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Hurricane Maria Heads Toward Puerto Rico As A Major Storm

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Maria is an extremely dangerous storm. It was a Category 5 storm when it hit the island of Dominica. Later it was downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane. But a short time ago, forecasters says Maria had regained the strength of a Category 5 hurricane. Updated at 3:15 a.m. ET Tuesday
Hurricane Maria has weakened slightly after moving over the Caribbean island of Dominica. The National Hurricane Center downgraded Maria to...

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The California Legislature has adjourned for the year, after a flurry of votes into the early moring hours of Saturday morning.  Lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown hundreds of bills - about everything from a parks bond to pet stores.  They also struck major housing, transportation, and climate change deals this year, which many Capitol-watchers thought could not find support.  State government reporter Ben Bradford explains.

The final passage of California's much-discussed "sanctuary state" bill came after personally-heartfelt debate on both sides of the issue.  Capital public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


Democratic State Treasurer John Chiang recently claimed that affordable housing construction has surged in California by 80 percent since he took office.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked his claim as part of our Tracking The Truth series, which examines statements in the 2018 governor's race.


Health officials in southwestern Riverside County are alerting residents that anti-mosquito spraying will take place to curb the spread of West Nile virus.  Also, San Diego County health officials are warning back-country users to beware of critters infected with plague.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- The trial of the fourth defendant in the Colonies corruption matter has ended in mistrial;

- Riverside City Council elections will switch to even-numbered years, and;

- Two Northern California counties are giving up four judgeships to give Riverside and San Bernardino counties four more seats on the bench.


We'll give you one guess whom this next measure in the California Legislature is targeting:  the Assembly has approved a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's primary ballot.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on a debate yesterday (Thursday) that was hardly presidential.

California employees who seek reproductive health services including abortions may be protected in the workplace if a new bill on the governor's desk becomes law.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola takes a closer look at the issue.


Going out to eat as a family should be an enjoyable experience, but for some families living with autism, it can be filled with anxiety and become stressful.  KVCR's Lillian Vasquez spoke with Leonard Zon, the founder of "Autism Eats," who's trying to change the negative experience into a positive one.


A new statewide poll from UC Berkeley has some mixed news for California U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.  KQED's Scott Shafer filed this story for The California Report.


Nearly two-dozen California business groups are urging legislators to vote 'yes' on Senate Bill 100, which would mandate that California get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources in less than 30 years.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.


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Lawmakers Vote To Make California A 'Sanctuary State'

In a move apparently meant to counter the Trump administration's tough approach to immigration enforcement, the California legislature approved a so-called "sanctuary state" bill Saturday that would establish new protections for people living in the country illegally. The California Values Act would forbid state and local law enforcement agencies from providing information to or acting as the deputies for federal immigration authorities. The bill also prohibits police and sheriff officers...

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One Week After Irma, Floridians Pick Up The Pieces

It's been one week since Hurricane Irma hit Southwestern Florida. Residents in Collier County, where the storm made landfall after the Florida keys, are in the early stages of the recovery process still cleaning up debris, wading through floodwaters, struggling to get gas, and trying to get by without electricity. It will take months to fully assess the damage, and the rebuilding process could take years. Yet already they are looking ahead to the next steps. They are figuring out how to...

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Dolores Huerta: The Civil Rights Icon Who Showed Farmworkers 'Sí Se Puede'

At 87, Dolores Huerta is a living civil rights icon. She has spent most of her life as a political activist, fighting for better working conditions for farmworkers and the rights of the downtrodden, a firm believer in the power of political organizing to effect change. And yet, her role in the farmworkers movement has long been overshadowed by that of Cesar Chavez, her longtime collaborator and co-founder of what became the United Farm Workers of America union. That's true even when it comes...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine

Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here's How To Do It Safely

Ariana Marciano is adding to her collection of about 75 tattoos at Body Electric, a tattoo and piercing studio on trendy Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. "I think they're so cool and I think they're visually really nice to look at," she says. There's a ram's head, an elk, a green-and-peach praying mantis, a love bug and a moth. Today she's getting a ladybug. "I love bugs," Marciano, 23, says. "I think they're kind of overlooked." In about 20 minutes, a small ladybug with dots on its back and a...

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Education From NPR

How to Make Every Grade More Like Kindergarten

When Mitch Resnick was growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, he and his little brother were always making up new games. For example, he says, "In the basement, throw a tennis ball so it goes between the pipes in the ceiling for two points, and bounces off the pipe for one point." His parents were tolerant of their making noise and rearranging the furniture. One summer he even dug up the backyard for a minigolf course. The design process was a matter of trial and error: Could he use soda...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

'Rolling Stone' Magazine Is Put Up For Sale

Wenner Media, the company founded by publisher Jann Wenner, is selling its controlling stake in the iconic music and culture magazine Rolling Stone , citing a desire "to best position the brand for future growth." The news comes one year after Wenner Media sold 49 percent of Rolling Stone to BandLab Technologies, a digital music company based in Singapore. " Rolling Stone is a uniquely powerful brand with enormous opportunities to succeed in today's environment," said Gus Wenner, president...

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Beans Add Healthy Fiber And Protein To Gluten-Free Pastas

Not long ago those of us suffering from celiac disease — an autoimmune illness triggered by the ingestion of gluten — could only look on longingly while our friends and family gorged on pasta, slurped up spaghetti, and blissed out over layers of cheese-and-sauce-soaked lasagna. Then came the dawn of gluten-free food, including pastas often crafted of rice or corn. The problem seemed solved for all those who must avoid wheat — though substitutes never quite rivaled the slippery but chewy...

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Nobody Takes The Bodega Out Of The Corner. Not Even A Startup

When the word "bodega" began to trend all over Twitter this week, I wondered whether something bad had happened in one those beloved, big-city neighborhood corner stores. You see, I grew up with bodegas. I don't remember a time when a lot of the corner stores in my neighborhood of Ridgewood, Queens, weren't a fixture in my life, as ever-present as my mom's platano dishes and savory bean stews or my dad's Puerto Rican folklore. Even now, as an adult who still lives in the same neighborhood, I...

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DACA, A Student's Story: 'They Are The Types Of Immigrants You Want In Your Country'

Dan Lee rarely talks about his status as a DACA recipient. Apart from having close family and friend confidants, the secret of being in the country illegally has weighed heavily on Lee ever since he learned he didn't have the proper paperwork in high school while applying for a job. In an interview with NPR's Michel Martin, Lee remembers being 15 and thinking "What is the point of me doing anything if I'm not going to able to have a career or be able to, I guess, be 'normal'?" Lee's parents...

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