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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.

Seaside, CA – It's the hottest political scandal in Washington right now. The investigation into who leaked the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame has already led to the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, and could bring more indictments in the coming weeks. Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, says the Bush Administration leaked her name as retribution for an op-ed piece Wilson wrote in The New York Times rebutting one of the administration's arguments for the war in Iraq.

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