Patt Morrison for February 29, 2012

Half of all counties in California do not have a physician routinely available to administer abortions. In order to increase women’s access to the procedure statewide, Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has authored a bill, SB 1501, to also allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives to perform abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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Swipe your card for your tax refund

South Carolina will be sending residents their state income tax refunds on a prepaid debit card this year, unless they specifically request direct deposit or a paper check. The change is expected to save the state up to $1 million in printing, mailing and administrative costs, but Bank of America, which issues the cards, looks to be the biggest winner of all.
A new rule change will now legally allow dogs on restaurant patios in L.A. County. Why has Fido been traditionally prohibited? Would you be more or less likely to patronize a restaurant that allowed dogs?

Medical tourism: need a root canal? Head to Mexico

Some Americans are turning to “medical tourism” companies to help them find less expensive ways of getting their health needs met. Need hip surgery? Head to India, which is exactly where guest Phyllis Katz found herself towards the end of 2009.
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