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New Report Finds EDD  Lacked Urgency When Handling Unemployment Claims

California’s Employment Development Department was too slow delivering unemployment insurance payments to roughly 5 million workers during the pandemic. That’s from a new report by the Legislative Analyst's Office. 
Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

Ukrainians Try To Settle Into California Communities

More than 22,000 Ukrainians have crossed the border from Mexico into California since the Russian invasion in February. Many have come to the Sacramento area, which already has a large and tight-knit Slavic community. 
Reporter: Pauline Bartolone, CapRadio

Committee To Hold First Meeting On State's Monkeypox Response 

A State Senate committee focused on California’s response to monkeypox will hold its first hearing on Tuesday afternoon. The committee is chaired by State Senator Scott Wiener, who’s been a vocal critic of the government's failure to act quickly when the monkeypox outbreak first occurred.
Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

Data Shows Big Jump In Hate Crimes In California

Hate crimes are up for the fourth straight year in a row across the U.S. That’s according to new data from Cal State San Bernardino, which found that in California, hate crimes jumped more than 32% last year.
Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED 

California Sued Over New Gun Law

Gun rights groups are suing the state of California over a bill signed into law in June, that bans the marketing of guns to minors. Firearm advocates say the law is a direct assault on the Second Amendment.
Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED

Bill To Allow Fast Food Workers More Bargaining Power Up For Vote This Week

California’s fast food and franchising industries could change drastically under a bill moving through the state Legislature. The bill would give fast food workers the power to collectively bargain through a state-run council.
Reporter: Nicole Nixon, CapRadio