Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, erupted for eight minutes on Monday afternoon, spewing a five-kilometer tall column of debris and volcanic gas. It exploded at least five more times Monday night and Tuesday morning.

In California, the state Senate is considering legislation that would ensure that students at four-year public universities in California have access on campus to medication for abortions.

Sen. Connie Leyva introduced the bill, SB 320, in February 2017. It would require all health centers within the University of California and California State University systems to stock the drugs prescribed for medication abortion and ready their campus health clinics to provide them by 2022.

Multiple U.S. citizens were killed and injured in the attack overnight Saturday on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, a State Department official says.

The Taliban-claimed attack at the Intercontinental Hotel killed at least 22 people and lasted more than 13 hours, according to The Associated Press. Reports of the death toll have varied, with Reuters saying 20 people were killed and some local news outlets saying more than 40.

Updated at 12:17 p.m. EST

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed last week by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sessions is the first member of President Trump's Cabinet known to have been questioned by the special counsel's office in its investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior confirmed Sessions' interview to NPR on Tuesday. Sessions cooperated voluntarily.

Updated at 11:09 a.m. ET

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning by a dapper, genial Andy Serkis and the always-intoxicating Tiffany Haddish.

Forced labor, human trafficking and other rights abuses are "widespread" in the Thai fishing industry, according to a new Human Rights Watch report that provides an update on a sector that has been cited for enabling slavery conditions.

Updated 8:50 a.m.

This year's Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning via live stream. See the complete list of nominees here.

The winners will be announced on March 4, at an awards ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Frustrated with the Vietnam War, The Man, and the general state of the nation, hippies set out to do everything differently. They founded rural communes, dabbled in psychedelics, and cultivated a laissez-faire approach to personal hygiene. But, like everyone else in the world, they had to eat.

A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska late Monday night, initially prompting a tsunami warning for a large section of the state's coast and parts of Canada. As more data came in, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System downgraded the threat to an advisory for Alaska's Chignik Bay.

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Fire Recovery, Learning A Trade, Old Kai Update

Jan 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 -- Today's newscast is heavy on building. We'll hear about a new program for high school seniors to learn a trade, and check in on what fire survivors need to do in order to start rebuilding their homes. We'll also hear a quick update on the Old Kai cannabis seizure story. We spotted the confiscated truck at the county impound lot, but no law enforcement agency has confirmed yet who took the weed, and whether it's been destroyed or not. If so, an affidavit should show up at the courthouse sometime next week. We'll keep you posted.

New Consultant Speaks About Homelessness

Jan 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 -- Mendocino Cunty has hired a new consultant, Dr. Robert Marbut, to research homelessness and make recommendations about how to address the situation. Earlier this month, Marbut gave a presentation about his initial findings about the numbers of homeless people in Ukiah and Fort Bragg. He is still counting in Willits and the unincorporated areas, and expects to have recommendations in March. We're sharing the broadcast version of the interview, as well as a longer version.

At the Fort Bragg City Council meeting on January 8, 2018, the city moves to ban outdoor cannabis cultivation for personal use and to require a permit for indoor cultivation.  Limits on commercial cannabis cultivation in city limits are also on the table. 

  Dan Young reports.

The current flu season is hitting early and hard. California hospitals are inundated with patients exhibiting influenza symptoms. According to the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency, four people from the County have died from influenza-related illness Since October 1, 2017. Statewide more than 27 individuals under age 65 have died from the flu. That's about eight times higher than what officials usually see this time of year.

 

Old Kai's Missing Cannabis

Jan 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2017 -- On Tuesday, supporters of Old Kai Logistics packed the Board of Supervisors chambers to express their dismay about the unknown fate of 1,875 pounds of cannabis.  Old Kai is a county-licensed cannabis distribution company.

The Friday before Christmas, CHP pulled over an Old Kai driver and cited him for unlawful possession and transport of marijuana for sale. 

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KZYX is holding elections for its Board of Directors.

There are six positions open: one each for Mendocino County Supervisorial Districts 2 (Ukiah), 3 (Willits) & 5 (Anderson Valley), two At-Large seats, and the programmer-elected seat.

To fill one of these positions you must be a member in good standing by December 31st, be able to carry out the responsibilities of a member of the Board of Directors, a list of which is available on the Elections webpage, and submit an application by 5PM on January 30th, 2018.

Program Showcase

This is an interview with Theresa Gowan, Medstar Ambulance Operations Manager and EMT-Paramedic, from January 2nd, 2018.  One of many unsung heroes in Mendocino County, she tells us the story of Medstar Ambulance, previously known as Ukiah Ambulance, and provides a clear insight into what happens when we dial 911.

This is an interview with Anderson Valley Fire Chief Andres Avila and Medstar Ambulance Operations Manager Theresa Gowan concerning the development of an 'Exclusive Operating Area' (EOA) for emergency medical services (EMS) for inland Mendocino County.

Child & Family Services

In collaboration with Mendocino County's child and family service organizations, KZYX is running regular Public Service Announcements (PSAs) highlighting a different agency each month. For the month of January, 2018, we are featuring the Positive Parenting Program, in conjunction with
Raise & Shine and FIRST 5 Mendocino.

Contact information:

raise&Shine.org — (707) 462-1233