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Voters fill out ballots in the June 5 presidential primary election at Estrada Court Community Center in Boyle Heights.
Voters fill out ballots in the June 5 presidential primary election at Estrada Court Community Center in Boyle Heights.
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State of Affairs

California says tax returns are the price for showing up on state primary ballots, but legal challenges could be on the way. Meanwhile, Sen. Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor takes the spotlight in Wednesday’s debate. Is her record her “glass jaw?”

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Public Charge

Last fall, the Trump administration unveiled a proposed federal rule that would disqualify immigrants from legal residency if they've used certain public benefits. There's been speculation ever since that the rule could push immigrant families to drop out of public health and other programs. So —has it? KPCC's Leslie Berestein Rojas has been trying to find out.

Men in ECE

Billy Truong, an early childhood development professor, had a wild journey to the early childhood field. It started when his sister asked him to babysit her new twins, which prompted him to leave his career as a nightclub promoter and return to college to study early childhood. He's one of very few men in the field - and NOW he is attempting to create a community of support for men in early childhood education. KPCC's Priska Neely has his story and joins A Martinez for more. 

Cal State Science Teachers

Future California math and science educators are about to get an assist from the CSU system. That's to the tune of $10 million dollars in funding from an existing initiative from Cal State Universities. The program is intended to address the continued shortage of teachers for those subjects. Estimates put the teacher shortage at over 30,000 for the next decade and those are just in math and science. 

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Weekend Preview

The Secret Movie Club throws a Kaiju party and screening. The L.A. Zoo hosts a night of animals, music and beer. UCB Franklin showcases experimental comedy. Film screenings honor Agnès Varda and Mary Lambert. Long Beach kicks off its restaurant week. A one-day music festival pops up under the oldest bridge in L.A.

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Little Free Pantry

If you take a walk around any Los Angeles suburb, you'll probably bump into a Little Free Library. They're these birdhouse shaped cabinets you can find wherever a local resident decided to prop one up. Usually, they're right along the edge of a sidewalk, stocked with books. You take one, you leave one. The idea was for Little Free Libraries to help build a greater sense of community and a love for reading. Now take that same concept, but instead of books, you stock the cabinet with food. KPCC's Jonaki Mehta takes us to a local little free pantry where a quiet movement tackling food insecurity is taking off.