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The Myth Of The American Yam

It's yam-time, also known as Thanksgiving week... when family cooks start dusting off their favorite candied yam recipes. Meanwhile, California sweetpotato growers are cooking up a way to rebrand this holiday tradition.

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The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast

The world's oceans are rising. Over the past century, they're up an average of about eight inches. But the seas are rising more in some places than others. And scientists are now finding that how much sea level rises in, say, New York City, has a lot to do with exactly where the ice is melting. A warming climate is melting a lot of glaciers and ice sheets on land. That means more water rolling down into the oceans. But the oceans are not like a bathtub. The water doesn't rise uniformly. To...

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San Luis Obispo County

A judge’s decision issued Wednesday paves the way for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant to close in 2025, if that decision is ratified by the full California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Seven months after hearings started in the proceeding, a CPUC administrative law judge issued a draft approval of Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) request to close the plant. 

Adventures come alive at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit
THOMAS WILMER

Linda Walter, Director of Detroit’s Outdoor Adventure CenterMichigan’s first urban state park takes us on a tour of the three-story 41,000 square-foot Outdoor Adventure Center. 

Murillo leads for Santa Barbara mayor

Nov 7, 2017
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Santa Barbara voters have chosen Cathy Murillo as the city’s next mayor, according to the semi-official results published by the county's election office on election night. 

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California announced new rules Tuesday for agricultural pesticide use near schools. The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) said the rules take effect on January 1, 2018. After that date, growers won’t be able to apply certain drift-prone pesticides to fields within a quarter mile of schools and day care centers during school hours. 

San Luis Obispo County’s current public works director, Wade Horton, has been named as head administrator of the county, with the title County Administrative Officer, or CAO.

When the effects of combat and trauma  come home with them, many veterans find themselves struggling with the physical, mental and emotional fall out. Suicide claims 20 veterans each day and 20 percent of returning soldiers are suffering from PTSD. Operation Surf was created  by Van Curaza to restore hope and focus for veterans and their families. Tune in for a conversation with Van about surfing, his life and his work with Op Surf.

Fowling utilizes regulation bowling pins with a truncated alley and a football.
THOMAS WILMER

Fowling--bowling with a football started as a lark fifteen years ago has become the rage in Hamtramck, Michigan and it’s poised to spread across the country. Come along and join Chris Hutt, the inventor of fowling (pronounced FOH-ling), at his 20 lane Fowling Warehouse, complete with two bars. Discover why thousands of Midwesterners and Canadians love the game. 

Local government roundup: 11/06/17

Nov 6, 2017

It's a busy week in Central Coast local government, with Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara county supervisors meeting Tuesday with full agendas. It's also election day for Santa Barbara voters, who are deciding the city’s next mayor and city council members in Districts 4, 5, and 6. 

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According to the FBI, dozens of Central Coast residents were at the country music concert in Las Vegas targeted by a gunman on October 1, 2017. 58 people died and over 500 were injured. Since then, California counties have sought to locate victims to help them pay for psychological and medical therapy, and other costs. 

KCBX Two-Way: Santa Barbara's mayoral election

Nov 2, 2017
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In Santa Barbara, the city manager is tasked with overseeing the budget and running the day-to-day operations. But the mayor is the face of the city, and responsible for building coalitions that lead to effective city council votes and action. Santa Barbara voters are currently deciding who will be the city's next mayor.

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