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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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Deputies put on leave in violent arrest

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A Southern California sheriff placed 10 deputies on paid administrative leave Friday after a TV station recorded several of them kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase during which the suspect rode away on a stolen horse.

April 10, 2015 | | State


San Diego deploying water cops

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced this week that his city would be deploying water cops and offering money to rip up lawns in an effort to save water during an escalating drought.

April 10, 2015 | | State


FBI to probe forced SF jail-fighting allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI is investigating allegations that San Francisco sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between jail inmates and told the inmates to lie if they needed medical attention.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Regulators weigh splitting up PG&E after deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - On the heels of a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's top utility regulator said he will look into whether the state's biggest power utility should be broken up to improve safety.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Vaccine bill sparks acidic debate

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at Disneyland has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security this week.

April 10, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSDS CALIFORNIA

BAKERSFIELD MAN HELD AFTER LITTLE BOY SLAPPED ON VIDEO: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a man after surveillance video from a Bakersfield convenience store showed a toddler being knocked down with a slap to the face.

April 10, 2015 | | State


Biden praises PG&E for its workforce training program

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden visited a power plant in Oaklandon Friday and spoke with veterans enrolled in a job-training program as part of a two-day swing through the Bay Area.

April 10, 2015 | | State


New water-efficiency standards for faucets

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California regulators are speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets and urinals in response to the drought.

April 09, 2015 | | State


PG&E won’t appeal $1.6B penalty for deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty Thursday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Feds investigate 2 freeway pipe bombs

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Federal officials are investigating the discovery of a pipe bomb along a Sacramento freeway off-ramp, near where a similar device was found a month ago.

April 09, 2015 | | State


FIRING AMERICANS?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Citing concerns about hiring practices at California's second-largest utility, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators Thursday asked for an investigation into whether companies are firing American workers and replacing them with foreigners to cut costs.

April 09, 2015 | | State


California saw record number of West Nile deaths in 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California saw a record number of deaths from the West Nile virus last year, and the state's drought may have contributed to the spike in infections, according to health officials.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Probe ordered into deputies’ beating of fleeing horseman

HESPERIA (AP) - A Southern California sheriff on Thursday ordered an immediate investigation after deputies were recorded beating and kicking a man who fled in a car and on horseback.

April 09, 2015 | | State


Dozens of intruders have breached state airport fences

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The teenage stowaway who flew in the wheel well of a jet from San Jose to Hawaii last spring is far from the only person who got past the security fences that protect California's busiest airports.

April 09, 2015 | | State


PBS to air restored version of ‘The Civil War’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - PBS says it will air a newly restored version of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" this fall, 25 years after the documentary's debut.

April 09, 2015 | | State


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