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Nevada DNA Bill Dies in Committee: Cy Ryan of Las Vegas Sun reports Nevada Assembly Bill 552 has died in the Senate Finance Committee without a vote.  The bill would have allowed DNA testing of those arrested for a felony or a misdemeanor sexual offense. The bill had heavy support from law enforcement and passed the Assembly 13-11.  The state's current DNA law allows testing only after a conviction. 

Latino Gang Specifically Targeting Blacks in Southern California City:  Greg Risling of the Associated Press reports federal authorities are cracking down on a Latino gang seeking to rid the Southern California town of Azusa of its black residents.  Federal prosecutors say the Varrio Azusa 13 gang has used threats and violence since as far back as the early 1990s to show its loyalty to the Mexican Mafia prison gang.  More than a dozen people were arrested today during early morning raids, and more than 50 people are facing charges.  The Varrio Azusa 13 gang is only the latest gang to be targeted in the Los Angeles area for engaging in racially-motivated violence towards blacks.

Governor Reveals Plan to Reduce California Prison Population:
  California Governor Jerry Brown's administration revealed today that the state's plan to reduce the prison population, as ordered by the Supreme Court last month, is to shift thousands of inmates from state prison to local custody.  The governor's plan was signed into law in April, but does not take effect until local governments receive some funding from the state - funding that is currently stalled in the state Legislature.  State officials acknowledged today that it might not meet the court's initial goal of cutting the prison population by more than 10,000 inmates by November, but did not request a delay.  The AP has this story.

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