10:24am

Thu May 31, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday, May 31, 2012

(Sac Bee) // Support for the tobacco tax, Prop 29, is slowly going up in smoke – thanks in part to $38 million invested in advertising by tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris...

(Bay Citizen) // While that money is being spent quickly, money for a  federally-funded house payment relief program is not. In the last 18 months, only about 5% of available funds have gone to struggling homeowners...

(Top Ed) // A middle class higher education relief bill has passed the state legislature. But a bill that would dictate how those costs are covered is still pending...

(KPCC) // Even as the state disinvests from higher education, it's looking  to reinvolve itself with medical care for its incarcerated. A federal judge has created a plan to return control of California's prison medical system to the state, but there's no timeline for implementation...

(LA Times) // There's also no timeline for further regulation of hydraulic fracking for fossil fuels, as the state legislature rejected the latest attempt...

(LA Times) // The state's hopes for $1.5 billion in Facebook IPO tax revenue is dissipating. In fact, the rapidly decreasing value of Facebook stock could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars...

(LA Times) // Facebook still has as many as 900 million users, but some speculate it may be losing popularity with teens; nearly a quarter of Facebook's audience claim to be aged between 50 and 64...

(SF Gate) // And San Francisco has a $170 million deficit to settle in its upcoming budget, but Mayor Ed Lee is looking to increase the numbers of public safety personnel in hopes of adding 200 poilice officers by 2018.

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