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Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, April 10, 2012


A Republican lawmaker is pushing to end so-called dead-of-the-night votes, rushed, late-night decisions on bills with little to no public vetting. Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Lake Elsinore) has proposed legislation that would require bills to be public for at least 24 hours before a vote…

Governor Jerry Brown will extend contracts for about 24,000 state workers. Employees including doctors, craft workers, and psychiatric and dental technicians will extend their union contracts for another year. What happens in the future will depend on whether Governor Brown’s tax plan passes in November…

For the past decade, lawmakers interested in closing deficits have been borrowing money from K-12 school budgets. The process, called a "deferral," comes with the promise that the money will be paid back the following fiscal year, but each year the borrowing cycle starts again. By one estimate, the state currently owes school districts more than $9 billion…

Chris Bucchere, the bicyclist who recently struck and killed a 71-year-old pedestrian, has been accused of repeatedly running red lights earlier that day. The pedestrian, Sutchi Hui, died on Monday and Bucchere is now facing manslaughter charges...

More and more children are being diagnosed with autism, the developmental disorder that impairs a person's ability to communicate and develop social skills. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says better detection rates are increasing the number of diagnoses, especially among Hispanic children…

Wildlife officials in Oregon and Washington have been euthanizing sea lions who eat endangered salmon. But California officials are skeptical that the practice will help preserve the species.

Connecting the Dots brings the day’s news together.