Backers of California's Proposition 56 hope to hit people hard enough in the wallet that they quit smoking. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Would California's Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

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Cassie Ray (seen with her husband, Gerry) got a surprise bill from an out-of-network anesthesiologist after an operation. Courtesy of Cassie Ray hide caption

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California Aims To Limit Surprise Medical Bills

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A mountain yellow-legged frog returns to the wild in the Desolation Wilderness, south of Lake Tahoe in California. Josh Cassidy/KQED hide caption

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In The Battle To Save Frogs, Scientists Fight Fungus With Fungus

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California State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, holds a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, setting a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik cares for her fiance, David Rector, who's trying to have his voting rights restored five years after a judge ruled that a traumatic brain injury disqualified him from casting a ballot in San Diego. Elliot Spagat/AP hide caption

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Disabled And Fighting For The Right To Vote

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Marv Sepe is the chief operating officer of CTC Global in Irvine, Calif. The company manufactures high-capacity conductors for transmission lines. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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In California, Curbing Trade Might Have Its Trade-Offs

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Farmworker Maria Diaz works in the pepper fields of Dixon, Calif. Julia Mitric/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

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Hearing Officer Jim Teal presides over a session of Early Intervention Family Drug Court in Sacramento, Calif., in March. The county program helps keep families together — and saves taxpayers $7 million annually, Sacramento County officials say. Robert Durell for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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California Court Helps Kids By Healing Parents' Addictions

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Cesar Chavez, the head of the United Farm Workers Union, calls for the resignation of Walter Kintz, the first legal counsel for the state Agriculture Labor Relations Board, in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 16, 1975. Chavez's efforts in California culminated in landmark legislation that protected the rights of the state's farmworkers and created the ALRB. AP hide caption

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In January of this year, Daniel Laine surveys the site where his grandmother's Anderson Springs house had burned down in a wildfire last September. Officials said today the Valley Fire, which killed four people and wiped out more than 1,300 homes, probably started with faulty hot tub wiring. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Josephine Rudolph, 99, says she couldn't afford to live at the Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Reseda, Calif., without Medi-Cal assistance. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Natalie Dunnege and her son, Strazh, work on an art project at home in San Francisco. Her health insurance would cover therapy sessions to help with her depression, Dunnege says, but she hasn't been able to find a counselor who is taking new patients. Sheraz Sadiq/KQED hide caption

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Single Mom's Search For Therapist Hampered By Insurance Companies

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Firefighters battle part of the Sand Fire after flames jumped across a road in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Sunday. As the blaze changed direction multiple times over the weekend firefighters were forced to retreat and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Frustrated You Can't Find A Therapist? They're Frustrated, Too

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed six new bills into law Friday, nearly seven months after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. Two of the new laws restrict ammunition. In this photo from last summer, a man enters a gun store in Los Angeles. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Three different law enforcement drawings show a suspected serial killer believed to have committed at least 12 murders and 45 rapes across California in the '70s and '80s. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, FBI Special Agent in Charge Monica Miller and Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert displayed the images at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Lonny Shavelson has studied America's experiments with aid in dying. He's now helping patients and doctors in California come to grips with the state's new law. Courtesy of PhotoWords.com hide caption

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This Doctor Wants To Help California Figure Out Aid-In-Dying

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the Redding Municipal Airport last Friday in Redding, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Trump's African-American: 'I Am Not A Trump Supporter'

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Scientists in California are turning to big data to help save the red-legged frog, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Gary Kittleson hide caption

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Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs

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