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THE NOONER for February 27, 2015

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Senate Candidate Kamala Harris Unknown To More Than 50% Of Voters
latimes.com
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the only major candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, is unknown by more than half the state's registered voters, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

4-year Contract Dispute Between Kaiser, Nuhw Thaws; Union ‘hopeful’ | State Of Health Blog From Kqed News
blogs.kqed.org
For more than four years, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, representing 2,600 Kaiser mental health clinicians in California, has been in a small war with the health care giant.

Pac With Tobacco Ties Pushes For Nury Martinez, L.A. Ballot Measures
latimes.com
A political action committee partly backed by an affiliate of tobacco giant Phillip Morris USA is helping to promote the re-election bid of Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and two measures to change L.A.¿s election date, according to city records.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Likely To Back Healthcare Law
latimes.com
When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King vs. Burwell next week, all eyes will be on Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., to try to figure out which way he's leaning. After all, this case is the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and the last time the law was before the high court, Roberts was the deciding vote in favor of the government. There's one very good reason to think the chief justice will rule for the government again: He's too good a lawyer to do otherwise.

Californians Sharply Divided Over Hiking State Gas Tax | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
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L.A. City Council President Blasts 'smear' Mailers By Fresno Grower
latimes.com
Months after the Los Angeles City Council took a stand in a labor dispute involving a Fresno fruit grower, the company is spending more than $12,000 on election mailers claiming that Council President Herb Wesson "works hard to keep Mexicans from voting."

The Senate Show, Equal Pay Percolates: California Politics Podcast | Faultlines | Kqed News
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A politician who steps aside, and some legislators who step into the arena on an issue everyone’s talking about.

Ap Exclusive: Democrats Billed Taxpayers $40,000 For Events - Ktvn Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -
ktvn.com
Organizers of Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon's event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles claim no taxpayer money was used to hold the event.

San Juan Capistrano Case Challenges Legality Of Tiered Water Rates
latimes.com
In drought-ridden California, many water bills are calculated using a basic principle: The more water a customer uses, the higher the rate. It's a strategy water districts employ to boost conservation.

Chapman University settles lawsuit with wealthy O.C. donors
latimes.com
A Corona del Mar couple who accused Chapman University officials of manipulating them into a $12-million donation will drop their lawsuit against the college, according to a joint announcement.

Leno: More Info Before More Cash For Flawed California It Project | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Home-care Workers Launch Rally For Overtime At Governor's Residence
bizjournals.com
Health Care Leadership Forum

Loretta Lynch Wins Senate Panel Vote To Be Attorney General
latimes.com
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the 83rd U.S. attorney general and the first African American woman to hold the post

Some Mexicans To Be Given Another Chance To Stay In Us | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
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California Lawmaker Wants To Pare Six-figure Pay For State Boards
latimes.com
“We’ve got to put an end to these high paying commissions that serve no other purpose than to provide a living for termed-out legislators who can't find a job in the private sector," Stone said Thursday.

Opinion: A New Fight Over Judging K-12 Schools | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
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New Scope-of-practice Bill Would Boost Role Of Nurse Practitioners
bizjournals.com
Health Care Leadership Forum

Hundreds Of Illicit Oil Wastewater Pits Found In Kern County
latimes.com
Water officials in Kern County discovered that oil producers have been dumping chemical-laden wastewater into hundreds of unlined pits that are operating without proper permits.

Scott Walker's Whitewater?
politico.com
Wisconsin's governor faces a lingering campaign probe back home.

'the Business Of Disease' Is Big On Propaganda, Not Facts
latimes.com
The healthcare documentary "The Business of Disease" seeks to cast suspicion on Big Pharma, but it proves to be a glorified PowerPoint presentation interspersed with commentary by people of questionable qualifications who aim to incite paranoia with propaganda, conspiracy theories and straw-man arguments.

A Peninsula BART rider with measles may have exposed others
sfgate.com
Another set of BART riders may have been exposed to measles after an infected person commuted from Millbrae to San Francisco last week, public health officials said Thursday. The risk to other riders becoming sick is low — and almost negligible for anyone who has been immunized — but the measles virus is known to be highly contagious, public health officials said. [...] this year, 126 cases of measles have been reported in California, at least 17 of them in the Bay Area, according to the state public health department. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that can remain airborne and capable of infecting people for hours. Symptoms usually start one to three weeks after exposure, and may include high fever, runny nose, coughing and watery, red eyes. Public health officials said that anyone who rode BART on Feb. 20, especially on a Richmond train after 4:30 p.m., should consider getting vaccinated if they haven’t already or don’t know their immunization status.

'lazarus Effect' Breathes Some Life Into Medical Thriller
latimes.com
Provocative ideas propel a quickly moving, if budget conscious, movie