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New study shows severe overcrowding in farmworkers’ homes

The Monterey Bay’s multi-billion dollar farming industry depends on thousands of farmworkers. But a new study finds there’s a tremendous lack of housing for them.

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New Lynching Memorial Is A Space 'To Talk About All Of That Anguish'

Editor's note: This report contains language and an image some may find offensive. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice , opening Thursday, stands high on a hillside overlooking downtown Montgomery, Ala. Beyond the buildings you can see the winding Alabama River and hear the distant whistle of a train — the nexus that made the city a hub for the domestic slave trade. And that's where the experience begins as visitors encounter a life-size sculpture in bronze of six people in rusting...

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San Luis Obispo’s Cal Poly is hosting the Association of Western Forestry Clubs Logging Conclave this week, or as it’s more casually known: timbersports - the largest collegiate timbersports competition west of the Mississippi.

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April 1 marks the opening of a new facility in San Luis Obispo County aimed at providing mental health services. The county’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is designed to provide urgent treatment to those with psychiatric emergencies. 

Mission College Prep student Cayden Wemple performs in the KCBX studios in San Luis Obispo
Thomas Wilmer

Cayden Wemple is a passionate indie-folk singer/songwriter and a senior at Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo. Wemple describes his songwriting techniques and practices. He also shares insights about how he draws inspiration for his songs from the political world around him. 

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Controversy surrounding the 2017 death of county jail inmate Andrew Holland dogged San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson at another of his town hall meetings Wednesday. 

Protect Monterey County files appeal to Measure Z ruling

Mar 28, 2018
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Monterey County’s voter approved fracking ban will go back to court on appeal. 

Blending with Beard's Bananas

Mar 28, 2018
Bananas
Fr Ian M Delinger

Did you know that there are bananas growing on the Central Coast? When I think about banana plantations, I think about warm, tropical places like Panama, Ecuador, or maybe Hawai’i for somewhere in the United States. But we have bananas right here on the Central Coast. Father Ian Delinger explored a banana plantation in Goleta that has been in existence since 1978, and was inspired to go bananas in the kitchen yet again with Central Coast produce, and Blending with Beard's Bananas.

The infinite possibilities of "Portals"

Mar 27, 2018
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San Luis Obispo County’s Cuesta College has spent the past month connecting individuals across the planet. It’s part of a global art project called "Portals." Unlike media you typically use to connect to the world, Portals is an immersive experience. You are supposed to feel as if you’re in the same room as someone else in another country, or on another continent.

We are in an era when acts of violence have become almost commonplace. We have calls for reform, regulations and more mental health care; we call, we write, we argue, we march. But what no one seems to do is understand or address the factors that lead someone to plan and execute an attack on others. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the gaping holes in our social fabric that lead to acts of despicable desperation.

Coach Tim O'Connor teaches firearms safety at Heartland Public Shooting Range's Sporting Clays Range in Grand Island, Nebraska
Thomas Wilmer

I spent some time at the Heartland Public Shooting Park, located on the outskirts of Grand Island, Nebraska to visit with Tim O’Connor, a shooting-sport coach at the local Catholic high school. 

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Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of people across the country took to the streets to protest gun violence in communities and schools. Local March For Our Lives events coincided with a national rally in Washington, DC.

Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County was no exception. 

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