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BILL CALLS FOR CONSIDERING BRIDGE SUICIDE BARRIERS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Suicide barriers could be included on more California bridges as a result of a bill advancing through the Legislature.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Judge will hear lawsuit over high-speed rail bonds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials on Thursday agreed to drop a request to consolidate all lawsuits challenging California's use of voter-approved high-speed rail bonds, allowing a trial seeking to prevent the state from spending bond money to begin later this month.

May 16, 2013 | | State


No spike in parolee arrests found in state prison realignment aftermath

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Corrections department researchers have found no spike in arrests of parolees since responsibility for many ex-convicts shifted to local authorities under the state's prison realignment law, according to a study released Thursday.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Salinas man arrested in kiddie porn case; child is rescued

SALINAS (AP) - A central California man appeared in federal court on Thursday after his arrest in connection with a nationwide child pornography manhunt, and a child thought to be a victim was rescued, federal authorities said.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Delta management plan embraced by Stewardship Council

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California agency on Thursday unanimously adopted a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

May 16, 2013 | | State


California fuels $550M Powerball jackpot

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The numbers sum up the frenzy that has taken over the Golden State since it became the newest in the nation to join the madness over Powerball, which saw its jackpot soar Thursday to $550 million.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Ripon crime lab analyst pleads in drug theft case

RIPON (AP) - A former state crime lab forensic analyst accused of stealing drugs being held as evidence is facing 16 months behind bars after pleading guilty to an embezzlement charge.

May 16, 2013 | | State


Brown: Review UC graduation rates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In his pursuit to hold down the cost of a college education in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday asked the University of California to identify which factors have the greatest effect on campus graduation rates.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Major budget infusion for education

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget proposes a $17 billion infusion for California's K-12 schools over the next four years, a dramatic turn-around after years of teacher layoffs and program cuts that were common during the recession.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Body of missing 9-year-old found

CLEARLAKE (AP) - Authorities found the body on Wednesday of an autistic Northern California 9-year-old who went missing from her family's vacation home, ending an exhaustive, emotional search for the girl.

May 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

HIKERS WON'T HAVE TO PAY $160K RESCUE COSTS: SANTA ANA (AP) - Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.

May 15, 2013 | | State


SF loses federal grant for new fireboat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Fire Department has lost a $7.8 million federal grant for what would have been its first new fireboat in 50 years because it didn't spend the money in time, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

May 15, 2013 | | State


LA buildings emptied after devices found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A police bomb squad detonated 17 homemade explosive devices found in an apartment on Wednesday after a routine traffic stop revealed a potentially dangerous liquid in a man's car, authorities said.

May 15, 2013 | | State


Is boy mature enough to aid murder defense?

VALLEY SPRINGS (AP) - Attorneys for a 12-year-old California boy charged with killing his sister said Wednesday they wonder if he is mature enough to aid his defense.

May 15, 2013 | | State


6 charged with embezzling $15M from SF schools

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Six current and former San Francisco school district employees were charged Tuesday with embezzling about $15 million in grant money from the district, officials said.

May 14, 2013 | | State


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Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Brown signs laws imposing tighter gun rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Perez ends controller recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Ag chief visits water-starved families

TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

July 18, 2014 | | State


FPPC fines former Turlock councilman

TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Investment training for pension board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.

July 18, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

WORKER ELECTROCUTED AT ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: MISSION VIEJO (AP) - Officials say a man was electrocuted and another badly shocked during a construction accident at an Orange County high school.

July 17, 2014 | | State


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