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Jun 18, 2021

Readying for the worst

by Marc Albert
Distinct, European-style high-low sirens will penetrate the redwoods around Occidental and Camp Meeker Saturday morning, the latest in a series of evacuation drills ahead of fire season. The exercises are designed as much for first responders as…
Jun 18, 2021

Sonoma County celebrates Juneteenth

by Tessa Paoli
"It really didn't start as a festival at all, it started as a kind of protest," said Nancy Rogers, chair of the Sonoma County Juneteenth Committee. The committee was started by Santa Rosa Junior College students over half a century ago. This is the…
Jun 17, 2021

Continued mask use varies in Cloverdale as economy reopens

by Tessa Paoli
Until clear guidance was handed down today by the state's workplace regulators, this week businesses all around Sonoma County have been making their own rules for mask wearing. "It felt freeing and it felt like we were breaking the rules," said…
Jun 17, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: Mental health workers on the frontlines of the pandemic

by Tessa Paoli
Brad LaBass started his job as a clinician on the mobile support team in Santa Rosa a few weeks before the pandemic hit. "There's so much unknown in general about COVID," LaBass said. "The anxiety for all of us was high too." The mobile support team…
Jun 16, 2021

Frustration and comradery as alumni vow to save faltering west county schools

by Marc Albert
Part political organizing, part reunion, about 80 people gathered Wednesday evening in Sebastopol; vowing to block the planned consolidation of two local high schools. Greg Jacobs, a 1966 graduate of Analy High, says the controversy isn't a…
Jun 16, 2021

Is it really safe? Some locals continuing to mask-up, despite restriction roll-back

by Marc Albert
With temperatures perfect for ice-cold beer, there were still vacant tables at the height of Wednesday's lunch rush at Russian River Brewing in downtown Santa Rosa. Between a quarter and a third of those spotted along Third Street were masked.…
Jun 16, 2021

Sonoma County plans distribution of $96 million dollars in post pandemic relief

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County is moving forward with the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, that would provide ninety-six million dollars for post-pandemic relief. During the first budget hearing of the year, the same day the economy has fully opened up in over a…
Jun 15, 2021

Russian River to ebb as emergency measures approved

by Marc Albert
With the region's reservoirs dipping to historically lows, locals are being recruited into a water saving army--whether they like it or not. Within days, flows on the Russian River will drop nearly 60 percent, while 600,000 residents in Sonoma and…
Jun 14, 2021

Theater operator sees moviegoers slowly, but gradually returning

by Marc Albert
After taking it on the chin for more than a year, the operator of a local movie theater sees a slow return to normality. Though he's in the business of make-believe, Rialto Cinemas owner Ky Boyd doesn't expect a dramatic turn starting Tuesday.…
Jun 11, 2021

Drought so severe, even water 'royalty' could run dry within a month. 

by Marc Albert
Holders of the most senior water rights in the upper Russian River drainage, typically spared during shortages, could soon face a new reality. State water officials meeting Tuesday will get knee deep in a process that could force even those with the…
Jun 11, 2021

Sonoma County teens go the distance for climate change

by Tessa Paoli
Dozens of people, young and old, created an aisle to welcome the Sonoma County teens who have been walking hundreds of miles for the past two weeks to spread a message about the urgency of climate change. They are part of the Sonoma County hub of…
Jun 09, 2021

Despite recent setbacks, Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit is confident it can deliver

by Marc Albert
Just as its Larkspur station opened, making San Francisco commutes viable, half a world away, a mysterious ailment started sending people to hospitals. After an initial jump, ridership faltered, then plunged. "We just opened that segment in January…
Jun 09, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: One teacher gets through another abnormal school year

by Tessa Paoli
Samantha Kim is 25 and started teaching at Steele Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa, right after she graduated from Sonoma State in 2017. She now teaches a combination class of fifth and sixth graders. “These kids are starting to form their own…
Jun 09, 2021

Sonoma County to revisit ban on disposable food containers

by Tessa Paoli
The proposal for a county-wide ban on products containing polystyrene foam as well as non-recyclable and non-compostable items, like Styrofoam, isn't new. Six jurisdictions including Sebastopol, Sonoma, Windsor and Healdsburg have already adopted an…
Jun 08, 2021

Santa Rosa considers extending, weakening eviction protections

by Marc Albert
As Santa Rosa officials consider extending a COVID-related eviction moratorium, housing advocates worry changes will leave tenants with few real protections. The urgency proposal would extend protections beyond the end of June, but essentially roll…
Jun 07, 2021

Compost facility could be years away

by Marc Albert
Compostable trash will continue making a long haul out of Sonoma County for at least another year and a half, after a proposed local facility fell through. 100,000 tons. That's about the weight of 581 empty 747 jetliners---equivalent to how much…
Jun 07, 2021

Sonoma County Resiliency: One mom's journey through distance learning

by Tessa Paoli
“Everybody knew James and they accepted him,” Larkin O’Leary, a mom and co-founder of the nonprofit Common Ground Society, said in a zoom interview last January. O’Leary’s seven-year-old son James started at Madrone Elementary School in 2019. She…
Jun 04, 2021

Newest Windsor council member on barriers to office

by Tessa Paoli
"People I was running against knew that the residents of Windsor are definitely interested in Rosa. But I thought they were doing anything and everything possible to keep me out of the council," Windsor City council member Rosa Reynoza said. Reynoza…
Jun 04, 2021

Sonoma County Drought Townhall Raises Fears

by Chris Lee
Two county supervisors hosted an online drought meeting June 3. Supervisors Hopkins and Gore presented some dire predictions from water experts and warnings for well owners. More from Chris Lee
Jun 03, 2021

Every drop counts in this year's historic drought

by Tessa Paoli
"Everyone’s water use matters, it all adds up. We are going to get through this drought drop by drop," Barry Dugan, Principal Program Specialist at Sonoma Water, said. "There's a lot of ways we can all reduce our water use." Two consecutive years of…
Jun 03, 2021

D.A. settles with MoviePass over bait & switch, fraud

by Marc Albert
Officers of a company offering deep discounts on movie theater seats, will pay $400,000 after the firm, MoviePass, descended into a legal drama of its own. Prosecutors, including Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, say numerous plot twists…
Jun 02, 2021

Fire risk danger growing, spreading

by Marc Albert
A fire season like no other seems to be developing, with the latest predictions from long range forecasters showing a convergence of ominous news. A normal June would seem lush by comparison. Typically, by late spring, vegetation would be drying,…
Jun 02, 2021

Windsor attempting to turn page on Foppoli

by Marc Albert
Windsor's town council will plot a course forward tonight, following the resignation of Mayor Dominic Foppoli in the face of sexual assault allegations. Several options are before the council Wednesday evening: set a special election for a new…
Jun 01, 2021

Clock ticking on recall with candidates yet to emerge

by Marc Albert
Candidates hoping to unseat Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch have about a month left to file their candidacies. Sonoma County voters will face two questions on a September 14th special election ballot. Whether to recall Ravitch, who has…
Jun 01, 2021

Hundreds of new apartments could rise in Santa Rosa

by Marc Albert
Part of California's big push to build more housing, plans for close to 400 new apartments go before Santa Rosa officials this evening If approved, the three separate proposals would build 371 apartments, 271 of them either meeting the definition of…
Jun 01, 2021

Pride celebrations begin in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Organizers from Sonoma County Pride raised the rainbow flag today on top of the Rosenberg building in downtown Santa Rosa. This kick-off to Pride month was extra special, after in-person events, like the annual parade, were done virtually last year.…
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May 27, 2021

State Lawmakers to Attorney General: Probe PG&E Fire Victim Trust

by Lily Jamali
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has asked for California Attorney General Rob Bonta to probe the spending and administration of the PG&E Fire Victim Trust. The request comes after a KQED investigation into overhead costs of the Trust, which…
May 27, 2021

Sonoma County to waive health fees for local businesses

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County small businesses forced to close during the pandemic now have access to $2.8 million in grant money. Nick Rodin took over Petaluma Tattoo a few months before shelter-in-place. The shop has struggled through the pandemic as a brand new…
May 26, 2021

Sonoma Water to revive old well during historic drought

by Tessa Paoli
A $400,000 plan is in motion to revive an old well as a way to conserve water during one of the worst droughts in Sonoma County's history. One of the three dormant wells that Sonoma Water owns, which were built in the late 1970's in the Santa Rosa…
May 26, 2021

PG&E settles Kincade suit with Sonoma County & cities

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County and four local cities will receive $31 million after settling with Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., over the 2019 Kincade Fire. The deal was announced this morning. KRCB's Marc Albert has the details... Announced a month after Sonoma…
May 26, 2021

Frustration and Tears as Paradise Turns out to Protest the PG&E Fire Victim Trust

by Lily Jamali
PARADISE, Calif. -- Teri Lindsay said she had no intention of speaking at a fire survivors’ rally that drew about a hundred people to the Skyway in Paradise Saturday. But as her daughter, Erika, stood by her side — tears streaming down the young…
May 25, 2021

County unveils new evac zones, maps

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County hopes new evacuation zones and maps will speed egress in an emergency. The maps chop unincorporated Sonoma County into 210 different zones. Incorporated cities have their own, though Sonoma and Windsor rely on the county's map. Misti…
May 24, 2021

Decades-old clergy abuse cases inching through courts

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County residents victimized decades ago by Catholic priests are still awaiting their day in court. Public outcry following a Boston Globe investigation--popularized by the movie Spotlight led California lawmakers... in 2019... to reopen the…
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May 21, 2021

Sonoma County shifts to pop-up vaccine clinics

by Tessa Paoli
So far, over half a million vaccine doses have been administered throughout the county, and local vaccine clinics have given out about a fifth of those doses. Because of that progress, most clinics will close down by the end of June and shift their…
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May 20, 2021

Regulations coming for winery events

by Marc Albert
credit: 'goingslo'A long-awaited plan to regulate events at Sonoma County wineries will go before the public next month, one of the final steps before facing the board of supervisors. Six and a half years in the making, the proposed ordinance won’t…
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May 20, 2021

Teens signing up for COVID vaccine in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
Omé Gael Zúñiga, 14, getting vaccinated last Sunday at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. (Photo courtesy of Martín Zuniga) When eighth grader Omé Gael Zúñiga went to get his first shot last Sunday, he was prepared for the worst because he has a…
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May 19, 2021

Supes scrap cannabis plan; vow thorough process

by Marc Albert
May 19, 2021 - Under pressure from all sides, Sonoma County officials today decided unanimously to head back to the drawing board for a local cannabis ordinance. Following hours of aggrieved public testimony, the board of supervisors voted five to…
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May 19, 2021

COVID-19 restrictions to end next month

by Marc Albert
Barring a major outbreak of variants, Sonoma County, along with the rest of California, will end restrictions, including facial masks June 15. Although the county again missed benchmarks that would have bumped it into the least restrictive tier,…
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May 19, 2021

Santa Rosa to move forward on safe overnight parking sites

by Tessa Paoli
(photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr)This week Santa Rosa's city council discussed spending money on safe parking for unhoused people living in their cars, something advocates have suggested for years. The plan is to create an overnight safe…
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May 17, 2021

Officials awaiting word on emergency cutbacks to Russian River.

by Marc Albert
Governor Gavin Newsom and Karla Nemeth, Director of the California Department of Water Resources ponder dried mud that should be deep beneath Lake Mendocino in this April 21, 2021 file photo, courtesy California DW Sonoma County officials are…
May 14, 2021

Help Us Investigate PG&E’s Power Lines

by Aaron Glantz and George LeVines/NPR, Lisa Pickoff-White/KQED, Chris Hagan/CapRadio, and KRCB’s Marc Albert
California’s public radio stations are investigating the safety of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s power lines ahead of wildfire season. We want your help. Email pictures of the lines in your area to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pacific Gas and Electric Company…
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May 13, 2021

State, insurers & homeowners cooperating to reduce fire risk

by Marc Albert
Image courtesy CalFireAs Sonoma County's fire season starts, state and local officials are pitching strategies and programs aimed at making homes more fire resistant. When fire rages out of control, few things survive. But smartly-built homes with…
May 13, 2021

Small uptick in cases keeps Sonoma County in orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
Although the county was eligible to move into the yellow tier last week, a small increase in cases keeps Sonoma stuck in the second least restrictive orange tier for at least a couple more weeks, along with the majority of other Bay Area counties.…
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May 13, 2021

Each Sonoma County school district reopens differently

by Tessa Paoli
As state guidelines have shifted to allow schools to begin reopening, officials said nearly every district in Sonoma County is offering either hybrid or in-person learning. But each district is making their own decisions about how many days and…
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May 12, 2021

Fire season outlook suggests serious challenges ahead

by Marc Albert
Thirty wildfires have been contained or extinguished by CalFire since New Year’s Day. That’s six times the total on this date five years ago. There are signs that California could be in for a very trying summer. To learn what experts foresee, KRCB’s…
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May 12, 2021

Ominous signs suggest epic fire season on its way

by Marc Albert
On dry land that should be beneath Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for Mendocino and Sonoma counties in April. Photo courtesy Calif. Department of Water ResourcesComing off back-to-back miserly rainy seasons,…
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May 07, 2021

Santa Rosa residents call for more police accountability

by Tessa Paoli
During this week’s special Santa Rosa city council meeting, spanning almost two full days, the public heard three reports interrogating Santa Rosa officers’ responses to the 2020 protests. They say Santa Rosa police used an unparalleled amount of…
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Apr 30, 2021

Context is important when choosing J&J vaccine

by Tessa Paoli
Before the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was paused, Dr. Brian Prystowsky, a pediatrician and vaccine expert at Sutter Health in Santa Rosa, was excited about the one-dose shot. "I think that two weeks ago, I was primarily recommending Johnson and…
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Apr 29, 2021

Gripped by drought, California could face epic fire season

by Marc Albert
Standing on the dried out bed of what should be Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for Mendocino and Sonoma counties April 21More than half of California has slipped into extreme drought, according to the federal drought…
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Apr 27, 2021

Sonoma County resumes use of J&J vaccine

by Tessa Paoli
In accordance with recommendations by federal and state health officials, Sonoma County is once again distributing the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine after a two week pause. In a statement Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said the vaccine is…
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Apr 22, 2021

County holds its first COVID-19 briefing in Spanish

by Tessa Paoli
Instead of offering Spanish translations online during the meeting, like they’ve been doing for the past year, officials switched to Spanish as the primary language this week, with English translations available on Youtube. The change is an effort…
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Apr 22, 2021

Residents react to the Chauvin verdict

by Tessa Paoli
Photo of a Black Lives Matter Protest in 2020. (Photo by Adia White)Santa Rosa Jr. College student and activist Caitie Ferro cried when she first heard the news that Derek Chauvin was guilty of murder, and thought the dozens of marches she went to…
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Apr 22, 2021

Healdsburg ponders 'granny-flat' red tape, incentives

by Marc Albert
Ordered by Sacramento to encourage more so-called granny flats, Healdsburg has gone a step further in hopes of encouraging a mini building boom. Officials predict new, less onerous rules will spur more homeowners into becoming small-scale landlords.…
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Apr 16, 2021

Santa Rosa parents ask district to fully reopen

by Tessa Paoli
At least 250 parents in Santa Rosa city schools this week signed a letter asking the district to open full time, in accordance with the state’s updated reopening plan. On April 1st, the district began in-person instruction two shortened days a week…
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Apr 15, 2021

As vaccine eligibility opens, hesitation is the next hurdle

by Tessa Paoli
As of today, all adults in Sonoma County are eligible to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, but there’s still a lot of hesitancy about whether to get the shot. Sonoma County has successfully vaccinated 36 percent of the adult population, and is…
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Apr 14, 2021

J&J pause slows down vaccinations of vulnerable residents

by Tessa Paoli
Because the new J&J vaccine didn’t arrive in the county until March, so far it only makes up about three percent of those administered. But the single-dose vaccine has been important in getting shots to unsheltered and homebound folks. Now, a few…
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Apr 13, 2021

Businesses have more options in orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
After spending six months stuck in the state's most restrictive purple tier, Sonoma joined the majority of the Bay Area in the second least restrictive orange tier last week because of low COVID numbers in the county. Being in the orange tier means…
Apr 12, 2021

Windsor mayor under sex-crimes cloud

by Marc Albert
Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli is refusing to step down despite sex-crime allegations from half a dozen women, including a fellow city council member. An increasingly isolated Foppoli is rejecting calls to resign from just about every North Bay…
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Apr 07, 2021

Sonoma County enters orange tier

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County's virtual community COVID-19 briefing.Less than a month after moving out of the state’s most restrictive purple tier, the County made it into the more relaxed orange tier Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after Governor Gavin…
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Apr 06, 2021

Health Fair vaccinates hundreds of residents

by Tessa Paoli
Art about the COVID-19 vaccine by Santa Rosa art nonprofit Raizes Collective at the Cesar Chavez Health Fair. People waited in line starting at 9 a.m. to get one of the 200 Moderna vaccines given out at last weekend’s Cesar Chavez Health Fair in…
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Apr 01, 2021

Santa Rosa hands out weather radios to boost alert system

by Tessa Paoli
A NOAA Weather Radio. (photo courtesy of the City of Santa Rosa's website)Santa Rosa is boosting its ability to notify residents when a fire breaks out through weather radios. The battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio is common in the Midwest for…
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Mar 31, 2021

Sonoma County teens design quarantine mural

by Tessa Paoli
Santa Rosa-based art organization Artstart's Shelter in Place Mural. (photo courtesy of Jennifer Tatum). COVID has affected everyone, old and young. But for teenagers, being stuck at home has been especially challenging and often painful. That's why…
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Mar 29, 2021

COVID-19 easing, while vaccine distribution hits bottleneck

by Marc Albert
By Marc Albert Improving data suggests vaccines are gaining the upper hand and COVID-19 related restrictions across Sonoma County may be eased as soon as next week. Yet troubling signs elsewhere suggest the pandemic is far from over. Among those 75…
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Mar 24, 2021

New Data Shows an Uptick in Fatal Drug Overdoses

by Tessa Paoli
COVID-19 numbers are on the decline after Sonoma County moved into the state’s red tier a week and a half ago, but communities are facing other types of loss since the start of the pandemic. Sonoma County’s made progress in keeping case numbers low…
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Mar 19, 2021

Abalone season cancelled, at least until 2026

by Marc Albert
By Marc Albert With wild abalone populations decimated by a string of environmental setbacks, besides over-fishing. State officials reiterated Friday that recreational abalone fishing will be entirely forbidden this year. And that the fishery will…
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Mar 19, 2021

Sonoma likely facing challenging drought

by Marc Albert
One of the driest winters on record locally, may cause serious water issues this summerBy Marc Albert The rainy season has hardly been generous. California’s two largest reservoirs are less full than they should be. While the statewide situation is…
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Mar 17, 2021

Sonoma County schools planning April return to campus

by Greta Mart
About 70,000 school students across Sonoma County are heading back to classrooms in April. So far, 47 schools across Sonoma County have the green light to reopen soon to a hybrid model, said county supervisor Susan Gorin. “A list of local schools…
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Mar 12, 2021

Covid Restrictions to Ease Sunday

by Tessa Paoli
As predicted, declining new COVID-19 infections and other metrics will allow Sonoma County to ease pandemic-related restrictions this weekend. KRCB's Marc Albert has our story: The County will move into the so-called ‘red tier’ from the more…
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Mar 12, 2021

The Power of Art for Vaccine Outreach

by Tessa Paoli
Advocates, artists, healthcare professionals and residents gathered in Santa Rosa's Roseland Neighborhood on Valentines Day to showcase and pass out art about the Vaccine. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Lopez) West County Health Centers hired Isabel…
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Mar 10, 2021

Some COVID-19 restrictions may be lifted as soon as Sunday

by Marc Albert
By Marc Albert Sonoma County is on the brink of being able to lift some pandemic-related restrictions….as soon as this weekend. That could mean cinemas, gyms, museums, zoos, and restaurants could reopen, though none at full capacity. Orders limiting…
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Mar 10, 2021

Sonoma schools readying classrooms for resumption of classes

by Marc Albert
Sonoma County schools are preparing for students’ return to campuses. Credit: “Courtesy of SCOE With vaccines more available, cases waning and the ink dry on a 6.6 billion dollar state plan, Sonoma County schools are preparing to resume in-person…
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Mar 05, 2021

Santa Rosa Public Schools Plan Return To Classrooms April 1

by Tessa Paoli
Santa Rosa’s public school district and its teacher's union have agreed on a plan for getting kids back into classrooms on April 1. The tentative deal includes schedules, safety protocols and a timeline for teachers to access both​ doses of the…
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Mar 03, 2021

Inching closer to the red tier

by Tessa Paoli
Since August, Sonoma County’s been stuck in the state’s most restrictive tier in terms of COVID-19 recovery. But the possibility of opening up the economy a bit more is finally possible. Sonoma’s one of four Bay Area counties still in the purple…
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Mar 02, 2021

Santa Rosa Clears a Large Homeless Encampment

by Tessa Paoli
Dozens of people living in Santa Rosa’s largest homeless encampment were forced to pack up and leave Tuesday morning. It marks Santa Rosas’s second encampment clearance in the past week. Activists showed up before sunrise to protest the clearing of…
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Feb 26, 2021

County Postpones Vaccine Appointments Due to Scarcity

by Tessa Paoli
Next week, Sonoma County is suspending all first dose vaccine appointments due to supply shortage. But the county will keep second dose appointments for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Sonoma County has been allocated 7,680 doses for…
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Feb 24, 2021

The County is Nervous about Blue Shield's Vaccine Takeover

by Tessa Paoli
On March 7, Blue Shield of California will start administering Sonoma County’s vaccine rollout. The nonprofit insurer will take over the data collection and decide how many doses each provider receives. They’ll also streamline the sign-up process,…
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Feb 19, 2021

County Shifts Vaccine Priority to 65 and Up and Food Workers

by Tessa Paoli
On Monday, residents 65 and older, along with food manufacturing, grocery store and restaurant workers will be eligible for a vaccine at one of the county-supported clinics. Prioritization will be given to those with server illnesses, such as cancer…
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Feb 17, 2021

The County Still Faces a Vaccine Shortage

by Tessa Paoli
Two months into Sonoma County’s vaccine rollout, 19% of the adult population has received at least one dose. The county is keeping up with other Bay Area counties in vaccinating residents and has opened up dozens of clinics, but the biggest problem…
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Feb 10, 2021

The County Reaches for More Vaccine Data

by Tessa Paoli
Officials say Sonoma is administering vaccine doses at a faster rate than similarly sized counties. On February 10, officials announced the county has vaccinated nearly 50 percent of its residents who are 75 and older. But because of holes in…
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Feb 09, 2021

The County Compromises on Eviction Limitations

by Tessa Paoli
On February 9, Sonoma’s Board of Supervisors voted to place more limitations on evictions during COVID-19. The amendment limits evictions to extreme circumstances, like when landlords can prove their tenants pose an imminent threat or danger, or…
Feb 06, 2021

Sonoma County Extends Stay-At-Home Order

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State public health officials have extended a Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County. The move comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise and ICU capacity for the larger Bay Area region remains below 15%. The order…
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Feb 03, 2021

The County Promises an Equitable Vaccine Rollout

by Tessa Paoli
Earlier this week Sonoma County reaffirmed its commitment to vaccinate the oldest seniors first, those 75 and older. Younger seniors were told to be patient, along with essential workers whose communities have been gravely affected by COVID-19. The…
Feb 03, 2021

What We Need to Know: COVID in Sonoma County

by Tessa Paoli
What are the current county restrictions? Sonoma County is currently in the orange tier of the California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is the second least restrictive tier and indicates that COVID-19 transmission is moderate. In the orange…
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Jan 31, 2021

Santa Rosa Nurses Demand Safe Staffing

by Tessa Paoli
UPDATE: Earlier this week California’s Department of Public Health halted the staffing waivers. The State says they will not accept any new applications and all approved waivers will expire February 8, unless a hospital can prove “unprecedented…
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Jan 27, 2021

Sonoma County Opens its First Clinic for Oldest Seniors

by Tessa Paoli
Sonoma County is following the state’s guidance to prioritize seniors ages 75 and up in its vaccine rollout. While there’s progress and hope in the air, there’s also a lot of confusion and frustration about when and where people can actually get a…
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Jan 21, 2021

County Strategizes Reopening Schools

by Tessa Paoli
Covid-19 is rampant in Sonoma County and spreading faster than ever, which means kids are still stuck at home. While vaccines are being rolled out, the question about when kids will be able to go back to school is still up in the air. KRCB’s Tessa…
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Jan 13, 2021

PBS Employee Makes Controversial Statements on Hidden Camera

by Darren LaShelle
Julian Wyllie of CURRENT news reports in a story entitled "PBS Distances Itself from Former Staff Attorney Ensnared in Project Veritas Sting," that Project Veritas, a group founded by conservative activist James O’Keefe, has released a video of a…
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Dec 06, 2020

Understanding the New Regional Stay-At-Home Orders

by Darren LaShelle
Regional Stay Home Orders will go into effect within 24 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability, and prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes most businesses and services except for critical infrastructure and retail, and…
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Nov 20, 2020

Radio Special: Democracy In Santa Rosa's First District

by Adia White
In 2020, for the first time, residents of Southwest Santa Rosa voted for a city council member to represent their community. The election gave more power to historically disenfranchised neighborhoods in Santa Rosa. How will decades of inequity be…
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Nov 11, 2020

Rohnert Park Welcomes Three New Council Members

by Adia White
Rohnert Park has three new city council members. The wins also mean there will be more diversity on what was formerly an all-white council. One of the newcomers is Jackie Elward who won against long-time council member Jake Mackenzie. KRCB News…
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Nov 09, 2020

‘She’s From Oakland!’ Photos Capture Bay Area Celebrations of Biden-Harris Win

by Adia White
By Anne Wernikoff November 8, 2020 In the corner of California where Vice President-elect Kamala Harris grew up and launched her political career, residents cheered, danced, honked horns, donned American flags and popped champagne to celebrate the…
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Nov 05, 2020

California Protects Homeowners From Having Fire Insurance Dropped — Again

by Adia White
By James Bikales November 5, 2020 As this year’s historic wildfire season winds down, Californians living in fire-prone territory got temporary relief from another threat: they can’t lose their homeowners’ insurance policies for another year.…
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Nov 02, 2020

Slated For Deception? Beware of All Those Glossy Mailers Telling You How to Vote

by Adia White
By Ben Christopher, CalMatters Updated: Nov. 2, 2020 Amid the torrent of laminated campaign ads churning through the postal system this season, the slate mailer stands out as a perennial — and many say unseemly — California political tradition that…
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Oct 21, 2020

Election 2020: Results, Voter Guides and More

by Adia White
By NorCal News Staff Looking for election results? We've put together key resources to help you find the information you need past election night. Find local news updates, live updated results, and interviews with experts looking ahead. California…
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Oct 16, 2020

Santa Rosa Metro Chamber Hosts City Council Candidate Forum

by Adia White
NorCal News Team Oct. 16, 2020 At the end of September, the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber hosted a forum with city council candidates from districts 1, 3, 5, and 7. Listen to the forum below. Participating candidates: Eddie Alvarez - District 1 Duane De…
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Oct 13, 2020

Annual State of the Latino Community Covers Gaps in Home Ownership

by Adia White
Sonoma County leadership organization, Los Cien, hosts an annual forum on the state of the Latino community. The topic this year was "Re-imagining Sonoma County Post Pandemic". Panelists focused on equity gaps in homeownership and how to fix them.…
Oct 02, 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURES for Thursday, October 1 & Friday, October 2, 2020…

by mark prell
The following school districts are confirmed to be closed through Friday, October 2, due to fire threat and evacuation: Bennett Valley Union School District (no distance learning) Kenwood School District (no distance learning) Rincon Valley Union…
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Oct 01, 2020

Photojournalist Describes Monday Night's Firefight

by Adia White
Firefighters, law enforcement and others working to evacuate residents were all on the scene as the Glass fire made a fast run toward the city of Santa Rosa on Sunday night. Also out during those late hours was Erik Castro, a freelance…
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Democratic Candidates For NYC Mayor Campaign Full-Out Ahead Of Primary

More than a dozen candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination in a primary on Tuesday that will likely decide who becomes the next mayor of…
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Organizers Who Are Honoring Pride In Small Towns

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with three people organizing Pride events in rural areas: Tonya Jones, Gibran Cuevas, and Alray Nelson.
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Carjackings Are On The Rise. What Drives Youth To Commit These Crimes?

Carjackings are up in cities across the country. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with someone who committed a carjacking at 16 about why they did it.
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Former NCAA Athlete Fights For College Players To Profit From Own Names

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with former college athlete Christina Chenault about why she wants the NCAA to start letting players make money off of…
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Faith Groups Wade Into Politics With Rules That Will Cost Membership, Priest Says

Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest, tells NPR's Michel Martin about the significance of the political and social issues that were discussed at the…
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Is California Still Facing An Eviction Tsunami When The Moratorium Ends?

BYNIGEL DUARA, CalMatters California’s eviction moratorium is coming to an end June 30. Since the earliest days of the pandemic, housing analysts…
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California Fought For Obamacare And Won. What’s At Stake?

By Ana B. Ibarra, CalMatters California has wholeheartedly embraced the Affordable Care Act — it advertises it, it invests in it, it protects it. It…
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Los Angeles, Sacramento Announce Reparations Coalition On Juneteenth

BYNIGEL DUARA, CalMatters Eleven mayors, including two in California, announced today their commitment to support federal reparations legislation and…

A 15-Vehicle Crash On An Alabama Highway Has Left 9 Children Dead

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California Coronavirus Updates: Sacramento Area Jobless Rate Continues To Go Down

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates Californians receiving unemployment benefits…
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California Coronavirus Updates: Nevada Is Distributing Cash Prizes To Vaccinated Residents

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates Californians receiving unemployment benefits…

Juneteenth Brings Joy, A New Tubman Museum And Questions Of The Future

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A Driver Crashed Into The Crowd At A Pride Parade In Florida, Killing One Man

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Girl Scouts Faced With 15 Million Boxes Of Unsold Cookies

Too many unsold boxes of cookies - that's what Girl Scouts are facing this year. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Maryann Barry, of the Girl…

Driver Rams Cyclists In Arizona Race, Critically Injuring 6

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Extreme Drought Hits Farmers Hard In Central Oregon County

An historic drought is hitting the western U.S. Phil Chang, a commissioner for Deschutes County, Oregon tells NPR's Sarah McCammon about how his…
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Discovery Of Remains At Residential Schools Prompts Calls For Indigenous Reparations

The discovery of childrens' remains at an Indian boarding school in Canada is drawing new attention to the children sent to such schools in the…
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Your Life Advice For NPR's 50th Birthday

In honor of NPR's 50th birthday, we asked listeners who have reached that milestone for some life advice. Hundreds answered.
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Violent Threats Targeting 2020 Election Officials Continue

According to the Brennan Center, 1 in 3 election officials feel unsafe because of their job. NPR's Sarah McCammon talks to Philadelphia City…
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The Politics Driving The U.S. Voting Rights Fight

Voting rights has become the latest partisan fight on Capitol Hill. NPR's Sarah McCammon talks to election law expert Spencer Overton about how we…
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Songs For Freedom: A Juneteenth Playlist From Pianist Lara Downes

Let's sing a song for freedom this Juneteenth. Let's lift every voice. Let's celebrate our freedom of will, of mind, of spirit — our freedom to march…
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California Coronavirus Updates: California Is Offering Residents A Digital Record Of Coronavirus Vaccinations

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates Californians receiving unemployment benefits…

Revisiting Two Cities At The Front Line Of The War On Drugs

American communities were devastated by addiction and the war on drugs. Now they're struggling for a future but the damage runs deep. Healing and…
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MacKenzie Scott's $10M Gift Makes A Big Impact For Dance Theatre of Harlem's Pandemic Recovery

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Dance Theatre of Harlem's artistic director Virginia Johnson about a 10 million dollar gift from philanthropist MacKenzie…
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How Front Line Workers Stayed Resilient During The Pandemic

Healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and other frontline workers faced extraordinary challenges during the pandemic. For our series on…

The Record Temperatures Enveloping The West Is Not Your Average Heat Wave

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Despite The Heat, Few Take Advantage Of Sacramento Cooling Centers

Dianne Fitzgerald sat on a bench outside the Hart Senior Center in Midtown Sacramento on Thursday, as temperatures climbed past 100 degrees for the…
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California Launches Digital Vaccination Card

California has launched a digital vaccine card portal, allowing immunized residents to have a virtual backup of their physical card. The digital…
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This Season’s ‘Invisibilia’ Podcast Looks At The City Of Stockton. We Spoke With Host Yowei Shaw.

Last November, Stockton’s high-profile mayor, Democrat Michael Tubbs, lost his re-election campaign to his Republican challenger, Kevin Lincoln. The…
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The U.S. Is Importing Historic Amounts Of Stuff — And It's Causing Cargo Ship Jams

The U.S. trade deficit is hitting record highs — and it's fueled by a surge in demand for imports, mostly from East Asia. On both land and at sea, the
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Delta Variant Drives New Cases, Hospitalizations In Southwest Missouri

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth in southwest Missouri, about the current surge in coronavirus cases in his…
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Californians Are Stoked About Their Pandemic Restrictions Dropping

Now that California has crossed its thresholds for dropping most COVID-19 restrictions, people are doing things they've been unable to for months.…
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As California's Pandemic Restrictions Drop, Drag And Queer Safe Havens Are Returning

Now that California has crossed its thresholds for dropping most COVID-19 restrictions, people are doing things they've been unable to for months.…
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Recent Polling Data Shows Why Nearly 2/3 Of Americans Oppose Cash Reparations

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Tatishe Nteta of University of Massachusetts, Amherst about his poll showing that nearly 2/3 of Americans oppose cash…
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Business As Usual Or Day Off: Workplace Recognition Of Juneteenth Varies Widely

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, as June 19 was the day enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. Now a federal holiday, the actual…
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Business As Usual Or Taking The Day Off: Workplace Recognition Of Juneteenth Varies

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery, as June 19 was the day enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. Now a federal holiday, the actual…
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Putin And Biden Agreed To Return Ambassadors To Washington And Moscow Posts

At their summit, Presidents Putin and Biden agreed to send their ambassadors back to Washington and Moscow. There are many issues to be resolved…
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Thousands of Nebraskans Will Lose Extra $300 Unemployment Benefits This Weekend

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, who is one of 26 governors ending extra benefits for jobless workers…
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The Personal Cost Of Solitary Confinement

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with activists Candie Hailey, who spent just over three years in solitary confinement, and Scott Paltrowitz about the…
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Juneteenth Commissioner In Texas Reacts To The Holiday Going National

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Byron E. Miller, Juneteenth Commissioner for the Fiesta Celebration in San Antonio, about the holiday's cultural…
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Bishops Debate Whether Politicians Who Support Abortion Rights Can Receive Communion

American Catholic bishops voted to move forward with a process that may challenge the eligibility of politicians who support abortion rights, such as…
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'I Want Real Substantial Progress': Mixed Feelings In Sacramento As Juneteenth Becomes A Federal Holiday

Juneteenth, the most known celebration of emancipation of slaves in America, is now a federal holiday after President Biden signed a bill into law.…
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How The Pentagon Papers Changed Public Perception Of The War In Vietnam

Fifty years ago, Daniel Ellsberg leaked classified information about U.S. policy in Vietnam to the press. We listen back to archival interviews with…

Georgia County Where Ahmaud Arbery Slain Hires Black Police Chief

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The coastal Georgia county where Ahmaud Arbery's slaying raised an outcry over racial injustice has hired its first full-time…
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California Coronavirus Updates: Sacramento, Yolo Counties Monitoring Delta Variant

Find an updated count of COVID-19 cases in California and by county on our tracker here. Latest Updates Californians receiving unemployment benefits…
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Morning News Brief

Juneteenth has been signed into law as a federal holiday. As U.S. prepares to pull troops out of Afghanistan, allies are left behind in danger. And,…
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Biden Signs Into Law Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday

President Biden has signed legislation making Juneteenth, when enslaved people in Texas were told of their freedom in 1865, a federal holiday. It…

The Couple Who Waved Guns At BLM Protesters Plead Guilty To Misdemeanors

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More Than 120,00 PG&E Customers Could Lose Power Thursday In Rolling Blackouts

Updated June 17, 6:46 p.m. More than 120,000 PG&E customers could lose power between 7-9 p.m. Thursday if California's power grid is unable to…
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California Grid Operator Extends Flex Alert As PG&E Warns Of Possible Outages

Updated June 17, 6:46 p.m. More than 120,000 PG&E customers could lose power between 7-9 p.m. Thursday if California's power grid is unable to…

Notable Women Will Be Honored On U.S. Quarters

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Are You Getting Unsolicited Offers To Buy Your House?

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California Drops Mask Requirements For Fully Vaccinated Workers

Fully vaccinated Californians will soon be able to go without masks in the workplace after regulators approved new rules Thursday and Gov. Gavin…
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As Drought Intensifies, State Warns Users To Stop Pumping Water From Major Rivers

Rachel Becker | CalMatters Lea este artículo en español. In a sign of worsening drought, the state on Tuesday warned about 4,300 users to stop…

New Wildfires Are At A 10-Year High In The Hot, Dry Western U.S.

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Missouri Has Declared Federal Gun Laws Invalid. Can It Do That?

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Women Will Race In Their Own Tour De France Next Summer

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Coastal Weather Station Demolished Before It Could Fall Into The Ocean

After a half century, a Cape Cod weather station is being demolished before it falls into the ocean. It's among many structures threatened by…
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Needle Exchanges, Access To Safer Narcotics Could Save Lives — But It's A Tough Sell

Researchers and doctors say they know how to curb harm caused by addiction and the spread of dangerous drugs. But lawmakers are reluctant to allow…
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Supreme Court Sides With Religious Freedom In High Profile LGBTQ Rights Case

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Currey Cook of Lambda Legal, the gay rights group that wrote a friend-of-the-court brief in the LGBTQ rights case in…
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Plans For Tokyo Summer Olympics Are Moving Full Steam Ahead

Despite skepticism over holding the Tokyo Summer Olympics, organizers, athletes and the main rights-holding TV broadcaster are charging ahead. NBC…
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With The Eviction Moratorium's End Looming, Black Renters Likely To Be Hit Hard

Black renters face eviction at twice the rate of white renters in the U.S. and there's evidence the pandemic hit Black renters harder. A federal…
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Indigenous Activist On Why Groups Are Protesting The Line 3 Pipeline In Minnesota

NPR's Audie Cornish chats with attorney and indigenous rights activist Tara Houska about protests against Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline in northern…
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