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No Officers Charged Due to Breonna Taylor's Death, Project Room Key Comes to a Close, Joshua Trees Protected Under CA's Endangered Species Act




Protesters march holding placards and a portrait of Breonna Taylor during a demonstration against racism and police brutality in Hollywood, California earlier this month.The mayor of Louisville has announced that an officer involved in her death will be fired.
Protesters march holding placards and a portrait of Breonna Taylor during a demonstration against racism and police brutality in Hollywood, California earlier this month.The mayor of Louisville has announced that an officer involved in her death will be fired.
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Breonna Taylor Charges

We'll start with the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. She was fatally shot 8 times earlier this year in her apartment when officers issued a no-knock warrant in a failed drug raid. One of the three police officers involved was indicted today on 3 counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. But those charges were not for endangering Ms. Taylor's life. It was because the now former detective shot into an adjacent apartment. No other charges have been filed. This news out of Kentucky comes the day after an independent autopsy here in LA-- on 29 year old Dijon Kizzee found that he had been shot 15 times by LA Sherrif's Deputies. His death has become another example of how an extreme use of force by law enforcement can end in the death of civilians-- civilians who are often Black.

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Project Roomkey in LA

We speak with an expert about the end of Project Roomkey and the futures of the over 4,000 people it helped house.

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Governor Newsom Announces Climate Change Plan

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom made a big announcement about the sales of gas powered cars here in California. As of 2035, the only passenger vehicles that'll be sold in California will be zero emissions

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Joshua Trees 

Western Joshua trees have moved one step closer toward permanent protections under the state's Endangered Species Act. In a 4-to-0 vote yesterday… the state Fish and Game Commission accepted a petition asking that the trees be given "threatened" status. The agency has granted the species temporary protections while they conduct a year-long study.

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On the Lot

Hollywood unions and studios reach an agreement over how COVID protocols so that production can resume while we’re still in this pandemic…And a movie from Aaron Sorkin-- creator of West Wing and Oscar winning screenwriter-- that’s been long in the making may feel right on time when it comes out next month. 

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Covid-19 and Self-care

You might have heard about the practice “self-care” … and maybe even done something nice for yourself in the name of it … but how did this concept come to be… and how does it exist in media? This week, Nick Quah, host of LAist studios podcast Servant of Pod, talks with Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer  hosts of Forever 35, a podcast about, you guessed it, self-care.

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