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Romaine lettuce is displayed on a shelf at a supermarket in California in April, during an <em>E. coli</em> outbreak traced to contaminated lettuce. The CDC says a new outbreak has made lettuce dangerous to eat, just in time for America's most foodcentric holiday.
Romaine lettuce is displayed on a shelf at a supermarket in California in April, during an E. coli outbreak traced to contaminated lettuce. The CDC says a new outbreak has made lettuce dangerous to eat, just in time for America's most foodcentric holiday.
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We look at how the University of Southern California is creating a hotline for students following complaints and lawsuits against its campus gynecologist. Plus, we find out why Harvard University is investing in Paso Robles vineyards. And, how the E. coli outbreak could affect the way romaine lettuce is labeled in the future.

Clean Water Act Changes

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It's been widely reported that the Trump Administration is planning to roll back Clean Water Act protections. President Trump has spoken about getting rid of these regulations since last year. And now plans for scaled back replacement regulations are expected as early as today. So what could the changes mean for waterways here in California? 

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Update: After this conversation was recorded, President Trump did release proposed changes to the Clean Water Act.

Harvard University invests in CA vineyards

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As the climate changes, water is becoming an even more precious commodity. It's becoming so valuable, in fact, that Harvard University is now investing in California vineyards just for the groundwater.

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So Cal Edison Fire Prevention 

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Facing increased scrutiny over its roles in some of California's recent wildfires, the state's main utilities have been talking up prevention measures. For its part, Southern California Edison plans to spend millions to improve equipment and oversight.

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A Southern California Edison sign outside the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.
A Southern California Edison sign outside the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.
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USC Hotline

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Following complaints and lawsuits over a University of Southern California gynecologist, we look at a new hotline the school has set up.

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A young man rides a bicycle on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 2018.
A young man rides a bicycle on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 2018.
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After Harassment

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On Monday, we chatted with L.A. Times Reporter Harriet Ryan who covered news about the Pasadena obstetrician who allegedly mistreated 20 women. We'd like to pick up that conversation. UC Irvine chancellor's professor of law Michele Goodwin gives a rundown of what to do if your M.D. acts inappropriately, and who's responsible for their oversight.

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Romaine lettuce labeling

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It's been about three weeks since the Food and Drug Administration announced an E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The FDA initially advised people to throw all their romaine away, sending literally tons of it into landfills. Now a new labeling system is being proposed.

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SoCal Innovations

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Southern California has spawned a whole host of influential movements and inventions in many different fields. Yes, there's music. But there's also food, toys, shopping, political movements and more. Los Angeles magazine has assembled 13 of these in its latest issue for the article, "These 13 Innovations Changed the World—and They All Originated in L.A."

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70 years ago, the first McDonalds as we know it opened in San Bernardino.
70 years ago, the first McDonalds as we know it opened in San Bernardino.
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