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THE NOONER for May 13, 2016

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

Nonpartisan Voters Face Hurdles In California Presidential Primary | The Sacramento Bee
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California prepares for contested Democratic presidential primary

Corruption Scandals Spawn Ballot Measure That Would Let Lawmakers Suspend Colleagues Without Pay
During the eight months that Democratic state Sens. Leland Yee and Ronald Calderon were on suspension in 2014 while facing federal corruption charges, they each

California Assembly Encourages Hybrids, Punishes Emissions Cheaters | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Car bills driven through Legislature

Prop 30 Income Tax Increase Extension Likely Headed To Voters -
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Pro-trump Super Pac Forms, With Eye On California Money | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Doug Watts will serve as executive director

More Sd City Retirees Top $100k |
Retired San Diego Rescue-Fire Department officials are the city's top pension earners, according to a new report. / Union-Tribune

California Democratic Voter Registration Ticks Up In Latest Tally | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Democratic registration edges upward since January

Governor Jerry Brown Has Financial Link To Oakland Coal
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California Senate Offers Playful, Purple Tribute To Prince | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Memorial by Sen. Isadore Hall filled with lyrical reference to music legend

UC San Francisco Drops Plans To Close Mission Clinic | State Of Health | Kqed News
He said that UCSF will partner with San Francisco’s department of public health and the broader community “to best secure these services” for young people.

'guys With Big Hands': Top GOP Ad Man Launches Campaign To 'unsell' Trump | Politico

California's Schools Will Soon Be On The Hook For Things Like Suspensions, Attendance And Graduation Rates
California's schools are going to have to answer for more than just test scores, by the year after next.

First Draft: Health Care Ruling Gives John Boehner at Least Some Temporary Vindication
A court ruling on Thursday gutting a central provision of the Affordable Care Act is the results of a suit initiated by Mr. Boehner before he was forced out of the speakership last year by a group of hard-right conservatives who said he was not aggressive enough in trying to repeal the health care law.

Tesla Tourism: Tax Break Proposed For Out-of-staters Picking Up California Cars
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A Bay Area lawmaker's bill would give tax breaks to out-of-state customers picking up their Teslas at the electric-vehicle maker's Fremont factory.

Sutter Hospice Faulted In Care Of Former California Health Care Leader Jerome Lackner | The Sacramento Bee
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Lackner, once physician to Cesar Chavez, was revered in local community of recovering addicts

Theranos Shuffles Leadership; President Retires
Theranos president Sunny Balwani will retire, the company said Wednesday. The embattled blood-testing company is also adding new board members and changing its organizational structure.

House GOP Budget Still Dead In The Water - Politico
The Florida senator hit Donald Trump on nuclear armament.

Health care firm to pay for firing worker who needed medical leave
A Walnut Creek health care company will pay more than $37,000 in back wages and damages to an employee who was fired when she asked for medical leave, the U.S. Labor Department announced Thursday. The federal Family Medical Leave Act allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for their own or a family member’s health problem. “This employee suffered emotional and financial stress at a time when she could least afford it,” Susana Blanco, director of the Labor Department’s San Francisco district office, said in a statement. Muir Orthopedic Specialists has more than 20 doctors who provide physical therapy, sports medicine and related care at its office in Walnut Creek, according to its website.

National Republican Senatorial Committee: 'Toxic' | Campaign 2016

The National Republican Senatorial Committee released an ad on May 13 attacking Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

BART directors OK extending contracts with unions
BART directors approved labor agreements with the transit agency’s three largest unions Thursday — a move to assure passengers and voters that no strike is forthcoming. The Board of Directors voted 7-2, with Directors Zakhary Mallett and Joel Keller opposed, to approve the agreements, which extend current contracts, set to expire in 2017, until 2021. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Service Employees International Union, and American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees locals that represent most BART workers ratified the agreements earlier this week.

Parents Wrongly Put On A Child Abuser List Will Get $4.1 Million To Settle Their Suit
A $4.1 million payment to parents of a 15-year-old runaway daughter who falsely accused them of child abuse was approved to settle a lawsuit brought by the couple who spent over a decade trying to remove their names from a database of child abusers.

LaDWP Pursues Energy Storage, But It's No Replacement For Natural Gas In The Short-term | 89.3 Kpcc
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John Cruz, a meter reader for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power opens a water meter in the Hollywood Hills on Friday morning, Aug. 7, 2015. Maya Sugarman/KPCC