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Congress passes controversial water bill

This week the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate approved a massive national water bill with an amendment aimed at water policy in California. Some say the $558 million dollar package is an important step toward helping farmers after years of drought. But others worry it stands to hurt protected wildlife.

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CIA Concludes Russian Interference Aimed To Elect Trump

Updated at 1:49 p.m. ET with confirmation from the U.S. official and comments from Sen. Ron Wyden Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET with comments from Sen. Angus King The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, a U.S. official has confirmed to NPR. "Before, there was confidence about the fact that Russia interfered," the official says. "But there was low confidence on what the direction and...

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Congress passes controversial water bill

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U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

This week the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate approved a massive national water bill with an amendment aimed at water policy in California. Some say the $558 million dollar package is an important step toward helping farmers after years of drought. But others worry it stands to hurt protected wildlife.

End of the road for California's Field Poll

Dec 9, 2016

The poll that gauged the opinions of Californians on political and social issues for nearly 70 years will cease operations next year. The director of the Field Poll announced today that the company will no longer release the non-partisan poll, which was founded in 1947 by Mervin Field.

Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire's Michael Duffy is one of three percussionists in the 10-piece Latin funk band from Los Angeles. In anticipation of the KCBX Holiday Funk & Folk Fest on December 10th, 2017, Duffy talks with Marisa Waddell about the band's music, creative process, and upcoming album. Plus, a sampling of tracks from their last album, "Tropicoso."

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Friday is the deadline for public comment on a proposed statewide rule change affecting pesticide use near schools and day care centers. The proposed regulation would limit pesticide applications to non-school hours and weekends on fields within a quarter mile of campuses. In Monterey county alone, over 70 schools are adjacent to commercial farmland.

Courtesy of San Luis Obispo Fire Department

Three San Luis Obispo men have been arrested in connection with a fire in a computer lab at San Luis Obispo High School early Thursday morning. Firefighters were able to save the surrounding building but the flames destroyed the computer lab itself.

City of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara residents will have to make a new year's resolution soon not to water their lawns. This week the city council approved a ban on lawn watering, effective January 1, 2017.

Wheeler Field damage December 7th 1941
Desoto Brown Collection

Life in America and most poignantly in the Hawaiian Islands was jarringly transformed in one day, the day of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war by President Roosevelt. Marshall Law was declared and remained in effect throughout the war. Come along and join Bishop Museum Historian Desoto Brown as he recalls his 30 years of research about life on the island of Oahu during WWII.

Back in 1946 five year-old Jimmy Hawkins played the role of Tommy in It’s a Wonderful Life. Decades later the film was voted the most inspirational movie of all time by the American Film Institute. When it hit silver screen for Christmas season in 1946, it was a box-office flop and lost $500,000 even though it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

photo courtesy of edhat.com

Santa Barbara city officials and law enforcement launched a series of surprise inspections Tuesday at 164 residential and motel units owned or managed by Dario Pini, a well-known and controversial landlord in Santa Barbara.

Immigrant advocates brace for Trump administration, others call for patience

Dec 6, 2016
CNN/http://cnn.it/2hcPWR7

Civil-rights advocates here in California say they’re preparing for likely conflicts with immigration policies expected under the incoming Trump Administration and they're getting out in front of the issues before January's inauguration.

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