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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WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE UPCOMING CALIFORNIA PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

California voters will vote on a U.S. Senator, plus state, local, and county offices in addition to their choice for their party’s presidential candidate in the upcoming June 7 Presidential Primary. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… No fewer than 34 candidates are vying for the U.S. Senate Seat now

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A CLOSE LOOK AT THE BOY’S STATE PROGRAM

Some Twentynine Palms High School students are getting ready to experience the Boys State program. ROP broadcast student Steven Sanchez spoke with local Boy’s State program representative Adam Lunn… Five lucky students from Twentynine Palms High School were selected to participate in the 79th annual California Boys State program. I

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TOMORROW IS CESAR CHAVEZ DAY, STATE OFFICES CLOSED

Thursday, March 31, is Cesar Chavez Day, a legal holiday in California but not a federal holiday. Here’s a roundup of what’s open and what’s closed: Most state offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the county courthouse will be closed. The post office will be open, Morongo Unified

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER 20 MILE TWO-STATE PURSUIT

A Yucca Valley man was arrested following a 20-mile pursuit that started in Arizona and ended in California. According to Lieutenant Curt Bagby of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department in Arizona, a patrol officer attempted to stop Matthew Beckett, who turns 30 today, in Parker, Arizona, for an unknown

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WHY THE PRICE OF GAS IS HIGHER HERE

While the price of gas has gone below a dollar in some parts of the nation, it seems like Californians are paying more. That is because we are, and reporter David Haldane explains why… Ever felt like the price of gas where you live seems higher than almost anywhere else?

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A BIG WIN FOR ROOFTOP SOLAR IN CALIFORNIA

Rooftop solar just got a big boost from the state of California. Reporter David Haldane explains… In a big win for rooftop solar in California, the state Public Utilities Commission last week rejected fee increases sought by the big three utility companies. Alison Seel, an attorney with the Sierra Club,

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RAIN IS COMING; LISTEN FOR FLOOD WARNINGS HERE ON Z107.7

El Nino is predicted to hit Southern California this winter, and with it comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding

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MORE NEW LAWS THAT WILL AFFECT YOU IN 2016

Some of the 807 laws passed in 2015 will affect everyday issues faced by Californians. The state has established incentives for owners of apartment buildings housing low-income residents to install solar panels. Marijuana growers whose wastewater and chemical discharges harm the environment will face steep fines. Law enforcement and family

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NEW STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY

California’s medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant that goes into effect Friday. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, that will

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CHP REMINDS US OF NEW TRAFFIC LAWS FOR 2016

Other new laws set to take effect January 1 will affect California drivers. Drivers will no longer be allowed to wear a headset or earphones that covers both ears, or have earplugs in both ears, while driving a motor vehicle or a bicycle. Electrically motorized boards will also be regulated

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