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OC Democrats, Empty 710 Homes, Gannett Merger




Supporters of Democratic Congressional candidate for California's 48th District Harley Rouda, hold signs and cheer at a get-out-the-vote rally in Laguna Beach, California on election day November 6, 2018. - Rouda is running to unseat longtime incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, (R-Huntington Beach) in one of the pivotal battles in Orange County, the outcome of which will help determine if Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives. Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of US President Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic Congressional candidate for California's 48th District Harley Rouda, hold signs and cheer at a get-out-the-vote rally in Laguna Beach, California on election day November 6, 2018. - Rouda is running to unseat longtime incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, (R-Huntington Beach) in one of the pivotal battles in Orange County, the outcome of which will help determine if Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives. Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of US President Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Registered Democrats in Orange County now outnumber registered Republicans. Plus, California dairy farmers are feeling the effects of China's suspension of all U.S. agricultural imports. And, the effects of the Gannett merger on the SoCal newspaper market.

Orange County Democrats

Orange County has been a solid Republican stronghold since 1978. But new data from the County Registrar this morning shows the tables have turned. Registered DEMOCRATS now outnumber Republicans by—count 'em—89 voters. The flip comes with a rise in diversity in the county - both racially and economically. So what's behind the change and what does it mean for where the OC is headed?

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Empty 710 Homes

While that project has been pretty much scrapped, the California Department of Transportation is left with a dilemma...what to do with the hundreds of properties it owns along the corridor previously reserved for that freeway connection? The plan has always been to sell the homes to those who have been renting them for years for below market price. But many of them—mostly in the El Sereno neighborhood— currently stand empty.

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Collateral Damage

Los Angeles city leaders say they are fighting human trafficking -- tracking down criminals and rescuing women forced into selling sex. But a closer look by KPCC's investigative team finds the city's strategy ensnares sex workers again and again.  KPCC's Annie Gilbertson brings us part two of our special series "Collateral Damage: How L.A.'s fight against sex trafficking hurts vulnerable women."

Gannett Merger

GateHouse Media will buy Gannett, which owns USA Today, but also papers like the Desert Sun here in Southern California. The $1.4 billion union will create a company that will own more than 250 daily newspapers and hundreds of weekly and community ones. Both sides, in announcing the deal, talked about being able to slash overhead administrative costs while investing in newsrooms around the country. But many point to this as another reduction of journalism's footprint in the United States. 

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KBIF Radio

There are 250 AM radio stations in California — each a window into a different cultural community. In Fresno, a station called KBIF has changed along with the Central Valley. As part of our California Dream collaboration, Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric visited the station and she brings us this story.

On the Lot

Disney's reported earnings are lower than projected, but that's not slowing down the hype around its streaming service Disney+. And, we'll tell you what to know about the Academy's newly elected film president, David Rubin.

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Bacon Intern

There's an old saying: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Sounds dreamy, right? But how many people can honestly say that about what they do for a living? Well, here's a job opening that could make YOU one of those lucky ones. Farmer Boys is a California burger chain headquartered in Riverside. They're looking to hire..brace yourself....a BACON INTERN. This person will spend the day eating bacon items on the menu, then judging them. You'll also be paid, one thousand bucks. Farmer Boys is now taking applications. The deadline is August 20th