News stories you shouldn't miss today:

1. BART, suddenly flush with millions in state funds, has abandoned plans to raise fares and cut service again, the Chron reports. The transit agency also got a financial boost when the feds refused to fund the Oakland airport connector, and some federal stimulus money was redirected for other uses.

2. We’ve had a lot of rain, but not enough to end the drought, according to the Chron.

3. A strong majority of Californians now want a path to legalization for illegal immigrants, the Merc reports, citing a new poll.

4. Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to approve new legislation that would relieve taxpayers from having to pay huge penalties when they sell their homes in so-called “short sales,” the Sacramento Bee reports. The law would be retroactive to cover people who did short sales last year.

5. The West Contra Costa teachers union, apparently angry about accepting a contract with no raises, ousted its leader yesterday.

6. The Chron conducted an exit interview with Hank Plante, the longtime TV news reporter for KPIX who was one of the Bay Area’s better journalists over the years.

7. The feds have proposed a $16.4 million fine against Toyota for hiding a “dangerous defect” in the gas pedals of its cars, prompting them to stick and cause accidents, AP reports.

8. And, the Giants win, and the A’s lose in their Opening Day games.