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2 hrs ago | Mercury-Register

Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote

Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes - and possibly raising them without a vote of the public - to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown's $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.


Related Topix: Jerry Brown, US Governors, Sacramento, CA, California High-Speed Rail

6 hrs ago | The Fresno Bee

Dan Walters: Californiaa s death penalty dying of old age

During the last four decades, no California political issue has burned more intensely than capital punishment, but it may have ended with a whimper, rather than with a bang, last week.


Related Topix: Death Penalty, US Governors, Jerry Brown

10 hrs ago | WWWV-FM Charlottesville


THIS DAY IN 2011: Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London. She was 27. Her death was attributed to accidental alcohol poisoning.


Related Topix: Amy Winehouse, The Grateful Dead, Pop/Rock, Don Imus, Tony Joe White, Blues

Tue Jul 22, 2014

San Jose Mercury News

20,000 lightning strikes spark fear of 'holdover fires' across Northern California

Firefighters are on edge as a strong high pressure system moves over Northern California on Wednesday, delivering gusty winds that could flare up fires smoldering after thousands of lightning strikes in the past week.


Related Topix: Weather, Redding, CA, Modoc County, CA, Science / Technology


ACLU may fight for California migrant shelter

The American Civil Liberties Union says it is mulling its legal options after a planning commission in a north San Diego suburb rejected plans for a 96-bed shelter designed for unaccompanied immigrant children who are arrested by the Border Patrol.


Related Topix: ACLU, Activism


Central California Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall

A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.


Related Topix: Life, Fruits, Food, Food and Drug Administration

The Fresno Bee

Robin Abcarian: Breaking California up would be uncool to do

As a native Californian who was born in Oakland, raised in the San Fernando Valley, schooled in Berkeley and now living in Venice, I'd like to say one thing to Timothy Draper, the Silicon Valley kajillionaire pushing the idiotic breakup of the Golden State: Recently, Draper announced he is on track to gather enough signatures to get his ... (more)


Related Topix: California Government, Oakland, CA, Berkeley, CA

Connecticut Post

American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel

Max Steinberg posa durante un viaje a Israel. El soldado era miembro del ejA©rcito israelA y perdiA3 la vida el 20 de julio de 2014 en Gaza.


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Middle East, Palestinian Territories


California Reduces Deportations for Minor Crimes

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Monday reducing the maximum penalty for misdemeanors by one day - a change expected to significantly reduce the number of immigrants in the country legally who are deported for lesser crimes.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Jerry Brown, US Governors, Prison, Monterey County, CA, Immigration Reform

Mon Jul 21, 2014

The Willits News

California was hotter than ever during the first half of 2014

It was another balmy, breezy summer day Monday, with a high in San Jose of 79 degrees, far below the record temperature of 97. Oakland was even cooler at 74, and as usual, San Francisco's high of 70 was cool enough to bring out jackets.


Related Topix: San Jose, CA, Santa Clara County, CA, Rose Garden (San Jose, CA)

Vallejo Times-Herald

California drought: 'Water cops' being hired by Bay Area agencies to root out water waste

It's about to get more difficult to go unnoticed if your sprinklers are watering the street more than your lawn.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Sacramento, CA, Santa Cruz, CA

CBS Local

Governor Signs Board Changes To Covered California

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill aimed at diversifying California's health exchange board by expanding the eligibility criteria for members.


Related Topix: California Government, US Governors, Jerry Brown, Health Insurance, Health

The Raw Story

Oil-by-rail fight in Washington threatens California gasoline prices

California's chance to keep a lid on some of the nation's highest gas prices and join in the spoils of a domestic oil production boom is threatened by quickly growing opposition to a rail terminal in Washington state.


Related Topix: US News, Jay Inslee, US House of Representatives, Democrat, US Politics, Construction, Tesoro, Richmond, CA

Berkshire Eagle

Swimwear designer, age 19, debuts in Miami Beach

It was nearly show time as designer Francesca Aiello snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs.


Daily World

Chicago inmate gouges his eyes: Cost of not caring

The grim story of a 35-year-old man, recently returned to an Illinois prison on a probation violation, represents much of what is wrong with the criminal justice system and its de facto role as repository for the mentally ill, law enforcement officials say.


Related Topix: Illinois, Illinois Government, California Government

Bellingham Herald

Charges mount against California robbery suspect

Jaime Ramos, the only surviving suspect, could face a death sentence with the additional allegations that the three people were killed during kidnappings and robbery, Joaquin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Freitas said.


Sun Jul 20, 2014

Vallejo Times-Herald

California drought drying up small Central Valley farmers' future

This time of year, May Vu's farm in Sanger should be carpeted with blooming flowers and a bounty of vegetables.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Sanger, CA, Life, Food, Vegetables, Agriculture, Science

Sacramento Bee Newspaper

Influx of young women changes the face of California farming

Katie Fyhrie, 25, begins her day recently by harvesting nectarines with Cloverleaf farm owner Emma Torbert, left, on a stone fruit orchard at the Collins Farm in Davis.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Davis, CA, Life, Fruits, Food, Berkeley, CA, UC Berkeley

WTHR-TV Indianapolis

Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

Air Force officials are expected to decide as soon as next month whether to go forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would encompass an area larger than West Virginia.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Global Warming, Wildfire, Fire


Rod Stewart eyes U.K. move

Veteran rocker ROD STEWART is hoping to move back to his native Britain from California so his two youngest sons can be educated in the U.K. The crooner has lived in Los Angeles since 1975, and has been raising his two boys with wife Penny Lancaster in the U.S. However, Stewart is now hoping to bring his family back to Britain so the boys, ... (more)


Related Topix: Entertainment