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KCBX News began covering stories in February, 2014. The first on-air newscast happened during All Things Considered on March 3, 2014. KCBX added local news content to Morning Edition in September, 2014.

In the years since, KCBX News has had local stories featured on NPR and The California Report.

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Delays and cancellations are facing transportation projects on the Central Coast following word this month, the State of California is making even deeper cuts to planned projects. 

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Yvonne Cui, a senior at San Gabriel High School, makes a call in Mandarin during a phone bank shift reminding people to vote in the upcoming primary election at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center on Monday evening, May 23, 2016. The center makes phone bank calls in 10 different languages. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

In a small downtown Los Angeles office one May evening, Helen Xiang and her teenage son Sam sat side by side, calling a list of Chinese-American registered voters. 

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Facebook Page

For many Santa Barbara County residents, access to proper nutrition and quality food is a struggle. 

About 2.5 million union members call California home. With election season upon us, the two Democrats fighting for their party’s presidential nomination see union support as critical to getting out the vote.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave unions a shoutout at a recent rally in Oakland.

“We need strong unions, and I will stand up for that basic American right,” she told a cheering crowd.

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Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is beginning to turn her attention to the general election, but both she and Bernie Sanders consider California key to finally closing the book on the primary race.

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned throughout California on his wife’s behalf over the weekend and yesterday. At a rally of about a 1,000 people at Sacramento State, he laid out the stakes.

Jay Thompson - Cal Poly

Scientists at Cal Poly are headed back to the drawing board after a semi-successful test this afternoon of a space craft prototype known as a LightSail. 

Brown Endorses Harris For U.S. Senate

May 23, 2016
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Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Attorney General Kamala Harris (left) for California's open U.S. Senate seat Monday, May 23, 2016, at the California Democratic Party Headquarters in Sacramento.

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris has won the endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown in the campaign for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat – just two weeks before the June 7th primary.

You might have noticed a different look to the California Secretary of State’s official voter information guide this election cycle: For the first time in eight years, it’s in color!

Red and blue join the usual black on the recycled gray paper booklet that’s mailed to every household with a registered California voter.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla acknowledges there’s an extra cost to taxpayers – 2.6 cents per guide, which comes to approximately $320,000.

Former California Senators Ron Calderon, Leland Yee and Rod Wright.

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California’s November ballot will be jammed with statewide propositions, but there’s just one measure in the June primary. Prop 50, which stems from scandals that hit the state Senate, would allow the state Legislature to suspend lawmakers without pay.

The story behind Proposition 50 starts in 2013, when the FBI raided the office of Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon.

Lauren Milbourne, Cuesta College

Students at community colleges along the Central Coast are preparing for graduation ceremonies this spring. 

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The final day for Californians to register to vote for the June primary is this coming Monday.

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Jeff Barnard / AP

The battle over whether California should ban single-use plastic bags is already headed to voters this fall. Now, it looks like they’ll also be asked where proceeds from bag fees charged to consumers should be spent.

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed a statewide plastic bag ban in 2014, the American plastic bag industry immediately began working to overturn it, placing a referendum on this November’s ballot.

Refugio Response Join Information Center

This has not been a good week for Plains All-American Pipeline, the company at the center of last year's Refugio Oil Spill.

Karen Garcia

This Friday is National Bike-to-Work Day, and local organizations are pushing hard to get you to consider using pedal power that day.

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Bernie Sanders campaign volunteers register a voter Wednesday afternoon before a campaign rally in Vallejo.

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For Bernie Sanders to defeat Hillary Clinton in California’s June 7th Democratic presidential primary, he’ll likely need strong support from independents. But new data suggest the Sanders campaign faces a big hurdle.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Vallejo's Waterfront Park Wednesday evening.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders toned down his criticism of the Democratic Party and rival Hillary Clinton at two campaign rallies in Northern California Wednesday.

Sanders barely mentioned Clinton and focused his fire largely on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

UPDATE: Camp Roberts brush fire now in 'mop-up' mode

May 18, 2016
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UPDATE: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 3:54 p.m.

The Comander of Camp Roberts says crews are mostly in the mop-up stage of controlling a roughly 3500 acre fire on installation grounds.

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The City of Salinas is the latest Monterey County city to pass an ordinance on how marijuana can be grown and sold.

In the Sierra foothills above Fresno, the community of Prather is hosting a forum for county council candidates. It’s in the cafeteria of the local elementary school, where a banner on the wall reads a bit like a political slogan — Every Day, In Every Way, We Get Better.

As people wander in, Jim Cox talks to one of the candidates about what it’s like to be disabled in a rural mountainous region.

California Counts: What it takes to bring people to the polls

May 18, 2016

It's no secret that California has low voter turnout. In the last election, less than a third of eligible voters cast a ballot.

What will it take to bring people to the polls? We traveled to San Francisco to chat with community members and political analysts about what's holding Californians back in weeks leading up to the state primary June 7. 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders kicked off his final push to win the California primary Tuesday night with a bold prediction during a rally in Carson.

“I think we are going to win here in California,” Sanders told a crowd of more than 8,000 at the Tennis Stadium inside the StubHub Center.

But Sanders said the only way to victory is with a “huge” turnout of his supporters. “Let this great state show the world that you are prepared to help lead our nation into the political revolution.”

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Pat Buchanan, former speechwriter for President Richard Nixon, addresses the Richard Nixon Centennial Birthday Celebration in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

AP Photo / Cliff Owen

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Draft Environmental Impact Report

A plan to increase the number of trains carrying shipments of crude oil along the Central Coast is on hold until at least late September.

Trump Campaign Resonates in Rural Sierra County

May 13, 2016

Voter turnout has been falling in California for years, but that’s not the case in the conservative northeastern part of the state. In rural Sierra County more than 85 percent of eligible voters are registered. And they cast their ballots, too — usually for Republicans.

Six community clinics in the region will be offering care to more people after receiving a new round of federal grants totaling more than $5.6 million.

The six clinics are located in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. Collectively, the clinics treated more than 349,000 people in 2014.

They're members of the nonprofit Health Center Partners, a consortium of 17 community clinics in Southern California.

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An effort to save Atascadero's historic Printery Building is getting some help from San Luis Obispo County Tax Collector Jim Erb. 

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A Central Coast school teacher is facing charges of child molestation following the report of an incident at a Los Osos home this past winter. 

California Teachers Association President Eric Heins launches the campaign for a voter initiative that would extend the income tax increases on the rich at a news conference on Wednesday May 11, 2016, at California Middle School in Sacramento.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Californians will likely decide this fall whether to extend the Proposition 30 income tax increases on the rich that voters approved in 2012.

SoCalGas Pipeline Safety: Hydrostatic Pressure Testing (Short Version) video

Natural gas pipelines are being tested, starting this week in Pismo Beach, using hydrostatic pressure testing.

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Learn more about PolitiFact California.

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., was asked to explain her 2005 vote to offer gun manufacturers liability protections during a debate in the U.S.Senate race.

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