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BILL CALLS FOR CONSIDERING BRIDGE SUICIDE BARRIERS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Suicide barriers could be included on more California bridges as a result of a bill advancing through the Legislature.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Judge will hear lawsuit over high-speed rail bonds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials on Thursday agreed to drop a request to consolidate all lawsuits challenging California's use of voter-approved high-speed rail bonds, allowing a trial seeking to prevent the state from spending bond money to begin later this month.

May 16, 2013 | | State


No spike in parolee arrests found in state prison realignment aftermath

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Corrections department researchers have found no spike in arrests of parolees since responsibility for many ex-convicts shifted to local authorities under the state's prison realignment law, according to a study released Thursday.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Salinas man arrested in kiddie porn case; child is rescued

SALINAS (AP) - A central California man appeared in federal court on Thursday after his arrest in connection with a nationwide child pornography manhunt, and a child thought to be a victim was rescued, federal authorities said.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Delta management plan embraced by Stewardship Council

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California agency on Thursday unanimously adopted a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

May 16, 2013 | | State


California fuels $550M Powerball jackpot

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The numbers sum up the frenzy that has taken over the Golden State since it became the newest in the nation to join the madness over Powerball, which saw its jackpot soar Thursday to $550 million.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Ripon crime lab analyst pleads in drug theft case

RIPON (AP) - A former state crime lab forensic analyst accused of stealing drugs being held as evidence is facing 16 months behind bars after pleading guilty to an embezzlement charge.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Brown: Review UC graduation rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In his pursuit to hold down the cost of a college education in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday asked the University of California to identify which factors have the greatest effect on campus graduation rates.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Major budget infusion for education

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget proposes a $17 billion infusion for California's K-12 schools over the next four years, a dramatic turn-around after years of teacher layoffs and program cuts that were common during the recession.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Body of missing 9-year-old found

CLEARLAKE (AP) - Authorities found the body on Wednesday of an autistic Northern California 9-year-old who went missing from her family's vacation home, ending an exhaustive, emotional search for the girl.

May 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HIKERS WON'T HAVE TO PAY $160K RESCUE COSTS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.

May 15, 2013 | | State


SF loses federal grant for new fireboat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Fire Department has lost a $7.8 million federal grant for what would have been its first new fireboat in 50 years because it didn't spend the money in time, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

May 15, 2013 | | State


LA buildings emptied after devices found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A police bomb squad detonated 17 homemade explosive devices found in an apartment on Wednesday after a routine traffic stop revealed a potentially dangerous liquid in a man's car, authorities said.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Is boy mature enough to aid murder defense?

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Attorneys for a 12-year-old California boy charged with killing his sister said Wednesday they wonder if he is mature enough to aid his defense.

May 15, 2013 | | State


6 charged with embezzling $15M from SF schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Six current and former San Francisco school district employees were charged Tuesday with embezzling about $15 million in grant money from the district, officials said.

May 14, 2013 | | State


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State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.

January 29, 2015 | | State


Biologists: Raising Shasta Dam would harm salmon

REDDING (AP) - A proposal to raise Shasta Dam and boost California's ability to store water for dry years has drawn criticism from federal biologists who say it would harm endangered salmon.

January 28, 2015 | | State


State declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Organizers cancel crime victims rally over anti-law enforcement sentiment

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - An annual crime victims rally that has drawn law enforcement, governors and other dignitaries to the state Capitol has been canceled this year over worries about rising anti-police sentiment.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Broad support for Brown & budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years, which is translating into high job approval ratings for Gov. Jerry Brown and bipartisan support for his budget plan to pay down debt, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | State


Open season on wild pigs in San Jose

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose council members have made permanent a measure that allows the shooting of wild pigs that have become a nuisance by ripping up lawns and golf course fairways.

January 28, 2015 | | State


CSU chancellor calls for increasing grad rates to 60 percent

LONG BEACH (AP) - The chancellor of the California State University on Tuesday set a new goal for students - increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025.

January 27, 2015 | | State


State can’t say how it spent billions

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission reported Tuesday.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Bill would ban e-cigarettes in bars, public buildings such as restaurants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ban the use of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Man accused of running over woman twice

SAN RAMON (AP) - A driver has been arrested after authorities say he ran over his passenger twice after arguing with her on the side of a San Francisco Bay Area freeway.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Ex-officer gets probation for sharing suspect’s nude photos

MARTINEZ (AP) - A former California Highway Patrol officer was sentenced Tuesday to three years' probation for sharing explicit photos from the cellphones of two women while they were under arrest.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months.

January 27, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

MOST PIMP CONVICTIONS TOSSED FOR FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A state appeals court has thrown out nine of 12 pimping convictions of a former Southern California school board member, but his prison term remains the same.

January 27, 2015 | | State


Scout files depict ‘sordid’ history

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a "sordid history of child sexual abuse" within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim's attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.

January 26, 2015 | | State


Legal pot grow burns in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego fire officials say parts of a legal marijuana grow went up in smoke in a weekend blaze.

January 26, 2015 | | State


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