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The O.C. Evidence Scandal

A scandal involving the handling of evidence by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is widening. The department and investigators from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are reviewing 22,000 cases to see if evidence was appropriately booked. An internal audit in 2018 and a second one in 2019 found some deputies did not book evidence on time or not at all and then lied about it. Fifteen deputies were referred to the OCDA’s office but charges were never filed. Five had been fired and at least nine have been disciplined. Recently the OCDA’s office has discovered 91 cases in which a person pled guilty to a crime that had no evidence or evidence was booked after the plea was made.

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Fire Station 9

Take a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the busiest fire station in the country, where firefighters act as both primary care providers and emergency responders for the nearly 5,000 people living on Skid Row.

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The Fight to Know

In the beginning of 2019, California, one of the nation’s most secretive states when it comes to police files, put Senate Bill 1421 into effect. The new law made public thousands of police records pertaining to police dishonesty, sexual assault and use of force. And in an unprecedented move, forty news groups partner to dig into these once-secret police files. But even after a year into the new transparency law, journalists and the public are realizing that the law has its limits when it comes to investigating police misconduct.

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Life In Plastic: California’s Recycling Woes

As California deals with the fallout of a global waste crisis, plastic manufacturers continue to spread misleading information about recycling, while spending big on lobbying efforts to keep their products on the shelves.

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Who Killed Josiah?

A Humboldt town is polarized over allegations of racism and police incompetence surrounding the death of college student Josiah Lawson. 

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Access Denied

An investigation reveals how the state and many cities have let developers get away for decades with not paying their fair share when they replace affordable lodging with luxury hotels up and down California’s coast.

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