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State Inspections Confirm Whistleblower Allegations At Troubled California COVID LabThe long-overdue report of state inspections at California's troubled COVID testing lab is finally public. The findings confirm CBS13 whistleblower allegations and that the lab "pose(d) immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety."
Theranos Trial Reveals Details of Federal Investigation at Troubled CA COVID Lab, Newsom Admin. Renews No-Bid ContractRegulators refused to release investigations into flawed tests at the CA COVID lab ahead of its contract renewal. However, in an interesting twist, we're learning more about what they found, thanks to the Elizabeth Holmes Theranos trial.
What's California's Department of Public Health Hiding At The $1.7B COVID Testing Lab? Lawmakers Demand AnswersState Senate Republican Leader, Scott Wilk, is demanding answers from the Department of Public Health following an ongoing CBS13 investigation into shocking public health failures at the state's $1.7 billion COVID testing lab. The state said it would make it's investigation public by mid-March but now says "the investigation is ongoing" as problems continue and the lab contract is set to renew at the end of the month. 
CBS13 Investigates: Parents' Facebook Groups Removed, Then ReinstatedSeveral Facebook parent groups that have been critical of school COVID policies suddenly disappeared from the social media platform this week.
Kid COVID Vaccine Confusion: Who's Approved, Authorized Or Mandated?Pfizer asked the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization of its COVID vaccine for kids 5-11 on Thursday, but on the heels of California's school vaccine mandate, the distinction between "approval," "authorization" and "mandates" is causing confusion for some parents.
One In Three Students At Local California Schools Failed Last Year - But Who's Tracking?It’s no secret that students struggled with distance learning last year, but it's been difficult to quantify the actual impact on California students - until now. 
Lodi Schools Hit With District-Wide Cyber Security IncidentThe district would not confirm whether or not this was a ransomware attack or whether any student data was compromised, but this is not the first cyber security incident at the district.
Schools Aren't Required to Report Increasing Cyber Attacks: Kids at Risk, Parents in The DarkCybercriminals are targeting schools at an alarming rate and putting kids at risk of identity theft - and their parents may never know.
Are Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards The New Fake IDs?From concerts to college campuses, from the office to the bar, proof of vaccination is quickly becoming common. There’s now concern that fake vaccine cards could become the new fake ID.
Thousands of Unused ‘Vax For The Win’ Gift Cards - 'Procedural Errors' May Have Prevented Some From Redeeming ThemCBS13 has learned as many as a quarter of those vaccine incentive gift cards had not been redeemed by late August - and hundreds of thousands of dollars in Vax for the Win gift cards may have gone unused due to errors by the state.

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Amador County Landlord Waits Weeks For Propane, Company Cites 'Gaps In Communication'More viewers are reaching out to CBS13 about delayed propane deliveries after the major December storms. One woman from the small town of Volcano in Amador County reached out to Kurtis after waiting weeks for the tank on her rental property to be refilled.
Call Kurtis: Temporary Bank Closures Impacting Access To Safe Deposit Boxes   A Sacramento resident almost missed out on his trip to Mexico when he found out he couldn’t access the safe deposit box where he was storing his passport.
Sacramento Family Calls For Redesigned Product After Kitten Suffocates In Flip-Top Kitty Litter BucketA Sacramento family blames the death of their kitten on a bucket of kitty litter. They want to warn others about the dangers of the bucket’s flip-top lid.
'This Can’t Be My Ticket': Modesto Mom Gets Parking Ticket From Los AngelesA Modesto mom’s minivan was slapped with a parking ticket from the Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau — and she swears she wasn’t there. 
Average Price Of A Gallon Of Gas In California Hits All-Time HighThe average price of a gallon of gas in California has hit a new all-time high of $4.71, according to AAA.
Scammers Using Fake Shopping Sites, Taking Advantage Of Supply Chain IssuesAs supply chain issues disrupt the holiday shopping season, scammers are making things worse by taking advantage of those challenges with fake websites. 
Pushed To Pay Cash? Seniors Struggle To Get $35K Refund For Canceled CruiseThree Elk Grove seniors are out nearly $35,000 dollars for a cruise they never took. The way they paid is a big reason why they’re struggling to get their money back.
'No Good Deed Goes Unpunished': Elk Grove Senior Ticketed For Truck Donated Six Years AgoWe’ve reported before on agencies using old DMV records and ticketing the wrong person. One was issued in Salinas, a place Emily Blake-Kessel said she’s never been, six years after she donated the truck involved.
Call Kurtis: Tracy Kid's Basketball Hoop Arrives Broken After Online PurchaseA Tracy 12-year-old was out nearly $500 after buying a basketball hoop that arrived broken.
Business Owner Warns Of SMUD Scam: 'These Guys Were As Cool As The Other Side Of The Pillow'A Sacramento business owner said he almost fell victim to what he called a smooth scam. He runs a golf shop and called the guys who tried to rip him off “villains."