Many American teenagers try to put in a full day of school, homework, after school activities, sports and college prep on too little sleep. As evidence grows that chronic sleep deprivation puts teens at risk for physical and mental health problems, there is increasing pressure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time.

As a criminal justice reporter for the Houston Chronicle, Keri Blakinger has a special interest in covering the conditions of prisoners — in part because she spent nearly two years locked up in county and state correctional facilities herself.

Blakinger, who grew up in Lancaster, Pa., was a competitive figure skater, but when her skating partner left her when she was 17, things began to unravel.

"I couldn't imagine a world other than skating," she says. "And I fell apart and I started using drugs."

The United Kingdom is embroiled in its biggest political crisis in decades. On Wednesday evening, members of Parliament in Prime Minister Theresa May's own Conservative Party are casting ballots in a no-confidence vote over her leadership. May needs to win a simple majority of votes from her party's parliamentarians to keep her job.

Here's what you need to know.

Why do members of the prime minister's own party want to sack her?

Updated at 2:51 p.m. ET

A federal judge sentenced Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison on Wednesday following Cohen's guilty pleas to a number of political and finance crimes.

Those three years would be followed by three years of supervised release, and Cohen also is subject to forfeiture of $500,000, restitution of $1.4 million and a $50,000 fine.

Cohen had asked for leniency. He said in court, however, that he accepts responsibility for his actions.

Before the sun rose Wednesday over Tennessee, some residents in the eastern half of the state got a wake-up call. But it wasn't a friend or partner shaking them awake, it was the very ground beneath their beds.

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck at around 4:14 a.m. ET near Decatur, Tenn., about 150 miles southeast of Nashville. But Tennessee residents weren't the only ones to feel the temblor. More than 7,700 people (so far) have reported experiencing it, from Kentucky and northern Alabama to the western Carolinas. The earthquake made its presence felt even in Atlanta.

The video footage is surreal, a pair of gloved spacesuit hands wielding what looks like a silver dagger, poised to stab the outside of a Russian spacecraft.

"Honestly I can't look at that," cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev says, as voiced by a translator, while fellow cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko slices into the side of the Soyuz MS-09 capsule. "It's my vehicle, Oleg!"

It was all part of an attempt Tuesday to solve the mystery of the leaking International Space Station.

Dr. Jonathan Sevransky was intrigued when he heard that a well-known physician in Virginia had reported remarkable results from a simple treatment for sepsis. Could the leading cause of death in hospitals really be treated with intravenous vitamin C, the vitamin thiamine and doses of steroids?

Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET

A manhunt is underway in France for a known criminal suspected of opening fire on a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Authorities in Germany also are on high alert in case the suspect crossed the border. Hundreds of law enforcement officers are participating in the search, Jake Cigainero reports for NPR from Paris.

Leaders from nearly 200 countries, including the United States, are at a big climate conference in Poland this week. They are struggling to agree on rules for how to meet their national promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement of 2015. The official U.S. position is making it difficult.

Updated at 3:03 p.m. ET

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting to keep her job as members of her Conservative Party seek to oust her in a no-confidence vote Wednesday. May has been unable to shore up support for the draft Brexit deal she negotiated with the European Union.

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Khadijah Britton Update

Dec 7, 2018

December 7, 2018 -- On Thursday afternoon, the Menodcino County sheriff and representatives from the FBI and the Round Valley Tribal Police joined members of Khadijah Britton's family to give an update on the investigation into her disappearance.

Senator Mike McGuire hosted a fisheries hearing in San Francisco on November 28 to address a "new normal" in California and the Pacific ocean, caused by climate change.  The hearing focused on efforts to prevent whale entanglements in dungeness crab fishing gear, and how to manage the fishery in a changing and less predicatable environment. 

Nov 30 -- $124 million is available to communities in some of California’s disaster-impacted areas. In Mendocino County, the eiligible zip code is Redwood Valley. At a meeting last week, two representatives of the state’s housing and community development department (HCD) presented a draft plan that is open for public comment until December 12. HCD plans to submit the draft to HUD by February 1st, so that money will become available by summer.

Hamburg Missing; Board Votes On Weed Law Amendments

Nov 20, 2018

Nov 20, 2018 -- Supervisor Dan Hamburg, who is half of a Board of Supervisors ad hoc committee charged with making recommendations to amend the cannabis cultivation ordinance, has been missing with no explanation for close to a month. In these two related stories, we'll talk about his absence and go over some of the (nearly) full board's responses to the committee's seventeen recommendations.

Its autumn and for high school that means homecoming. This annual celebration of school spirit goes back more than 100 years, and it all revolves around a football game. Footballs popularity is declining nationwide, 6.6% in the last decade according to The Washington Post. Potter Valley is one of five Mendocino county schools without a team this year.  Coach Paul Monlux says there weren’t enough students interested. 

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Many of you saw this performance a couple of years ago at Eagles Hall and know what a special event it is. I hope we can fill the SPACE theater and share the joy with Ukiah!

Oak & Thorn Presents: Molly's Revenge with Christa Burch and Irish Dancers
Saturday December 8

SPACE Theater, Ukiah

Doors open 7:00 pm; music starts at 7:30 pm

A Benefit for KZYX

Tickets ($25) at Mendocino Book Company, or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3817525

Program Showcase

Episode 4: J. Holden

Dec 8, 2018
J. Holden

J. Holden is a local poet and clinical psychologist who showed up in Mendocino County  just as legal LSD and the State Hospital in Talmage were winding down. He shares his memories of how back to the landers changed the way that life and death were done -- while finding their way back to traditional practices.

We'll hear about the wisdom of a rattlesnake, how water flows downhill, and what Holden learned about building homes and marriages.

Lauren E. Oakes - In Search of the Canary Tree

Dec 5, 2018

To hear this interview with Stanford University scientist, Lauren E. Oakes, PhD., about her work and her book,  IN SEARCH OF THE CANARY TREE: THE STORY OF A SCIENTIST, A CYPRESS, AND A CHANGING WORLD, click on this link:  

https://forthright.media/2018/12/04/lauren-e-oakes-in-search-of-the-canary-tree/

MCPB Meetings

All Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings are open to KZYX members and the public.  However, since attendance tends to be low for most meetings, the Board will hold several special meetings each year to encourage attendance and receive feedback from our members and the public. 

Board meetings are posted here

Committee meetings are posted here

Child & Family Services

Planned Parenthood Northern California in Ukiah proudly serves people of all genders and orientations.  We provide patients with trusted, nonjudgmental care including birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, hormones for gender affirmation, medications for HIV prevention, pregnancy testing, and sexual health education programs for youth, families, and adults.  We provide these services to all patients regardless of their income, immigration, or insurance status.

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Khadijah Britton Update

Dec 7, 2018

December 7, 2018 -- On Thursday afternoon, the Menodcino County sheriff and representatives from the FBI and the Round Valley Tribal Police joined members of Khadijah Britton's family to give an update on the investigation into her disappearance.

Senator Mike McGuire hosted a fisheries hearing in San Francisco on November 28 to address a "new normal" in California and the Pacific ocean, caused by climate change.  The hearing focused on efforts to prevent whale entanglements in dungeness crab fishing gear, and how to manage the fishery in a changing and less predicatable environment. 

Nov 30 -- $124 million is available to communities in some of California’s disaster-impacted areas. In Mendocino County, the eiligible zip code is Redwood Valley. At a meeting last week, two representatives of the state’s housing and community development department (HCD) presented a draft plan that is open for public comment until December 12. HCD plans to submit the draft to HUD by February 1st, so that money will become available by summer.

Hamburg Missing; Board Votes On Weed Law Amendments

Nov 20, 2018

Nov 20, 2018 -- Supervisor Dan Hamburg, who is half of a Board of Supervisors ad hoc committee charged with making recommendations to amend the cannabis cultivation ordinance, has been missing with no explanation for close to a month. In these two related stories, we'll talk about his absence and go over some of the (nearly) full board's responses to the committee's seventeen recommendations.

Its autumn and for high school that means homecoming. This annual celebration of school spirit goes back more than 100 years, and it all revolves around a football game. Footballs popularity is declining nationwide, 6.6% in the last decade according to The Washington Post. Potter Valley is one of five Mendocino county schools without a team this year.  Coach Paul Monlux says there weren’t enough students interested. 

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