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Nevada's Budget/'The Pacific'/Belle Yang/Sound Advice

Nevada's Budget Nevada lawmakers avoided a constitutional showdown with their governor this week when they fixed a huge budget cap, but nobody liked the resulting budget deal or how the future looks. Today on Insight, Reno Gazette-Journal political reporter Anjeanette Damon tells you about it.

'The Pacific' There's a new HBO miniseries starting soon about World War II. It's called "The Pacific" and it tells the real-life story of three U.S. Marines fighting the Japanese. The show's producers include Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. There's also an official companion book to "The Pacific." The author is historian Hugh Ambrose, who was also a consultant on the TV show.

Hugh Ambrose is at 7 p.m. today at Borders, 2339 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. Information: (916) 564-0168.

Belle Yang Not so many children's book authors also illustrate their own books, but one of those author-artists is Belle Yang. Born in China, she lives in Carmel, and also writes and illustrates graphic novels. In the late '80s, Belle Yang returned to China for a few years to study painting, and was in Beijing at the time of the Tiananmen Massacre. She's in town to give a talk tomorrow about children's literature and you'll meet her.

Belle Yang, the featured author of UC Davis' "Words Take Wings," will give three presentations at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, March 5th in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. Information: (866) 754-2787.

Sound Advice: Classical Each Thursday, it's our music feature Sound Advice. The first Thursday of the month of we talk about new releases in classical music. Clasical host Kent Teeters introduces you to new recordings of clarinet concertos by Wolfgang Mozart and Louis Spohr and Chopin: The Complete Works.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
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