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Members of a special California Assembly health committee say a controversial health care plan is still on the table, but it could take years to flesh out. The group discussed single payer and other models this week in Sacramento.

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The California gas tax that took effect on November 1 is raising money for transportation projects across the state. Cities, towns and counties are applying for grants under SB1, the law that established the tax increase. A big focus of the state department of transportation, Caltrans, is to increase rail service in many places. 

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New voter registration figures show the number of Californians identifying as “no party preference” has nearly caught up with registered Republicans. GOP registration as of last month stood at 25.4 percent – just four-tenths of a point higher than “no party preference.”

California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars

Jan 26, 2018
Greta Mart

Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order Friday to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on California roads.

California education leaders say help available for DACA students

Jan 17, 2018
Cuesta College

California’s community colleges and universities are urging their students who are DACA recipients to take advantage of what may only be a temporary window to renew their temporary status. 

New year brings expanded services for Denti-Cal

Dec 27, 2017
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Low-income dental patients in California will have new access to important procedures, such as crowns and root canals, starting January 1.

Cannabis retailers face challenges as they prep for California marketplace

Dec 12, 2017
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The Bureau of Cannabis Control has taken a long awaited-step by releasing online applications for retailers, distributors, testing labs and micro-businesses who want to jump into the new state-sanctioned marketplace in the new year. 

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.  

California's pioneering plastic bag ban delivering results, say environmental groups

Nov 14, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

A year after California enacted a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, environmental groups say early data shows a significant dip in plastic trash. 

Women in California politics describe culture of harassment

Oct 17, 2017
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

From Capital Public Radio: An outcry against pervasive sexual harassment and assault that has gone viral on social media under the hashtag #metoo has also reached the California state Capitol. 

Governor, democratic leaders reach agreement on major pieces of housing deal

Aug 29, 2017
Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats have reached a housing deal at the state Capitol that includes a $4 billion bond, a new fee on real estate transaction documents, and several efforts to streamline new development projects. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the agreement. 

California rice growers could export product to China

Jul 25, 2017
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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.

Paul Towers

Salinas Valley farmworkers and advocacy groups made a trip to Sacramento this week to rally for a ban on a pesticide called chlorpyrifos. 

California looks to GPS tracking to solve gas tax deficit

Apr 5, 2017
Capital Public Radio

Every time you pump gas in California, a portion of that price-per-gallon goes to building and maintaining roads. But the state’s transportation needs far outweigh the money generated.

Transcript and analysis: Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address

Jan 24, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

CapRadio, PolitiFact California, KQED and KPCC reporters annotate Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address delivered Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2017 in Sacramento. KCBX aired Gov. Brown's speech live at 10 a.m. Click here or click through slideshow to see speech and annotations.

California lemon farmers wary of imported fruit

Jan 5, 2017
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The United States Department of Agriculture recent published a final rule to allow lemons from Argentina into the country, a decision that has the California lemon industry on edge. 

Final environmental docs for state water tunnel project released

Dec 22, 2016

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has released a 97,000-page environmental document on a plan to re-engineer the state’s water delivery system. Brown said it’s essential in maintaining a reliable water supply.

Methane emissions skyrocketing

Dec 12, 2016

California regulators are meeting this week to discuss plans to cut methane emissions 40 percent by 2030. The reduction is required under a recently passed state law and scientists now say global concentrations of the powerful greenhouse gas are growing faster than at any other time in the past two decades. 

End of the road for California's Field Poll

Dec 9, 2016

The poll that gauged the opinions of Californians on political and social issues for nearly 70 years will cease operations next year. The director of the Field Poll announced today that the company will no longer release the non-partisan poll, which was founded in 1947 by Mervin Field.

Monterey County voters back fracking ban

Nov 15, 2016
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Monterey County is now the seventh county in California to ban fracking. Voters there approved Measure Z last Tuesday by a margin of 11 points.

WATCH: Your guide to California's 17 propositions

Nov 7, 2016
Randol White

WHAT: KPCC's Larry Mantle and voting experts host a one-hour special "voter cram session" covering all 17 statewide ballot initiatives.

A Spirit Ed Journey

Oct 19, 2016
Vodka & Moonshine
Fr Ian M Delinger

On today's "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas", the emerging craft spirits industry leads to an educational adventure along the Central Coast, and some exploration in the kitchen as with vodka and moonshine. 

Chocolate: Uncovered!

Sep 29, 2016
Chocolate Bacon Cheeseburger
Fr Ian M Delinger

The debut of "Playing With Food" for "Issues & Ideas" explores the world of chocolate and uncovers its surprising diversity that can be played with in your own kitchen...if you are adventurous enough.

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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.

'End of Life Option Act' to take effect this summer

Mar 10, 2016
Senator Bill Monning

A law giving terminally-ill Californians access to a life-ending prescription is set to go into effect this summer.

Cal Poly School of Education

A powerful name in education along the Central Coast is expressing concern this week over California's teacher shortage.

Jessica Paterson

There is a push in Sacramento to lower the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) guidelines for drivers who transport passengers, like standard cabs Uber and Lyft. 

Tom Wilmer

  An ongoing push for improved working conditions in berry fields along the West Coast is set for ramp-up in the coming weeks.

Swarm of earthquakes shake California's eastern Sierra

Feb 16, 2016

A moderate earthquake hit along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Tuesday afternoon with the cities of Bishop and Big Pine along Highway 395 feeling the biggest jolt. 

Dan Williams

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission is in the midst of a two-day hearing to consider the Phillips 66 rail spur project proposed near Nipomo. 

Hundreds of demonstrators protested the project Thursday outside the County Courthouse.