Supreme Court Upholds Individual Rights In 2 Key Criminal Justice Cases

The Supreme Court handed down five decisions Monday, and one that could pave a path for legalizing sports gambling throughout the country got most of the attention Monday morning. But the court also decided two important criminal justice and personal rights cases. In one, McCoy v. Louisiana, the court ruled 6-3 in favor of a defendant whose lawyer told a jury that his client was guilty, disregarding the explicit instructions of his client. His lawyer wanted him to plead guilty to avoid the...

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Monterey, CA – It's not the Tour de France, but organizers of the Amgen Tour of California hope to start a cycling tradition with this week's inaugural bike race down the California coast. Today's 4th stage, 130 miles from Monterey to San Luis Obispo, brought a major international cycling race to the Monterey Peninsula for the first time. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.

For race results, pictures and videos, visit the Tour of California's website.

Pebble Beach, CA – Most golf fans know by now that San Jose State grad Arron Oberholser won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am yesterday by five strokes. But off the golf course, the news was as good as the weather.

KAZU's Ben Adler talks with Ollie Nutt, tournament director and vice president of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

Monterey, CA – She could be the first ever female speaker of the house a year from now - if Democrats have a stronger-than-expected showing at the polls this November. But first, San Francisco congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will have to lead her party through a political minefield that has not been kind to Democrats in recent years - without the ability, as the minority party, to set the policy agenda.

Moss Landing, CA – About 75 miles southwest of Monterey -- thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean -- sits a huge underwater mountain. Scientists have not known very much about this inactive volcano, known as the Davidson Seamount, but they've recently learned a lot more.

Santa Cruz, CA – The city of Santa Cruz - long known for its liberal politics - is debating a sharp increase in the minimum wage. Activists are gathering signatures to put a measure on the November ballot that would raise the minimum wage $2.50 to $9.25 an hour - with future increases depending on the rate of inflation. As KAZU's Ben Adler reports, the initiative is causing a battle among the city's progressives.

Monterey, CA – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger brought his 200-billion-dollar Strategic Growth Plan to the Monterey Peninsula today. He spoke to a gathering of school superintendents from throughout the state this morning and then toured Seaside High School. Later, Schwarzenegger met with local officials to discuss the impact of his series of bond measures on the Monterey Bay Area. KAZU's Ben Adler reports.

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