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January 09, 2014 | | State


$8.3M for redesign of Stockton prison facility

Stockton (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year includes several proposals to help comply with a federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding by mid-April to improve medical and mental health care for inmates.

January 09, 2014 | | State


Brown; ‘Governors can’t make it rain’n

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage.

January 09, 2014 | | State


California budget surges to record high

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases have sent California's general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around from the state's days as the nation's poster child of fiscal dysfunction.

January 09, 2014 | | State


State referendum reaches next step

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Opponents of a new California law that spells out the rights of transgender students in public schools have cleared the next hurdle in their effort to repeal the law at the ballot box, state elections officials said Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Prison leader seeks delay in court order

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California will have no choice but to move 4,000 more inmates to private prisons in other states if federal judges refuse to postpone a court-ordered population cap, state Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard said Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Police say man tried to blow up priest’s rectory

EUREKA (AP) - A man charged with murder in the death of a California priest in a church rectory beat him with a wooden stake and rusty metal pipe then made two unsuccessful attempts to set the body and building on fire, police said in a court document obtained Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | | State


TIME FOR TRUTH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles risks becoming a city in decline as it struggles with poverty, poor schooling, traffic jams and a crisis of leadership, a citizens' panel warned Wednesday.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Group uses 'brain dead' teen for fundraising

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An advocacy group is facing sharp criticism for using the case of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead in a bid to raise money for a proposed ballot initiative.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Mayors cleared to get pension reform signatures for ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other California mayors were cleared Tuesday to start gathering signatures to get their proposed statewide pension reform initiative on voter ballots in November.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Thinking positive helps migraine drug work

WASHINGTON (AP) - Talk about mind over matter: A quirky new study suggests patients' expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Brown to propose paying down debt

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year calls for an 8.5 percent increase in general fund spending coupled with a dedication to pay down the state's debt by more than $11 billion, according to a copy of the document obtained late Wednesday by The Sacramento Bee.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Sacramento council approves eminent domain suit for downtown arena site

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Sacramento City Council has voted to file an eminent domain lawsuit against the owners of a former Macy's department store downtown.

January 08, 2014 | | State


News from around california

LA SUES TO STOP REOPENING OF URBAN OIL FIELD: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is suing to stop an energy company from reopening an urban oil field blamed for causing chronic respiratory illnesses and nosebleeds in a South LA neighborhood.

January 08, 2014 | | State


Judge furious over tweet in officers' trial

SANTA ANA (AP) - A judge on Wednesday interrupted closing arguments in the trial of two police officers accused of killing a homeless man to angrily threaten jail time for whoever posted a Twitter picture of the jury.

January 08, 2014 | | State


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Is ‘brain-dead’13-year-old dead?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Debate over the definition of "brain-dead" reignited this week when a California family and its lawyer asked a judge to declare that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate.

October 03, 2014 | | State


California reports 14 cases of virus hitting kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At least 14 children in California recently have been infected with a virus that has caused hundreds of respiratory illnesses and possibly several deaths nationwide, public health officials said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Shark attack closes beaches at California air base

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - Three beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed through the weekend after a 28-year-old surfer survived an attack by a shark, authorities said Friday.

October 03, 2014 | | State


Environmentalists divided over water bond

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ruling lets Stockton cut employee pension benefits

STOCKTON (AP) - U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation - pension funds or creditors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Attorney general: Crime dropping significantly across California

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Violent and property crimes dropped significantly across California last year, the state attorney general said.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Utility, others appeal $1.4 billion penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and others on Thursday appealed a proposed $1.4 billion penalty against PG&E in a deadly 2010 gas-pipeline explosion, in a case that has raised repeated accusations of cozy relations between the utility and state regulators.

October 02, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• COURT TELLS SCHOOL TRUSTEE TO AVOID SON'S SCHOOL: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County court has ordered a local school trustee to stay away from his son's school and the school's principal.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Legislature withholds nepotism report

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Citing broad exemptions under California's legislative records law, the state Senate is keeping secret a taxpayer-funded report about Capitol staff hiring friends and relatives despite calls by lawmakers, statewide candidates and public interest groups that it be released.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Tribe’s casino plan to go before voters

MADERA (AP) - A Native American tribe's plan for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Central Valley nearly 40 miles from its reservation has drawn opposition from other casino-owning tribes in the state.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Girl’s family seeks reversal of brain-death ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a California teenager who was declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, the family's lawyer said Thursday.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Men wearing GPS devices indicted for killings

SANTA ANA (AP) - Two sex offenders were indicted Thursday after authorities said they raped and killed four women while the men wore GPS tracking monitors.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Ex-firefighter to stand trial for fatal wildfire

REDDING (AP) - A former firefighter charged with setting a Northern California wildfire that left one person dead and destroyed hundreds of structures has been ordered to stand trial for homicide and other charges.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

FRESNO (AP) - Deputies have arrested four young men - one adult and three juveniles - suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.

October 02, 2014 | | State


Stockton pensions like other debt

STOCKTON (AP) - Striking at the sanctity of public pensions in California, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. bankruptcy law allows the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, meaning the city could trim benefits.

October 01, 2014 | | State


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