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EPA fines Modesto cereal plant $365K

MODESTO (AP) - Two corporations that owned the Post cereal brand have agreed to pay $635,000 in fines to settle allegations that they failed to prevent air pollution from a Modesto plant where Grape-Nuts, Banana Nut Crunch and other products were made.

September 13, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

GIRL, 14, FOUND DEAD INSIDE CAR AT MADERA SCHOOL: MADERA (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was found dead inside a car in the parking lot of a high school in California's Central Valley.

September 12, 2013 | | State


NorCal wildfire destroys 68 homes

REDDING (AP) - In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would raise minimum wage to $10

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years under a bill that is all but certain to head to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge’s older span is now the Willie Brown Bridge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Legislature on Thursday approved naming the iconic western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a towering California political figure who is both revered and reviled.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Illegals driver's license bill in limbo

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Immigrants who are in the country illegally would be able to get California driver's licenses under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, but it was not immediately certain whether it would be sent to the governor this year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

BAY AREA SCHOOL TO NAME LIBRARY FOR SLAIN AMBASSADOR: PIEDMONT (AP) - A Northern California high school will name its library after the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed by insurgents in Benghazi last year.

September 12, 2013 | | State


Bill would expand role of pharmacists in Calif.

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would expand the services California pharmacists can provide to patients.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Forecast: California to outpace nation in job growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth over the next few years, narrowing an unemployment rate gap in a slow but uneven economic recovery that will leave unskilled workers behind, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bill grants overtime for domestic workers

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Employers would have to temporarily pay overtime to domestic workers under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate, but the mandate would expire in a few years unless the Legislature renews it.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Richmond moves ahead with eminent domain plan

RICHMOND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area city voted Wednesday to try to expand a first-in-the-nation plan to use its power of eminent domain to seize hundreds of mortgages that exceed the value of homes.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

THIEF HITS SF BAY AREA FIREHOUSE WHILE CREWS AWAY: WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Fire officials say crews battling a wildfire at a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park became burglary targets.

September 11, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

LEGISLATURE SENDS BROWN BILL ON CALIF. PRISON DEAL: SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California's prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.

September 11, 2013 | | State


Valley fever hospitalizations increase

FRESNO (AP) - The annual rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease, has doubled over the past 12 years in California, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 11, 2013 | | State


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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation that is one step away from the governor's desk.

September 11, 2013 | | State


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AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste dumping case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period.

November 20, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• DRUG LAB EXPLOSION KILLS 1, HURTS 2; HOUSE GUTTED: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Authorities say an explosion that tore apart a Southern California shack, killing one person and critically injuring two others, was caused by a lab illegally making hash oil.

November 20, 2014 | | State


PG&E fined over secret dealings to get higher rates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Sacramento sheriff criticizes Obama on immigration move

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California sheriff is harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to illegal immigration after the recent fatal shootings of two deputies, just as the president announces his own executive action on the issue.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Insurance sign-ups ahead of 2013

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Individual insurance sign-ups under California's health care exchange were running ahead of pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time, state officials reported Thursday.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Brown backs Obama on immigration

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is praising President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration while calling on Congress to "finish the job."

November 20, 2014 | | State


Drought relief bill out for this year

FRESNO (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that congressional efforts to provide drought relief to Central Valley farmers and communities are dead for the year.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released

FRESNO (AP) - A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Yosemite hotel’s housekeeper faces theft charges

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a housekeeper at a Yosemite National Park hotel with 32 counts of first degree burglary and theft for stealing cash from guests' rooms.

November 20, 2014 | | State


Driver arrested after shooting himself on 101

WILLITS (AP) - Mendocino County authorities say a man was arrested after apparently shooting himself in the face while driving on U.S. 101 with a California Highway Patrol car behind him.

November 20, 2014 | | State


SELF-DRIVING CARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane.

November 19, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.

November 19, 2014 | | State


Calexico police chief alleges council corruption

CALEXICO (AP) - The newly installed police chief of a California border city said Wednesday that members of the local City Council and police union have been interfering with a police investigation, and he said that police officers have spied on councilmembers in what he called "extortion."

November 19, 2014 | | State


Demos retain Sacramento-area seat after $19.6 million campaign

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The most expensive congressional race in the nation ended Wednesday with no change: Democratic Rep. Ami Bera was re-elected to the Sacramento-area seat he wrested from Republican control just two years ago.

November 19, 2014 | | State


OC drops plans for $3.6M shelter

SANTA ANA (AP) - Orange County has dropped a controversial plan to spend $3.6 million to build a year-round shelter for the homeless.

November 19, 2014 | | State


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