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California leaders approves flood plan for Central Valley to reduce flood risk

STOCKTON (AP) - California officials approved a plan on Friday that recommends major investments in the state's aging system of levees that protect people and farmland in the Central Valley, an area with one of the highest flood risks in the nation.

June 29, 2012 | | State


Man accused in priest assault describes fear

SAN JOSE (AP) - William Lynch testified Friday that he punched the priest he accuses of molesting him after memories of the alleged sexual abuse came flooding back across the decades and were so vivid that he felt threatened.

June 29, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

102-YEAR-OLD MAN BECOMES US CITIZEN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 102-year-old Filipino man who came to California as a teenager in 1928 to pick lettuce and cabbage became an American citizen during a touching naturalization ceremony Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

June 28, 2012 | | State


65 parks in California will stay open

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - With a busy Fourth of July week looming, California parks officials announced Thursday that 65 of the 70 state parks once slated to close Sunday due to budget cuts will remain open.

June 28, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF mayor considering police stop-&-frisk policy

June 28, 2012 | | State


Defeat of Calif. teacher bill shows union power

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa slammed it as "cynical political manipulation," Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy termed it shameful, but for the California Teachers Association, it was a victory.

June 28, 2012 | | State


New budget crafted to influence voters

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers have long warned of dire consequences if California voters reject a proposed tax hike on the November ballot. In adopting a $91.3 state billion budget, they made it clear it wasn't a hollow threat.

June 28, 2012 | | State


Voters face fall ballot crowded with issues

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California voters will be bombarded with major questions on the November ballot about raising their taxes, ending executions and limiting lifetime sentences for career criminals.

June 28, 2012 | | State


Key elements of the $92 billion California state budget sent to Gov. Jerry Brown:

-Fills a $15.7 billion deficit. However, an estimated $8.5 billion in revenue is contingent on voters approving a Nov. 6 ballot issue calling for increasing the sales tax and raising income tax for people who make more than $250,000 a year.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Progress in graduation, dropout rates

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More California high school students graduated in 2011 and fewer dropped out, with the biggest gains posted by Hispanic, black and English learner students, the state Department of Education said Wednesday.

June 27, 2012 | | State


SoCal should survive summer without blackouts

ALHAMBRA (AP) - Southern California will survive the summer without major blackouts despite the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but conservation measures will be critical if there is a heat wave or a disaster, state and utility officials said Wednesday.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Priest assault trial resumes with abuse allegation

SAN JOSE (AP) - The priest accused of molesting children has "pleaded the fifth." The judge has stricken his testimony and denials of abuse from the trial record. Three of the priest's alleged victims are no longer allowed to testify. And the man on trial for beating the priest he says raped him will be limited in what he can tell the jury when called to the witness stand.

June 27, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SANTA CLARA OFFICIALS OK TALKS WITH JOE MONTANA: SANTA CLARA (AP) - Santa Clara officials have given the go-ahead for the city to begin negotiations with legendary quarterback Joe Montana for a hotel and entertainment complex across from the 49ers new stadium.

June 27, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CAR HITS SO. CAL NURSING HOME, KILLS MAN, 89: LA MESA (AP) - A runaway car has crashed into a San Diego County nursing home and killed an 89-year-old man.

June 27, 2012 | | State


PG&E: 1956 pipeline test caused San Bruno blast that killed eight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. told California regulators this week that a pipeline test the company performed in 1956 damaged a weld and led to the 2010 deadly explosion in San Bruno.

June 27, 2012 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• TOE DISPUTE PROMPTS ARREST OF BEAUTY CONTESTANT: RIVERSIDE (AP) - Officials say a 22-year-old beauty pageant contestant has been arrested in California after being caught on video walking comfortably in high heels while collecting workers' compensation benefits after saying she had a broken toe.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Candidate’s first vote is one for himself

FRESNO (AP) - The first time Art Moore cast a ballot, he filled in the bubble next to his name in California's June primary for a seat in the U.S. House.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Prosecutor charged with misconduct

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - State Bar officials have filed disciplinary charges against a Central California prosecutor accused of changing a transcript to make it sound like a suspected child molester had acknowledged he was guilty.

August 13, 2014 | | State


San Francisco transit workers facing sanctions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of San Francisco transit workers who participated in a sickout that stalled the city's world-famous cable cars and disrupted bus and light-rail service are facing possible financial penalties.

August 13, 2014 | | State


Judge: Teach English learners

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge Tuesday ordered the state of California to educate all children who don't speak English, saying it needs to take action after reports showed a quarter of school districts failed to meet that state and federal requirement.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Man pleads not guilty to Rim Fire

FRESNO (AP) - A Northern California man accused of starting one of the state's largest wildfires - the devastating Rim Fire - when he lost control of his campfire last year can leave jail while the criminal case plays out in court, a federal judge said Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Apple’s tech jobs mostly filled by white & Asian men

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Authorities: Man admits killing four family members

GOLETA (AP) - A Southern California man told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Demos make public push for water bond

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders made a public push Tuesday for their latest plan to pay for water projects a day ahead of scheduled votes in the Legislature.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Coroner: Robin Williams died by hanging

SAN RAFAEL (AP) - Struggling with depression, Robin Williams tried to cut his wrist and hanged himself in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home, officials said Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


State offers workers generous plans

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Health insurance plans offered to state employees in California and elsewhere are relatively generous, with government picking up a large share of deductibles and co-pays, according to a report released Tuesday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


Chief: Police killed Stockton robbery hostage

STOCKTON (AP) - A hostage kidnapped during a Northern California bank robbery was killed by police in an ensuing chase and shootout, likely during a final gunbattle where the lone surviving suspect used her as a human shield, authorities said Monday.

August 12, 2014 | | State


NorCal wildfires threaten homes

ETNA (AP) - Fire crews braced for more erratic winds on Monday from nearby thunderstorms as they tried to gain ground on two wildfires that were threatening nearly 750 rural homes on national forest land in Northern California.

August 11, 2014 | | State


Bill could boost vehicle fees for fingerprint ID programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Counties will be allowed to increase vehicle registration fees to pay for fingerprint identification programs under a bill that advanced to the governor's desk Monday.

August 11, 2014 | | State


State high court blocks measure from ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court on Monday blocked an advisory measure backed by Democrats from the November ballot.

August 11, 2014 | | State


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