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Bay Area Headlines: Tuesday, 11/02/21

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Smoke and gases were spewed into the air last week around Chevron’s Richmond refinery. / Employees at San Francisco’s City Hall have returned to their offices as the city government continues to encourage local businesses to do the same. / The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently granted Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccination to kids ages five to 11, and Alameda County will begin providing these vaccines to the public. / Enrollment for Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, is now open. And this year, health officials say there is extra federal assistance available to low and middle income families. / A federal judge has struck down part of a California law that limits protests at vaccination sites.

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Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.