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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 2010 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: A new report shows that working women would benefit the most from a proposed 12 dollar minimum wage being considered in Congress. Solitary confinement in the Illinois juvenile justice system is on the way out; and a report on some mothers marching in Michigan today.

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PHOTO: The May issue of AARP Bulletin uses the Livability Index to identify the most livable places in the country for people age 50 plus. Eighteen California cities received high marks in the study, with San Francisco's South of Market named as one of the 10 Most Livable Neighborhoods in the country. Photo courtesy: AARP.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new online tool is giving Californians a chance to take a closer look at their neighborhoods. Christina Clem, adviser State Operations with AARP California, says people can use the Livability Index to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future n...Read More

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PHOTO: There is a rising number of pet thefts across the nation.

LOS ANGELES - Police are warning pet owners about a dog-napping scam, one that highlights a sharp national increase in stolen pets. Recently, two women in green uniforms showed up at a house in Echo Park falsely claiming to be with the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force. They...Read More

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PHOTO: Almost all cars in California will have to be electric if 2050 greenhouse-gas emissions goals are to be met. A new report calls for aggressive measures to meet them. Photo credit: jppi/

If California takes the most aggressive approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, it'll be rewarded with 1 million new jobs and a 6 percent jump in economic growth by 2050, according to a report released Tuesday from the University of California-Berkeley. The report looked at ways to reach Cal...Read More

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PHOTO: Grandmother Yolanda Verona hugs granddaughter Frida Villagomez at the border fence in Friendship Park at Border Field State Park near San Diego. Photo credit: Maria Teresa Fernandez/Border Angels.

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Border Patrol opened a stretch of fence along the border with Mexico near San Diego for 15 minutes this weekend to let members of four long-separated families embrace. Part of the Friendship Day celebration and Children's Day holiday in Mexico, the event was organized by Border...Read More

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PHOTO: California lawmakers are considering major changes to the voting system, including automatically registering voters using the DMV database and sending them all mail-in ballots. Photo credit: kakisky/

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Before the 2016 election most California drivers could be automatically registered to vote and receive their ballot in the mail all without having to lift a finger. Today, the Assembly Transportation Committee hears a bill to authorize the state to use the Department of Motor Ve...Read More

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PHOTO: More cash in workers' pockets? The Los Angeles City Council is considering raising the minimum wage to $15.25 an hour, up from the state minimum of $9. Photo credit: jppi/

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council is poised to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15.25 an hour. The move, which is expected in the next few weeks, would affect almost three-quarters of a million workers in the city. The current statewide minimum wage is $9 an hour, which equa...Read More

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PHOTO: The Latino population has more than doubled in the past 30 years, but the number of Latino doctors has plummeted, according to a UCLA study that blames the demise of affirmative action for the gap. Photo credit: chilombiano/

Over the past 30 years, the Latino population in the United States has risen by 243 percent. But during that same period, according to a UCLA study of census data, the number of Latino doctors has decreased 22 percent. The study found that the shortage is acute in California, with only 50 Latino do...Read More

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PHOTO: The health of family budgets is front and center in California's Assembly and Senate Committees on Health, considering bills to prevent people from being hit with unexpected out-of-network charges and big co-pays in health insurance. Photo credit: imelenchon/

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Changes to some health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act are winding their way through the California Legislature. The bills aim to free patients from surprise charges and outrageous co-pays. The Senate Committee on Health just passed a bill requiring health ins...Read More

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