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THE NOONER for July 20, 2015

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

California's High Health Enrollment Surpasses Projections - Sfgate
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Medi-Cal patient Richard Olivares, pushes his cart of belongings along a street in Sacramento Calif. California has enrolled 2.3 million people, nearly three times more than anticipated, under an optional expansion of the state's medicaid program. Coupled with higher than expected enrollment, Medi-Cal is now putting financial pressure on the state that was quick to embrace President Barack Obama's health care initiative.

Jerry Brown, Pope Francis Meet On Climate Change From Worlds Apart | The Sacramento Bee
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Brown acknowledges tensions between market forces, teachings of church

Legal Age Issues: For Voting-going Down? For Smoking-going Up? :: Fox&hounds
In San Francisco there was a move to lower the voting age to 16; in the California legislature there is a bill to raise the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21. When can teens and young adults reach the maturity to make important decisions for themselves?

County Receives Big Money For Mental Health Services, Facilities | The Sacramento Bee
Sammy Caiola @
Sacramento County to add 60 beds for mental health patients in crisis

L.A. County Considers New Immigration Program For Jails In Light Of S.F. Slaying
At a community meeting in Duarte hosted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department last week, one name surfaced often.

GOP candidates join testing opt-out movement
Conservative presidential hopefuls in the Senate are trying to keep their talking points on education trendy.

How Much Is California Really Spending? | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Their numbers are correct up to a point

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Health Care Hurdles For The Disabled - California Health Report
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Confederate Flag Down, but South Carolina Blacks See Bigger Fights
Some wonder whether a more cooperative political tone could help the state address racial disparities of income, education, health care and quality of life.

L.A. Archbishop Gomez To Celebrate Special Immigration Mass
Thousands are expected to attend a special Mass on Sunday afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the "immigrant spirit" and to call for comprehensive immigration reform.

Bid To Alter Drug Laws And Allow Some Early Prison Releases Gains Ground In Congress
A bipartisan push to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders in prison is gaining momentum in Congress, but proposals may disappoint advocates hoping to slash the mandatory minimum sentences that are seen as chiefly responsible for overcrowding in the nation's detention facilities.

California State University Presidents, Executives May Get Pay Raise
Today's high

Pope Francis And Brown Part Ways On Cap And Trade
The pope and California's governor don't agree on everything about climate change. Global warming's threat to the planet? Yes. Selling permits to pollute? Hardly.

State-run Retirement Savings Plan Gets Boost | Calpensions
A state attempt to create a retirement savings plan for 6 million private-sector California workers not offered one on the job, Secure Choice, got a boost last week during the White House Conference on Aging.

A New Nonprofit Hopes To Fill A Void In Coverage Of California - Columbia Journalism Review
Tony Biasotti @
California also happens to be home to one in every eight Americans. And yet, when it comes to political coverage, California is no Iowa, Ohio, or Florida.

With More Commuters Ditching The Bus, Octa Is Weighing Its Options - The Orange County Register

Rental Sites Like Airbnb Aren't As Innocuous As They Pretend
You could look at the recent proposals to clamp down on San Francisco's short-term housing rental market as the city's attempt to call Airbnb's bluff.

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GOP Fears Unapologetic Donald Trump Will Alienate Crucial Voters
The Republican establishment has worried for weeks that Donald Trump — a combustible blend of media personality, business tycoon and insurgent politician — was pushing the GOP out of the mainstream and crushing its ability to expand its appeal.

First Draft: Donald Trump Unfiltered, From His New York Times Interviews
Donald J. Trump elaborates on Senator John McCain, on immigration, and how he runs his presidential campaign.