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Feds delay threat to withhold transit funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government on Friday delayed its threat to withhold billions of dollars in California transportation grants in a dispute over public pension reforms while negotiations continue with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

August 16, 2013 | | State


California jobless rate increases to 8.7 percent

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July, the first such bump since the spring of 2011, state officials announced Friday.

August 16, 2013 | | State


GOP lawmaker seeks audit of mental health spending

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that he will introduce legislation seeking annual audits to show how California counties are spending billions of dollars in voter-approved money for mental health programs, after a state audit found there has been little oversight to ensure the money is going to those who need it most.

August 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

14 NEW HOTELS PLANNED NEAR DISNEYLAND: ANAHEIM (AP) - Disneyland's neighborhood may be in for a hotel boom.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Seattle investor funds drive to defeat Kings arena

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen is behind a secretive effort to block Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena for the city's professional basketball team, California's campaign watchdog disclosed Friday after an investigation.

August 16, 2013 | | State


SJ Valley officials issue air alert

FRESNO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley air pollution officials are warning residents to cut driving and car idling as they scramble to avoid violating the federal government's ozone standard next week.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Lawmaker pulls son from class over transgender law

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker says a new California law allowing transgender students to choose which restroom and locker room they use is part of the reason at least one of his sons will not return to his local public school this fall.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Medi-Cal cut of 10% begins next month

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Long-delayed cuts to Medi-Cal reimbursements are slated to go forward, slashing doctor and medical worker payments by 10 percent, and promising to save the state $387 million, according to state advocates.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

SF EXPLORATORIUM CUTS STAFF AMID POOR ATTENDANCE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Exploratorium is laying off 18 percent of its staff because fewer people than expected are visiting its new waterfront location.

August 16, 2013 | | State


Changes proposed for Twin Tunnels

STOCKTON (AP) - California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | State


LA judge OKs $30 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge approved settlements of lawsuits that claimed dozens of students were molested by former teachers at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District has made the first of what may total $30 million in payouts.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank's downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of "underwater" mortgages.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Bridge open around Labor Day

OAKLAND (AP) - Despite broken earthquake-safety bolts that threatened months of delays, California transportation officials approved a plan on Thursday to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge around the Labor Day weekend as originally planned.

August 15, 2013 | | State


'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "That '70s Show" actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died at age 43.

August 15, 2013 | | State


Bill outlaws problem of 'revenge porn'

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn," which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.

August 15, 2013 | | State


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Homeless sex offender rate growing state issue

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2½ years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Ex UC Davis chancellor returns to teaching for $318,000 a year

DAVIS (AP) - The former chancellor of the University of California, Davis, who resigned after being placed on leave amid allegations of misconduct, will return to ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


SoCal beach community sees surge in homeless

DANA POINT (AP) - A California coastal community is eager to attract more tourists, but at the same time it's struggling with an unwelcome jump ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Plan to start school after 8:30 a.m. gets mixed grades

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California school kids could be getting more time to sleep.

July 30, 2017 | | State


PBS CEO: Federal cuts may close stations

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - The chief executive for PBS is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting's future if federal funding is axed as called for ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Trump’s travel ban keeps orphan kids from foster families in USA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tianna Rooney has already bought the poster board for the sign she'll wave when the 16-year-old refugee boy her family is ...

July 30, 2017 | | State


Give Every Child a Chance offering STEM programs

This summer the Give Every Child a Chance Science Technology Electronics (STEM) program visited summer day camps at French Camp, Sequoia, Banta and Ripon Schools.

July 25, 2017 | | State


$6M grant aids SJ effort with addressing mental, substance abuse issues

STOCKTON - The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Tuesday formally adopted a resolution to accept $6 million in grant funding from the California Board of ...

July 25, 2017 | | State


New Jerusalem School District starts 141st year on Aug. 14

TRACY – New Jerusalem Elementary School District, on the verge of collapse a decade ago, will open its 141st school year on Aug.14 as healthy ...

July 25, 2017 | | State


Should you be worried about rise of artificial intelligence?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk recently slugged it out online over the possible threat artificial intelligence might one day pose ...

July 25, 2017 | | State


Firm offers to microchip staff to access facilities

RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin (AP) - A Wisconsin company is offering to microchip its employees, enabling them to open doors, log onto their computers and purchase break ...

July 25, 2017 | | State


IRS sees big drop in ID theft, stolen refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is seeing a big drop in the number of identity theft victims after the agency teamed up with tax preparers to ...

July 25, 2017 | | State


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