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Sac City Budget/ Silver Star/ Green Burial/ Kronos Quartet

Sac City Budget Sacramento City Council passed a tough budget last night and resoundingly rejected the latest strong-mayor proposal. On the budget, the council closed a $43 million shortfall with 100 layoffs and service cuts, but more layoffs could come if the city and unions can't agree on labor concessions. As for stong mayor, the council rejected the latest proposal seven votes to two. Specifically, they voted against directing the City Attorney to draft a strong-mayor measure for the November ballot. Today on Insight, we'll talk with Councilmember Steve Cohn about the decisions and why he voted the way he did.

Silver Star A CHP officer who serves in the California National Guard now has a Silver Star, the third-highest military award for bravery. Staff Sergeant Emmett Spraktes of Dixon is a medic. He was honored for the heroism he showed while helping wounded U.S. soldiers under fire in Afghanistan. Spraktes is the first California National Guardsman to receive a Silver Star while engaging the enemy in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Green Burial Bio-cremation is touted as a natural and greener way to dispose of human remains. It uses a liquid chemical to speed up decomposition. But bio-cremation is not legal in California. A bill in the State Legislature aims to change that.

Kronos Quartet One of the world's most famous modern-classical groups is coming to the foothills this week to help celebrate a birthday. It's the Kronos Quartet, playing at Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley on Thursday. All the music they'll play was written by Terry Riley, the Nevada County composer who's celebrating his 75th birthday. Riley is best known for working in the music genre called minimalist.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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