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With restrictions on gatherings forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, some area free Thanksgiving community meals are adjusting their plans.

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The outlook for San Luis Obispo County in terms of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a turn for the worse. SLO County is currently in the red tier, but health officials warn the current case count indicates a purple tier is looming. 

Issues & Ideas: SLO city council candidates, the changing media and the Elfin Forest

Nov 7, 2020

Six San Luis Obispo city council candidates answer questions posed by the KCBX newsroom, Pismo Beach residents decide their next mayor and a bed tax. We hear from Kim Bisheff of the Cal Poly Journalism Department, speaking about the changes in today’s media. And finally, we learn about the Elfin Forest Natural Area in Los Osos.

Cal Poly sophomore Claudia Kraake saw a need, had an idea and developed a program in less than a month. The program connects hundreds of struggling parents with over 380 student tutors who are helping their children navigate virtual learning, make social connections and get outdoors. Elizabeth Barrett shares a conversation with learn-by-doing entrepreneur Claudia Kraake about Claudia for Learning and making a difference, lifting spirits and caring for our mental health.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Katya Cengel, adjunct professor at San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly about her passion for baseball, specifically minor league teams. While working as a reporter at the Louisville Courier, Cengel spent over a year traveling with regional minor league teams. Her baseball odyssey is chronicled in her book, Bluegrass Baseball—A Year in the Minor League Life.

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In San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly students began their first day of classes Monday, mostly logging in to their lectures online, and the CSU system announced classes will remain that way through spring 2021. 

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An estuary is any body of water where freshwater streams and rivers meet ocean saltwater. Together, the estuary’s calm waters and abundant vegetation make the perfect haven for thousands of species—like the threatened southern sea otter.

What's next, graduates? Shaping the future. With a world of uncertainty facing them, what is the graduating class of 2020 thinking about their future? Tune in for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and students David Guidel, Mariah Kate Alviso-Saenz, Bailey Buchanan and Kristine Sandoval about their hopes, dreams, concerns and ambitions. If we have any hope for real change, it is going to be fueled by this next generation of highly educated, incredibly compassionate, focused, fierce and thoughtful activists.

CSU officials say virtual learning to continue into fall terms

May 12, 2020
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Cal Poly students may not be heading back to the San Luis Obispo campus in the fall, as there will be no in-person classes at California State University’s 23 schools next semester, according to the system's chancellor.

Cities and community services districts around the Central Coast are facing serious financial repercussions from the pandemic.

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In San Luis Obispo, some Cal Poly professors are using the spring quarter’s curriculum to provide tangible support to doctors and nurses during the pandemic, research the virus, and more—an impromptu study in real-world applications.

As coronavirus cases in the world and the U.S continue to soar, we will talk with local experts about what you need to know to stop the spread, stay safe, get tested and how prepared we are to fight this outbreak, as well as what are the political implications of this pandemic for the U.S.

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The widely-respected former Central Coast politician and community leader Katcho Achadjian died Thursday.

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Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts hosted its fourth 'Inclusion Starts with Me' forum this week. The daylong event featured a series of talks and workshops by faculty, staff and students centered around equity and social justice, part of a broader campaign at the state university in San Luis Obispo to reposition itself as diverse and inclusive.

On this week’s Issues & Ideas:  We sit down with two Santa Barbara librarians to discuss a new class open to the public called 'Fact or Fiction,' designed to help community members find accurate health information online.  And later we talk to a Lodi winemaker who credits Cal Poly’s 'Learn by Doing' philosophy for creating graduates armed with the practical, hands-on skills sought out by the wine industry.

Gender-affirming healthcare is now available at Cal Poly

Dec 11, 2019
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Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo announced this week the university is adding gender-affirming care to its slate of student healthcare services. It will provide transgender and gender non-conforming students access to treatments and specialized care that were previously unavailable at the school.

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Dan Panella is director of winemaking and co-owner of Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi, California. He credits Cal Poly State University’s 'learn by doing' philosophy for creating prime graduates who are armed with the practical, hands-on skills sought out by the wine industry. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Dan Panella and assistant winemaker and 2017 Cal Poly grad Sierra Zeiter.

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Thousands of small objects are currently orbiting Earth, and while some are working satellites, a lot are junk. Cal Poly state university in San Luis Obispo has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Defense to monitor all the space debris—and come up with some ways to reduce it.

KCBX Two-Way: Video shows Cal Poly fraternity waterboarding

Oct 4, 2019
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Waterboarding is a form or torture that simulates drowning. A recently-released video by student media outlet Mustang News shows it may have been used as a punishment by members of a Cal Poly fraternity. KCBX News’ Tyler Pratt spoke with Mustang News Editor-In-Chief, Austin Linthicum.

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Friday was a day of demonstrations on the Central Coast, with students walking out of class to join young people around the world in an international climate strike, and local nurses picketing for better working terms in San Luis Obispo and Templeton.

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A Cal Poly program is helping combat human trafficking. Staff from the university’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) recently met with law enforcement officers from across the state to demonstrate how to spot signs of human trafficking operations in places like massage parlors. 

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Among those who survived the recent mass shootings in the U.S., some relied on the kindness of strangers in the aftermath. KCBX news intern Briana Willson was one of those people. She was at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at the end of July when a gunman opened fire.

On this week's episode of Issues & Ideas: Do you want to make your home wildfire resistant? A landscape design expert says much of the conventional wisdom about native landscapes and fire is wrong. Greg Rubin, president and founder of California's Own Native Landscape Design, is coming to San Luis Obispo on August 1 to share techniques he has developed to create sustainable, ecologically responsible, fire-resistant landscapes. 

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Camp San Luis Obispo garrison commander Lt. Col. Brian Wintzer speaks with correspondent Tom Wilmer about the role Camp SLO plays as a California Army National Guard training base. Wintzer also talks about the base's state-of-the-art training facilities used by military and civilian agencies—both federal and state; how Camp SLO is home to the Grizzly Youth Academy and the California Cadet Corps; and the base's partnership with Cal Poly and multiple law enforcement agencies in its California Cyber Training Complex.

Issues & Ideas: A solar sail, command change and tech trends for the over-50 crowd

Jul 17, 2019
Photos courtesy The Planetary Society, Fort Hunter Liggett and the AARP

On this week's Issues & Ideas: A unique spacecraft is now orbiting the earth and soon a team at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo will command it to unfurl a super-thin Mylar sail. The craft will then glide through space, propelled only by sunlight. We talk to the mission's project manager to learn more. Also, there was a recent change of command ceremony at Army Reserve Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County. We hear from both the outgoing and incoming commanders.

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The founder of a nonprofit focused on helping veterans and a group of Cal Poly students have collaborated to create a prosthetic for amputee military veterans who surf. Recently in Morro Bay, those students and a veteran put the prototype to the test.

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Update July 9, 2019

The deployment of Lightsail 2’s solar sails has been delayed until at least Sunday, July 21. Bruce Betts, Lightsail 2 mission program manager, said the spacecraft is stable and healthy; however, some unexpected behavior in altitude control system sensors has the mission team slowing down. “We don’t want to rush it,” Betts told KCBX News on Tuesday afternoon. “We may have to upload fixes and we want to do it in a methodical way.” KCBX News will continue to check in with the team at Cal Poly for updates.

ORIGINAL STORY PUBLISHED JULY 3, 2019

A unique spacecraft is now orbiting the earth, and soon a team at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo will command it to unfurl super-thin stretches of Mylar, serving as sails. The craft will then glide along, propelled only by sunlight.

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A group of Cal Poly students created a device that helps people monitor how much water they use and identify leaks. It’s called the Flume Smart Home Water Monitoring System. Right now, water customers in San Luis Obispo can buy the device at a steep discount as part of a study on water usage.

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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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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