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AirTalk® FOR January 17, 2018

Another price hike for CA bullet train, plus potential downsizing of Delta tunnels

AirTalk brings you the latest on Gov. Jerry Brown’s infrastructure projects, after the price for the California bullet train rose $2.8 billion. We also sit down for our monthly check in with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck; how necessary are annual physical exams?; and more. See full episode >
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On Tuesday, it was announced that California Gov. Jerry Brown’s bullet train project will cost $10.6 billion – that’s an increase of about $2.8 billion from what’s in the current budget.

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Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry Mantle for his monthly check-in.

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