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POSTED April 23, 2013 9:30 p.m.

WOMAN UNINJURED AFTER BART TRAIN PASSES OVER HER: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman escaped uninjured after a commuter train passed over her but did not hit her on tracks at a San Francisco station, transit officials said.

The woman jumped in front of the oncoming Bay Area Rapid Transit train at the 24th Street station on Monday night, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

The train went right over the woman as it passed through the station and did not injure her as she lay on the tracks.

BART police found the woman in her 50s with no visible injuries. She was held for a psychological evaluation after police spoke to her on the platform. Her name was not released.

Officials said there were delays on the Daly City line in both directions before the 24th Street station was shut down

CHP TO EXPAND OAKLAND PATROLS: OAKLAND  (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has renewed a deal to help Oakland's undermanned police force by patrolling the city's streets.

The Oakland Tribune says the tentative agreement reached Monday calls for the CHP to increase its patrols to four days a week. Previously CHP officers were in the city two days a week.

The newspaper says the added policing would offset the loss of the weekend patrols performed by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Those patrols ended Saturday when the sheriff and city officials couldn't come to terms on an extension.

The CHP agreed last November to provide officers to help police some of Oakland's most dangerous city streets.

City officials didn't disclose the cost or length of the CHP extension.

MEETINGS TO TEACH RESIDENTS ABOUT SUDDEN OAK DEATH: BERKELEY  (AP) — Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will help Northern California residents identify and treat Sudden Oak Death, a disease that quickly kills trees that can take hundreds of years to grow.

The meetings will be held in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society at seven locations across the Bay Area in May and June.

Researchers also hope residents will help map the outbreak of the deadly pathogen that develops on host plants ranging from the bay laurel to ornamental rhododendrons.

A survey last year found 376,000 dead oak trees across the regions impacted by Sudden Oak Death.

The disease is present in 14 coastal California counties from Monterey to Humboldt, and just across the border in coastal Oregon.

 

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