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Is housing so expensive in California that even state lawmakers are priced out?  An Inland Empire legislator, California Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley recently made this assertion at a forum in Sacramento.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out this eye-opening claim.

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About a year after plugging a massive methane leak near the L.A. County residential community of Porter Ranch, Southern California Gas may soon start pumping natural gas into its largest storage field again.  State regulators are weighing whether to reopen the Aliso Canyon gas field, over the objections of local residents and elected officials.  The California Report’s Molly Peterson has the story.

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Medical researchers at UC Davis are urging some medical marijuana pot users to stop smoking the drug to avoid risk of lung infection.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

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Scores of people showed up at Riverside City Hall yesterday (Tuesday) to let the Riverside City Council know what they feel about a citizens proposal to declare Riverside a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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