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Patt Morrison for January 3, 2011




University of Miami pediatrician endocrinologist Dr. Janine Sanchez examines Roberto V. Murillo, 13. As President Obama's health care changes took effect on January 1, Roberto's mother Veronica Macias and father Roberto A. Murillo don't have to worry about not finding insurance for their son who has diabetes because insurance companies have to insure people with pre-existing conditions.
University of Miami pediatrician endocrinologist Dr. Janine Sanchez examines Roberto V. Murillo, 13. As President Obama's health care changes took effect on January 1, Roberto's mother Veronica Macias and father Roberto A. Murillo don't have to worry about not finding insurance for their son who has diabetes because insurance companies have to insure people with pre-existing conditions.
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How will Jerry Brown handle California's budget woes as governor of the state; will the death penalty resume in 2011; UC executives threaten to sue to keep their generous retirement packages; Congressman John Campbell shares the priorities of California Republicans as the 112th Congress begins; several provisions of health care reform took effect on January 1; California is requiring 100-watt incandescent light bulbs to be 25 to 30 percent more efficient.