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Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty. - And in Los Angeles, which has one of the nation's largest homeless populations, the mayor said last week people may start getting arrested again for sleeping on the sidewalk now that the city feels it has enough new housing to meet settlement requirements. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018, as a United Nations report on poverty and inequality says 185 million Americans are living in extreme poverty. - And in Los Angeles, which has one of the nation's largest homeless populations, the mayor said last week people may start getting arrested again for sleeping on the sidewalk now that the city feels it has enough new housing to meet settlement requirements. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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We check in on San Bernardino County to see how it's adressing an increase in homelessness. Plus, L.A. County's fastest growing homeless population is senior citizens. And, find out more about KPCC's latest podcast, Tell Them I Am.

Newsom revised budget

The state budget was unveiled this morning by Governor Gavin Newsom in Sacramento. The latest proposal has swollen since January, topping out now at about $213 billion dollars. 

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Early childhood education

Governor Newsom spent almost nine minutes of his presentation this morning talking about his "parent’s agenda" and investments in early childhood. In his January budget, he proposed nearly $2 billion dollars in funding for everything from preschool slots, to training for child care providers and supports for new parents. Thursday, he fine-tuned some of those investments.

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Catholic Church sex abuse rules

Just last week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a review of how the LA Archdiocese has handled allegations over the last two decades. For many victims, here and all over the world, it's felt like Rome has been…at best aloof or at worst complicit. Well, this morning Pope Francis released new Vatican laws on how clergy around the world will handle abuse allegations and cover-ups going forward. A Martinez speaks with

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Progressive Asian Christians

California is home to hundreds of churches started by Asian American immigrants. But their anti-gay stance and silence on racial justice issues has turned off younger members who leave, or switch to progressive churches which tend to be predominantly white. But those churches aren't a great fit either. One Asian American Christian told me he was complimented for reading scripture without an accent. So now these progressive Asian American Christians have created their own space -- online and IRL. KPCC’s Josie Huang has the story. 

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge crowd control

How do you control the crowd size at one of the most hotly anticipated immersive theme parks? That’s something Disneyland is hoping to figure out during its initial reservation-only period.

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San Bernardino Homeless

Homelessness in San Bernardino County jumped by nearly 25 percent from 2018 to 2019. In response, the county has issued over $9 million in grants to local organizations to address this rise.

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Senior Homeless

Thin social security checks, little retirement savings and a lack of affordable housing are forcing some California seniors onto the streets. In Los Angeles County, seniors are the fastest-growing part of the homeless population. As part of our series "Graying California," Amita Sharma from KPBS spent the day with a 71-year-old man who lives on San Diego's sidewalks.

Tell Them I am

It is the fourth day of Ramadan, and this month, as a way to recognize this celebration of the Muslim faith, KPCC launched a new podcast called Tell Them I Am, profiling 22 very different people who just happen to be Muslim.

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