Local News Roundup — Feb 11, 2009

Here are some of the stories in the Southland on Wednesday

Fetus Found

An investigation is under way this morning following the discovery of a 6-month old fetus at a recycling plant in Baldwin Park. The fetus was found in the 14-thousand-600 block of Arrow Highway just after 8-30 last night. It was spotted in a bag by an employee at the Allan Company recycling plant. The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Baldwin Park and L-A County sheriff's departments.(NBCLA.COM)

Fugitive Frenzy

A fugitive parolee who led police on a car and foot chase and twice drew fire from Torrance police officers is in custody at this hour. The Torrance Police Department says he was tracked down by a police dog while hiding. But a man who had been with him remains at large.(NBCLA.COM)

Octo-Mom Update

It appears increasingly likely that taxpayers will be on the hook as a result of the decision by an unemployed woman to have a huge family, including octuplets born last month in Bellflower. Nadya Suleman, who now has 14 children, has no job, no income and, according to the Los Angeles Times, owes $50,000 in student loans. The 33-year-old Whittier woman expresses confidence she can afford to raise her huge family, insisting she can do it without welfare.

Gas Price Rise

The average price of a gallon of self-serve unleaded regular gasoline rose in Los Angeles County today for the ninth consecutive day. It increased 1-point-3 cents and now stands at 2 dollars and 20-point-4 cents. That's almost 10 cents more than last week and 26-point-3 cents more than a month ago ... but 88 cents less than at this time last year. In Orange County ... unleaded regular also rose for the ninth straight day today. It increased by 1-point-7 cents and now stands at 2 dollars and 19-point-7 cents. The increases in the Southland stem from supply reductions.

Taxing Proposal Pushed at Capitol

California residents would be affected in many ways under a budget proposal being pushed forward in the capital. The plan calls for increasing the state sales tax by 1 percent, increasing gasoline taxes by 12 cents per gallon, raising the fee for licensing vehicles to 1.15 percent, and raising personal income tax across the board.

Former Governors Ask Schwarzenegger to Preserve Conservation Corps

Former California governors are asking Gov. Schwarzenegger not to scrap the California Conservation Corps as he has proposed to do under his budget plan. Critics say the agency provides skills training at a time when jobs are hard to find. The corps is made up of 18- to 25-year-olds who respond to wildfires, floods, earthquakes or other natural disasters.

400-Foot Tall Turbines Approved for Construction Near Lompoc

Wind turbine generators nearly 400 feet tall will soon be erected southwest of Lompoc. Santa Barbara County supervisors have approved the county's first wind farm project, which could provide enough electricity to serve up to 50,000 homes. Supervisors say the benefits outweigh the unavoidable environmental impacts. The wind towers will be visible to Jalama Beach.

Insurance Settlement

The state's largest for-profit health insurer agreed to reimburse former clients to the tune of $14 million and offer coverage to 2,330 people it dropped after they submitted medical bills, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said today. Anthem Blue Cross also will pay a $1 million fine. The settlement impacts Californians whose coverage was rescinded between January 2004 and December 2008.

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