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California exhausts firefighting budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is traditionally the worst of its fire season.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Brown OKs local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable housing.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Shooing birds could cost $30 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Efforts to relocate protected birds so the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge can be torn down could cost the state more than $30 million, a newspaper said Monday.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he signed a package of bills to help foster children in California by encouraging early placement with relatives and extending support to finish college.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Fresno man sentenced for pointing laser at plane

FRESNO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old Fresno man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a California Highway Patrol airplane.

September 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | State


BODY FOUND ON SHORE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: MARTINEZ (AP) - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that was found washed up on the shore at Lone Tree Point in the San Francisco Bay area.

September 29, 2014 | | State

Bills vetoed that promoted transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed on Saturday a group of bills aimed at promoting transparency in governance and greater disclosure in political campaigns, saying existing laws on those matters are enough.

September 28, 2014 | | State

ATM, checking account overdraft fees surge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Banks are reaping bigger fees whenever customers overdraw their checking accounts or use ATMs that are not affiliated with their lender, a new survey shows.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Crop harvest much smaller than usual

SACRAMENTO (AP) - With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Brown signs bill to reform initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday a bill that he said will modernize California's century-old initiative process and provide better information to voters on ballot measures.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Brown signs ‘yes means yes’ sex-assault rule

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Governor signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill to fund lawyers for unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings following a surge in the arrival of Central American children on the border.

September 28, 2014 | | State


LOS ANGELES (AP) - As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Crews make more progress in King Fire

POLLOCK PINES (AP) - Additional rain and high humidity allowed crews to make even more progress toward taming a massive wildfire in Northern California, officials said Sunday.

September 28, 2014 | | State

Grower finds way to sell pumpkins for $125 each by using plastic molds

FILLMORE (AP) - Pumpkins grown inside plastic molds to resemble Frankenstein's head are in high demand for Halloween.

September 28, 2014 | | State

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Authorities suspect Odom overdosed on cocaine, drugs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lamar Odom is believed to have overdosed on cocaine and other drugs before he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel, according ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

State eyes people eligible for health care subsidies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Heading into a third enrollment season with less fanfare and a more modest budget, California health exchange officials said Thursday they will strategically ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

Court OKs longer sentence for laughing defendant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says a judge did not overstep his authority when he doubled a defendant's prison sentence after the ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

$400M settlement tied to closed nuke

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The operator of the defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California announced Thursday that it reached a $400 million insurance ...

October 23, 2015 | | State

EU Cemetery still needs clean-up day volunteers

East Union Cemetery supporters are seeking volunteers for a big fall clean-up day set for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p ...

October 22, 2015 | | State

Manteca couple adds organic feel & look to Mac keyboards

A Manteca husband and wife team are adding beauty to function when it comes to Mac keyboards.

October 22, 2015 | | State

Man found buried in mud

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man found dead in a van buried under several feet of mud at the scene of last week's flash flood ...

October 22, 2015 | | State


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A student government election at a mostly Hispanic San Francisco middle school turned into a debate about the democratic process when the ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

NASA: 99 percent probability of LA quake within 3 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is a 99.9 percent chance of a magnitude-5 or greater earthquake striking within three years in the greater Los Angeles ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

DMV worker indicted in ID theft probe

SANTA ANA (AP) - A clerk at the California Department of Motor Vehicles and five other people have been indicted on charges involving the creation of ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

Ex-NBA star won’t seek 3rd term as Sacramento mayor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Calling it a tough decision, former NBA star and current Sacramento, California, Mayor Kevin Johnson said Wednesday he will not seek a third ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

Odom, Kardashian call off their divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian have decided to stay married as the former NBA star continues his recovery a week after he ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

Stockton mayor to get electronics back

STOCKTON. (AP) - The attorney for the mayor of a Northern California city whose two laptops and cell phone were seized by federal investigators says the ...

October 21, 2015 | | State

Columbia staging Lamplight Tour; hotel package offered

COLUMBIA - Columbia State Historic Park and Friends of Columbia are proud to present this year's Lamplight Tour, "The Thing That Saved Columbia".

October 21, 2015 | | State

Table settings benefit mansion

MODESTO - The McHenry Mansion Foundation is staging its annual Table Setting Event on Monday-Tuesday, Oct, 24-25, at the Seasons Event Center, 945 McHenry Ave,

October 21, 2015 | | State

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