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Improved weather conditions helps Thomas Fire fight

A brush fire exploded on December 4 into a fierce wildfire burning over 420 square miles from Santa Paula to the hills above Santa Barbara. Fire officials have updated evacuation maps for Ventura County and Santa Barbara County . Over 8,400 firefighters are on the scene battling the blaze, with containment now at 45 percent.

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California's Thomas Fire 45 Percent Contained

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Firefighters battling the massive Thomas Fire northwest of Los Angeles were working against another round of high winds to prevent its spread to homes in Santa Barbara and Montecito. The blaze — which has gone on for two weeks and engulfed some 269,000 acres — has become the third largest wildfire in the state's modern history. The Thomas Fire is now 45 percent contained, according to Calfire. It has destroyed over 1,000 structures, including at least 750 homes. ...

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A brush fire exploded on December 4 into a fierce wildfire burning over 420 square miles from Santa Paula to the hills above Santa Barbara. Fire officials have updated evacuation maps for Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. Over 8,400 firefighters are on the scene battling the blaze, with containment now at 45 percent. 

Although technology does provide many positive benefits for learning, it can also have many negative effects on child development and many believe it can rob children of their ability to function in the "real world." Join Kris Kington-Barker as she and her guests discuss how the Savvy Leadership Academy endeavors to empower today's youth with a foundation of leadership skills and knowledge, cultivating self-confident, well-mannered and prepared leaders of our future.

Lim Family Luau at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel pays homage to old Hawaii
Thomas Wilmer

The Lim family Luau has been performing at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel since Laurance Rockefeller opened the resort back in the mid-1960s. Today the luau is the oldest, continuously operating show on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lorna Lim talks story about her family’s passion for performing authentic song, hula dance, and tales of old Hawaii. 

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Over one hundred thousand people are now evacuated from the Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. But workers in the area’s agricultural fields stayed on the job, breathing in smoke and ash as they pick strawberry and celery crops.

Hal Wilson of Santa Margarita shares his Father Christmas tales, stories written over the years to share with his young children. A bear, an octopus, and a penguin are sure to bring a smile with their takes on life at the North Pole.

Cannabis retailers face challenges as they prep for California marketplace

Dec 12, 2017
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The Bureau of Cannabis Control has taken a long awaited-step by releasing online applications for retailers, distributors, testing labs and micro-businesses who want to jump into the new state-sanctioned marketplace in the new year. 

John Sepulvado KQED California Report Host
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KQED's California Report host, John Sepulvado shares his passion for building relationships with NPR affiliate stations across the State. 

California lawmakers look to other states for single-payer model

Dec 11, 2017

A committee of California lawmakers is working toward a universal health care plan that would cover all state residents. This week they’ll hear from policymakers in other states who’ve attempted to launch similar models. 

Rolinda Bean teacher of Hawaiian history and culture
Thomas Wilmer

Hawaiian culture and history teacher Rolinda Bean talks story about her personal journey of teaching Hawaiian history and cultural mores that have been passed along generation after generation through genetic imprinting and story. Ms. Bean teaches Hawaiian culture and history on the Big Island of Hawaii and works at the Sheraton Kona Resort.

FBI investigates wildfire-related fraud

Dec 7, 2017
CA Army National Guard/Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is joining efforts to prevent fraud related to recovery efforts from the October Northern California wildfires. 

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