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SUMMARY OF CALIFORNIA'S OUTSTANDING DEBTS

Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal estimates that California owes about $355 billion in debts and unfunded liabilities for benefits promised to former and current state employees. The chart below summarizes the debts and liabilities, as estimated by the Department of Finance:

January 09, 2014 | | State


Google launches private ferry service for workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - How's this for an employee perk? Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Silicon Valley campus can now make part of the trek on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran.

January 09, 2014 | | State


Cockroaches found at Foster Farms’ Livingston chicken plant

LIVINGSTON . (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Central California chicken plant after federal inspectors found it infested with cockroaches.

January 09, 2014 | | State


HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET PROPOSAL

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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


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Immigrants seek driver licenses

STANTON (AP) - Mexican immigrant Jesus Moreno emerged smiling from a California Department of Motor Vehicles office on Friday with official permission to do something he's been doing here for more than a decade: driving.

January 02, 2015 | | State


Man kills wife, 2 grown kids, self

MODESTO (AP) - A man shot and killed his wife and two grown children before taking his life at a Modesto home on New Year's Day, police said Friday.

January 02, 2015 | | State


Arrests after car chase at over 100 mph

INDUSTRY (AP) - A man and a woman were arrested after leading authorities on a car chase on several Southern California freeways at speeds topping 105 mph.

January 01, 2015 | | State


Jury awards $8M after man killed by deputies

LONG BEACH (AP) - The family of a man who died after a violent confrontation with Los Angeles County deputies in Compton won an $8 million jury verdict.

January 01, 2015 | | State


Roomier cages likely means costlier eggs

FRESNO (AP) - The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings.

January 01, 2015 | | State


Cruise boat runs aground at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A paddle-wheel cruise boat ran aground on the California side of Lake Tahoe only minutes into the new year, stranding hundreds of revelers for about two hours in sub-freezing temperatures, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

January 01, 2015 | | State


Man intentionally run

ANAHEIM (AP) - Police in Orange County say a 26-year-old man was intentionally run over and killed in a parking lot shared by a strip club and a fast food restaurant.

January 01, 2015 | | State


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