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State of Affairs, High School Voices on the Pandemic, Update on Jose Huizar's Case




MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 26: Protesters march on Hiawatha Avenue while decrying the killing of George Floyd on May 26, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after a video taken by a bystander was posted on social media showing Floyd's neck being pinned to the ground by an officer as he repeatedly said,
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 26: Protesters march on Hiawatha Avenue while decrying the killing of George Floyd on May 26, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after a video taken by a bystander was posted on social media showing Floyd's neck being pinned to the ground by an officer as he repeatedly said, "I can’t breathe". Floyd was later pronounced dead while in police custody after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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State of Affairs

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, Governor Newsom moves to rapidly reopen California…LA County is next. Are his decisions are based on science… or politics? Meanwhile, the state senate plans to push back on Newsom’s cuts. We'll get into all of this on State of Affairs.

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High School Voices Reflect on the Pandemic

Over the next several days, we will be hearing from high school students. Sheltering at home hasn't been easy, especially for seniors. It's meant having to miss out on traditions leading up to graduation. While still making sure to buckle down and adjust to online learning. In the next couple of weeks, it will also mean having to graduate virtually. We hear from an array of high schoolers.

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City Budget Protests

Protests continue today in Minneapolis and across the country over the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old died after police handcuffed and restrained him on Monday. Prosecutors have arrested one officer—Derek Chauvin —and filed third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges against him. Chauvin was captured on video using his knee to pin Floyd down for nearly nine minutes until he became unresponsive. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident were fired by the Minneapolis Police Department earlier this week. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles groups including Black Lives Matter — L.A. took to the streets for a second time last night.  The anger fueling demonstrations against police violence is also uniting activists who are fighting to change how money is spent at City Hall. 

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 Jose Huizar Update

Another domino dropped this week in a sweeping corruption investigation at city hall. A former top deputy to L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar has agreed to plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge. The FBI says he played a central role in a "criminal organization" focused on real estate development in downtown L-A. The U.S. Attorney's office says George Esparza, along with an unnamed city councilmember, took cash, gifts, trips, campaign donations — all sorts of perks in exchange for political favors. 

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State Attorney General Becerra on Emissions

There is a battle in the air, again, over car emissions and how much of the stuff that comes out of our tailpipes can be released into the air. This week, California and 22 other states joined together in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration. The case takes aim at the White House’s rule, released in March, that rolled back fuel economy standards for vehicles.

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Weekend Preview 

Finally, this has been QUITE a week. So if you need to take a mental break from the news, we’ve got the perfect distractions.

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