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Democrat Porter Flips GOP House Seat In Southern California

November 15, 2018

(AP) — Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation that might not be over.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Health Care

Confused About Whether Or Not To Wear A Breathing Mask? You're Not Alone

November 15, 2018 | Sammy Caiola | Sammy Caiola

Smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County continues to linger over Sacramento, but the city is no longer distributing free masks amid concerns they’ll be used incorrectly. Experts say they won’t be harmful to most people, but aren’t necessary, either.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Here's What It Takes To Get A Cal Fire Tanker In The Air

November 15, 2018 | Bob Moffitt | Bob Moffitt

For all of the work they do on the ground, firefighters often can use a little help from water and retardant drops from the sky. Though pilots get much of the credit, there are many other people who work to get firefighting planes in the air.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Ferocious Fires Spark Concern Over Major Health Consequences

November 15, 2018

Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents.

Ezra David Romero / Capital Public Radio

Environment

Should California Deliberately Set Its Forests On Fire? Some Experts Say Prescribed Burns Could Prevent Disaster.

November 15, 2018 | Ezra David Romero | Ezra David Romero

Every time a wildfire sparks somewhere in California, the same questions come up: Was it preventable and, if so, how? There’s a potential solution already in practice, on the small-scale, in Lake Tahoe.