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    September 03, 2019

    Housing Insecurity Is Taking a Toll on Youth’s Health

    Miranda Hernandez and her mom, Adelina, stand inside their new home. Credit: Adia White Standing in the Fountaingrove neighborhood, you can see the scar of the Tubb’s fire stretch across the hillside. Two years later, the trees are still charred and the sounds of reconstruction are constant. Among…
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    August 23, 2019

    October 2017 Wildfires Are Affecting Crucial Health Programs

    Image: Ashley Vejar and son Angel. Photo courtesy of the subject “It just chokes me up every single time,” says Kemberly Mahiri, the supervisor for Sonoma County’s Teen Parent Connections Program. She’s showing me one of the hundreds of thank you cards she and other counselors for the program have…
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    August 01, 2019

    Officials Address Safety Along SMART Train Corridor

    Five people have been killed by the SMART train since June, three are believed to have died by suicide. County leaders are now looking for ways to improve safety for a complicated problem. Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane has served on the SMART train board for ten years. KRCB’s Adia White…
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    July 30, 2019

    Grand Jury Commends Sonoma County Jail Mental Health Program

    In Sonoma County, as elsewhere, jails increasingly serve as mental health facilities. In its yearly report, the Sonoma County Grand Jury commended a county jail program that has gained national attention for positive effects on prisoners’ mental health. Sonoma West Editor Laura Hagar Rush spoke…
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    June 29, 2019

    Summer of Space!

    NorCal Public Media brings you the universe with SUMMER OF SPACE, a multiplatform experience that includes a month full of science and history programs, all commemorating America’s journey into space. Check out norcalpublicmedia.org as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for exciting…
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    June 29, 2019

    Teenage Vaping on the Rise in Sonoma County

    In 2018 the U.S. surgeon general declared teenage vaping a national epidemic. Local publisher Sonoma West published an investigation into the growing problem here in the North Bay. KRCB news partnered with Sonoma West to host a panel discussion at Analy High on May 22nd, to share some of that…
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    Jun 05, 2019

    Opioid Maker Insys Admits To Bribing Doctors, Agrees To Pay $225 Million Settlement

    GABRIELLE EMANUEL NPR Article Therapeutics, an opioid manufacturer, has agreed to pay $225 million to settle the federal government's criminal and…
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    May 07, 2019

    Kaiser CEO Tyson Meets with Families on Mental Health

    In late April, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane traveled to Kaiser Permanente headquarters in Oakland. She was there with a group of family…
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    Apr 30, 2019

    New Health Officer Tackles Measles and Other Top Concerns

    Sonoma County has a new Health Officer, responsible for overseeing the Department of Health Services. Dr. Celeste Philip started the job on April 9th…
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    Apr 24, 2019

    San Mateo County Jail Struggles With A New Role For Opioid Detox

    Eric Westervelt NPR News(Redwood City, California) Felipe Chavez, who's doing time at the San Mateo jail for selling fentanyl, is taking part in the…
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    Apr 17, 2019

    Family Turns Grief to Activism After Daughter's Suicide

    Editor's Note: On April 25, Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson met with the Brown family and Shirlee Zane, and with several others seeking improvements in…
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    Mar 19, 2019

    San Jose says NO to incentives

    LISTEN TO THIS STORY ON NPR Jasmine Garsd February 15, 2019 3:25 PM ET A mayor from another city that tried to land big tech companies might be…
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    Mar 05, 2019

    Sonoma County Emergency Manager Speaks on Flood Recovery

    Although the Russian River has receded below flood stage, those affected are still struggling to get their lives back in order. At a community…
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    Mar 04, 2019

    Sonoma County Residents Search for Flood Recovery Assistance

    1,900 homes and 578 businesses were damaged by the Russian River flooding and record rainfall last week. Sonoma County officials estimate the total…
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    Mar 01, 2019

    Russian River Flood Recovery Resource Page

    Russian River. Courtesy of Sonoma County Sherriff's Office. DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS: While crews are working to open roads, County staff have also started…
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    Jan 29, 2019

    Santa Rosa Mayor Talks About his Priorities for 2019

    Santa Rosa’s new mayor is beginning his first year in office. Tom Schwedhelm is Santa Rosa’s former police chief and was voted into office by his…
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    Jan 08, 2019

    New Sonoma County Sheriff Hopes to Improve Community Relations

    Mark Essick took his oath as Sonoma County Sheriff on Monday. Around 250 people attended the ceremony. The 49-year-old is replacing former Sheriff…
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    Dec 10, 2018

    Coffey Strong Heads to Butte County to Share Advice

    Representatives from the neighborhood group Coffey Strong will travel to Butte County this week to offer recovery advice to survivors of the…

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