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Morning Scoop: Reopening MLK Hospital, barking about dog parks, bison birth control

November 20, 2009 | 10:04 am

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Good morning from the City Desk, where we're staring at mounds of traditional Friday morning doughnuts. Some California stories from today's paper to boost your caloric intake:

Tighter drug-abuse rules: California is cracking down on health professionals who abuse drugs, subjecting them to frequent drug tests, monitoring them closely when they're in treatment and removing those who relapse. This comes after an investigation by The Times and the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

Hospital plans: The reopening of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital came a step closer to fruition yesterday when University of California regents approved a partnership with L.A. County to run the facility.

A dog's life: Redondo Beach allows dogs into just one of its parks. Owners of some of the city's 3,600 licensed canines want that to change.

Pay cuts: California's elected officials face an 18% pay cut in December. A state panel ruled that the cut is legal.

Bison birth control: The island's feral bison are getting birth control to help make the herd size more manageable.

We'll bring you other news as we get it. Got news for us? A story idea? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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