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Why do charter schools' vaccination rates lag so far behind?

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| Behind the numbers in a KPCC data analysis that found students in public charter schools were less likely to be vaccinated than their peers in district-run schools.

California public health agency opposes superbug tracking bill

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The Department of Public Health says a bill designed to increase superbug tracking in California would not provide an accurate picture of the scope of infections.

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Some LAUSD water fountains still have lead in them

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The district estimates it will take until the end of next year to repair or remove from service the fountains at about 280 campuses.

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Orange County's wealthiest cities have biggest opioid problem

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In Orange County, the highest rates of opioid-related emergency room visits and deaths are in its wealthiest cities, according to a new report.

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Paramount residents push back against medical waste facility

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The plant wants to start running seven days a week. Regulators say it's safe. An opponent asks why it has to be in the South L.A. city, already home to so many polluters.

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4 more Paramount metal plants told to cut chromium 6 emissions

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L.A. County's public health department orders the four firms to cut levels of the carcinogen. Two of them say the county got its facts wrong.

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3rd metal plant cited amid new chromium 6 spikes in Paramount

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The AQMD cited Lubeco, Inc., on the Long Beach-Paramount border. The agency says it's working with the firm on a plan to reduce its emissions of the carcinogen.

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California violates civil rights of Latinos on Medi-Cal, suit says

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"As the program became more brown, the state invested less green" for provider reimbursements, says a plaintiff lawyer. The state says it hasn't found systemic access issues.

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