Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.2.14

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Wednesday stack

The Supreme Court ruled that people can give as much as they want overall to congressional and Senate candidates, saying it's a free speech right. It removes Watergate-era limits but keeps in place the limit per candidate per election. LAT, NYT

There's a struggle for control of the deputy sheriff's union in the year that the boss will be chosen by election for the first time in a long, long time. LAT, Witness LA

Sale of the LA News Group papers is predicted in the wake of parent Digital First Media cutting its project to centralize national news coverage. Nieman Lab

PG&E was indicted on criminal charges by a federal grand jury in connection with the 2010 gas explosion in San Bruno. SJ Mercury

Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur says the person in that job should be the state's reformer-in-chief. Sacto Bee, LAT

latino-americans-cover.jpgThe PBS series "Latino Americans" won a Peabody Award today. List of winners

Jose Fernandez, superintendent of the Centivela Valley High School District, made $674,559 last year — more than the heads of the giant school systems in New York or Los Angeles. LAT

Plans for Jay-Z to mount a massive two-day festival, Made in America, at Grand Park this summer are being questioned by Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the downtown area. KPCC

The city and the county are squabbling over who gets to tax you even more for future transit projects. LAT

The City Council approved a switch to cable TV-style area monopolies for the pickup of commercial trash. LAT, DN

More than 450 medical marijuana dispensaries have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year -- more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open. LAT

Inside the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control (or ATSAC) center located under City Hall East. KCRW

John Wayne's daughter Aissa doesn't like being dragged into the anti-Obama email hoaxes that seem to endlessly fool the low end of the Facebook spectrum. Patt Morrison/LAT Op-ed

T.J. Simers on Lonnie White, back behind the paywall. OC Register

Mike Eliason, a prize-winning veteran photographer for the Santa Barbara News-Press, has been fired, apparently after he complained to Cal/OSHA about alleged newsroom mold issues. SB Independent


More by Kevin Roderick:
Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.3.14
Joel Grover story on NBC4, Scientology book win IRE awards
Zócalo Book Prize to Ethan Zuckerman
Paper doesn't know beans about Chile
Book 'Em Mysteries in South Pasadena to close
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