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The CHP is responding to questions about the violent clash between two protest groups  at the California state Capitol grounds last weekend.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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'Your friendly neighborhood Muslim' is probably not a phrase you hear much in this area, especially after last December's terror attack in San Bernardino.  But one group wants to change that.  It's called the Sahaba Initiative, and its composed of young Muslim students working to bring their community together in peaceful co-existence.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada spoke with Arbazz Mohammed about how the group wants to change common misconceptions about Islam.

Ten people were injured Sunday during a clash between groups of neo-nazis and anarchists at the California State Capitol.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.


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