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Mon January 30, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: top news stories for Monday, January 30, 2012

Frustrated by cuts to the judiciary system, some Bay Area courts are pushing for legislation that would transfer control of the system's $3 billion budget from a central bureaucracy to lawmakers and local trial judges. The California Assembly votes today on the measure... 

Meanwhile, other news out of Sacramento is causing outrage among members of the pet community. To save the state money, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed reducing the amount of time shelters must wait before they euthanize stray animals...

At the same time, Brown says the state's estimate of $100 billion for High-Speed Rail is too high...

In the Bay Area, critics are saying BART's purchase of 775 new cars, with the first 200 at about $5.1 million apiece, is an outrage, especially because the cars are being built overseas...

Occupy Oakland is also outraged – again. Police and protesters clashed violently Saturday night, when protesters tried to take over a vacant building and vandalized City Hall. More than 400 people were arrested...

In other crime news, colleges are turning to an Oakland-based business called Turnitin to help catch applicants who plagiarize... 

As cheating crackdowns rise, the study of science may fall. California is considering requiring less science to graduate from high school...

Though California's schools may become less stringent, the state still leads the country with its progressive environmental laws. A law set to go into effect in 2020 would reduce the amount of carbon-based fuels used…

And a Foster City-based drug company is breaking ground in the HIV prevention field. Gilead has asked the Food and Drug Administration for approval to market its HIV treatment drug Truveda as a protective measure against the virus that causes AIDS.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.

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