Salinas-area lawmakers this year have focused their bills on everything from preventing future E. coli outbreaks to bolstering health care to keeping a lid on gang violence.

Senators Jeff Denham and Abel Maldonado, plus Assemblyman John Laird, all have bills on health care to cover children, allow tax-free savings for medical expenses and refund a

In the wake of E. coli 0157:H7 outbreaks associated with spinach and other produce in 2006, Congress and California state legislators are looking for new strategies to assure the public that government is working hard to reduce future food-borne outbreaks.

Will the proposed legislation and additional oversight make a difference?

The answer is, unfortunately, probably

Scientists at the University of Southampton, U.K., have found that E. coli O157:H7, a harmful bacterium primarily associated with raw and undercooked ground beef or foods that come into contact with raw meat, cannot survive on certain copper alloy surfaces. The study, published in the June 2006 issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, compares