RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN WILL LOOK FOR PRIVATE PROPERTIES

Now that the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan has said aside public lands for solar, experts say private land is next. Reporter David Haldane explains… Get ready to fight climate change. Last week government officials signed the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, setting aside 600 square miles of federal land

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ACLU ACCUSES CHARTER SCHOOLS OF ILLEGAL POLICIES

The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing some California charter schools of operating illegally by excluding some students. Reporter David Haldane has more… More than 20 percent of California’s roughly 1,200 charter schools maintain exclusionary enrollment policies illegally preventing thousands of students from attending. That according to a new report

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CALIFORNIA MAY CHANGE HOW PEOPLE VOTE

The State of California is considering scrapping the neighborhood polling place by 2018 in favor of more vote-by-mail balloting and new “Vote Centers.” Managing editor Tami Roleff explains… A majority of California voters vote by mail, but for people who still want to cast a ballot in person, voting centers

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SOME CALIFORNIA ROADS MAY SOON GENERATE POWER

California has almost 400,000 miles of roads and a ton of truck traffic that together may soon become a source of renewable energy. Reporter Kirby Davis explains… When a truck rumbles down the road, it sends out powerful vibrations. The California Energy Commission is set to test something called piezoelectric

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SPECTACULAR FIREBALL STREAKS THROUGH SKY LAST NIGHT

A fireball seen streaking slowly across the northern sky before breaking into two pieces and vanishing late Wednesday left residents throughout Southern California and beyond wondering what they had just witnessed. The unidentified object was seen, and in some cases, recorded on cell phones, in the Southland skies shortly after

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SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR THOUSANDS

Changes in the law requiring immunizations for students at public schools are affecting many thousands in the state. Reporter David Haldane said the new vaccination requirements are much tougher… Do you object to having your child immunized against common diseases at school? Well, deal with it! That’s the message being

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MORE ON THE FEDERAL EFFORT TO KEEP DRONES OUT OF FIRE AREAS

On Saturday, firefighting planes had to halt operations for half an hour on the massive, deadly Sand Fire in Santa Clarita to track down a person flying a drone in the fire zone. On Monday, the federal government announced a program to make a dent in the problem. So far

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CALFIRE ASKS FOR YOUR HELP TO PREVENT WILDFIRES

Even as the Sand Fire roars out of control in nearby Santa Clarita, CalFire is reminding residents that extreme fire danger requires your help to prevent wildfires. Reporter David Knutson has some fire safety reminders… CAL FIRE is asking the public for their help to prevent the sparking of a

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NEW FEDERAL INITIATIVE WILL HELP MORE CALIFORNIANS AFFORD SOLAR

The White House has announced a new initiative to make solar more affordable for homeowners by making additional zero-down government loans available. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… The Obama Administration announced last week plans to make solar an option for all homeowners by allowing the Veterans Administration and Department

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GETTING KIDS TO DRINK MORE WATER

About 20 percent more students drink water in school or child-care settings if you serve it to them cold and in cups. That’s the conclusion of a study from researchers at University of California-San Francisco. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… A new study offers a simple solution for getting kids

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NEW RACIAL PROFILING BOARD MET FRIDAY FOR FIRST TIME

A new statewide effort to combat racial profiling in police stops got underway Friday, with the first meeting of the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board in Los Angeles. Managing editor Tami Roleff says in a week with news of shootings—both by and at police—California is taking concrete steps to

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VERMONT GMO LABELING LAW CHANGES LABELS IN CALIFORNIA

The country’s first mandatory genetically modified food labeling law went into effect this month in Vermont, but it has already forced disclosure in all 50 states, including California. Reporter David Haldane takes a look… The food at your summer cookout may now come with a label saying its contains genetically

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AFTER SUPREME COURTS DECISION ON IMMIGRATION: NOW WHAT

The Supreme Court’s decision to block two of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration may bring up many questions and fears in the immigrant community. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains some of the options… Immigration advocates are speaking out to clear up misconceptions in the wake of the Supreme Court’s

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NEW LAW TO CONTROL PAIN PILL ADDICTION

The state of California is trying hard to control an epidemic of those becoming addicted to painkillers. Reporter David Haldane says a new law would combat “doctor shopping”… Ever been tempted to go “doctor shopping” for pain pill prescriptions you don’t really need? A new law in effect this month

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GAS TAXES GO DOWN TOMORROW, BUT NOT BY MUCH

The California Board of Equalization has announced that the state excise tax on gasoline will drop 2.2 cents per gallon as of Friday, July 1. This lowers the current excise tax rate from 30 cents to 27.8 cents per gallon. The lowered gas tax rate will remain in effect for

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MASSIVE CHILD PREDATOR SWEEP NETS 238 ARRESTS ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

A two-month sweep of suspected child predators wanted for everything from negotiating sex tourism on the internet to possessing and selling pornography netted 238 arrests across Southern California, including a Buddhist monk, authorities announced Monday. The sweep was part of a national effort called Operation Broken Heart, launched by the

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STATE WATER CONSERVATION RULES REVISED, LOCAL DISTRICT’S GET MORE SAY

Governor Jerry Brown and top water regulators last week laid out a revised plan for dealing with California’s drought. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains what this means for us here in the Morongo Basin… The governor’s executive order bans permanently some wasteful practices like hosing off sidewalks, washing cars with

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“THE ABC’S OF WATER” IN APPLE VALLEY TOMORROW

Everything you want to know about water in California, but didn’t know who to ask. Reporter Mike Lipsitz invites you to learn the ABCs of water in Apple valley tomorrow… The subject of water in California can be complicated … how much should we conserve? What will the future offer?

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MEDI-CAL INSURANCE NOW AVAILABLE FOR UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN

As of yesterday, about 170,000 undocumented children in California are eligible for full scope Medi-Cal insurance. It’s part of the “Health4AllKids” program, extending coverage to children in low-income families who qualify. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… Health4AllKids, the expansion of Medi-Cal for low-income, undocumented children in California, includes full

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IN ABOUT A MONTH, YOU WILL HAVE TO BE 21 TO BUY TOBACCO PRODUCTS, MILITARY EXCLUDED

In five weeks, you will have to be 21 to buy tobacco products. Wednesday, the governor of California signed a bill that raises the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21, effective June 9. The bill includes an exemption for active duty

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