio's Julia Mitric has more on what this could mean for California's $3.4 billion citrus industry.

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Even though large wildfires have become common in California, they are still taking many by surprise.  They are often deadly, like the Camp Fire that killed 85 people.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, Some people didn't evacuate... and survived.

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Ever wonder where the phrase "canary in the coal mine" came from ?  Coal miners used to take canaries underground with them... so that if toxic gases like carbon monoxide got too strong, the canaries would die first.  That would give the miners the chance to get out safely before suffering th esame fate.  Well. California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte says his state party is the "canary in the coal mine" for the national GOP.  He spoke late Friday with Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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The Camp Fire destroyed homes and lives across Butte County.  It also wiped out local government's ability to pay for basic services, from roads to law enforcement, right when those communities need it most.  Capital Publci Radio's Chris Nichols reports on efforts at the state Capitol to help these local governments recover. 

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has very likely sewn up the support she needs to become speaker of the House next year when the new Congress is sworn in.

In a deal struck with a group of House Democrats who had vowed to vote against the longtime Democratic leader in next month's House speaker election, the California lawmaker agreed to term limits that would see her hold the post through 2022 at the latest.

The agreement ensures Pelosi will easily have the 218 votes she needs to win the speakership on the House's first ballot.

Ever wonder what albums your fellow NPR fans listen to? We asked, you voted and below are the results our year-end listener poll for 2018. The list mirrors the NPR Music Top 50 Albums more than I've noticed in previous years. Like that list, listeners put Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Mitski and Lucy Dacus all in the top positions.

Fentanyl is now the drug most frequently involved in overdose deaths in the U.S., according to a National Vital Statistics System report published Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report sheds a bright light on the changing nature of America's drug landscape — and the devastating number of overdose deaths that have occurred in the U.S. in recent years.

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, came into being in 1845 as the church of southern slaveholders.

Now, 173 years later, Southern Baptist leaders are not just acknowledging their dark history; they are documenting it, as if by telling the story in wrenching detail, they may finally be freed of its taint.

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