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Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package; NY protests for Jewish democracy heighten as Netanyahu meets UN today; Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election.

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The Pentagon wants to help service members denied benefits under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," advocates back a new federal office of gun violence prevention, and a top GOP member assures the Ukrainian president more help is coming.

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An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.


The Care4All campaign held a rally this week on the Capitol Steps in Sacramento, urging Governor Newsom to sign a package of bills. (Kit Bear/Health Access)

Friday, September 22, 2023

Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package

Health care advocates are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign four bills aiming to lower medical bills, improve transparency, and make health care more …

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Hot-button issues like gender roles, domestic violence, and equal pay have often graced the cover of Ms. Magazine. (Ms. Magazine)

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Ms. Magazine looks back on its first 50 years

This week, feminism passes a milestone of sorts as the iconic publication, Ms. Magazine, looks back on its first fifty years. A new book has just …

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Advocates for Hispanic Community Sponsor Free Financial Literacy Training

Free financial literacy training is now available in low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles, hosted by two nonprofits: The Hispanic Access …

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Experts recommend checking into telehealth offerings when researching health plans ahead of the open-enrollment period. (Rido/Adobestock)
Health Care Open Enrollment Season is Here

It's open-enrollment season for most health-care plans - meaning within the next month and a half, you can make changes to your health plan. Open …

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Cars under a federal safety recall with unrepaired defects are often listed for sale online, with a notice hidden on a secondary page warning that some cars may have unrepaired safety recalls. (Montira/Adobestock)
CA Advocates Call for Crackdown on Sales of Defective Cars

Car dealers regularly advertise cars with unrepaired safety recall defects in California, even though it is illegal for dealers to sell or even offer …

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National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the 63.7 million residents of Hispanic heritage in the United States. (Scoutori/Adobe Stock)
CA Community Groups Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month starts this Friday, and runs through Oct. 15. Dozens of events are planned up and down the Golden State to honor …

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On large dairy farms or other animal operations, a slurry of manure is funneled into an anaerobic digester, where microbes produce gas, which is piped away. (Erikdegraaf/Adob Sstock)
Renewable Natural Gas: Climate Change Solution or False Hope?

By John Carey for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the…

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In 2021, suicide was the leading cause of death for Americans aged 10-14 and 20-34. (Carl/Adobestock)
National Suicide Prevention Month: CA Group Works to Raise Awareness

This is National Suicide Prevention Week, part of National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness of the problem, and ways to prevent it…

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The City of San Bernardino recently agreed to a settlement requiring that the city update its plans to build more affordable housing and scrap its Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program. (Matt Gush)
Two CA Cities Repeal Crime-Free Multi-Housing Programs

In the past week, two California cities - Riverside and San Bernardino - have repealed most of their "Crime-Free Multi-Housing" programs, which were …

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Charles R. Drew University in South Los Angeles recently welcomed its inaugural class of medical students. (CDU Communications Department)
Classes Begin at Only Historically Black Medical School on West Coast

Some 60 new medical students at Charles R. Drew University in South Los Angeles are making history just by starting classes at the first and only …

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Participation in the WIC food-benefit program shot up during the pandemic and continues to grow.(Kaganskaya115/Adobestock)
CA Anti-Poverty Groups Fight for Higher Food Benefits for Women, Children

Anti-hunger advocates are pressing Congress to fully fund WIC, the food benefit program for expectant mothers and children younger than 5. …

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In San Francisco alone, advocates estimate that 25,000 people are eligible to have old convictions sealed. (Andrey Popov/Adobestock)
Criminal Record Expungement Clinics Benefit 1 Million+ in CA

One year ago, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 731, a law that allows more than a million Californians to clear many old felony convictions …

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