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Like any daycare, Penny & Peggy Nairn’s 24 hour childcare and Early Education Center is full of toys and games and puzzles and paints. However, at this center, which is open around the clock, there are also cots for sleepy kids.

from Greater LA

When LA's air got better, kids' asthma cases dropped

New cases of asthma dropped dramatically in Los Angeles communities where air quality improved the most over 20 years. The results illustrate health benefits from pollution control.

From the Bay to LA, conflicting views on how to fix California’s housing crisis

A controversial bill that would force cities throughout California to build denser housing hit a wall last week.

College Board considers a student's hardships on the SAT

Statistics have shown that kids from wealthy families generally score much higher on standardized tests than kids from poorer families.

Don McGahn is a no-show at today’s hearing and Democrats are furious

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn was a no-show at today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. On orders from the White House, McGahn defied the committee’s subpoena.

Representatives of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido are trying to find a peaceful solution after months of bloody clashes and a failed uprising.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In the Chino Hills, just west of the city of Corona, the Prado Dam crosses the Santa Ana River and protects about 1.5 million people downstream in Orange County.

from Greater LA

Nearly two dozen Democrats are running for president. Many of them tried getting attention by doing town halls on Fox News, including Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The right to an abortion is being challenged in several states, including Alabama and Georgia. We look at the future of Roe v. Wade. Also, the U.S.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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For every era in American history, there’s a pair of jeans to go with it: bell bottoms, cowboy wranglers, skinny hipster jeans, daisy dukes. They were invented in California.

How blue jeans started in LA

For every era in American history, there’s a pair of jeans to go with it: bell bottoms, cowboy wranglers, skinny hipster jeans, daisy dukes. They were invented in California.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Billionaire Robert Smith pledged to pay off some $40 million in student loans for Morehouse College’s class of 2019, which includes nearly 400 students.

Can a billionaire solve the student debt crisis one loan at a time?

Billionaire Robert Smith pledged to pay off some $40 million in student loans for Morehouse College’s class of 2019, which includes nearly 400 students.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

About 7,000 white-collar jobs are being eliminated as part of Ford's massive organizational restructuring. The automaker says it will save $600 million per year as a result.

Ford slashes 10% of its global salaried workforce

About 7,000 white-collar jobs are being eliminated as part of Ford's massive organizational restructuring. The automaker says it will save $600 million per year as a result.

from NPR

Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris was in South Los Angeles on Sunday, speaking to a crowd at Los Angeles Southwest College.

Looking to 2020, Kamala Harris comes to Los Angeles

Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris was in South Los Angeles on Sunday, speaking to a crowd at Los Angeles Southwest College.

from Greater LA

All the White House hopefuls talk about Climate Change. But Democrat Jay Inslee says it’s not just one issue; it’s all the issues.

The climate change candidate: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee

All the White House hopefuls talk about Climate Change. But Democrat Jay Inslee says it’s not just one issue; it’s all the issues.

from To the Point

This week, we moved a lot closer to a court challenge that could significantly reduce or eliminate constitutional protections for abortion rights.

Roe, Casey – what’s next?

This week, we moved a lot closer to a court challenge that could significantly reduce or eliminate constitutional protections for abortion rights.

from Left, Right & Center

SB 50, the controversial housing bill championed by California State Senator Scott Wiener, has been shelved for debate until next year.

Controversial state housing plan gets pulled from a vote

SB 50, the controversial housing bill championed by California State Senator Scott Wiener, has been shelved for debate until next year.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Jordan Downs housing project in Watts has a long history dating back to the 1940s. It’s currently undergoing a billion dollar redevelopment.

Theater project explores Jordan Downs, public housing, and gentrification

The Jordan Downs housing project in Watts has a long history dating back to the 1940s. It’s currently undergoing a billion dollar redevelopment.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The super bloom this year has given spectators in Southern California quite the wild flower show.   The hills alongside LA’s freeways are carpeted with bright yellows and oranges.

Mustard flowers may be beautiful, but could fuel fires

The super bloom this year has given spectators in Southern California quite the wild flower show. The hills alongside LA’s freeways are carpeted with bright yellows and oranges.

from KCRW Features

The new SAT score is based on factors such as average family income, educational attainment, housing stability and crime. Test-takers won't see the score, but colleges will.

SAT to score students' 'disadvantages' to try to even the playing field

The new SAT score is based on factors such as average family income, educational attainment, housing stability and crime. Test-takers won't see the score, but colleges will.

from NPR

Jackie Goldberg won an open seat to the LA Unified School District school board this week.

The pros and cons of Measure EE, a parcel tax to fund schools

Jackie Goldberg won an open seat to the LA Unified School District school board this week.

from Greater LA

From the outside, the Abram Friedman Occupational Center is a case study in institutional drabness. The hulking, cube-shaped building on the ragged fringes of downtown L.A.

Adult education offers a ‘good life’ through barbershop training

From the outside, the Abram Friedman Occupational Center is a case study in institutional drabness. The hulking, cube-shaped building on the ragged fringes of downtown L.A.

from Greater LA

State investigators have determined that PG&E was responsible for the Camp Fire last year in Paradise, California. The fire killed 85 people and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.

The future of PG&E, and whether any of California’s utilities can prevent wildfires

State investigators have determined that PG&E was responsible for the Camp Fire last year in Paradise, California. The fire killed 85 people and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

President Trump has pardoned two more prominent conservatives who have personal ties to him. Conrad Black is a billionaire former media mogul and one of Trump’s old business partners.

Trump pardons a former California lawmaker and a billionaire publisher

President Trump has pardoned two more prominent conservatives who have personal ties to him. Conrad Black is a billionaire former media mogul and one of Trump’s old business partners.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand