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• Wedding bells began to ring for same-sex couples in Australia last week.  Two couples tied the knot in ceremonies happening just moments after midnight. 

• Here in the U.S, the Human Rights Campaign released the 2017 state equality index report.  Many state legislatures across the country considered sweeping anti-LGBT laws to allow wholesale discrimination, including some that attack marriage equality and transgender youth. The good news is that California is among the 13 top rated states in the report. 

California Update for Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018
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• A bill that would have expanded the use of rent control in California fell one vote shy of passing the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

• Three California gas-fired energy plants could be replaced with giant batteries. The proposal calls for PG&E to find clean energy alternatives for two Calpine-owned gas-fired plants in Sutter County and one in San Jose.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2018
Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio News

• Alicia Lewis co-authored the #WeSaidEnough letter --signed in October by more than 140 women who work at the California State Capitol. The letter was a show of support for the national #metoo movement. Lewis was fired from her job a week later.

• A law that goes into effect on January 1st requires new and remodeled pools in California to have an additional safety layer to protect children from drowning.

Find more new California laws going into effect this month HERE.

California Update for Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jan 3, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The state Senate left a female Fellow in the Sen. Tony Mendoza’s office for six weeks after receiving a sexual misconduct complaint. It’s the latest concern—but far from the only one—of critics who question the HR credentials of Senate leadership.

Find Ben Adler's full investigation HERE.

Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world. 

Hear This American Life every Friday evening at 7:00 pm; repeating Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91!