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Democratic super PAC reserves TV airtime in California

Apr 18, 2014
Democratic super PAC reserves TV airtime in California

In politics, it's never too early to plan. A Democratic super PAC announced Friday that it has reserved more than $800,000 in television time for the home stretch of the general election in California. House Majority PAC, which wades into conteste...

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FPPC investigating disclosure compliance by Tim Donnelly’s PAC

Apr 18, 2014
FPPC investigating disclosure compliance by Tim Donnelly’s PAC

The state agency overseeing campaign finance rules in California says Republican Tim Donnelly has failed for more than a year to file campaign finance statements for a political action committee he formed in 2012. The Fair Political Practices Commissi...

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Study: Nursing Homes Must Prepare for Influx of Alzheimer’s Patients

Apr 18, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study on Alzheimer’s disease by researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health finds that a culture change is desperately needed for to help improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes. Facilities also need help to prepare for the millions of patients expected to be...

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What Else Do the Statistics From California’s Exchange Reveal?

Apr 18, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

Nearly 1.4 million people enrolled in a Covered California health plan, the state announced this week, after the open enrollment period ended Tuesday.

The big headline was that the enrollment total exceeded the state’s target. But included in the press release were statistics on who enrolled, how they enrolled and what health plan...

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Jerry Brown grants 63 pardons

Apr 18, 2014
Jerry Brown grants 63 pardons

Gov. Jerry Brown announced 63 pardons Friday, with the vast majority of the recipients convicted of long-ago drug crimes. The people pardoned, Brown wrote in the pardon messages, have "lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character...

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UC Berkeley acceptance rate plunges amid new admission process

Apr 18, 2014
UC Berkeley acceptance rate plunges amid new admission process

University of California, Berkeley's freshman acceptance rate for fall 2014 plunged 3.5 percent amid changes to its admission process, including a greater emphasis on admitting out-of-state students. Preliminary University of California admission data...

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AM Alert: Californians support transitional kindergarten proposal

Apr 18, 2014
AM Alert: Californians support transitional kindergarten proposal

In his final year in the Legislature, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has made it a priority to expand pre-kindergarten to every 4-year-old in California, giving families the option of an extra year of schooling before their children s...

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FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case

Apr 17, 2014
FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case

The board of California's political ethics watchdog Thursday postponed action on a recommended $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, his brother and Republican central committees in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. A...

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Dickinson bill seeks crude oil train emergency preparedness

Apr 17, 2014
Dickinson bill seeks crude oil train emergency preparedness

Pointing to the catastrophic derailment in Quebec of a train transporting oil and similar accidents, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has unveiled legislation to get emergency responders more information about crude-carrying trains that rol...

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Nearly 1.4 million Californians enroll in health insurance exchange

Apr 17, 2014
Nearly 1.4 million Californians enroll in health insurance exchange

Citing a large influx of customers in the final weeks, California officials announced Thursday that more than 3 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage or Medi-Cal, capping an opening period that saw the state emerge as an example for th...



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