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California Guard Uses Drone To Search For Missing Teacher

Thursday, July 30, 2015

(AP) -- The California National Guard is using a drone to search El Dorado National Forest for a missing San Francisco teacher.

Union Pacific Train Derails In Galt; No Injuries

Thursday, July 30, 2015

(AP) - A Union Pacific train carrying consumer goods has derailed near Galt.

Wildfire Roundup Thursday: Lowell, Wragg, Willow

Thursday, July 30, 2015

UPDATED 6:59 p.m. -- A round up of some of the wildfires currently burning in Northern and Central California as of Thursday morning. Containment grows on most incidents.

Five Years Later, Ashburn Reflects On His Journey

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A former Republican lawmaker who came out as gay months before leaving the California Legislature says he was wrong to oppose gay rights measures – including bills to legalize same-sex marriage.

California Says Water Use Fell By 27 Percent In June

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Data released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets.

Monitoring System Locates Dozens Of Shootings In North Sacramento

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A trial program is underway in north Sacramento that has confirmed six dozen incidents of gunfire in a six-week period. The program features sensors that are used to identify the site of a gunshot to with 25 feet.

Working Outdoors Brings 'Beat The Heat' Strategy

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Triple digit heat has many people staying cool inside. But outdoor workers don't have that option.

Sacramento Valley Ozone Levels 'Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ozone levels have reached 'unhealthy' levels in Sacramento and surrounding counties due to triple digit heat and lack of wind.

Rocky Fire In Lake County Quickly Grows To 3,000 Acres; Evacuations Ordered

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Rocky Fire in Lake County grew quickly Wednesday afternoon and evening, spreading to 3,000 acres, with zero percent containment. Fire officials say several outbuildings have been destroyed, and evacuation orders have been issued.

September Target To Fully Reopen Interstate 10 In California

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

(AP) - California transportation officials say they'll need to the end of September - and about $5 million - to fully reopen the desert highway where flash flooding washed out a bridge.

California Fines Six Companies Selling Tainted Produce

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

(AP) - California pesticide regulators have fined six companies they say ignored warnings and repeatedly sold imported fruits and vegetables that contained illegal pesticide residues.

Poll Shows Support For California's Climate Change Efforts

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Climate change has clearly caught the attention of Californians. A new poll shows wide support for the state’s current – and future – efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Wragg Fire Wednesday Update: Crews Able To Curb Flare-Up

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crews were able to stop a flare-up of the Wragg Fire in Napa County by Wednesday morning. The blaze is now 7,100 acres and is 80 percent contained.

Wildfire Round-Up

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A round up of some of the wildfires currently burning in Northern and Central California as of Wednesday afternoon.

Barn Cats Offer 'Green' Pest Control During The Drought

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As the California drought worsens, more rodents are encroaching on homes and farms in search of water. Animal shelters are advertising feral cats as a 'green' pest control alternative to poisons or traps.

Tobacco Ban On Hold At Sacramento State

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sacramento State had planned to ban all tobacco use on campus this fall. But those plans are now on hold.

Theatre Review: Grounded

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sacramento’s B Street Theatre offers this tense drama about an Air Force pilot guiding a deadly military drone, half a world away. It's a one-woman play featuring a tour-de-force performance by an actress with local roots.

Napolitano Testifies On Campus Sexual Assualts

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

U.S. Senators today called University of California President Janet Napolitano to testify about what UC has done to combat sexual assault.

Growing Urban Goat Movement

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

First it was chickens. Now goats seem to be making the transition from barnyard to backyard in some West Coast cities. But the animals are still illegal within Sacramento city limits.

Lowell Fire Wednesday Update: Acreage Holding, Containment Grows

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UPDATE: 6:12 p.m. - The blaze is holding at 2,303 acres and is now 50 percent contained. Evacuation warnings have been downgraded to advisories and residents are returning home.

Habitat For Humanity Builds Solar Powered Homes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Habitat for Humanity is building dozens of new homes for low-income buyers in Northern and Central California, with something extra on the roof. The new homes are being built with solar panels, at no cost to the buyers.

City Of Sacramento To Discuss Groundwater Master Plan

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The City of Sacramento wants to create a groundwater master plan that would include drilling more wells.

City Moves Forward With Bonds For The Arena

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The city of Sacramento says Goldman Sachs is on board with the short-term loan needed for construction. But, the city will wait for a lawsuit outcome before issuing bonds that will take 32 years to pay off. The wait has cost taxpayers $80 million.

Willow Fire Grows; Madera County DA Says Juvenile Could Be Charged

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A prosecutor says a boy has acknowledged starting a wildfire in the Sierra National Forest that threatens hundreds of mountain homes near Fresno. The Willow Fire burned 1,739 acres of Tuesday afternoon, with 5 percent containment.

2 Bears Trapped At Lake Tahoe Safely Returned To Wilderness

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(AP) - Two black bears that were caught in separate traps at Lake Tahoe last week have been returned safely to the wilderness along the Sierra's eastern front.

Missing Santa Cruz Girl Found Dead In Dumpster

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(AP) - It's a sad ending to the search for an 8-year-old Northern California girl who vanished Sunday afternoon while riding her scooter.

Lowell Fire Prompts Air Quality Health Advisory For Nevada, Sierra, Plumas Counties

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District has issued an air quality health advisory for Nevada, Sierra and Plumas Counties because of smoke from the Lowell Fire west of Alta.

A Series Of Grass Fires Ignite American Parkway

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sacramento Fire Department is reporting three separate fire burning along the American River bike trail near Howe and Arden. In South Sacramento firefighters are fighting a large fire at a recycling center.

State Agencies Discuss Making Freight More Sustainable

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

California agencies are discussing how to make the state’s network of rail, highways, and ports more efficient while protecting the environment.

Vaccine Law Opponents Cleared To Start Recall Of Senator

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(AP) - Opponents of California's new vaccine law have been cleared to begin collecting signatures to recall the legislation's author.

Cooling Centers Open As Triple-Digit Temperatures Hit Sacramento Region

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The heat is back in the Sacramento Valley this week with temperatures peaking at 106 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. Community organizations are preparing "cooling centers" for people seeking relief.

Wragg Fire Flares Up; Evacuations Ordered

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

4:50 p.m. - Cal Fire says the fire is burning 6,991 acres and is 80 percent contained.

Officials: Man Suspected Of Starting Browning Fire In Custody

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UPDATED: 1:45 p.m. (Photo added) - Authorities say they suspect a man of starting a grassland fire near Sacramento that forced people from their homes and destroyed power lines.

Lowell Fire Tuesday Update: More Than 2,000 Firefighters Battling Blaze

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UPDATE: 7:10 p.m. - Air advisory in place through Friday. The Lowell Fire burning in Nevada and Placer counties near the town of Alta has grown to 2,302 acres with containment at 40 percent.

Goat Remains Found In Latest Animal Mutilation Case

Monday, July 27, 2015

(AP) - The remains of a decapitated goat have been found in Sacramento, bringing the total number of mutilated animals discovered in the area to more than a dozen since December.

Funding Will Help Farm Workers Hurt By The Drought

Monday, July 27, 2015

New state and federal funding will provide relief for farm workers hurt by California's drought. The U.S. Department of Labor is providing $18 million, and the state is providing $7.5 million.

Giant Holes In The Ground Part Of Environmentally Friendly Project

Monday, July 27, 2015

At least seven large holes have appeared on the Sacramento State campus in recent days. The construction is part of a new special runoff filtration system.

Increase In Wildfires, But Less Acreage Burned

Monday, July 27, 2015

There are 28 percent more wildfires across California this year compared to last year. But there's a silver lining.

Monday Fire Update: Willow, Wragg, Kyburz, Lowell

Monday, July 27, 2015

Several wildfires continue to burn in Northern California.

Lowell Fire Monday Update: Crews Continue To Battle Blaze

Monday, July 27, 2015

UPDATE: 7:40 p.m. -- Cal Fire says containment has grown to 25 percent, with burned acreage holding at 1,700. Shifting winds are causing smoky skies in the Truckee area, and officials recommend that outdoor activities be limited.

Drought Blamed For Modesto's 'Negative Outlook' For Water Service

Monday, July 27, 2015

The drought is one reason the City of Modesto has received a "negative outlook" for water service. The city is using less water and that means less revenue.

Covered California To Announce 2016 Rates

Monday, July 27, 2015

Covered California will announce its 2016 health insurance rates Monday.

California State Fair Attendance Up 5 Percent

Monday, July 27, 2015

Turnstiles clicked early and often at the just-completed California State Fair, as officials say total attendance was nearly 788,000, with a single-day draw on July 18 the largest in 10 years.

Cal ISO: Electricity Supply In Good Shape For This Week's Heat Wave

Monday, July 27, 2015

The operator of California’s power grid says it expects to have enough electricity to meet the state’s demand during the upcoming heat wave this week. But it’s still asking Californians to use energy wisely.

Covered California Releases 2016 Insurance Rates

Monday, July 27, 2015

Health insurance rates will rise an average of 4 percent next year for people buying insurance through California’s health exchange.

Browning Fire Burning In North Sacramento County

Monday, July 27, 2015

UPDATED: Sac Metro Fire says the 430-acre Browning Fire burning in northern Sacramento County was arson. One person is in custody.

Lowell Fire: Sunday Update

Sunday, July 26, 2015

UPDATED: 7:40 p.m. - The Lowell Fire burning in Nevada County is holding steady at 1,500 acres and is 15 percent contained. Four firefighters sustained burn injuries while battling the blaze, according to Cal Fire.

Lowell Fire Rapidly Growing In Placer County; Cuts Power To Nevada City

Saturday, July 25, 2015

UPDATE: 8:48 p.m. - The Lowell Fire has quickly grown to 4,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations are in place for some communities. A smoke health advisory for Nevada County.

Advocates For Physician-Assisted Suicide Dealt Setback

Friday, July 24, 2015

Supporters of physician-assisted suicide in California were dealt another setback today.

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