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Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, March 7, 2012


A new report from the legislative analyst's office shows California will have to pay more than $700 million a year to cover costs on nearly $10 billion in high speed rail bonds...

In other news of owed money, the San Jose City Council voted Tuesday night to place a ballot measure that would make city employees contribute more to their retirement plans...

More than 23 percent of California's teachers were ages 56 to 65 in 2009-2010, and that means the state is approaching a shortfall of educators...

Black and Hispanic students are suspended and expelled at much higher rates than other students in nine out of ten of California's largest school districts...

The city of Berkeley had some good news regarding crime: it's down. A study shows violent crime and theft dropped 28 percent from 2007 to 2011...

Something growing is California's compost industry, which is struggling to keep up with discards.

Connecting the Dots brings the day's news together.

Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.