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Los Angeles Times Publisher Jeff Johnson and Editor Dean Baquet have made news by publicly challenging their bosses at Tribune Publishing in Chicago. Almost half the Times’ staff has lined up to support the executives. When will the mutiny come to an end?  Plus, California farmers cope with the spinach crisis, and the State sues six auto-makers over global warming.

Producers:
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Tribune Board Meets as Mutiny at the LA Times Continues 11 MIN, 54 SEC

Publisher Jeff Johnson and Editor Dean Baquet still have their jobs, at least for the moment, after a public challenge to LA Times owners at Tribune Publishing in Chicago. Twenty high-profile Los Angeles civic leaders have asked Tribune to improve local coverage or sell the paper. They've been joined by a virtual Times' staff revolt against prospective reductions. Meantime, Los Angeles readers will be seeing bylines from other papers owned by Tribune. Is the paper actually better since Tribune took over? Should the rebellious executives have been fired? What's the atmosphere inside the LA Times?  When will the mutiny come to an end? 

Guests:
Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times (@newton_jim)
Conrad Fink, Professor of Newspaper Strategy and Management at the University of Georgia

Making News Growers Fear Long-Term Impact of E. Coli Outbreak 7 MIN, 7 SEC

One person has died and 146 have been taken ill from E.coli bacteria in 23 states. Now health investigators claim they have a "smoking gun." It's a contaminated bag of spinach found in the refrigerator of a sick patient in New Mexico and traced to the Salinas Valley. What does this mean for vegetable farmers?

Guests:
Dale Huss, Vice President of Production Ocean Mist Farms

Reporter's Notebook Attorney General Sues Six Auto Makers 5 MIN, 45 SEC

Attorney General Bill Lockyer claims that greenhouse-gas emissions from automobiles harm California by contributing to global warming. In the first suit of its kind, he's gone to court against the six biggest US and Japanese makers of cars: Chrysler, General Motors, Ford, Toyota North America, Honda North America, and Nissan North America.

Guests:
Ken Alex, Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the State of California

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