gavinnewsom3pGov. Gavin Newsom presents his revised 2019 budget proposal. (Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio)California lawmakers are expected to approve a budget Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to help middle-class consumers purchase health insurance on Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange.

Story by Ben Adler.








sink faucet flickr P (Edna Winti / Flickr / via CapRadio)UC Davis research shows drinking water served to roughly 350,000 people in the San Joaquin Valley is tainted. Clean-water advocates are praising lawmakers for addressing the problem. They say low-income & communities of color are most affected.

Story by Randol White.








River Fire apCal Fire Division Chief Mark Higgins directs helicopters dropping water as the River Fire burns in Lakeport, Calif., Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Noah Berger / AP Photo / via CapRadio)Mark Ghilarducci, director of California’s Office of Emergency Services, discusses the communication systems and the need for personal preparation for natural disasters.

Story by Scott Rodd.


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    California Update for Monday, September 2, 2019

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    California Update for Friday, August 30, 2019

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    California Update for Thursday, August 29, 2019

    Primary caregivers (for children under 18) who are charged with a crime could be allowed to enter a rehabilitation program rather than being locked…
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    California Update for Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    Some California health professionals want to be excluded from a labor-backed bill that would require some businesses to take on independent…
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    California Update for Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Truckers warn dynamex bill could cause disruptions in supply chain. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez authored the bill and says she is working with…
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    California Update for Monday, August 26, 2019

    Sanders discusses ambitious climate change policy in Northern California. The plan calls for the U.S. to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2030 and…
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    California Update for Friday, August 23, 2019

    California Sen. Kamala Harris claimed ‘as many as 300,000 auto workers’ could lose their jobs this year due to Trump’s trade policy. PolitiFact…
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    California Update for Thursday, August 22, 2019

    A record-setting fire year was accompanied by an increase in drops by insurance companies of homeowner's policies for homes in high or very-high risk…
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    California Update for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    In California, someone talking about harming themselves or others is considered a red flag, and family members can call law enforcement to ask for…
  • Aug 19, 2019

    California Update for Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    The city of Sacramento is suing a group of homeless people, asking a court to ban them from a local neighborhood over their past history of drug use…

NorCal News

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    September 14, 2019

    Educators Use Poetry to Help Kids Talk About Trauma

    Kids at Schaefer Elementary write their poems. Credit: Margo Perin.The timeline for recovery after a disaster is different for everyone. Educators in Santa Rosa are noticing that many elementary students are just now beginning to process their trauma from the 2017 wildfires. KRCB’s Adia White tells…
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    September 09, 2019

    Sonoma County Leaders Discuss Sexism in Politics During Panel

    Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is tired of being asked: “how can you do your job with kids.” She talked about why this question is problematic during a panel discussion about women in leadership at the Paradise Ridge Winery at the end of August. The panel was hosted by the non-profit California Human…
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    September 06, 2019

    Study Shows Climate Change Could Threaten Oyster Habitat

    Research from the University of California at Davis published last month shows that climate change could dramatically shrink oyster habitat. KRCB’s Adia White visited Hog Island Oyster Company on Tomales Bay to find out how this will affect local businesses. (Sorting oysters at ahead of the…
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    Sep 03, 2019

    Housing Insecurity Is Taking a Toll on Youth’s Health

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    Aug 31, 2019

    2019 KRCB FM 25th Anniversary Fall Fundraiser

    Join us in celebration of Country Music during the month of September! We have produced a Hank Williams Tribute in the form of a 2-CD, 29-song…
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    Aug 29, 2019

    Three Years In, Legal Cannabis Still Causing Fights

    California voters approved the adult use of cannabis in 2016. But pot remains subject to a crazy quilt of local ordinances and rules. Supervisor…
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    Aug 29, 2019

    Controlled Burns Could Help Prevent California's Megafires

    Over the past two years, California has been devastated by the worst wildfires in its history. As those fires continue to grow in frequency and…
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    Aug 27, 2019

    Rainer Navarro Becomes New Police Chief of Santa Rosa

    On August 1st, Captain Rainer Navarro started his new role as chief of the Santa Rosa Police Department. Navarro replaced former Chief Robert…
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    Aug 26, 2019

    Changes in Math Education Cause Anxiety Among Parents

    It’s August and kids in Sonoma County are back in school. But, as students seek help with their math homework, parents are often stumped. Math in the…
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    Aug 23, 2019

    October 2017 Wildfires are Affecting Crucial Health Programs

    The aftermath of the October 2017 wildfires will be felt in Sonoma County for years to come in ways you might not expect. This year, Sonoma County…
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    Aug 21, 2019

    Protesters Urge Sonoma County to Divest from Private Prisons

    On July 23rd, protestors gathered to call on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Their demand? Begin a process that could lead the county to…
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    Aug 20, 2019

    Roseland Mural Welcomed into the Community

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    Aug 19, 2019

    Annual Mochilada Backpack Giveaway Kicks off the School Year

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