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The Power & Influence Behind the World of Recycling

Tickets to basketball games, dinners at steakhouses, hotel stays at 4-star accommodations - these are just some of the perks of being courted by plastics and hospitality lobbyists. SoCal Connected investigates the millions of dollars spent by plastic industry forces to influence lawmakers and prevent plastic bans.

This story is part of the larger investigation into the recycling crisis and plastic pollution issue in California. You can watch the full 30-minute episode here.

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Born to Run

The Los Angeles Jets youth track and field club is one of the oldest and most established running teams in California. It was founded in South Los Angeles in 1973 by then West Vernon Elementary school teacher Ron Moore.  Five years later James Robertson and Booker Woods joined as coaches and the team became one of the largest co-ed running groups in the city.

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Cannabis Country

State and local regulators are overwhelmed and outgunned when it comes to closing down California’s poisonous pot pipeline.

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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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The Fight to Know

An investigation into once secret files involving hundreds of police departments reveals decades of misconduct among California’s rank and file.

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