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June 29, 2007 5:50 AM

The AM Alert

The

Los Angeles County Superior Court

is set to hear arguments today in the case

American Civil Rights Foundation v. Los Angeles Unified School District

. The case, filed by

Ward Connerly

's American Civil Rights Foundation, charges the school district with

racially discriminatory policies

. Nurses from the

California Nurses Association

will promote

Michael Moore's new film, "Sicko,"

across the state, including in Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco, as the movie opens nationally. The budget conference committee will meet today, possibly for the last time, as Assemblyman

John Laird

and Sen.

Denise Ducheny

, the respective chairs of the two house's budget committees, host an afternoon news conference. They met in preparation for the beginning of the

new fiscal year

, which starts Sunday. Sunday also marks the first day of California's new

Department of Public Health

, a spinoff of the old Department of Health Services.

Mark Horton

, the state's new top public-health official, previews the new department in Richmond today. This Sunday marks the first day that a handful of

new laws in California will go into effect

. So those of you who love your

portable DVD players

better

buy, buy, buy

because a new

e-waste recycling fee

goes into effect, bumping the price up $6 to $10 per unit. That's for those of you who aren't buying the new

iPhone

, whose first full day of sales is today.

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