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LA utility agrees to control dust at dry lakebed in Owens Valley

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles' municipal water utility has agreed to do more to control dust on an Owens Valley lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Lawmakers OK enterprise zone reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly passed a hard-fought overhaul of California's enterprise zone program on Thursday that was sought by Gov. Jerry Brown after he called the system wasteful and ineffective.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown says he's worried about cost of transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he is committed to keeping government transparent but wants to do so without costing the state money.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

CPUC LAWYER RECUSED FROM SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION CASE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead attorney for California's utility regulator has recused himself from the agency's investigation into how much Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

June 27, 2013 | | State


California prepares for heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California prepared Thursday for a scorching weekend that could see temperatures hit 120 in the deserts as a massive heat wave rolled through the West, authorities said.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Norcal News

SACRAMENTO AIMS TO CRACK DOWN ON COPPER WIRE THEFT: SACRAMENTO . (AP) - The city of Sacramento wants to pull the plug on copper wire theft.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Bill extends various fees to fund air quality programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Thursday advanced a bill extending a series of fees to pay for programs aimed at improving air quality.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Brown’s plan: K-12 schools won’t get ax

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession.

June 27, 2013 | | State


New reality dawns for LBGT community

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Palm Springs Tourism Bureau was ready when the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. Within an hour of the high court handing down its decision Wednesday, the bureau launched a wedding web site featuring photographs of same-sex couples and spotlighting the desert city's gay and lesbian resorts.

June 27, 2013 | | State


BART to offer union new deal

OAKLAND (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said Thursday they will offer two of their largest unions a new contract proposal to avert a possible rail strike that would cause chaos for commuters.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Senate approves Madera Co. casino

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Central Valley Indian tribe will be allowed to build a casino along a major highway north of Fresno under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, despite concerns that the compact sets a precedent of allowing off-reservation gambling.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Around the State

GOVENORS' LOVERS DUSTUP: A Sacramento artist whose exhibit of mistresses and girlfriends of California governors was censored before it opened will show the paintings after all. The S Gallery downtown will feature Maren Conrad's oil-and-lacquered paintings of singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Piper Laurie, and actress Nancy Davis before she was a Reagan, among others. The gala opened Thursday night. The exhibit was supposed to be part of a permanent collection inside a new Capitol-area nightclub. But when one of the city's top female lobbyists complained to the owners, the exhibit came down. The censorship ignited a debate in ...

June 27, 2013 | | State


Gay marriages start again in 25 days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed.

June 27, 2013 | | State


Immigration bill cruising to passage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead Wednesday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally rather than offering them a chance at citizenship.

June 26, 2013 | | State


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Critic says Assembly broke law on transparency

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Assembly is being accused of violating a transparency law by voting on 95 bills without making them public three days in ...

June 04, 2017 | | State


Supreme Court asked to let Trump travel ban take effect

WASHINGTON (AP) - Having so far failed to persuade judges to allow its travel ban to take effect, the Trump administration is turning to the nation ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Fresno 12-year-old wins National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Ananya Vinay never looked all that impressed by any of the words she was given in the finals of the Scripps ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Modesto’s American Graffiti Car Show & Festival June 9-11

MODESTO -The North Modesto Kiwanis Club expects almost 1,300 classic vehicles – vintage 1979 and older – for its 19th annual American Graffiti Car Show and ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Senate blesses single-payer care bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Senate voted Thursday to advance a longshot single-payer health care plan that would replace insurance companies with government-funded health care for ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Lack of warning at NorCal dam raises alarm

OROVILLE (AP) - The sudden collapse of spillways at the nation's highest dam has raised alarm among those building, running and regulating big dams around ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Police: Video backs officer’s story in fatal teen shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Surveillance video corroborates an off-duty federal law enforcement officer's account that he was being robbed when he killed a 15-year-old boy ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


California, New York, Washington unite to back climate pact

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Three Democratic governors said Thursday they won't let the United States back away from a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


California lawmakers pass bills to address housing shortage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers took steps to address the state's affordable housing shortage Thursday by passing bills to speed construction and generate money for ...

June 02, 2017 | | State


Nurses seek $106B in new state taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A longshot California proposal to replace insurance companies with government-funded health care for all of the state's residents could be paid for ...

June 01, 2017 | | State


Massive Big Sur landslide added 13 acres to coast

BIG SUR (AP) - A massive landslide that engulfed Central California's Highway 1 has added 13 acres to the coastline.

June 01, 2017 | | State


Homeless up 23% to 11,000 in LA County

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Volunteers who spread out across Los Angeles County counted about 58,790 homeless people, a 23 percent increase from a year earlier ...

June 01, 2017 | | State


Principal accused of firing BB gun at students resigns

TULELAKE (AP) - A Northern California high school principal has resigned amid accusations that he shot at students with a BB gun during a school function.

June 01, 2017 | | State


Gender-inclusive locker room planned for UC Berkeley

BERKELEY (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley plans to build a gender-inclusive locker room at its campus gym.

June 01, 2017 | | State


Santa Barbara reactivates seawater desalination plant

SANTA BARBARA (AP) - Santa Barbara has completed a $71 million reactivation of its seawater desalination plant to bolster its water supplies.

June 01, 2017 | | State


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