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Governor Jerry Brown says the University of California at Berkeley should "man up" and allow conservatives like Ann Coulter to speak on campus.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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In Fresno, almond orchards bloom in late winter.  Bee hives are brought in for pollination.  But this year, something went wrong.  Now, county agriculture officials are investigating the deaths of hundreds of thousands of honeybees.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has part one of a two-part story.

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Congressman Jeff Denham's use of the word "bipartisan" in response to a question about the recent House GOP health care bill sparked criticism last week.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporty Chris Nichols checked out the comments from the Central Valley Republican and found misleading claims on all sides of this story.

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