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Health insurers just say no to marijuana coverage that can cost $1,000 a month

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don't cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month.

May 08, 2014 | | State


Lawmakers, Brown compromise on rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday agreed to replace the rainy day fund measure on the November ballot with a bipartisan plan that would set aside revenue of up to 10 percent of California's general fund and dedicate money to paying down the state's massive debts and liabilities.

May 08, 2014 | | State


Assembly passes bill revamping birth certificates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers in the Assembly have approved a bill that updates birth certificates to reflect the status of same-sex parents.

May 08, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TONY THE TIGER VOICE LEE MARSHALL DIES AT 64: SANTA MONICA . (AP) - Lee Marshall, one of the actors who supplied the booming voice of Tony the Tiger in commercials, has died. He was 64.

May 08, 2014 | | State


California faces $340 billion in debt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California faces $340 billion in debts, or more than $8,500 for each of its 38 million residents, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said Wednesday in recommending that the state set priorities for paying down its key long-term liabilities.

May 07, 2014 | | State


California in running for Tesla battery plant location

PALO ALTO (AP) - California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval.

May 07, 2014 | | State


High-speed board OKs next 114-mile section between Bakersfield & Fresno

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The board that oversees California's $68 billion high-speed rail project voted Wednesday to unanimously adopt a planned route for its second and most substantial section to date, a 114-mile stretch between Fresno and Bakersfield.

May 07, 2014 | | State


Officials nab 51 in SJ Valley drug busts

MERCED (AP) - Officials said Wednesday that they have arrested 51 people in Central California, crippling a drug organization linked to a powerful prison gang.

May 07, 2014 | | State


Tree-trimming operation in Oakland kills baby birds

OAKLAND (AP) - Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating a tree-trimming operation in Oakland that witnesses say sent baby birds into a wood chipper, a newspaper reported.

May 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AFREA

• LEAKS ON NEW BAY BRIDGE WON'T SPUR FURTHER COSTS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California transportation official says leaks found on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that are allowing rainwater to seep into the structure should not result in more maintenance costs.

May 07, 2014 | | State


Yahoo in line for $10B windfall

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer faces a $10 billion decision in a few months.

May 07, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SCHOOL CRACKS DOWN ON 'PROM DRAFT': NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - A principal at a Southern California high school is cracking down on a student tradition called "prom draft" that involves male students ranking female students and then selecting a date from the favored pool.

May 06, 2014 | | State


Governor : A GOP race for 2nd place

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's primary for governor this year has become a race for second place. With Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, widely predicted to take the top spot, two Republican candidates with starkly contrasting views and styles are jostling for financial and voter support.

May 06, 2014 | | State


Plan calls for flowing Aqueduct water uphill

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the south's parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill.

May 06, 2014 | | State


Senate’s security officer resigns amid controversy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Senate's chief security officer abruptly resigned Tuesday from a post he held for 34 years after he withheld information about drug use by a staff member from the chamber's elected leader.

May 06, 2014 | | State


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TB outbreak at Sacramento high school campus

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | State


California moves to speed up quake fault mapping

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A plan to study earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development is moving forward again in California after funding was approved from Gov. Jerry Brown.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Mountain lion spotted near San Mateo homes

SAN MATEO (AP) - State wildlife officials are warning residents in a San Francisco Bay Area community to be on the lookout for a mountain lion that may still be in the area.

July 02, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• BODY OF MISSING ABALONE DIVER FOUND: MENDOCINO (AP) - The body of a San Francisco man who went missing while diving for abalone has been discovered.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Napa Valley wildfire burns at 3,800 acres

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A raging wildfire in rural Northern California that spread over 5 square miles and forced the evacuation of 200 homes in Napa County continues to grow, officials said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Jurors keep deliberating in beaten fan case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors told a judge Wednesday they were deadlocked in a negligence lawsuit filed by a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered severe brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Migrant flight lands in California without protest

EL CENTRO (AP) - A flight shuttling Central American immigrant children and families from the Texas border arrived Wednesday in Southern California without trouble, a day after flag-waving protesters blocked another group in buses from entering a suburban border patrol facility.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Manteca Ford earns Assembly business honors

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, honored Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford and Exotic High Line as 2014 Small Business of the Year at an event held in Manteca.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Poll finds Californians see wealth gap growing

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A majority of Californians are unhappy with income distribution in the state, but they are divided over whether the government should do more to intervene or further raise the minimum wage, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Oak Valley paying dividend

OAKDALE – On July 1, 2014, the Board of Directors of Oak Valley Bancorp, the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, has declared the payment of a cash dividend of $0.065 per share of common stock to its shareholders of record at the close of business on July 14. In aggregate, the distribution will amount to approximately $524,000. The payment date will be July 28.

July 02, 2014 | | State


Water sale prices shatter records

FRESNO (AP) - Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.

July 01, 2014 | | State


Assembly GOP picks Kristin Olsen of Modesto as new caucus leader

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly GOP caucus on Tuesday chose Kristin Olsen, a former Modesto college administrator, as its new leader.

July 01, 2014 | | State


Protesters block bus carrying illegal immigrants

MURRIETA (AP) - A flight carrying migrants from overcrowded facilities on the Texas border with Mexico arrived Tuesday in Southern California but protesters blocked immigration authorities from taking the group to a suburban Border Patrol facility for processing.

July 01, 2014 | | State


Grandma arrested after toddler drinks meth tea

IDYLLWILD (AP) - Authorities in Southern California say a 51-year-old woman has been arrested after her 2-year-old granddaughter drank tea with methamphetamine in it.

July 01, 2014 | | State


San Bernardino County reports ‘jury duty’ scam

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities in San Bernardino County are warning of a phone scam seeking to bilk residents out of phony fines for supposedly missing jury duty.

July 01, 2014 | | State


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