California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) speaks at a rally in support of SB 54, his bill that seeks to protect immigrants living in the state illegally from deportation.
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California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) speaks at a rally in support of SB 54, his bill that seeks to protect immigrants living in the state illegally from deportation.

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“Awkward” only begins to describe the spot California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León found himself in Wednesday.

At a rally outside the state Capitol for his bill that seeks to protect California immigrants from federal deportations, advocates pressured the senator not to weaken the measure.

We continue exploring California’s historic “gold country” this week, meaning those areas of the Sierra Nevada foothills that were well trod by the 1849ers, the first wave of gold seekers. This week we peek into historic hotels in storied gold rush towns. You could easily stay a weekend—or longer—at any of these establishments, given that there’s plenty to do and see nearby, and thus gradually work your way through California’s gold rush. If you tend to be cheap, camp somewhere and then stop by the hotel’s restaurant or bar to drink in the ambience, and thus support the local economy.

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A bold, though perhaps far-fetched plan to build a railroad link between the Sacramento Valley and Eureka wound up left on a proverbial siding after officials rejected money for a study. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert sent this report.

We talk with art teacher Daniel Donnelly about his work with young artists at Butte College and at the Chico Art Center, introducing them to fantastic new technologies to help them create art. We also talk with Gregory Thorson of the Shasta College Theatre Department about their entertaining production of the comedy "The Foreigner."

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people. It would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, for instance, and it would eliminate current subsidies, replacing them with a fixed refundable tax credit. To help Americans understand where Congress stands on the debate over this legislation, NPR and Member stations around the country have compiled a database of Congressional members’ positions on the bill.

Redding author Dan Greaney has a new novel, The Worst Generation. This week join host Nancy Wiegman for a fictional daughter's recounting of a childhood she is thankful for. But, as an adult, she also sees the economic and environmental plundering she couldn't see as a child.

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Kimberly Cargile is one of dozens of dispensary owners in Sacramento.

She opened A Therapeutic Alternative in 2009. She says her store serves more than 40,000 patients throughout California. In addition to buying cannabis products, patients can also take advantage of free services like yoga and massage therapy.

“I believe that a patient has a right to heal themselves by all means necessary," Cargile says. "So we really are on the cutting edge.”

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A red dwarf star with seven Earth sized planets? Sound like science fiction? No, it is the Trappist-1 system recently discovered – and it rocked the science world because these are rocky worlds – maybe like Earth! Find out what we know and how we know it on this week’s show.

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Every garden has a story as does every gardener. In our next in the occasional series of Dispatches From the Home Garden, today we travel to the Pacific Northwest and cross the border to Canada, where we speak with a gardener, writer and floral designing flower farmer who joins us via skype.

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NSPR’s "Pathways To Homelessness" series airs March 6–10 at 6:45 a.m. & 4:44 p.m.

There is no one path to becoming homeless. The experience is not reserved for any one type of person, any one choice, or any one circumstance. For this series, North State Public Radio’s Sarah Bohannon talked to five people connected to the issue to explore the many roads that can lead to a person becoming homeless. 

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