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A professor at the University of California, Riverside has launched two courses inspired by Jordan Peele's film, "Get Out."  KVCR's Isel Cuapio spoke with Professor John Jennings to discuss the significance and relationship between speculative fiction and social issues.

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The California Farm Bureau is bucking a national trend set by its peers, saying it cannot support the proposed immigration legislation currently being considered by Congress.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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An outside investigation finds it "more likely than not" that California state Senator Tony Mendoza engaged in inappropriate behavior with six different women.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital  Public Radio's Ben Adler.

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Temporary water restrictions across California felt during the drought could become permanent.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

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Congress is still nowhere near reaching an agreement on DACA just weeks before President Donald Trump's deadline to find a solution.  California immigrant rights advocates are issuing a call to action.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

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Now that recreational cannabis is legal in California, the Highway Patrol and UC San Diego researchers are working on an effective test for those driving under the influence.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

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