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Gov. Newsom Reveals Revisions to CA Budget, Doctors Find Links Between Kawasaki-like Disease and COVID-19, Surfers Head Back to the Beaches




SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California State Capitol on March 13, 2019 in Sacramento, California. Newsom announced today a moratorium on California's death penalty. California has 737 people on death row, the largest death row population in the United States.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California State Capitol on March 13, 2019 in Sacramento, California. Newsom announced today a moratorium on California's death penalty. California has 737 people on death row, the largest death row population in the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Gov. Newsom Reveals Revisions to California Budget

The Revised California Budget is out. It includes some pretty steep cuts to programs introduced just months ago. The global pandemic has sparked a recession and created a $54 billion deficit for the state. It’s a stark contrast from January when the state expected a nearly $6 billion dollar surplus. We analyze the budget. 

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California Education Budget Revision

The last time California went through massive budget revisions was more than 10 years ago, during the Great Recession and back then, K-12 education was gutted. High ed did not fare much better. But as the state grapples with an estimated $54.3 billion deficit due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's expected that cuts to education will not be as severe.

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Doctors Find a Link Between Kawasaki-like Disease in Children and COVID-19

Doctors across the country are reporting that at least 164 children have fallen ill with a rare inflammatory condition that is similar in symptoms to Kawasaki disease. The illness has come to be known as Pediatric Inflammatory Multi-System Syndrome or PIMS for short. And some patients have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

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Coronavirus: Chinese Shoppers 

KPCC's Investigative Reporter Fellow Yingjie Wang tells us about Chinese purchasing agents, who make a living here in LA by bulk-shopping for Chinese nationals in China. And Chinese tourists who spent big in L.A. before the pandemic.

Geffen Playhouse: 'The Present'

The new play, "The Present," debuts today. Yes, it is a play that you can actually attend, even if you can't travel to the theater during quarantine. It takes place via Zoom, but attendees also receive a present in the mail to bring part of the show into their own homes. 

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Surfers Hit the Waves as Beaches Reopen

As of yesterday, Los Angeles beaches have reopened for some recreational activities. Sunbathing or picnicking are still prohibited. But for runners, swimmers and surfers, this is a welcome change.

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