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Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, apologized to his constituents in a statement Wednesday for a lewd photo of him that was published anonymously Tuesday on Twitter. The congressman said that he sent the photo to a woman he was in a consensual relationship with while separated from his second wife.

"I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down," the statement read.

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More details have emerged about the chronology of Tuesday’s shooting rampage in at Rancho Tehama Reserve, with officials describing an unhinged gunman executing his wife and neighbor before unleashing terror on the neighborhood elementary school.

Kevin Janson Neal, already under a court order to surrender firearms and out on bail and awaiting trial after allegedly stabbing a neighbor who complained she lived in fear, opened fire at seven different sites, shooting at neighbors, passersby, and into homes.

Tehama County authorities lavished praise on quick-thinking teachers and other school employees after Tuesday’s deadly shooting rampage.

Phil Johnston is the assistant sheriff of Tehama County.

“I really and truly believe we would have had a horrific bloodbath in that school if that school hadn’t taken the action when they did,” he said.

As rapid gunfire echoed through the hills of Rancho Tehama Reserve, a school secretary rushed out to shoo children inside. A custodian swooped in, yelling "get into the classrooms," at kids in the play yard.

The right tools can make all the difference in our lives and in our work. This is as true in gardening as in all other aspects of life. This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Dorian Winslow, president of Womanswork. Almost 33 years ago now, Womanswork introduced the first work and garden gloves designed specifically for women. 

Death Toll Rises In Rancho Tehama Mass Shooting

Nov 15, 2017

New details are emerging in the deadly mass shooting that happened in the small community of Rancho Tehama Tuesday morning. The shooter was shot and killed by police after driving through the area and sending a barrage of bullets into cars, homes and the local elementary school.

Adia White

The rural Northern California community of Rancho Tehama lies about 135 miles north of Sacramento. It’s nestled in ranchland off the I-5, not far from Red Bluff.

About 1,500 people live here, in a town with a volunteer fire department, a small airstrip and one coffee shop. The community is still in shock, after a local man went on a shooting rampage Tuesday morning for reasons unknown. Five people were killed, including the shooter. And 10 were injured, including 2 children. Law enforcement and residents are still trying to piece together how something so awful could happen in their town.

Shooting In Tehama County Leaves At Least 5 Dead

Nov 14, 2017

Updated 2:54 p.m.

A man killed four people and injured 10 in a shooting rampage this morning in the small community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, southwest of Red Bluff.

Police fatally shot the shooter, bringing the total number of deaths to five. 

Of those being treated at hospitals, two are children who are expected to survive. One child was shot at Rancho Tehama Elementary School; the other while in a car with his mother, who is in critical condition. 

No children are among the dead.

The North Valley InTune Music Foundation raises money for local public school music programs and inspire children to learn music and instruments. They also raise money for local foster children’s scholarships.

Today our guests are Canadian folk-rock band, Kacy & Clayton. Cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum both grew up only a couple miles apart in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Both songwriters are from musical families and had collaborated in previous bands along with Kacy’s sisters, but eventually decided to pursue music more seriously as a duo. Living in an isolated part of Canada without much of a developed music scene pushed the band to hit the road as touring performers early in their career, and they’ve since toured across the entire country as well as parts of the United Kingdom. 

On 11/10 we talk with North State Symphony's conductor Scott Seaton and NSS guest artist, violinist Chloe Trevor. They're leading the symphony's concert "Infectious Rhythms," coming to both Chico and Redding. We also talk with Mo Martin, instructor at the 7th Street Center for the Arts in Chico, which works with developmentally disabled students, guiding them to create their own artwork.

On a special Veterans' Day edition of Nancy's Bookshelf, Oroville native Marianne Aleck traces the history of her French mother and Greek father in her memoir, The Liberty Club. This week join Nancy for World War II stories from both a soldier's perspective and those who were under German rule.

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