Recovery Work Begins After Hurricane Michael Carves Through Florida Panhandle

Search and rescue teams worked through the night in Florida to find people who need help, after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle as a historic Category 4 storm on Wednesday. More than 400,000 electricity accounts had lost power in Florida as of Thursday morning. Michael wrecked buildings and tore down trees in Panama City and nearby towns. The city of Tallahassee, known for its extensive tree canopy, says "thousands of trees are down," causing widespread damage and blocked roads. The city...

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'We Were A Stain On The County': San Bernardino Survivor Gets New Start In Arizona

In 2015, Julie Paez was shot twice at her office Christmas party in San Bernardino, California. Her co-worker and his wife opened fire on the party on Dec. 2, 2015, killing 14 people and injuring 22. Since then, Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson has checked in with Paez during her recovery. She says she recently left San Bernardino for Flagstaff, Arizona, to start over. Paez, who worked at the Inland Regional Center, a state-run health facility for people with developmental disabilities, says she...

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Over a third of families living in the Inland Empire struggle to make ends meet, according to a new report by the United Ways of California.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper speaks to one of the study's authors.

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens to serve on state and local boards and commissions.  He also acted on several oher immigrant bills yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Local firefighters have been working on a small brush fire  adjacent to the 15 freeway south of Highway 138.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


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Riverside City College will hold a benefit concert on Sunday, September 30 at their downtown location. KVCR's Rick Dulock has details.

Proponents Say Prop 6 Would Guide Gas Tax Spending

Sep 26, 2018

Backers of the gas tax repeal unveiled a new 2020 ballot initiative on Tuesday. They claim that voting yes on Prop 6 in November will get roads fixed and transportation projects funded. Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reported the story from just outside the Capitol.

Four southern California inmates have been charges with killing a fellow prisoner. KVCR's Rick Dulock has this story from the Associated Press.

Environmentalists and California government officials rallied against the Trump administration's proposal to roll back car-mileage standards at a hearing in Fresno on Monday. KVCR's Rick Dulock delivers this CapRadio story.

A package of bills intended to make medical treament more accessible and affordable got the OK from California Governor Jerry Brown this weekend. CapRadio's Sammy Caiola reports.

Ghost Gun Trafficker Sentenced

Sep 24, 2018

A Northern California man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the unlawful manufacturing and dealing of so-called 'ghost' guns - homemade weapons with no registration numbers that can be used to trace them. KVCR's Rick Dulock shares this report from the Associated Press.


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Ensuring that people with pre-existing health conditions can get and keep health insurance is the most popular part of the Affordable Care Act. It has also become a flashpoint in this fall's midterm campaigns across the country.

And not only is the ACA protection, which mostly applies to people who buy their own coverage, at risk. It's also possible that pre-existing conditions protections that predate the federal health law could be in play.

President Trump warned at his rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night that if his party loses in November's midterm elections, the "radical Democrat mob" will take away everything he has achieved since his election, while encouraging crime and socialism.

It was an echo of something he's been saying a lot lately, including at rallies in Iowa and Kansas in recent days and on Twitter — a line that Republicans have been quick to seize upon as they try to sustain a newly-enthused GOP base in the wake of the divisive confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Search and rescue teams worked through the night in Florida to find people who need help, after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle as a historic Category 4 storm on Wednesday. More than 400,000 electricity accounts had lost power in Florida as of Thursday morning.

Michael wrecked buildings and tore down trees in Panama City and nearby towns. The city of Tallahassee, known for its extensive tree canopy, says "thousands of trees are down," causing widespread damage and blocked roads.

In the aftermath of the Kavanaugh hearings, Pieter Hanson's mother took to Twitter. In a viral tweet, she claimed that he wouldn't go on solo dates with women because of "the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind."

She then ended the tweet with #HimToo, a hashtag that gained popularity over the weekend among those who believe that men such as Brett Kavanaugh are victims of false accusations.

There was just one issue: Her son didn't agree with the #HimToo movement.

Census Citizenship Question Lawsuits In California Likely To Proceed, Judge Says

The legal fight over the controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census is likely to continue at San Francisco federal court. "I believe the case will proceed," U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said Friday during a hearing on whether to dismiss two of the lawsuits against the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department, which oversees the census. Seeborg did not issue a formal ruling from the bench, but he pushed back on many of the Justice Department attorneys' arguments in support...

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Images Show Missing Saudi Journalist And 'Assassination Squad' That Killed Him, Turkish Media Says

Turkish media published images Wednesday of what it described as a 15-member assassination squad, allegedly sent to target Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A black van was later seen traveling from the Saudi consulate where he went missing after entering the building last Tuesday to the consuls home. Here & Now s Peter ODowd speaks with Aaron David Miller ( @aarondmiller2 ), a friend of Khashoggis and a vice president and Middle East Program director at the Wilson Center. Copyright 2018...

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In Pakistan, Learning Chinese Is Cool — And Seen As A Path To Prosperity

Saleem Abbas is the kind of student who sits in the front row. He's the first to try to answer a question. He eagerly repeats the Mandarin expressions that his teacher throws at the class: "Is this your family or not?" he repeats after the teacher. Then: "I have a mother." These lessons mean a lot to Abbas, a 17-year-old from a village deep in the Pakistani Himalayas. His father is a retired soldier, and his pension isn't enough to go around. Abbas, one of five siblings, lives with his uncle...

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Democrats Enter Campaign's Final Stretch Flush With Cash

Not so long ago — the administration of President George W. Bush — $1 million could get you elected to Congress. Now, four weeks from Election Day, Democrats say 60 of their candidates raised that much or more , just in the last three months. Fueled by an energetic base of small donors, Democrats are going into the final stretch of the election with a substantial financial advantage, erasing Republicans' typical fundraising edge. The money is flowing to unlikely districts and is frequently...

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Education From NPR

Coming To The Right Answer By Themselves: Talking With Boys About Sexual Assault

In the basement of a suburban Philadelphia home, half a dozen high school freshman boys recently met to munch on chips and pretzels — and to talk about sexual assault in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. A Jewish organization called Moving Traditions brought them together as part of its programs to encourage teenagers to talk about this and other difficult issues. Volunteer group leader Cody Greenes, 35, introduced the week's topic by asking the boys to raise their hands...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine From NPR

When ICU Delirium Leads To Symptoms Of Dementia After Discharge

Doctors have gradually come to realize that people who survive a serious brush with death in the intensive care unit are likely to develop potentially serious problems with their memory and thinking processes. This dementia, a side effect of intensive medical care, can be permanent. And it affects as many as half of all people who are rushed to the ICU after a medical emergency. Considering that 5.7 million Americans end up in intensive care every year, this is a major problem that until...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

Stevie Nicks, The Cure Among 15 Acts Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2019 nominees on Tuesday, and in what has become an annual tradition, the list came with the Hall's usual heap of opacity and a dash of acrimony. One nominee has already been inducted, two are receiving their fifth nominations, and one previously said it would decline the honor before changing its, ahem, tune on Tuesday morning. In alphabetical order, this year's nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are: The Cure (second nomination) Def Leppard ...

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Food, Nutrition, and Cuisine From NPR

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor

Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city's eroded harbor. It's all part of Billion Oyster Project's restaurant shell-collection program. The journey from trash to treasure begins after an oyster half shell is turned upside down and left on an icy tray. Once discarded, it joins hundreds of thousands of other half shells collected in blue bins and picked up (free of charge) from restaurants five days...

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Climate Change Report Calls For 'Rapid And Far-Reaching' Energy Changes By 2030

The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report Monday concluding that nations need to make rapid and far-reaching changes by 2030 in energy, land-use and transportation policies in order to limit the rise in global temperatures to a stated goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists Brenda Ekwurzel ( @BrendaEkwurzel ) joins Here & Now s Lisa Mullins to discuss the report. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit...

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