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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


Senate approves dropping STAR tests

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would end traditional standardized testing of students in reading, math and social science, as the top federal education official threatened to withhold federal funds if the measure becomes law.

September 10, 2013 | | State


New state energy rates possible?

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California is close to passing a sweeping overhaul of its energy regulations that could affect electrical rates for millions of customers and rewrite rules on solar power usage.

September 10, 2013 | | State


Rim Fire’s cost reaches $100M

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Federal fire officials say the cost of fighting the Rim Fire that has burned across nearly 400 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park has reached $100 million.

September 10, 2013 | | State


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Smiling Reagan statue revealed in State Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A statue of a smiling Gov. Ronald Reagan was revealed Monday in the California State Capitol's lower rotunda before admiring lawmakers and members of his administration.

June 23, 2015 | | State


Battle over Squaw Valley plans

SQUAW VALLEY (AP) - A leading environmental group has stepped up the fight against the proposed expansion of a Lake Tahoe ski resort, saying its impact on traffic and mountain scenery threatens to destroy the charm of the site that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

June 23, 2015 | | State


More firefighters join battle against fire near Tahoe

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - Air tankers and helicopters were helping hundreds of firefighters Monday battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe where no structures have been damaged but the California mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby for possible evacuations.

June 23, 2015 | | State


Oil from spill washed up in LA County

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill washed up at least as far away as a Los Angeles County beach last month, according to test results released Monday.

June 23, 2015 | | State


Farmers fail to report water cuts

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A majority of farmers and others holding some of California's strongest claims to water have missed a deadline to confirm they stopped pumping from rivers and streams during the drought, state officials said Monday.

June 23, 2015 | | State


1 dead, 7 hurt as car careens onto sidewalk near bus stop

VALLEJO (AP) - A car veered onto a Northern California sidewalk and hit people waiting near a bus stop, killing a woman and injuring seven other people, including the driver and two children, police said.

June 22, 2015 | | State


Drought worsening health crisis in SJV town

EAST PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Residents of East Porterville and experts say not having running water and breathing increasingly dusty air because of the drought is worsening health issues.

June 22, 2015 | | State


On Track Band offering jazz, standards Tuesday

The On Track Band hailing from the Sierra High Music program is playing at Market & Music in Manteca on Tuesday at Library Park.

June 22, 2015 | Bulletin staff report | State


Jury awards $40 million in suit over TGI Friday’s killing

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California jury awarded $40 million to the parents of a man who was stabbed to death in a TGI Friday's restaurant.

June 22, 2015 | | State


Health insurer Cigna rejects Anthem takeover bid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Health insurer Cigna Corp. has rejected a $47 billion offer to be acquired by its larger rival, Anthem Inc., saying the terms of the bid are inadequate and "woefully skewed in favor of Anthem shareholders."

June 22, 2015 | | State


OIL SPILL RECOVERY

OLETA (AP) - Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.

June 22, 2015 | | State


Wildfire moves closer to Sierra town of Markleeville

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - A wind-whipped wildfire moved closer to the tiny Sierra Nevada town of Markleeville, California, on Sunday, and authorities were telling residents to be prepared to evacuate.

June 21, 2015 | | State


PG&E accidently kills threatened salmon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than one-tenth of the largest wild population of threatened salmon in the Central Valley died after repair work near a power plant led Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to cut off a cooling flow of water into a creek, wildlife and utility officials said Friday.

June 20, 2015 | | State


Huge Southern California forest fire still growing

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - A fleet of helicopters dropped loads of water on flaming timber Friday as a huge fire churned through the San Bernardino National Forest, the largest among blazes burning in hot, dry California.

June 20, 2015 | | State


City prepares to double population

VERNON . (AP) - Vernon has long been an oddity in Southern California - a city devoted almost exclusively to industry, with a population hovering around 100 people who lived in city-owned homes.

June 20, 2015 | | State


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