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Solar debate heats up as California farmland is targeted with 11,000 acres in Fresno County

FRESNO . (AP) - In the debate pitting photovoltaic power stations against agriculture, all eyes have been on Fresno County, where the abundance of sunshine that make it the No. 1 agriculture-producing county in the nation also make it ideal for solar arrays.

March 14, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Rain, wind batter Northern California

March 14, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

CODA begins production of electric car in Benicia: BENICIA (AP) - CODA Automotive's assembly plant in Benicia has begun production of the carmaker's all-electric sedan.

March 13, 2012 | | State


California lawmakers switch votes often

SACRAMENTO (AP) - By long-standing tradition, lawmakers in California's Assembly who are running for re-election or are seeking a new seat this year will tout their yes or no votes on all manner of bills in the coming months.

March 13, 2012 | | State


California nitrate contamination spreading

FRESNO (AP) - Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California's agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a University of California, Davis study released Tuesday.

March 13, 2012 | | State


Sheriff in political thicket after guilty plea

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco sheriff has a political thicket to get through now that he's putting his legal woes behind him with a plea bargain in a domestic violence case that made international headlines.

March 13, 2012 | | State


Postal cuts could force change in California voting by mail & delay results by days or weeks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers and election officials worried about the effect of postal closures on elections are considering extending the voting period for mail-in-ballots, a move that could delay results by days or even weeks.

March 13, 2012 | | State


State News Briefs

Surfer's body found in ocean off Santa Cruz

March 13, 2012 | | State


UC Berkeley manager demoted over improper raises to worker she had sexual relationship with

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley, has demoted and reduced the salary of a veteran administrator accused of improperly giving pay raises to an employee with whom she was having a sexual relationship.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Los Angeles school board members seek new misconduct rules for district teachers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three members of the Los Angeles Unified school board on Monday called for revisions in state laws and district policies to make it easier to fire employees in cases of sexual misconduct and inform parents of investigations.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Berkeley chief sending officer to reporter’s home in bid to change story upsets police union

BERKELEY (AP) - In another city, getting tough with a journalist might not bring a police chief the same strong reaction as it has in Berkeley, home of the 1960s Free Speech Movement and a population with a distinctly liberal bent.

March 12, 2012 | | State


SF sheriff pleads guilty in domestic violence case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's sheriff pleaded guilty Monday to false imprisonment, avoiding a domestic violence trial that threatened to air a personal drama worthy of the Venezuela telenovela in which his wife once starred.

March 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

BROWN SEEKS TAX-HIKE SUPPORT FROM POLICE CHIEFS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appealed Monday to chiefs of police for support of his November tax initiative, even as he conceded the ballot likely will be crowded with tax proposals.

March 12, 2012 | | State


Love letters reveal Nixon's sensitive side

YORBA LINDA (AP) - Long before Richard Nixon rose to power and fell from grace, he was just another man in love.

March 12, 2012 | | State


PG&E to pay $70M to San Bruno for restitution in gas pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay $70 million in restitution to San Bruno for the 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people in the San Francisco suburb, company and city officials said Monday.

March 12, 2012 | | State


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Fish found with mercury in remote regions of western national parks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | State


Salmon released in SJ River restoration

FRESNO (AP) - Tens of thousands of spring-run Chinook salmon are being released into the San Joaquin River, marking a major milestone in the federal plan to restore native fish populations to the state's second-longest river.

April 17, 2014 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE BAY AREA

• BABY DIES AFTER BEING FORGOTTEN IN HOT CAR: SAN JOSE (AP) - An infant has been pronounced dead after accidentally being left in a hot car alone for hours.

April 17, 2014 | | State


California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere

FRESNO (AP) - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Ex-official leaves huge $150M debt for Bell

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison - less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Governor pushing rainy-day fund

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Lost sea lion in SJ Valley found mile from water

MERCED . (AP) - Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson leads mayoral group

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Court rules for environmentalists in water fight over Delta smelt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Arrest in Ceres case of body found in freezer

CERES (AP) - Police in Ceres have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits for tracking parolees

SANTA ANA (AP) - A pair of convicted sex offenders had proven once before that there were limits to how well GPS devices could track their whereabouts.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Corrections to pay $50,000 in sex harassment suit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed on behalf of a cook at a youth facility.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Steinberg seeks review of GPS tracking

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.

April 16, 2014 | | State


Wireless firms make anti-theft commitment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

April 15, 2014 | | State


SF considers ending rental ban of homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

April 15, 2014 | | State


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