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Solar debate heats up as California farmland is targeted with 11,000 acres in Fresno County

FRESNO . (AP) - In the debate pitting photovoltaic power stations against agriculture, all eyes have been on Fresno County, where the abundance of sunshine that make it the No. 1 agriculture-producing county in the nation also make it ideal for solar arrays.

March 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Rain, wind batter Northern California

March 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CODA begins production of electric car in Benicia: BENICIA (AP) - CODA Automotive's assembly plant in Benicia has begun production of the carmaker's all-electric sedan.

March 13, 2012 | | State


California lawmakers switch votes often

SACRAMENTO (AP) - By long-standing tradition, lawmakers in California's Assembly who are running for re-election or are seeking a new seat this year will tout their yes or no votes on all manner of bills in the coming months.

March 13, 2012 | | State


California nitrate contamination spreading

FRESNO (AP) - Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California's agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a University of California, Davis study released Tuesday.

March 13, 2012 | | State


Sheriff in political thicket after guilty plea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco sheriff has a political thicket to get through now that he's putting his legal woes behind him with a plea bargain in a domestic violence case that made international headlines.

March 13, 2012 | | State


Postal cuts could force change in California voting by mail & delay results by days or weeks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers and election officials worried about the effect of postal closures on elections are considering extending the voting period for mail-in-ballots, a move that could delay results by days or even weeks.

March 13, 2012 | | State


State News Briefs

Surfer's body found in ocean off Santa Cruz

March 13, 2012 | | State


UC Berkeley manager demoted over improper raises to worker she had sexual relationship with

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has demoted and reduced the salary of a veteran administrator accused of improperly giving pay raises to an employee with whom she was having a sexual relationship.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Los Angeles school board members seek new misconduct rules for district teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three members of the Los Angeles Unified school board on Monday called for revisions in state laws and district policies to make it easier to fire employees in cases of sexual misconduct and inform parents of investigations.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Berkeley chief sending officer to reporter’s home in bid to change story upsets police union

BERKELEY (AP) - In another city, getting tough with a journalist might not bring a police chief the same strong reaction as it has in Berkeley, home of the 1960s Free Speech Movement and a population with a distinctly liberal bent.

March 12, 2012 | | State


SF sheriff pleads guilty in domestic violence case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's sheriff pleaded guilty Monday to false imprisonment, avoiding a domestic violence trial that threatened to air a personal drama worthy of the Venezuela telenovela in which his wife once starred.

March 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BROWN SEEKS TAX-HIKE SUPPORT FROM POLICE CHIEFS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appealed Monday to chiefs of police for support of his November tax initiative, even as he conceded the ballot likely will be crowded with tax proposals.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Love letters reveal Nixon's sensitive side

YORBA LINDA (AP) - Long before Richard Nixon rose to power and fell from grace, he was just another man in love.

March 12, 2012 | | State


PG&E to pay $70M to San Bruno for restitution in gas pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay $70 million in restitution to San Bruno for the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco suburb, company and city officials said Monday.

March 12, 2012 | | State


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Sierra snowpack survey forebodes tough summer

FRESNO (AP) - The Sierra snowpack in drought-stricken California measured at 32 percent of normal Tuesday at a time of year when it's supposed to be at its peak, the state's Department of Water Resources announced.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Economists: drought impact will be minor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's drought won't dry up the economy, but it may slow job growth marginally if it persists over several years, according to a forecast released Wednesday that stresses the state's thirsty history.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Runner found alive in snow after 2 days

AUBURN (AP) - A runner was found alive on Tuesday in snowy conditions, two days after he went missing near a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California, authorities said.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Sign-up deadline extended 2 weeks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The initial enrollment period for getting subsidized coverage may have passed, but California's health insurance exchange is offering a two-week extension to accommodate the crush of last-minute applicants.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Private email exempt from open records law

SAN JOSE (AP) - A California appeals court has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by public officials on their own devices are not public records regardless of the topic.

April 01, 2014 | | State


Senate Democrats cancel golf fundraiser

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate leader on Tuesday canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.

April 01, 2014 | | State


High volume, long wait at health site

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's health insurance exchange experienced a high volume of users Monday, leading to a sluggish website and long wait times as consumers made their final enrollment dash to avoid a tax penalty.

March 31, 2014 | | State


Asiana: Jet partly to blame in SFO crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Asiana Airlines acknowledged in documents released Monday that its pilots failed to correct their fatally slow approach to a landing at San Francisco International Airport but also blamed the maker of the jet, saying it did not automatically maintain a safe speed.

March 31, 2014 | | State


FDA rule: Beer brewers hopping mad

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.

March 31, 2014 | | State


Yee’s lawyer questions FBI investigation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawyer for a California state senator charged last week with accepting bribes and gun trafficking on Monday challenged the three-year FBI investigation that led to the arrest.

March 31, 2014 | | State


CalFire beefs up seasonal ranks

HEALDSBURG (AP) - The threat of wildfire heightened by the state's drought has prompted CalFire to beef up its seasonal firefighting ranks ahead of schedule.

March 31, 2014 | | State


California seeing snow, rain, thunder, lightning

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.

March 31, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DEACON WHO FELL INTO GRAVE SUES ARCHDIOCESE: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A deacon who accidentally fell into a grave during a burial at San Gabriel Mission Cemetery is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

March 31, 2014 | | State


7.5 quake on California fault could be disastrous

LA HABRA, Calif. (AP) - Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.

March 30, 2014 | | State


Shirley Jones seeking a high-flying 80th birthday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inspired by a former president, Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans.

March 30, 2014 | | State


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