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KCBX Two-Way: Toxic algae may be affecting SLO County marine mammals

Summer has arrived on the Central Coast, and that means birthing time for sea lions and large gatherings of sea lions and other marine mammals. But something in San Luis Obispo County ocean waters may be affecting the behavior of area marine mamals. A recent video went viral of a sea lion biting a Paso Robles teenager at a south San Luis Obispo County beach. It's a rare event that could be the result of toxic algal blooms.

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Migrant Children Moved From Border Patrol Center After Outcry

More than 200 migrant children detained in a remote Border Patrol station in southwest Texas without adequate food, water and sanitation have been moved after news of the conditions became public last week. "This morning, my office was informed that only 30 children remain in the Clint Border Patrol station in El Paso County," Rep. Veronica Escobar tweeted Monday. She said that last week lawyers for Human Rights Watch had "found 255 children in beyond alarming conditions." A law professor who...

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Summer has arrived on the Central Coast, and that means birthing time for sea lions and large gatherings of sea lions and other marine mammals. But something in San Luis Obispo County ocean waters may be affecting the behavior of area marine mamals. A recent video went viral of a sea lion biting a Paso Robles teenager at a south San Luis Obispo County beach. It's a rare event that could be the result of toxic algal blooms. 

When the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to disgorge tens of thousands of inmates from its overcrowded prison system in 2011, Justice Antonin Scalia warned in his dissent of “the terrible things sure to happen as a consequence” including the “inevitable murders, robberies, and rapes to be committed by the released inmates.”

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In an about-face vote from exactly one year ago, San Luis Obispo County officials enacted a temporary ban this week on new industrial hemp production. The ban will be in effect for at least 45 days.

What constitutes a vacation? And why do we need them? The summer solstice signals the beginning of this season marked by long warm days, a call to the natural world, deep reflection and gatherings with friends and family. Tune for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about how to make the most of your time in the light. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

KCBX News wins national award

Jun 17, 2019
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The KCBX family is proud to announce the newsroom won a national Public Media Journalists Association (formerly known as PRNDI) award at this year's conference in Washington, DC. KCBX News reporter Tyler Pratt brought home the gold in a category we're not usually known for covering extensively—sports. Yet Tyler's feature on Cal Poly's timbersports had all the elements for a great radio story—terrific use of sound, humor, suspense and information.

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Despite speculation about bold moves—in a far left direction, even for this blue state—Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative Democrats actually landed a budget Thursday that’s surgical about new taxing and spending while still keeping promises to help poor Californians and working families.

A little wisdom shared at the right time can change the course of our life. What was the best tip you ever received and who delivered it? Tune in Today at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the value of listening to our elders and the importance of taken on the role of mentor for the generations coming up behind us. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

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Fracking has been a hot topic on the Central Coast ever since the Trump administration released an environmental review about the possibility of expanding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in Central California. We hear reactions from some in the neighboring community of Kern County to the plan. And Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback explains some fracking basics, including what is and isn’t known about the technique's impact on the environment. We also talk about emergency preparedness in San Luis Obispo County. KCBX's Greta Mart sits down with county planner Jillian Ferguson and emergency services coordinator Scott Milner about how they are planning for possible future man-made and natural disasters. Also, if you’re a Democratic presidential primary voter, how will you decide who gets your support? We chat with four undecided California Democrats. And we previously reported that Santa Barbara’s landfill is filling up. Soon, in July, trash and recycling curbside services will go up. We’ll find out how the city plans to use the fees to in an effort help improve how the city manages recycling and trash.

When asked why he climbed Mt. Everest, George Mallory famously replied, "because it was there." In the same spirit, brothers Ryan and Casey Higginbotham have completed two epic journeys paddling from Alaska to Mexico and from the Mexican border to the southern tip of Baja. What is it that drives this desire for extreme adventure? Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist and her paddleboarding guests about the physical and emotional highs, lows, triumphs and setbacks that inspire their adventurous spirits. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

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Residents of town of Paradise, destroyed in last year’s Camp Fire, are preparing to make some decisions on plans to rebuild. To assist in the process, students from California Polytechnic State University—Cal Poly—in San Luis Obispo have been working on envisioning a re-design of the town, part of a design studio course for third-year architecture students. This week they traveled to Northern California to unveil their finished, contemporary proposals and ideas for a new downtown Paradise. The students were excited to show off their hard work, but some in the community weren’t ready for such a forward-thinking approach to rebuilding a town with a rustic past.

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