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Some companies are in phase three trials for COVID-19 vaccines. KCRW looks at the work being done by Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca.

Some companies are in phase three trials for COVID-19 vaccines. KCRW looks at the work being done by Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Teachers make sense of new guidelines for distance learning — before school starts on Aug 18

There's a tentative agreement between the teachers union and the district. The plan calls for a 30-hour school week, attendance-taking, and time for student and family counseling.

Gridlock in Washington over extending PPP: What it means for California workers

This morning, Congress stalled again in negotiations over another pandemic relief bill. Today is the self-imposed deadline to reach a deal.

Disney lost nearly $5 billion last quarter, but stock prices surged

Disney reported losses of $4.7 billion last quarter in their latest earnings call. Still, investors saw promise in the company’s streaming revenue, as Disney’s stock rose 10%.

The president also issued an executive order aimed at cutting ties between the U.S. and the owner of the popular Chinese communications and social media app WeChat.

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Fifty-five years ago today, a historic piece of federal legislation was signed into law: The Voting Rights Act.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Some polls show that about half of all Americans plan to get a vaccine as soon as one is available.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California has more than 530,000 confirmed coronavirus cases so far. Without a vaccine, that number will continue to grow into fall and potentially winter.

from Greater LA

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New York's attorney general announced civil action to dissolve the National Rifle Association after an investigation found millions of dollars in alleged fraud by CEO Wayne LaPierre and others.

New York attorney general moves to dissolve The NRA After Fraud Investigation

New York's attorney general announced civil action to dissolve the National Rifle Association after an investigation found millions of dollars in alleged fraud by CEO Wayne LaPierre and others.

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Imperial County has one of the highest percentages of COVID-19 deaths in California. The mainly rural, agricultural area shares a border with Arizona and Mexico.

‘We've got to get moving’: Imperial County’s fight against COVID-19

Imperial County has one of the highest percentages of COVID-19 deaths in California. The mainly rural, agricultural area shares a border with Arizona and Mexico.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday killed more than 100 people, injured thousands, and leveled an entire neighborhood.

Lebanese officials blame explosion in Beirut on ammonium nitrate. Can something similar happen in US?

A massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday killed more than 100 people, injured thousands, and leveled an entire neighborhood.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The immediate future of college sports is uncertain. The University of Connecticut announced today that they’ll be cancelling their football season entirely.

How coronavirus is affecting college sports and the athletes who depend on it to get to the pros

The immediate future of college sports is uncertain. The University of Connecticut announced today that they’ll be cancelling their football season entirely.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Last year, DJM Capital and Gaw Capital bought Hollywood and Highland.

Hollywood and Highland gets new owners and $100 million redesign

Last year, DJM Capital and Gaw Capital bought Hollywood and Highland.

from Greater LA

Southern California has been relatively quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of a few recent high profile gatherings this week.

Parties are still happening during pandemic. What is LAPD’s role in enforcing public health rules?

Southern California has been relatively quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of a few recent high profile gatherings this week.

from Greater LA

Ken White and Josh Barro talk about “meat and potatoes” crimes, and what it means when you say the value of your pro bono legal counsel is unascertainable.

The value [of this podcast] is unascertainable.

Ken White and Josh Barro talk about “meat and potatoes” crimes, and what it means when you say the value of your pro bono legal counsel is unascertainable.

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Job postings for entry-level positions popular with new college grads fell by 73%, compared with before COVID-19 hit. And for the class of 2020 who have landed jobs it's often been a strange journey.

'Nothing feels tangible': Virtual is new reality for grads starting new jobs

Job postings for entry-level positions popular with new college grads fell by 73%, compared with before COVID-19 hit. And for the class of 2020 who have landed jobs it's often been a strange journey.

from NPR

With the COVID-19 health crisis still at the top of Germany’s agenda, have climate change policies fallen to the wayside? Or has the pandemic provided a test run in crisis management?

How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted climate change policies and the environment?

With the COVID-19 health crisis still at the top of Germany’s agenda, have climate change policies fallen to the wayside? Or has the pandemic provided a test run in crisis management?

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One of LA’s largest homeless encampments was on a waterfront stretch of Beacon Street in San Pedro.

Encampment cleanups resume in San Pedro

One of LA’s largest homeless encampments was on a waterfront stretch of Beacon Street in San Pedro.

from Greater LA

Councilman Jose Huizar pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal counts this week for a corruption scandal that has plagued his office and his constituents for five years.

LA Councilman Jose Huizar pleaded not guilty in corruption case. How are his constituents reacting?

Councilman Jose Huizar pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal counts this week for a corruption scandal that has plagued his office and his constituents for five years.

from Greater LA

President Trump threatened to ban TikTok last week over privacy and security concerns. He now says TikTok’s Chinese parent company has until September 15 to sell it to the U.S.

If TikTok shuts down, what might happen to the industry of teen influencers in LA?

President Trump threatened to ban TikTok last week over privacy and security concerns. He now says TikTok’s Chinese parent company has until September 15 to sell it to the U.S.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s husband was charged this week after pulling a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters in March.

LA district attorney’s husband pulls gun on BLM activists. California attorney general charges him

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s husband was charged this week after pulling a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters in March.

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Talk show host Ellen Degeneres built her brand around her warm and sunny persona.

Allegations of sexual harassment and assault threaten to topple Ellen Degeneres and her show

Talk show host Ellen Degeneres built her brand around her warm and sunny persona.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand