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Firefighter dies battling the Thomas Fire

A brush fire exploded on December 4 into a fierce wildfire burning just under 400 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 8,300 firefighters are on the scene battling the blaze, with containment now at 35 percent.

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GOP Releases Final Tax Bill As Rubio, Corker Boost Path To Christmas Passage

Updated at 5:58 p.m. ET Congressional Republicans released a final draft of their tax bill Friday. With newfound support from two wavering senators, lawmakers appear to be on track to pass the measure and deliver it to President Trump for his signature by Christmas. Votes in the House and Senate are expected next week. A potential stumbling block for the bill was removed earlier Friday when Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced he would support the measure. Rubio had threatened to vote "no" on...

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Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer visits Healdsburg California and talks with local business owners about the economic recovery of their community following the devastating fires earlier this year.

Crissa Hewitt interviews art historian Herbert Cole on the art of African mothers.

Jarrett Daniel Frith tends his oyster boat, Fort Morgan, Alabama
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at Shellbank Selects Oyster Farm on the waterfront in Fort Morgan, Alabama for a chat with partners, Jarrett Daniel Frith and Lew Childre as they share their story and passion for raising delectable Gulf Coast Oysters.

Health warnings grow for agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos

Dec 4, 2017
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California’s list of chemicals harmful to humans is about the get longer. An agricultural pesticide widely used on the Central Coast is joining the ranks.  

Fresh delectable oysters served at Hangout Oyster Cook-off in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Thomas Wilmer

The 10th annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off Gulf Shores Alabama, the first weekend in November 2017 revisited. Join Kay Morgan with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism for a walkabout visit with some of America’s top oyster producers. 

Marge Calhoun was a legend in the surfing world. A resident of Morro Bay before her death in early September, Calhoun was one of the sport’s early pioneers, becoming the first female world champion to win the Makaha International in Hawaii.

Greta Mart

On Thursday evening, San Luis Obispo County is hosting an open house on cannabis taxation. County officials are looking for public input on what type and amount of tax the county will charge, on top of the statewide tax.

Brian Reynolds interviews Rick London, CEO of United Way SLO and Chair of the Board of Directors Hans Poschman to discuss the history and leadership of the United Way.

Other People Playing With Food

Nov 29, 2017
Chris McIntyre of 3 Flies On A Knife prepares his Tumeric Loaves
Fr Ian M Delinger

“There are people who play with food in their kitchens and get paid to do it! Cottage Food Operators changed the game in artisan foods on the Central Coast. Fr Ian Delinger goes right into the homes and kitchens of some of the Central Coast’s most delicious entrepreneurial efforts. ‘Other People Playing With Food’ is part of this week’s ‘Issues & Ideas’.”

The Hangout Oyster Cook Off held every November in Gulf Shores, Alabama draws thousands from near and far
Thomas Wilmer

The Annual Oyster Cook Off at the Hangout held every November in Gulf Shores, Alabama is just one of the many events that draw thousands of visitors to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

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