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PG&E engineer testifies utility knew that natural gas pipeline records were incomplete

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A senior Pacific Gas & Electric Co. engineer testified that he repeatedly warned his supervisors before a fatal gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that the utility's gas records were incomplete, but they did nothing about it.

August 01, 2012 | | State


State close to completing review of special funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State finance officials on Friday hope to complete a much-anticipated review of hundreds of special funds that was started after the California parks department underreported $53.8 million in two accounts.

August 01, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

Tahoe water shuttle starts Friday on north shore

August 01, 2012 | | State


School official accused of embezzlement pleads

WOODSIDE (AP) - A former school superintendent in San Mateo County accused of billing one school district for work done on his home and misappropriating funds from another district has reached a plea deal.

August 01, 2012 | | State


Professor’s email reveals shooting plot

SANTA ANA (AP) - Rainer Reinscheid was into his second bottle of wine when he wrote a chilling email titled, "a good plan," detailing how he wanted to get revenge on the people he blamed for his son's suicide.

August 01, 2012 | | State


Lawmakers request audit of 9/11 fund, other plates

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers has formally requested a detailed review of the California specialty license plate program, the first in the program's 20-year history.

August 01, 2012 | | State


LA workers asked to stop watching Olympics online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The top technology officer for Los Angeles is pleading with city workers to stop watching the Olympics online at work, saying it could cause a municipal computer meltdown.

August 01, 2012 | | State


Climate change report: Hotter & drier days plus a lot more fires

FRESNO (AP) - As California grows warmer, nowhere will the increased temperatures be starker than its arid Central Valley, where farmers will have to consider whether the crops grown today will survive in a harsher environment.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Ailing San Onofre nuke plant cost: $165 million so far with $25 million in expenses on the way

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The tab for the long-running crisis at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California has hit at least $165 million, and it would cost $25 million more to get one of the damaged reactors running at reduced power, officials said Tuesday.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Cal State reaches tentative agreement with faculty; no raises, same benefits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with its faculty that largely preserves current contract terms and calls for no salary raises, the university and faculty union said Tuesday.

July 31, 2012 | | State


No bail for UC Irvine professor charged with arson

SANTA ANA. (AP) - A University of California professor was held without bail Tuesday after prosecutors said they found evidence he plotted to kill students and administrators at a high school where his son was disciplined before committing suicide.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Most Calif. for-profit colleges such as University of Phoenix lose state grants

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's move to tighten eligibility requirements for its Cal Grant program will eliminate or reduce awards to 14,500 students, most of them enrolled in for-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix, the California Student Aid Commission announced Tuesday.

July 31, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

JUDGE ALLOWS SAN DIEGO PENSION OVERHAUL TO PROCEED: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge will allow a closely-watched measure to curb pensions for San Diego city workers to take effect.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Gay marriage ban backers seek review by US Supreme Court of Proposition 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Backers of California's ban on same-sex marriages asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overrule a federal appeals court that struck down the measure as unconstitutional, a move that means the bitter, four-year court fight over Proposition 8 could soon be resolved.

July 31, 2012 | | State


Crews battle 2 fires in Plumas National Forest

QUINCY (AP) - Nearly 900 firefighters are battling separate blazes burning in rugged terrain in Plumas National Forest, including one fire that is threatening four trailer homes.

July 31, 2012 | | State


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Japanese students killed in California car crash

SAN MARCOS (AP) - Three Japanese college students were killed and five others were injured when the car they were in veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | State


100,000 without residency proof could lose Obamacare

LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 100,000 Californians who haven't yet proved their citizenship or legal residency in the U.S. face losing their health care coverage this fall, state officials said.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Arrest warrant issued for TB patient in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A Santa Barbara man with a contagious case of drug-resistant tuberculosis was wanted on an arrest warrant Friday so he can complete treatment, health officials said.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Man injured by 1,000-pound sign

CALABASAS (AP) - AuthoritieWs say a 1,000-pound sign fell on a worker at a Southern California gas station, leaving him with serious leg injuries.

August 22, 2014 | | State


Beaten deputy thanks good Samaritan

LAKEWOOD (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was severely beaten by a suspect during an arrest last week at a Southern California mall has recovered enough to dictate a note of thanks and record a short video for a good Samaritan who intervened, possibly saving his life, sheriff's officials said.

August 21, 2014 | | State


California plans aid to immigrant minors

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America, Democratic leaders announced Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA PERMITS OUTDOOR DINING WITH DOGS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fido can feast with you now when you go out to eat.

August 21, 2014 | | State


GPS devices find huge water loss in western states

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August 21, 2014 | | State


State challenges death penalty ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional.

August 21, 2014 | | State


SF to tally bird-into-window death toll

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have launched a program to document the number of birds that die by crashing into windows in an effort to reduce such collisions.

August 21, 2014 | | State


Cops greet students at school where plot thwarted

SOUTH PASADENA (AP) - Police kept watch and jumpy parents escorted students as classes resumed Thursday at a suburban high school that authorities say was targeted for a massacre.

August 21, 2014 | | State


BOOSTING RETIREMENT PAY

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state pension board on Wednesday approved nearly 100 types of supplemental pay that can be used to boost retirement benefits for newer public employees, one of which drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | State


$93M Medi-Cal payments fraudulent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.

August 21, 2014 | | State


Unregulated pumping in crosshairs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.

August 20, 2014 | | State


Wildfire destroys 8 homes, threatens 1,000 more; scorches 5 square miles

KERNVILLE (AP) - A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain destroyed eight homes and was threatening more than a thousand others, authorities said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | State


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