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State Health Officials Reinstitute Indoor Mask Mandate

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Californians Will be Required to Wear Masks Indoors Again

Starting on Wednesday, Californians will once again have to wear masks indoors at all public places, regardless of their vaccination status. It’s a response to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and public health officials trying to get a handle on the fast-moving omicron variant.
Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED

Legalized Sports Betting Could be Coming to California

Online gaming companies, Native American casinos, card rooms -- they're all jumping in at the opportunity to be involved in the push to legalize sports betting in the state of California.
Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report

California Falling Behind on Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California is reducing its emissions that contribute to climate change. But  it’s happening too slowly, as the state isn’t on track to meet its goal of reducing those emissions by 40% by the year 2030.
Reporter: Laura Klivans, KQED

Proposed Bill Would Limit State's Ability to Expand Freeways in Underserved Communities

California would no longer be allowed to expand freeways in underserved communities that are already suffering from the negative health effects of freeways. That's the goal of State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia's proposed legislation, which she plans to introduce early next year. 
Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW 

Health Disparities Continue to Impact Black Communities in California

The leading cause of death for Black Californians is homicide, and they tend to live seven fewer years than the average state resident. That’s according to a new report from Measure of America, a non-profit focused on social science research. 
Reporter: Lesley McClurg, KQED

Bail Reduced for Men Suspected of Starting Caldor Fire

Prosecutors allege a father and son started this past summer’s devastating Caldor Fire, with a firearm. The blaze destroyed more than 1,000 structures.
Reporter: Scott Rodd, CapRadio 

Wolves Used for Therapy in Los Angeles County

People who have a pet dog will probably agree that animals can really help with your mental health. A nonprofit in the Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles goes a little bigger with that idea. 
Reporter: Robert Garrova, KPCC 

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