Feb. 24 News Roundup: TB Case Reported, Calderon Surrenders, CHP Officers Remembered, High-Speed Rail



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 24, 2014

TB Case Reported At Grant Union High School

Sacramento County public health officials announced Monday that a student has been diganosed with active tuberculosis at Grant Union High School.

Parents were notified about the student and screening tests have been scheduled. 

"We do not anticipate that there is anyone else who has contracted the disease," said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “The risk of contraction is low.”

For more information about tuberculosis call (916) 875-5881 or visit Sacramento County's Public Health Department.


Calif. State Senator Surrenders

(AP) -- California state Sen. Ron Calderon has surrendered to federal authorities to face multiple corruption counts involving bribes, kickbacks and fraud.

U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek says Calderon was taken into custody in Los Angeles late Monday morning.

The legislator's arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m. PST in federal court.

The Democrat was charged Friday with accepting $100,000 in bribes and lavish trips and funneling some of the money to his children and political groups that he and his brother controlled.

His brother Tom, a former state lawmaker-turned-lobbyist, is charged with money-laundering.


CHP Officers Killed In Crash Remembered

(AP) -- The memorial service is underway for two California Highway Patrol officers killed while responding to a crash south of Fresno.

With hundreds of people watching from the stands at Fresno's Save Mart Center, a four-member CHP color guard accompanied by bagpipes marched into the arena on Monday morning and stood before the caskets of officers Brian Law and Juan Gonzalez.

CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow told the crowd it was a day of mourning for the entire state.

The 34-year-old Law and 33-year-old Gonzalez died on Feb. 17 while they were in the same patrol car heading south on state Route 99 toward a pre-dawn crash in Kingsburg.

The two officers will be buried in separate funeral services following the memorial.


Deadline extended in CA high-speed rail project

(AP) -- Federal transportation officials have extended the deadline that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has to start spending state money on the project.

The use of state money is a condition of a federal grant.

The Los Angeles Times reports that with the deadline changed from April 1 to July 1, the Legislature could move on Governor Jerry Brown's request for $250 million dollars for the bullet train. That money would come from the state's fees on greenhouse gas emissions.

Delays in the start of construction and acquisition of property in the Central Valley have set the project behind schedule, with groundbreaking coming perhaps this summer.

The train, with a current price tag estimated at $68 billion, would connect Southern California to the San Francisco Bay area.

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