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Stories for May 17, 2009

State Worker Layoffs Begin

May 17
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network

California has begun sending 5,000 layoff notices out to state workers. The job cuts are part of Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal to balance a growing budget deficit. The lion’s share of the layoffs – about 3,600 – will come from the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Secretary Matthew Cate says the impact will be felt throughout the department.

Low Turnout Expected in Tuesday's Election

May 17
California Capitol Network

Officials across California are gearing up for Tuesday’s special election – but not quite like last fall’s presidential race.

Obama's Commencement Address Sparks Protests

May 17
Associated Press
Obama's Commencement Address Sparks Protests Tease photo

President Obama strode head-on Sunday into the stormy abortion debate and told graduates at America's leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing one another.