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HIGHER ED: Community college leaders from around the state are in Sacramento today, meeting with legislators in the Capitol and attending day two of the Community College League of California's annual legislative conference. They'll hear from a long roster of speakers including Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Sen. Marty Block, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, Assemblyman Das Williams and California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White.

MEDI-CAL: Today doctors and hospitals who sued the state for cutting the rates at which they get reimbursed for serving people on Medi-Cal will ask for a new review of their case. They want the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case, after a three-judge panel ruled in December that the rate cuts were permissible. It's been an ongoing fight between the Brown administration and the California Medical Association, the California Hospital Association and other medical interests that oppose the rate cuts Gov. Jerry Brown proposed back in 2011.

DISTINGUISHED GUEST: Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner and members of the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce are welcoming a South Korean dignitary to the Capitol today. Tae Hee Yim, South Korea's national minister of labor and former chief of staff to the country's president, will be in California for two weeks trying to establish business partnerships between his country and our state. At a 1 p.m. press conference in the Capitol, Wagner will present a resolution to honor Korean War Armistice Day in July.

EARTHQUAKES: Sen. Alex Padilla is announcing a bill to create a statewide early warning system for earthquakes. He'll be joined at a 10 a.m. presser in Pasadena by experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, Caltech, UC Berkeley and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

FLU SHOTS: Anyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot yet can get one for free today in the Capitol. Anthem Blue Cross is providing them to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. in rooms 126 and 127. Not that we're pointing out any possible PR stunts, but it was just two weeks ago that the health care company was blasted for raising its rates.



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