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GOP lawmaker seeks audit of mental health spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties are spending billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs, after a state audit found there has been little oversight to ensure the money is going to those who need it most.

August 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Seattle investor funds drive to defeat Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.

August 16, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley officials issue air alert

FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cut of 10% begins next month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Changes proposed for Twin Tunnels

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | State


LA judge OKs $30 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge open around Labor Day

OAKLAND (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan on Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | | State


'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bill outlaws problem of 'revenge porn'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn," which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Warrants fuel questions in teen's disappearance; deaths in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California man who abducted a teenage family friend and tortured her mother and 8-year-old brother before killing them exchanged more than a dozen calls with the 16-year-old girl in the hours before the slaying.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF WAX MUSEUM CLOSING DOORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco tourist attraction that drew some 12 million is shutting its doors.

August 15, 2013 | | State


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Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | | State


Move targets immigrant driver’s license scams

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make illegal immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

August 19, 2014 | | State


DELTA WATER FIGHT

STOCKTON (AP) - State and federal water agencies are seeking an investigation into whether some California farmers are taking water released from upstream dams intended for consumers in other regions of the state.

August 18, 2014 | | State


PG&E pleads not guilty to criminal charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

August 18, 2014 | | State


More California frosh at UC from outside state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This fall more than a fifth of all University of California freshmen will come from out of state, providing the system with an estimated $400 million in extra revenue.

August 18, 2014 | | State


Foothill brushfire prompts evacuations

GLENDORA (AP) - Authorities say a brushfire has prompted widespread evacuations in a Central California foothill community.

August 18, 2014 | | State


LA officer, suspect each shot after chase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.

August 18, 2014 | | State


Police officer hurt during Oakland march

OAKLAND (AP) - An officer was briefly hospitalized after being assaulted during a mostly peaceful protest in Northern California over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said Saturday.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Cemeteries work to cope with drought

ROSEMEAD (AP) - Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Water bond not a drought-buster

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot last week.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Bay Area loses water to leaky pipes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Camps take cystic fibrosis patients surfing in SoCal

SAN CLEMENTE, (AP) - For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Group protests return of deputy who killed teen in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (AP) - Dozens of demonstrators in Northern California protested the return to work of a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 13-year-old boy.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Tourist shot in leg walking in SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco police say one person is in custody after a tourist was shot in the leg while walking with his wife.

August 17, 2014 | | State


Money laundering charge added to FedEx drug case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs via FedEx.

August 15, 2014 | | State


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