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Bay Area Headlines: Wednesday, 1/12/22

A number of Bay Area school districts saw hundreds of Covid-19 cases and teacher absences on their first week back after the holiday break / Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order yesterday giving school districts more flexibility to hire substitutes, extend the contracts of those already on the job / The Port of Oakland has implemented a new, streamlined system for processing cargo ships, which is aimed at improving air quality and safety / Two new proposals in the state capitol would dramatically increase access to health care in California. But the details and costs are different

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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.