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Where California Stands on Contact Tracing, How Coronavirus Has Affected the Work-Life Balance for Moms, TBT: The Story of Lucy Hicks Anderson




Public health experts say tracing who people infected with the coronavirus have been in contact with is a critical step in easing social distancing restrictions.
Public health experts say tracing who people infected with the coronavirus have been in contact with is a critical step in easing social distancing restrictions.
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Coronavirus: Contact Tracing Update 

Today, the Los Angeles County Office of Public Health reported another uptick in cases of COVID-19 with an additional 143,000 confirmed cases. Now...one of the keys to getting a handle on this spike is contract tracing …and that means identifying WHO has the virus... and tracking down others who may have been exposed. Right now, we have roughly 10-thousand contract tracers in California, but officials say it's not enough to keep up with the current spread.

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Coronavirus: Unemployment Bonus Is Ending 

Early in the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed a stimulus package that gave an extra 600 dollars per week to everyone on unemployment. That money has been crucial to making ends meet for many LA residents, especially freelancers who've seen their work dry up. But that federal boost is scheduled to go away at the end of this month. And so far, it hasn't been renewed. KPCC's David Wagner looks at what losing that extra $600 would mean for LA's creative economy. 

Coronavirus: Moms Look To Reduce Their Hours 

As more school districts decide to return to distance learning in the fall, its becoming abundantly clear to every parent that they will be schooling their kids at home while also trying to work there.... at least until December...if not longer. And a new study released this week raises concerns about how that work-life balance so far has affected the moms...and how it could be deepen the wage gap between women and men. We're joined by one of the study's lead authors.

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Severe Storms

Pounding rain, floods: These are all things we’ve been told to expect here in California as the global temperature continues to rise. Now, a new report out of UCLA combines climate and weather forecasts to project just how much sever weather we could expect in the coming years if efforts to curb global emissions aren’t made. The short answer: a whole lot of it. 

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TBT: Lucy Hicks Anderson 

Lucy Hicks Anderson is recognized as one of the first transgender people in the US. She lived - and died - in Los Angeles, but it was while she was living just an hour north of LA in Oxnard that she came to national attention as someone who fought for the right to live as the gender with which she identified - and not the one with which she was assigned at birth. So for today's Throwback Thursday we get to know Lucy Hicks Anderson - a Black transgender pioneer.

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