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October 20, 2021

Randol White

Sacramento has nation's second-highest rent burden for Black renters

Renters are struggling to make ends meet with ballooning rental costs. According to a study by Zillow, Sacramento’s Black renters wages aren’t increasing fast enough to match higher rents.

Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Classical

October 20, 2021

Pianist Emanuel Ax Makes Music With Lifelong Friend Yo-Yo Ma

In this week’s New Classical Tracks, pianist Emanuel Ax teams up with longtime friend and collaborator Yo-Yo Ma to re-record Beethoven's cello sonatas for their new album, Hope Amid Tears.

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Environment

October 19, 2021

Newsom declares drought emergency across California

Gov. Newsom expands the California drought emergency from 50 counties to statewide, but does not order mandatory water conservation. He did authorize water regulators to ban wasteful water use, such as spraying down public sidewalks.

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Health Care

October 17, 2021

Hospitals brace for strikes as California workers protest staff shortages

Long-simmering disputes with unions over staffing are reaching crisis points. Almost a third of California hospitals report insufficient numbers of critical workers, including nurses, technicians and janitors.

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The FDA authorizes Moderna and J&J COVID vaccine boosters

October 20, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration also gave an OK to boosters that differ from the vaccine originally used to immunize people against COVID-19. A mix-and-match approach could ease the booster rollout.