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POSTED February 22, 2013 7:46 p.m.

FEWER STUDENTS FORCE CLOSURE OF SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Fewer students have forced Sacramento school trustees to shutter seven campuses.

Sacramento City Unified School District board president Jeff Cuneo says there simply aren't enough kids to justify operation of the campuses.

The 47,000-student school district has seen a 10 percent enrollment decline in the past decade and anticipates further declines.

Trustees had been scheduled to vote Thursday night on closing 10 elementary schools, but three were pulled from the list before the meeting started.

Residential developments are expected to boost enrollment at Susan B. Anthony, Bret Harte and James Marshall elementary schools.

The elementary schools closing at the end of the school year are Washington, Maple, Collis P. Huntington, Fruit Ridge, Joseph Bonnheim, Mark Hopkins and Clayton B. Wire.

ENERGY SECRETARY CHU TO RETURN TO STANFORD:  PALO ALTO (AP) — Energy Secretary Steven Chu will return to Stanford University after he steps down this year.

Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, will rejoin Stanford's faculty, where he taught physics and applied physics from 1987 to 2008. Upon his return, Chu will work jointly for the physics department and the medical school's Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology.

$8.5 MILLION AWARDED IN BOY'S DEATH: FRESNO . (AP) — A Fresno County jury has awarded $8.5 million in a lawsuit alleging county social workers failed to protect a 10-year-old boy who was fatally beaten by his mother's boyfriend.

The civil jury handed down its verdict on Friday, awarding $5 million to 10-year-old Seth Ireland's father, Joseph Hudson, and $3.5 million to the boy's half-brother.

Jurors said the county was mostly to blame for Seth's 2009 death although they also assigned blame to his mother, Rena Ireland, and her boyfriend, LeBaron Vaughn.

Vaughn was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in 2011. Ireland was also convicted and sentenced in the case.


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