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California rice growers could export product to China

For the first time in history, an agreement is in place that gives U.S. rice growers access to China, the world's largest consumer of rice.

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Democrats Want To Probe Trump Ties To Deutsche Bank. GOP Says, No Thanks

The House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday considered looking into President Trump's financial ties, particularly those linking him to a bank that had been involved with laundering Russian money. But Republican members voted "nyet" on a straight party-line vote of 34-26. They defeated a Democrat-sponsored request to order Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to "provide certain documents ... relating to President Trump's financial connections to Russia, certain illegal financial schemes,...

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Stunningly beautiful homes abound in Racine, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

Racine Wisconsin is just 22 miles south of Milwaukee but it’s a world apart. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the town abounds with historic homes and a downtown that abounds with charm. Come along join outgoing mayor, John Dickert and discover how Racine is reinventing itself and attracting start-up businesses.

Celebrating Monterey County non-profit's musical mission

Jul 1, 2017
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This week the Monterey County chapter of the organization Guitars Not Guns was named “Non-profit of the Year” by California Senator Bill Monning. The all-volunteer group provides free guitars and weeks of lessons to children and teens to encourage development of positive pastimes. Since 2009, the group has worked with just under 1500 kids in Monterey County cities and towns. 

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center, situated in the Allegheny Mountains in Bath County, Virginia, is less than 3.5 hours from Washington D.C., but it’s a world away. Founded in 1973 Garth Newel is home to one of America’s premier chamber quartets. Join the conversation with violinist Teresa Ling, Evelyn Grau (viola), Isaac Melamed (Cello), and Jeanette Fang (piano).

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On Saturday - July 1 - in San Luis Obispo, a rally is planned calling for the protection of the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Former Central Coast congresswoman Lois Capps, current congressman Salud Carbajal and several community leaders say they will gather to bring attention to the Trump administration’s current effort to revoke protective status for 27 national monuments around the U.S. 

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Three San Luis Obispo County libraries are serving up free lunches and snacks for kids over the next month. Children up to age 18 are welcome to the meals - with no ID, income verification or payment required. 

Veterans find an affordable home at new SLO complex

Jun 28, 2017
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This week San Luis Obispo’s public housing department celebrated the opening of a new apartment complex for veterans. The affordable housing consists of 20 brand new apartments, half of which are reserved for homeless veterans. 

Playing In the Co-Op Part2

Jun 28, 2017
My haul from wandering the aisles of the Co-Op
Fr Ian M Delinger

In this second exploration of Food Co-Ops, Fr Ian roams the aisles to find the most intriguing foods to cook with. He dives in to play with food in his kitchen to create some delicious foods and drinks. Then he chats with the President of the Board of the emerging Paso Food Co-Op.

Residents fleeing Hill Fire find refuge at Red Cross evacuation center

Jun 27, 2017
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As of Tuesday evening, the Hill Fire burning east of Santa Margarita, in San Luis Obispo County, is 60 percent contained. Since the fire started Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., it has burned approximately 1600 acres and at least one home in a rural area of the county. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Monday evening - that order is lifted as of 7 p.m. June 27. KCBX News visited the evacuation center set up by the American Red Cross and there we met resident Marie Burd, who was forced to flee the home she shares with her husband, a Cal Poly professor, on Monday night.

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UPDATE 6-27-17 AT 1:00 P.M.: The Hill Fire is 40 to 45 percent contained, with an estimated 1500 acres burned since Monday afternoon. 

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An investigation continues this week into a suspected June 22 insecticide poisoning of 18 farmworkers in Salinas.

The Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office is conducting the investigation. The county’s assistant AG commissioner, Bob Roach, said Monday afternoon that all but one of the sickened workers returned to the job the following day.

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