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Lawmakers preparing to kick Yee out of State Senate

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Senate leaders have called for a vote today to suspend Senator Leland Yee from the Legislature if he does not voluntarily resign. Yee was arrested earlier this week and charged with corruption and arms trafficking in an FBI sting that also netted an infamous San Francisco gangster known as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. Yee dropped out of the Secretary of State race yesterday, but …

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Investors or customers? Who will pay for San Onofre?

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The operators of the dormant San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant should refund ratepayers $94 million for costs that were neither reasonable nor necessary. That’s the recommendation from two administrative law judges with the California Public Utilities Commission. The entire PUC will consider the recommendation before voting on the issue. The nuclear plant between Los Angeles  and San Diego has been idle since January 2012, …

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Senator Alex Padilla’s San Onofre Closure Hearing

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There’s a hearing set for tomorrow in Sacramento to talk about the challenges that will likely come from the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear power plant, between LA and San Diego.
Two reactors there have been off-line for more than a year and a half due to unusually worn steam generating tubes in Units 2 and 3.
Its operator, Southern California Edison, announced last …

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No more San Onofre – now what?

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The San Onofre nuclear power plant has been offline for 16 months, ever since a radiation leak was discovered to be caused by unusual wear on the steam generator tubes.
The plant’s operator, Southern California Edison, has been lobbying the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow the plant to re-open at lower power for a trial period.
But after heavy opposition from activists and lawmakers, So Cal …

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Today’s News: Shaken students, faculty return to SMC; Vigil tonight for shooting victims; Looking for a motive

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Aftermath. It’s a somber day at Santa Monica College. Students and faculty are returning to campus for finals week – just three days after a heavily armed gunman went on a shooting spree that fatally wounded five people before he was shot dead.
Authorities today are expected to interview the mother of the shooter – John Zawahri – as they try to decipher of a …

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Today’s News: Obama defends surveillance program; Nightstalker dead at San Quentin: LACMA makeover

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San Onofre. The big story is Southern California Edison’s decision to shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Power plant, but there’s a lot of other important news happening around California today:
Obama in California. President Obama has made a personal plea to Californians, Latinos and young people to sign up for coverage under the new health care law. The president spoke this morning in San …

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California at the crossroads

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Today is a rare day when it feels like California, and Southern California in particular, is the crossroads of all things in the news.
Google, Apple and Facebook – all California companies – are at the heart of the Internet surveillance story that broke yesterday and will inevitably continue to develop in the week ahead. Coincidentally, President Barack Obama is in Silicon Valley today, where …

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San Onofre nuclear power plant to be shut down permanently

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Southern California Edison announced today that it will abandon its push to restart the San Onofre nuclear power station in San Diego County near the Orange County line.
Ted Craver, the chairman and CEO of Edison International, SCE’s parent company, says the 44-year-old plant will permanently shut down because of uncertainty about when federal regulators would allow it to start producing electricity again.
“We have concluded that the …

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Today’s News: Sen. Boxer slams San Onofre operator; Santa Barbara fire raging; State deer losing their hair

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Smoking gun? Senator Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate the operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant for intentionally misleading federal regulators to avoid a “long and costly review” of the plant.
San Onofre hasn’t produced any electricity since January of 2012. That’s when a small radiation leak led to the discovery of heavy wear on tubes carrying radioactive water in the …

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Today’s News: LACMA aims for $650 million makeover

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Remaking LACMA. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will unveil a planned $650 million makeover next month that would require demolishing much of the current museum.
LACMA Director Michael Govan says a new design by Dutch architect Peter Zumthor – a Pritzker Prize winner – will redefine the encyclopedic museum for the 21st Century. To do that, the L.A. Times reports LACMA plans to …

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Today’s News: New urgency in search for lost hikers; LAUSD ‘security’ aides; Fallon poised for ‘Tonight’ gig

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Missing hikers. Another night has come and gone and there’s still no sign of two teenaged hikers missing in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County since Easter Sunday. A major search effort is underway involving dozens of family members, friends and volunteers as well sheriff’s deputies and personnel from the U.S. Forest Service and the California Emergency Management Agency. Authorities believe one or …

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Today’s News: Jerry Buss honors; Hollywood development; Trestles tiff

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Saluting Buss. The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly planning to hold a ceremony honoring owner Jerry Buss during tomorrow night’s game at Staples Center. Fittingly, the Lakers will play their biggest rival, the Boston Celtics. Buss died of kidney failure yesterday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. Team officials say the Lakers will remain in the Buss family. Jerry …

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OC Line: More problems for San Onofre’s nuclear plant

It’s been more than a year now that both reactors of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, between LA and San Diego, has been shut down.
Southern California Edison officials have been trying to fix leaky tubes in the generators there that led to a radiation leak last January and the discovery of even more leaky tubes.
The shutdown has emboldened anti-nuclear activists, who say the …

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Today’s News: Dorner details; Family Services investigated; Rosendahl targets sister city

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Dorner aftermath. No positive identification yet, but San Bernardino County authorities say they are all but certain the charred body found in the ruins on a burned vacation cabin is Christopher Dorner. Investigators now turn their attention to how the angry ex-cop managed to elude their manhunt. Dorner’s driver license and other personal effects were found in the burned cabin where the fugitive apparently made …

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Today’s News: ‘So long, Huell’; CalPERS Turnaround; Mulling Marijuana

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Sunset sign-off. Friends and admirers will gather today at the Griffith Park Observatory for a sunset memorial to public TV host Huell Howser. L.A. City Councilman Tom La Bonge says it’s fitting to hold Howser’s memorial at one of California’s best known landmarks because Howser himself was an iconic figure in the state. Howser, who died last week at the age of 67, was …

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Today’s News – Updated: Connecticut school shooting; San Onofre transparency; California can cut payments to Medi-Cal providers

 
School shooting in Connecticut. A mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut has left 27 people dead. That number includes 20 children. The suspect is reportedly Adam Lanza, 20, who was also found dead at the school. LAUSD has released a statement assuring parents that students in Los Angeles are safe.
An emotional President Obama addressed the press, saying “I know there’s not a parent …

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Today’s News: FPPC calls $11 million donation political ‘money laundering’

 
Donors revealed, mystery continues. California’s political watchdog agency says an $11 million campaign donation from an Arizona non-profit is the biggest case of campaign money laundering ever in California. The money apparently passed through two other groups before it was funneled to a California committee fighting Prop. 30 and backing Prop. 32. Sacramento Bee
Too close to call. On the eve of the election, more …

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Today’s News: Red ink at San Onofre; Death penalty teeters; Mail-in deluge

Stories we are covering today in the KCRW newsroom:
San Onofre costs. The cost of flipping off the switch at the San Onofre nuclear power plant is now $317 million. That’s about double what the company reported in June. The California Public Utilities Commission has launched an investigation into the potential hit to ratepayers from the extended outage. Depending on the outcome, some or all …

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Today’s News: Obama visit, puppy mills, and nuclear power cancer risks

Stories we are following today in the KCRW newsroom:
Obama comes to LA. President Obama is scheduled to jet into L.A. this afternoon for an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Obama will spend less than three hours in the Southland before high-tailing it to Nevada to push on with his frenzied campaign schedule. Police are warning of traffic delays around LAX and …

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In Today’s News: No NFL in LA soon, Prop. 30 offensive, Magnet school vacancies

Stories we are following today in the KCRW newsroom:
Political football. CBS Sports says Los Angeles should not expect the return of the NFL anytime soon, at least not next year. A league committee focused on bringing the NFL back to L.A. has ruled out moving a team next year and has lingering concerns about the feasibility of a downtown stadium. CBS Sports
Prop. 30 push. …

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