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GOP lawmaker seeks audit of mental health spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties are spending billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs, after a state audit found there has been little oversight to ensure the money is going to those who need it most.

August 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Seattle investor funds drive to defeat Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.

August 16, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley officials issue air alert

FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cut of 10% begins next month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Changes proposed for Twin Tunnels

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | State


LA judge OKs $30 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge open around Labor Day

OAKLAND (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan on Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | | State


'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bill outlaws problem of 'revenge porn'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn," which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Warrants fuel questions in teen's disappearance; deaths in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California man who abducted a teenage family friend and tortured her mother and 8-year-old brother before killing them exchanged more than a dozen calls with the 16-year-old girl in the hours before the slaying.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF WAX MUSEUM CLOSING DOORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco tourist attraction that drew some 12 million is shutting its doors.

August 15, 2013 | | State


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Last resident of historic Chinese Bay Area shrimping village dies

CHINA CAMP STATE PARK (AP) - The last remaining resident of a shrimping village established by Chinese immigrants on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay ...

August 22, 2016 | | State


Split court protects teacher tenure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a victory for teacher unions, a divided California Supreme Court decided Monday to let the state's teacher tenure law stand.

August 22, 2016 | | State


Talks fail to resolve dispute over Yosemite site names

YOSEMITE VALLEY (AP) - A trademark dispute over the names of historic hotels and other beloved landmarks at Yosemite National Park won't likely end without ...

August 22, 2016 | | State


State lawmakers revive farmworker overtime bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's state Senate on Monday revived a bill that would make the state the first in the United States to give farmworkers ...

August 22, 2016 | | State


Court upholds gold dredging ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers is legal and not overridden by a 19th ...

August 22, 2016 | | State


SoCal wildfire destroys 105 homes

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Five days after an explosive wildfire in Southern California sent thousands fleeing for their lives, authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday ...

August 21, 2016 | | State


City manager ousted over nude photo

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - Newly released written complaints say a Southern California city manager was asked to resign for showing a nude photo of a colleague ...

August 14, 2016 | | State


Woman critically injured by tree branch in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say a woman is in critical condition after a large tree branch fell 50 feet and hit her on the head ...

August 14, 2016 | | State


Wildfire destroys 4 homes

LOWER LAKE (AP) - Flames racing through dry brush Sunday destroyed at least four homes and forced more than 1,000 people to flee and firefighters ...

August 14, 2016 | | State


A year’s worth of birth control

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California women who take birth control would have to make fewer trips to the pharmacy under a bill that would require insurers to ...

August 14, 2016 | | State


Parks promised to poor areas unbuilt years later

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A decade after California voters were promised $400 million worth of parks in some of the state's poorest neighborhoods, an Associated Press ...

August 09, 2016 | | State


Jump was on dead skydiver’s bucket list

LODI (AP) - The mother of a skydiver who plummeted to his death with an instructor in a Lodi vineyard said her teenage son was an ...

August 09, 2016 | | State


Woman gets backlash for having invasive bear killed

FOREST FALLS (AP) - A mother of three has provoked a backlash for having a bear shot after it repeatedly broke into her Southern California mountain ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


Group sues to publish lawmakers’ addresses

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California gun rights group is suing after a legislative lawyer blocked a blog post listing the addresses of lawmakers who had recently ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


Fatal police shooting highlights inconsistent body cam usage

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The critical moment when a gunman opened fire on two San Diego police officers, killing one, may never be seen. The surviving ...

August 07, 2016 | | State


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