• Budget Dilemma Health officials tell Sacramento that state budget cuts in medical coverage could have unwanted long-term results: deaths and higher costs. L.A. Times

  • 'Grim Sleeper' Reward Renewed The L.A. City Council has extended the $550,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of a South L.A. serial killer. L.A. Weekly

  • City Budget Not Set in Stone Details of L.A.'s $7 billion budget are far from known and will depend on state government decisions and the intentions of the city's labor unions. L.A. Daily News

  • Rosemead Axes Its Planners Displeased with its planning commission's embrace of a controversial new general plan for the city (which includes the continued running of a chicken slaughterhouse), Rosemead's City Council voted to replace the entire commission. San Gabriel Valley Tribune

  • Metrolink to Hire Own Crews As part of changes sparked by the deadly 2008 Chatsworth commuter train crash, Metrolink will no longer rely on an outside contractor for its rail staff and could be hiring new crews by next year. KNX

  • Spector Lawyer Seeks Shorter Sentence Music producer-convicted murderer Phil Spector's lawyer, Doron Weinberg, has asked a judge to sentence Spector to a term of one year less than prosecutors are seeking. Spector faces a mandatory 15 years to life in prison for his second-degree murder conviction, and more on a gun-use charge. Associated Press

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