Monday, November 10, 2014
The Hearst News Service will file or has filed these news and feature stories for Tuesday. If you have questions, please call Dan Freedman or David McCumber at 202-263-6400. After 8 p.m. EDT, call Dan Freedman at 240-461-5405.
NATIONAL ("a'' category)
SUGAR (San Francisco) — The University of California at San Francisco is creating the first research group in the country dedicated to studying the relationship between sugar and chronic disease — including diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer's — and compiling scientific data into one place where it can be disseminated to the public. By ERIN ALLDAY.
POT-CALIF (San Francisco) — After Tuesday's election, just one piece of the West Coast remained unwelcoming to recreational pot: California. But with voters in Oregon and Alaska legalizing the use and sale of marijuana — joining Washington and Colorado in inviting retail spreads of cannabis-infused teas and brownies and joints — advocates see fresh momentum behind the slow shift in how the public regards the green stuff and those who enjoy it. By KURTIS ALEXANDER.
DNA-SPRAY (San Francisco) — To prevent and contain outbreaks of food-borne illness, which sicken one in six Americans annually, a Bay Area startup is developing bar codes that go directly on fruits and vegetables. But you may overlook them: they're DNA-sized. By STEPHANIE LEE. (Already filed)
BROWN-CALIF (Sacramento, Calif.) — Fresh off winning a historic fourth term as governor, Jerry Brown plans to push ahead with a pair of projects that could transform the California landscape: high-speed rail and delta water tunnels. The ventures have strong critics. But having soared into office with 59 percent of the vote and no concern about winning another term, Brown is in a unique position to solidify the legacy he's seeking: as a fiscal steward who built historic projects for the state. By CARLA MARINUCCI and MELODY GUTIERREZ. (Already filed)
THREE-STRIKES (San Francisco) Proposition 36 proponents say inmates released under the law are faring well, despite arguments that the repeat offenders would be dangerous. More than 1,900 prisoners have been released under Prop. 36, with the average person out for a little over a year, according to Stanford Law School's Three Strikes Project. Just 3.5 percent have returned to prison for committing a new crime, state data reviewed by the group shows. By Hamed Aleaziz. (Already filed)
BUDGET (Albany, N.Y.) — The state's anticipated surplus grew by another $625 million thanks to settlements by a pair of banks and an accounting firm, according to a report released Monday by the state Budget Division. That means the state should end this fiscal year with a $4.8 billion surplus. That sets the stage, though, for a fight on how to spend it. Despite that lawmakers appear confident that they'll get another on-time budget, as evidenced by the lack of concern that for the fourth year, there is no quick-start meeting, which was supposed to take place earlier in the month and set the stage for revenue predictions. By RICK KARLIN.
SCHUMER (Albany, N.Y.) — Sen. Chuck Schumer appears at Albany VFW hall to pitch bill that would expand mental health screening opportunities for vets, whether they served in combat or not. By CASEY SEILER.
VETERANS (Albany, N.Y.) — It's a special Veterans Day for Theodore Tornesello. Seventy years ago, the soldier from Green Island, N.Y., chased Japanese fighters from the islands of the west Pacific and witnessed one of the iconic moments of World War II. On Oct. 20, 1944, Tornesello watched from the deck of an American landing craft as U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded through ocean at the shore in a triumphant return to the Philippines. By DENNIS YUSKO.
WASHINGTON ("w'' category)
WORKSHOP-HOUSTON-AWARD (Washington) — Workshop Houston, a middle school program that seeks to build academic and creative skills through activities including welding, music production, fashion, received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. First Lady Michelle Obama honored 12 after-school programs in the East Room ceremony Monday afternoon. Interviewing Brianna Burns, a 13-year-old involved in the program who aspires to be a rapper and learned music production through the program. By LISA HAGEN.