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Study: Change initiative process

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives, disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns and allowing voters a do-over years after an initiative passes are among changes recommended in a report released Tuesday.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Agency will inspect illegal pot grows

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will begin inspecting illegal marijuana grows across Northern California, reversing an earlier ban designed to protect employees

October 08, 2013 | | State


Fertility coverage protected for same-sex couples under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Woman found dead in SF hospital stairwell may be missing patient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A woman's body was found dead Tuesday in a San Francisco hospital stairwell as authorities investigated whether she was a patient who went missing more than two weeks ago.

October 08, 2013 | | State


SF rail commuters on phones didn't notice gun

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E must show regulators closed gas pipeline in San Carlos is safe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators on Tuesday directed Pacific Gas and Electric to keep a Northern California natural gas pipeline shut down until they verify its safety after concerns surfaced in an email from an engineer.

October 08, 2013 | | State


State exchange processes 16,000 applications

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials with California's health insurance exchange said Tuesday that more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation, but they did not say how many people actually purchased coverage for 2014.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Stockton teen takes plea in boy's beating death

STOCKTON (AP) - A Stockton teenager is facing nearly 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to participating in the beating and stomping death of a 14-year-old boy at a city park.

October 08, 2013 | | State


New Calif. law limits worker comp for professional athletes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Professional athletes who spend most of their careers with teams in other states will be prohibited from filing workers' compensation claims in California, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

October 08, 2013 | | State


LA seeks census of buildings vulnerable in earthquake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles officials hope to follow San Francisco's lead in upgrading so-called "soft-story" buildings, those with bottom floors that are susceptible to collapse during an earthquake. Legislation, however, could be years away.

October 08, 2013 | | State


News from around california

BROWN OKS TRANSGENDER BIRTH CERTIFICATE BILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

October 08, 2013 | | State


PG&E offers employers that are big power users lower rates

PG&E will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. The new rate, approved Tuesday by the California Public Utilities Commission, is designed to benefit all PG&E customers by making more revenues available to cover fixed costs.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Spanking with wooden spoon not child abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A state appeals court on Tuesday tossed out child abuse findings against a frustrated Northern California mother who spanked her 12-year-old daughter hard enough with a wooden spoon to cause bruising.

October 08, 2013 | | State


Southern Cal a fires fade as weather turns

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A nearly 4-square-mile wildfire on the Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton was reduced to smoldering Monday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds faded and a cooling trend began as a storm approached.

October 07, 2013 | | State


PUC has leeway to restructure utility rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to promote greater use of renewable energy in California while allowing for changes in how consumers pay for electricity has been signed into law, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday.

October 07, 2013 | | State


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Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

IRVINE (AP) - Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.

March 03, 2015 | | State


California shuts down oil wells to protect ground water

FRESNO (AP) - A dozen wells used to pump oil-and-gas in California's Central Valley have been ordered to stop production to protect underground drinking-water from contamination, officials said Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | State


State sues Gallo over hazardous wine bottle waste

MODESTO (AP) - California's Department of Toxic Substances Control says it is suing a glass company for violating recycling laws after it added hazardous waste dust to wine bottles made at its Modesto plant.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Beachgoers toss ‘hail’ snowballs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" turned white with hail as a storm roared ashore Monday behind a late-season winter blast that dropped snow and rain across the drought-stricken region this weekend.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in financial limbo

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll.

March 02, 2015 | | State


LA police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


California to supply just 20% of water

FRESNO (AP) - Water districts that serve 25 million Californians and vast farmland can expect to receive a fraction of the supplies sought from the state during the fourth year of the drought, officials announced Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


4 people killed, 4 others injured in Santa Cruz crash

FREEDOM (AP) - A head-on crash has left four people dead and four others seriously injured when a car packed with teens collided with a pickup truck in rural Santa Cruz County

March 02, 2015 | | State


Well-liked photo teacher found dead in classroom

PLACENTIA (AP) - A Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Storms add just 1 percent to state’s snowpack

TRUCKEE (AP) - Forecasters say Northern California's weekend storms brought as much as 32 inches of snow to the Sierra Nevada mountains.

March 02, 2015 | | State


Pit bull badly mauls woman in Pinole

PINOLE (AP) - A 40-year-old woman in the San Francisco Bay Area was severely mauled by her family pit bull.

March 02, 2015 | | State


San Jose: Competition where being blind is cool

SAN JOSE – The order of the day was competition, but the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge on Saturday was as much about camaraderie, coolness and compassion.

March 01, 2015 | | State


Some farmers to go without federal water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Nearly 16 tons of marijuana seized at California border

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Agents at a Southern California border crossing have seized nearly 16 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that supposedly was hauling mattresses.

February 27, 2015 | | State


Federal court rejects challenge to micro-stamping gun safety law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced.

February 27, 2015 | | State


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