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Gun control is a top priority for California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

So, it’s no surprise Newsom, a Democrat and 2018 candidate for governor, promoted the cause on National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

He claimed in a statement on Twitter on June 2, 2017:

NSPR News Brief: June 15

Jun 15, 2017

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You know the story of Icarus – the unfortunate fellow who flew too close to the Sun on wings made of wax? Well NASA is planning to send a much more robust probe into the very atmosphere of the Sun. How do you protect a  spacecraft from such an extreme environment? And what do we hope to learn about our star? Find out on this episode when we are joined by Dr. Nicky Fox from The Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. She is the Project Scientist for The Parker Solar Probe, scheduled for launch in 2018.

Photos courtesy of Ryder Ziebarth

In our last Cultivating Place "Dispatches from the Home Garden," we heard from a young gardener experiencing her first garden dislocation/relocation in Sacramento, California. This week – in many ways in honor of Father’s Day — we hear from another home gardener, this time in New Jersey and this time on the same land her grandparents cultivated and which she and her husband, with the steady help and mentorship of her father, became the fourth generation of her family to steward this land after her uncle died and the property went on the market. 

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Today we head up the road to the North Coast college town of Arcata and its annual celebration of both Kumamoto and Pacific oysters, mainstays of Humboldt Bay’s immensely successful aquaculture industry. It’s good to talk up top-notch local products. And it’s great to be able to boast about local water quality, which growing robust oysters implies. Oysters thrive—and can safely be farmed for human consumption—only in clean, healthy, protected waters. In California that means the northern reaches of Humboldt Bay, also known as Arcata Bay. Much of the south bay is unavailable for aquaculture, protected as the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Preserve, home to hundreds of local and migrant bird species and other wildlife—a destination also well worth your time.

NSPR News Brief: June 14

Jun 14, 2017

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Budget deal: There’s more money for education and indigent health care in the upcoming state budget, with spending plans scheduled for a vote tomorrow. Republicans were excluded from final negotiations, but were nevertheless successful in pushing a boost in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates.  

Where in the North State can you see a Grammy Award-winning musician perform to a room of just 40 people? Cottonwood, California, apparently. Last week, NSPR sent Nolan Ford to learn about this small concert venue and its dedicated music community.

NSPR News Brief: June 13

Jun 13, 2017

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Budget nearing reality: With a deadline just days away legislators and Governor Jerry Brown are hammering out the final details of the state’s annual budget. Among the fine print: increased funding for primary and secondary schools, along with the 23-campus California State University system, meanwhile the University of California’s Office of the President will see it’s spending separated from UC’s overall budget following a blistering state audit of the UCOP’s spending. 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 11:30 a.m. today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey. Here is live video of his testimony, plus Sessions' prepared opening statement to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

Today’s guests traveled all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee to perform their indie/roots-rock sound for fans in the North State. Led by the songwriting of Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies initially formed in 2009. What started as a group of friends getting together on weeknights, drinking whiskey and comparing songs, has grown into an acclaimed Americana act with two Independent Music Awards and more appearances at the Grand Ole Opry than any other independent band.


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North Carolina televangelist Todd Coontz – author of numerous books on faith and finances – has been indicted on charges of tax fraud spanning more than a decade.

"As a minister, Coontz preached about receiving and managing wealth, yet he failed to keep his own finances in order," Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said as she announced the charges. "Coontz will now receive a first-hand lesson in 'rendering unto Caesar' that which is due."

A Catholic bishop has instructed priests in his central Illinois diocese to deny communion, last rites and funeral rites to people in same-sex marriages – unless they repent.

In the decree he sent to priests, deacons, seminarians and staff in his Springfield diocese last week, Bishop Thomas Paprocki sets forth a set of norms on same-sex marriage and related pastoral issues that he says are the policy of the diocese.

Arkansas's pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed into a battle between farmers. Hundreds of farmers say their crops have been damaged by a weedkiller that was sprayed on neighboring fields. Today, the Arkansas Plant Board voted to impose an unprecedented ban on that chemical.

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