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The Palmer Fire burns near Beaumont, California on Saturday, September 2, 2017.
The Palmer Fire burns near Beaumont, California on Saturday, September 2, 2017.
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California always feels the effects of national politics, and this week was no exception with revelations that a recent fundraising speech by U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was recorded. Plus, we speak with a woman whose husband spent 249 days fighting California fires last year. And, we visit with the owners of the popular Filipino-American restaurant, LASA. 

This week in California politics

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Despite complaints about escalating wait times for thousands of customers at California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, state lawmakers sided with the Brown administration Wednesday and refused to order an official audit into its management. Plus, Republicans need to keep control of the House to protect President Trump from the Russia investigation, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said at a recent fundraiser, according to an audio recording released Wednesday.

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A year in the life of a Cal Fire wife

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Melissa Morgado lives in Idaho, but her husband fights fires for Cal Fire. Last year, he spent 249 days away from home. Morgado talks about what being a Cal Fire wife has meant for her family, as wildfires increase year round.

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The Morgado family, Steven (left), Melissa (right) and their two children. Photo courtesy of Melissa Morgado.
The Morgado family, Steven (left), Melissa (right) and their two children. Photo courtesy of Melissa Morgado.
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Reunited...now what?

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Pursuing asylum. Finding a way to pay for expenses. And settling the kids in school. These are the next hurdles for one migrant family from Guatemala, separated at the border earlier this year and now reunited. KPCC's Leslie Berestein Rojas meets a mother and her two children who are seeking a new life in the San Fernando Valley while federal officials consider whether to deport them.

Deputy misconduct leads to distrust in the justice system

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One deputy in the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, who admitted to faking evidence, testified in over 30 cases before the district attorney's office became aware of his record of dishonesty. This is just one case where the secretiveness surrounding Deputies' records can create problems within the justice system.

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An Angeleno restaurant representing Filipino culture

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LASA in Chinatown describes itself as a "Filipino-inspired, California-influenced restaurant owned and operated by second generation Filipino-American brothers Chad and Chase Valencia." Four years ago, we spoke with the brothers when they were just a pop-up shop, but a lot has changed since then. 

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This heat wave was so bad, it burned leaves off of trees

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When it went well above a hundred degrees in much of Southern California and stayed there for days our plants suffered as much as we did. KPCC environment reporter Emily Guerin talks with residents about how the heat waves are causing her plants to shrivel up.

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Weekend Preview

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Marielle Wakim of Los Angeles Magazine and Take Two’s Leo Duran join forces on a “best of” list for things to do this weekend in Southern California.

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