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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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This week, Dave is joined by special cohost Kate Fullam from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Kate and Dave interview Sara MacSorley. Her new coloring book Super Cool Scientists, profiles a diverse array of women scientists. The coloring book is designed to engage girls in thinking of scientific careers as possible futures for them. Super cool ones! This program is the second of an ongoing collaboration with the Alda Center based at Stony Brook University in New York.

Among the garden ways that intrigue me – from my earliest memories to now, are those gardening ways we know about from the first peoples of the world. On Cultivating Place this week we’re joined by with Nick Hernandez, also known as Nick Hummingbird, an indigenous plantsman, educator and advocate from Southern California. His is a strong voice for the seasonal cycles of plants, peoples, and landscapes — for their food, utility, meaning and spirit. Join us!

Up The Road: Steinbeck Country

Nov 8, 2017
All photos by Dorothea Lange, used courtesy the U.S. National Archives and Library of Congress

We head up the road this week to Steinbeck Country.

Mention “John Steinbeck” and people think of Cannery Row in Monterey. Or nearby Salinas, his home town, setting for The Red Pony. Or maybe Baja, for anyone who’s read the impressive nonfiction Log from the Sea of Cortez. But Steinbeck also visited squalid farm labor camps—and towns in the north state, including Gridley, Marysville, and Yuba City. Valley towns can lay serious claim to the Steinbeck legacy, in fact, though most still wouldn’t want to. The Grapes of Wrath won Steinbeck a Pulitzer Prize and eventually the Nobel Prize for Literature, but at the time—and for decades to follow—the book and its author had few friends in California agriculture. But the destitute families he wrote about, the “Okies,” “Arkies,” and “Texies” who migrated to California farm fields during the 1930s, had few friends but Steinbeck.

The Redding City Council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on all recreational marijuana businesses within the city until next December. But as City Attorney Barry DeWalt explains, that’s only to give him time to draft an ordinance that will likely come back for approval in the spring, trying to alleviate fears that all marijuana in the city will be banned

“What this ordinance does is extend your existing moratorium which solely relates to adult-use marijuana not medical marijuana,” he said.

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Tough restrictions on marijuana will remain on the books in Chico following a close vote by the City Council Tuesday night.

The move more or less preserves existing restrictions while complying with a statewide proposition that legalized recreational marijuana for adults. That law gives local jurisdictions a free hand to pen their own rules.

The 4-3 vote came despite the pleas of a woman using it to manage chronic colitis pain. Charles Pierce, who described himself as a consultant helping growers navigate cannabis rules, cast doubt on the outcome.

Common Ground For Common Good: Save The Rain

Nov 7, 2017

Save the Rain teaches water starved communities in East Africa to use rain as a sustainable water supply, stopping the needless deaths caused by the global water crisis. To achieve our mission, we educate communities to harvest the rain through roof water collection and passive irrigation.

The public is invited to weigh in on plans to reduce the number and severity of accidents along State Route 70 north of Marysville.

The nearly $102 million proposal would widen shoulders, straightening curves, move utility poles and add a continuous center left-turn-lane from just north of Marysville to the county line.

Caltrans spokesman Gilbert Mohtes-Chan said that long range plans call for the roadway to have two lanes in each direction.

On NSPR's Weekend Showcase Friday 11/3, we talk with contributors to a current exhibit at Chico State --"Vanished: A Chronicle of Loss and Discovery Across Half a Million Years." A huge majestic tree, a native American who was the last of his tribe, a massive prehistoric mammoth's tooth, and a once-powerful-but-now-extinct volcano -- these are the vanished icons explored by the exhibition.

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From above, it looks miraculous. A massive canyon filled in, and near tragedy transformed into triumph, and officials, including Grant Davis, director of the California Department of Water Resources, are justly proud.

“This project is a stunning feat. I’ve been told by engineers and dam experts from across the country just how impressed they are by the amount of work completed in such an accelerated timeline,” Davis said Wednesday as he delivered on his predecessor Bill Croyle’s vow — to have a working gated spillway at Oroville Dam by Nov. 1.

While the progress certainly breaks the recent trend of snail-paced construction projects in California, officials may be exaggerating the accomplishments and downplaying remaining dangers.

In this week of the Day of the Dead, award-winning author Pam Houston describes a sky burial she witnessed in Tibet. In her new book, The Mindful Vegan, local author and meditation teacher Lani Muelrath urges us to make mindful food choices.

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Through Nov. 28, 2017, 10 percent of your gift to North State Public Radio will go to benefit fire relief funds for those affected by recent fires in Butte, Yuba, and Trinity Counties.

With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

There’s still time to head up the road for a late-summer adventure. Plan a trip with help from this new map of California destinations featured by Kim Weir on her show Up the Road on NSPR.

On Cultivating Place, we speak with people passionate about plants, gardens, and natural history. We explore what gardens mean to us and how they speak to us.

Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects. Co-produced by Nolan Ford, Nancy's Bookshelf airs Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m.

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