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KPCC DIGEST PM (Aug. 27) — Prison blueprints, neon gun safety, social data spies, and at least 1 child left behind

1. Gov. Brown proposes $315 million prison plan (AP)

Brown responded to a court order to reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send inmates to private prisons and empty county jail cells.

2. Los Angeles' mural moratorium could be overturned (KPCC)

A decade-long ban on public murals could be reversed Wednesday when the L.A. City Council votes on an ordinance regulating public art.

3. Obama, Clinton and Carter to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (KPCC)

Washington D.C. will be buzzing on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The most notable event will be at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. once stood and sounded out his dream for racial equality. Fifty years later, President Barack Obama and former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are set to speak at this same spot and pay tribute to this historic day. This event will be broadcast live during AirTalk.

4. Facebook: U.S. wanted data on 20,000 of its users this year (NPR)

Governments in 74 countries wanted information on 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, according to a report released by the social media giant. Standing out from the crowd was the United States, which was responsible for the requests on more than half those user accounts.

5. Would painting all imitation guns a bright neon color really make Los Angeles safer? (KPCC)

The Los Angeles City Council proposed legislation that would require all imitation firearms such as BB devices and Airsoft pistols to have their surfaces painted a distinct color. The idea is that law enforcement would then be able to easily distinguish between imitation firearms and the real device. But will it really help? And how will it impact the firearm business? AirTalk discusses.

6. Study: NCLB waivers leave behind at-risk students (AP)

Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a new study.

7. Job cuts expected at state unemployment agency (AP)

The state Employment Development Department plans to begin cutting staff to address declining funding from the federal unemployment insurance program.

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