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Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, February 29, 2012


The practice of fracking on oil wells near Taft, California has been approved by the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. Fracking – the practice of injecting steam underground at high pressure to break up porous soil to release oil – had been banned within 150 feet of any wells known to be seeping oil...

Fewer TV stations could be on the air, if a plan for faster wireless data service takes effect. The FCC is considering the plan, but it is far from being approved...

Language is always evolving, and a California Assemblyman thinks it's time to retire the word “retarded.” Republican Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa says the bill would replace the term “mentally retarded” with "intellectually disabled," and the term “mental retardation” would become "intellectual disability" in state documents...

A national coalition of medical cannabis dispensaries is fighting what it describes as “aggressive audits” by the Internal Revenue Service. The group, which calls itself the “280E Reform” project, had its first meeting on Saturday, in Oakland. Section 280E of the IRS code prohibits any deductions or tax credits for businesses that are “trafficking in controlled substances...”

A state lawmaker who introduced a bill keeping mobile food trucks at least 1,500 feet from schools during class times plans to revise it. The idea behind Assemblymember William Monning's proposal is to fight childhood obesity, but changes are expected to accommodate the food vendors...

Today is Leap Day, a calendar event that only happens every four years.Rough estimates claim only about 200,000 people in the U.S. were born on February 29th. So it's a very special celebration today at Strawberry Point School in Mill Valley, where three of the 21 students in Meagan Druding's third-grade class are having their second-ever official birthday party.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.