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BROWN SIGNS SCHOOL-FUNDING CHANGES INTO LAW: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed sweeping education legislation Monday that changes the state funding formula for K-12 schools in a way that he hopes will help boost the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Death Valley’s 129 degree ties June record

FURNANCE CREEK (AP) - A heat wave smothering the West is rewriting the record books, likely tying a more than century-old record for the U.S. while putting Las Vegas through its hottest June ever.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Why this California heat wave's so scary and what's behind it

WASHINGTON (AP) - Excessive heat is the No. 1 weather killer in the United States and it's at its most dangerous when it doesn't cool down at night.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

STATE GAS TAX RISES 3.5 CENTS: SANTA ROSA (AP) - Starting this week California drivers are spending more to fill up at the pump.

July 01, 2013 | | State


Man, 19, shot in chest at BART station

EL CERRITO (AP) - Police are looking for at least one suspect who shot a 19-year-old man in the chest following an argument at a BART station in El Cerrito.

June 28, 2013 | | State


BART unions may go on strike Monday

OAKLAND (AP) - Scores of commuters were scrambling Friday to find alternate plans after two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions gave notice they plan to go on strike if they can't get a new contract over the weekend.

June 28, 2013 | | State


Las Vegas, Phoenix bake in hot temps

PHOENIX (AP) - A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.

June 28, 2013 | | State


AROUND THE STATEn

PORN INDUSTRY CONNECTS GAY MARRIAGE TO CONDOM LAW: LOS ANGELES - The adult film industry is citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in its effort to muzzle its main nemeses in the legal battle to keep condoms off of porn actors. Porn industry attorneys have filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation be prevented from arguing against the industry's lawsuit to repeal the condom requirement Los Angeles County voters have adopted. The foundation was the driving force in getting the law passed. On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled ...

June 28, 2013 | | State


Ruling boon for couples with foreign spouses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card - if she were a man.

June 28, 2013 | | State


Survivors of WWII A-bombs to be tested

TORRANCE (AP) - About 100 people who survived the atomic bombings of Japan in World War II will undergo medical testing to determine how they're doing seven decades later, and their experiences may help those exposed to radiation by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, experts said Friday.

June 28, 2013 | | State


LA utility agrees to control dust at dry lakebed in Owens Valley

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles' municipal water utility has agreed to do more to control dust on an Owens Valley lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers OK enterprise zone reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly passed a hard-fought overhaul of California's enterprise zone program on Thursday that was sought by Gov. Jerry Brown after he called the system wasteful and ineffective.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown says he's worried about cost of transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he is committed to keeping government transparent but wants to do so without costing the state money.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CPUC LAWYER RECUSED FROM SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead attorney for California's utility regulator has recused himself from the agency's investigation into how much Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

June 27, 2013 | | State


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Lawmakers split on medical marijuana

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Thursday rejected a medical marijuana regulation bill, a day after competing legislation preferred by local governments and law enforcement sailed unanimously through the Senate.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Wild river status for Mokelumne?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Part of a river draining the central Sierra Nevada could win new protections from a wild-and-scenic designation under a bill approved by the state Senate on Thursday, despite complaints that the action could aggravate water shortages caused by California's drought.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Army Corps: Restore Los Angeles River

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River would see restored wildlife habitats, new wetlands and longer bike trails under a $1 billion proposal that has received a key boost.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Scaled-down preschool advances

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to provide preschool programs for children in low-income families passed the state Senate on Thursday. But it represents a proposal that is far less than what its author had originally intended.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Bill would mandate paid sick time

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California employers would be required to offer paid sick time to all workers under legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday despite objections from Republican lawmakers and business groups that labeled it a "job killer."

May 29, 2014 | | State


8 states release plan to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Report: Car, truck crashes cost whopping $871B yearly

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to a whopping $871 billion in a single year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Ballot proposals: Let’s make a deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Thursday approved changes to California's century-old initiative process with a provision that allows for negotiations between the Legislature and the proponents, who could then withdraw their proposal even if they had gathered enough petition signatures.

May 29, 2014 | | State


Santa Barbara rampage shows gaps in state’s mental health law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage near Santa Barbara has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people who are deemed a danger to themselves or others.

May 29, 2014 | | State


SF offers museum site for George Lucas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee is offering George Lucas a spot on the city's scenic waterfront for the future home of the Star Wars creator's lifetime collection of art and movie memorabilia.

May 29, 2014 | | State


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