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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) questions witnesses during a hearing about the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) questions witnesses during a hearing about the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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We take a look at the week in politics, following Kevin de Leon's conversation with Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris proposing a tax plan for the middle class. Plus, we talk to the L.A. Times' new food writer, Peter Meehan. And, it's allergy season.

Caravan Update

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A Caravan of migrants from Central America is heading north. The group is expected to be at the Guatemala-Mexico border today. President Trump has already said he will shut down OUR southern border if the caravan moves through Mexico. We'll talk about how this news might affect the midterms elections in just a few minutes but right now we are going to find out more about who makes up this migrant group.

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State of Affairs

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Senator Kamala Harris tests the political waters in key states while proposing a tax plan aimed at the middle class. Meanwhile, the sparks did not fly when State Senator Kevin de Leon and Dianne Feinstein faced this week. What does the future hold for de Leon’s underdog campaign? All that and a look back at Sacramento, one year after Me Too.

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The L.A. Sheriff's makes up 17 percent of the County workforce — but nearly half of sexual misconduct legal costs

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Thursday, we reported that scores of sexual misconduct cases have racked up legal bills of more than $36 million at Los Angeles County. The Sheriff's Department accounted for nearly half those costs.

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LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell addressing recruits at the Biscailuz Training Academy in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell addressing recruits at the Biscailuz Training Academy in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
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L.A. Times has a new food writer

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It's been almost three months since the Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold died. The paper has been steadily rebuilding and expanding its food coverage, both to deal with the loss of Gold —who came to define the L.A. scene — but also as the Times finds its footing under new, private ownership. There's been some movement internally in that department, but on Thursday the paper announced the hire of a new food writer and contributing editor Peter Meehan.

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SoCal So Curious: Tap Water

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Ever noticed that white chalky film that builds up on various water nozzles in our homes? So did listener Daniela Garcia. Turns out that film is calcium carbonate and how it ends up on your faucet has everything to do with the origin and journey of your water. 

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25 Fabulous events in Southern California this weekend

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Fall food festivals fill the weekend agenda. The Taste travels to O.C., while the Eastside Food Festival, A Taste of Soul LA and Ragin Cajun reappear at their previous locales. L.A. history is front-and-center at Triforium Fridays and the Archives Bazaar. The Skirball celebrates the Notorious RBG while the W Hollywood honors King James (aka Lebron) as he makes his debut as a Laker. Not to be outdone, KPCC and LAist are holding an open house.

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