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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

No Place Like LA: Ben, who isn’t phased by crime

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NO PLACE LIKE L.A. IS OUR SERIES THAT ASKS L.A. TRANSPLANTS AND IMMIGRANTS: “WHEN WAS THE MOMENT YOU FELT THAT LOS ANGELES WAS TRULY HOME?”THIS IS THE STORY OF BEN PHEN FROM VIRGIL VILLAGE.

Here’s what this year’s tax changes mean for 4 California households

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It’s that time of year. Though April 15 may seem far in the future, a W2 arriving in the mail signals it’s time to start thinking about taxes.

And this year, many people are probably wondering what the GOP’s tax overhaul — signed into law by President Trump at the end of 2017 — will mean for their 2018 taxes.

KPCC has been breaking down what these tax changes have in store for a group of Southern Californians at different income levels.

From low-income grad students to highly paid professionals, they all agreed to share their most recent tax returns with KPCC and have them analyzed by Los Angeles-based H&R Block tax preparer Aaron Martinez. He looked at what each household reported to the IRS in 2016, then calculated what they would have paid instead under the new laws.

No Place Like LA: Michelle is a prodigal Angeleno

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NO PLACE LIKE L.A. IS OUR NEW SERIES THAT ASKS L.A. TRANSPLANTS AND IMMIGRANTS: “WHEN WAS THE MOMENT YOU FELT THAT LOS ANGELES WAS TRULY HOME?”THIS IS THE STORY OF MICHELLE KIM WHO’S ORIGINALLY FROM L.A.

Parents still wary of Normandy schools, despite upgrade in academic standing

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The Missouri Board of Education recently raised the academic standing of the Normandy Schools Collaborative from “unaccredited” to “provisionally accredited.” But with annual test scores and the high school graduation rate still fall below state averages, many parents, including a few PIN sources, are wary of whether the district has improved as much as it appears to have on paper.

Celebrate uniqueness: Your personal holiday traditions

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The holidays are a special time of year when people come together to celebrate. However, not everyone celebrates the same way, especially here in SoCal. So we asked you — our listeners — to share your unique holiday traditions.