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AM Alert: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Francis Ford Coppola inducted into California Hall of Fame

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Francis Ford Coppola and Dr. Dre walk into a museum...for their induction into the California Hall of Fame, not just the set-up to this corny joke.

The basketball great, Oscar-winning filmmaker and rap icon are among the eighth class of inductees to the Hall, an exhibit at the California Museum that celebrates “legendary people who embody California’s innovative spirit.” Beloved literary figure Joan Didion, music mogul Jimmy Iovine, civil rights advocate Charlotta Bass, environmental scientist Stephen Schneider, community organizer Fred Ross, Sr., and social entrepreneurship pioneer Mimi Silbert round out this year’s honorees.

The inductees and their representatives will receive the Spirit of California award from Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown during tonight’s induction ceremony, 7 p.m. at the California Museum on O Street. The event will be streamed on the museum’s website.

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HEY MAMA: Over the past 15 years, California has seen troubling increases in the number of mothers dying in child birth and the percentage of babies being delivered via Caesarean section, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. The group hosts a briefing on the state of maternity care in California and how it can be improved, featuring Neal Kohatsu, medical director of the state Department of Health Care Services, noon at the CSAC Conference Center on 11th Street.

OH, BEHAVE!: State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg joins UC Davis officials to announce a new behavioral health research center, 11 a.m. at the UC Davis Sacramento campus on X Street. The center will be funded by a grant established under Proposition 63, an initiative written by Steinberg and passed by voters in 2004 that created a tax on high income earners to fund mental health services in California.

MR. BUSINESS: Local Republican congressional candidate Doug Ose, whose effort to unseat Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove is being watched by politicos across the country, will announce the support of the National Federation of Independent Business, 10:30 a.m. at the Smog ‘N Go on Harbour Point Drive in Elk Grove.