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Friant Dam water to be tapped for use for first time in decades

FRESNO (AP) - Officials said Tuesday that, for the first time in decades, they plan to tap water stored behind a dam east of Fresno, as they try to help California farmers through the ongoing drought.

May 13, 2014 | | State

Courts charging for online access

OAKLAND (AP) - A Northern California county has begun charging people to look at civil court records online - part of a trend at cash-strapped courthouses around the state that is raising concerns among some lawyers and public access groups, a newspaper reported.

May 13, 2014 | | State

Congressional frosh face tough challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Elections will never be cakewalks for Rep. Ami Bera. The nearly even split between Democratic and Republican voters in California's 7th Congressional District means the freshman Democrat is likely to confront a strong challenger each two-year election cycle.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Californians to vote on cost of public records

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature had just sealed a $96.3 billion state budget last year when an outcry erupted over a provision that allowed local governments to deny requests for public documents because the state wouldn't reimburse them.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Bond would be used to house low-income veterans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Proposition 41 on the June ballot asks California voters whether $600 million in existing veterans bonds should be redirected to build, renovate and acquire apartments and multifamily housing for low-income veterans.

May 12, 2014 | | State


• SPEED A FACTOR IN OAKLAND CAR CRASH THAT KILLED 2: OAKLAND (AP) - Oakland Police say speed was a factor that killed two people when their car went through a chain link fence before smashing into trees near a small college.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Bill eases licensing rules for illegals

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants in the country illegally would be able to get professional licenses in California under a bill moving forward in the statehouse.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Stockton: Final creditor won’t budge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An attorney for the largest city in California to seek bankruptcy protection told a judge Monday that he has tried to reach a deal with Stockton's last major creditor, but the company is not budging.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Democrat Atkins sworn in as Assembly speaker

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins, whose Appalachian roots have given her a powerful affinity for the plight of the working poor, was sworn in Monday as the 69th speaker of the state Assembly.

May 12, 2014 | | State

State’s new computerized exam for students plagued by glitches

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The trial rollout of California's new standardized exams, administered for the first time on computers, has been plagued by technical glitches, according to a newspaper investigation.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Porsche sued in Paul Walker crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.

May 12, 2014 | | State

School bus crashes with big rig

FRESNO (AP) - A school bus and a big rig have crashed in central California, causing six injuries.

May 12, 2014 | | State

Transparency main focus in race

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A string of legal cases against lawmakers that include two Democrats facing political corruption charges has magnified the usually quiet race for the office overseeing California elections and campaign fundraising.

May 11, 2014 | | State

School chief race tests reach of unions, reformers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tom Torlakson, the veteran lawmaker seeking a second term as California's elected superintendent of schools, and Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive hoping to unseat him, are both Democrats.

May 11, 2014 | | State

State death-penalty reform initiative pushed to 2016

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A coalition of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and crime victims announced Friday that it will wait until November 2016 to place a death-penalty reform measure on the ballot.

May 11, 2014 | | State

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Disabled man seeks to have voting rights restored

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former producer at NPR who lost his ability to walk and speak asked a judge Tuesday to restore his right to ...

August 23, 2016 | | State

Demand sags for state credits that target greenhouse gases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state's landmark ...

August 23, 2016 | | State

Stanford bans hard liquor from undergraduate campus parties

PALO ALTO (AP) - Stanford University officials say hard liquor is now prohibited in undergraduate on-campus parties.

August 23, 2016 | | State

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

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