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Kaiser Permanente, Unions Reach Contract Deal To Avert Strike

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The four-year agreement, which covers 85,000 employees in seven states and the District of Columbia, must still be voted on by workers. It would raise wages, offer new education programs and curb outsourcing of some jobs.

States Take Vaping Action: California Warns Users To Quit; Massachusetts Orders Temporary Sales Ban

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As the growing number of lung injury cases tied to vaping continues to climb, state public health officials take steps to fight the trend. “Californians are encouraged to stop vaping until health officials fully understand what’s causing this public health crisis,” said Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom. After declaring a public health emergency, Massachusetts announces a vaping product ban that goes further than any other state with a four-month prohibition on all sales. Meanwhile, a case in Kansas brings the U.S. death toll to nine people.

Jury Selection To Start In California’s Antitrust Lawsuit Against Sutter Health

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California’s Department of Justice alleges that Sutter Health bought up competing medical providers in Northern California and used that market dominance to increase prices for insurance plans. Sutter recently released a statement defending its business practices. The trial is expected to run for months. And other hospital and industry news is reported from Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.

California Leaders In Uncomfortable Position Of Agreeing With Trump On Homelessness. But That Doesn’t Mean They’ll Support His Plans.

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President Donald Trump — who is using a visit to California to drive home his point about the homeless crisis in the state — echoes some of the same points that California leaders have been making for years. The solution to the problem, though, is likely to be far from bipartisan. Meanwhile, local officials are still “baffled” about a potential Trump administration shelter plan.

California Governor Targets E-Cigarettes With New Campaign But Laments That He Can’t Institute An Outright Ban

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state will pump $20 million into a public awareness campaign as well as crack down on sales of illicit products. While he says he lacks the authority to ban the products outright, Newsom said he would like to sign a bill if the legislature sends him one. Lawmakers were quick to agree. Meanwhile, a man in Tulare County, Calif. becomes the seventh confirmed fatality in the national vaping-related illness outbreak.

How Trump’s Presidency Fueled A Flurry Of Progressive Movements In California

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California leaders and President Donald Trump can seem at war with each other sometimes, but many of the state’s new laws are linked with the presidency. “Donald Trump has been the impetus for putting everything on warp speed,” said Garry South, a Democratic political strategist in California. “It has pushed Democrats in California to take actions that might otherwise have been viewed as a little less urgent if we had a Democrat in the White House.” In other news on the administration: the Border Patrol’s morale issue, the “public charge” rule, and health data at HHS.

California Leaders Caught Off Guard By Trump’s Potential Crackdown On State’s Homeless Encampments

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President Donald Trump has publicly bickered with California leaders such as Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom over the state’s homeless crisis. Following reports that the Trump administration is considering demolishing homeless encampments and moving unhoused people into government facilities, mayors were left trying to determine if they were dealing with a speculative threat or the real possibility of drastic federal action.

Protesters Swarm Calif. Capitol In Last-Ditch Effort To Stop Governor From Signing Controversial Vaccination Bill

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But despite some 11th-hour hesitations over the past week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the legislation cracking down on medical exemptions into law. Protesters forced delays in both the Assembly and Senate. They unfurled an upside-down American flag from the Senate’s public gallery in a traditional signal of distress and chanted “My kids, my choice” and “We will not comply.”

This Dark Corner Of The Internet Celebrates Mass Shootings, Creating A Hateful Culture That Breeds Gunmen

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These online forums, like 8chan, that extol shooters, mass violence, and other toxic ideals are becoming a battleground for law enforcement to find the next possible threats to public safety. But the anonymity in which they thrive can make the process difficult. Meanwhile, in other gun violence news: San Francisco designates the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization”; President Donald Trump hints at a coming proposal; active shooting drills becoming a frightening norm for school kids; politicians in red states walk a careful regulation line; and more.