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Santa Barbara Oil Spill: Governor Declares Emergency

Thursday, May 21, 2015

UPDATED 9:52 a.m. -- (AP) - Officials say more than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretches across 9 miles of California coast - just a fraction of the crude that escaped from a broken pipeline.

California Water Board Considers Voluntary Water Cut From Farmers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The State Water Resources Control Board is considering whether to allow some farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to voluntarily cut back their water use. In exchange, they want the board to agree not to curtail their remaining water.

State Of Stockton: Mayor Silva Says The Future Is "Bright"

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva says the city's future is "bright," as it recovers from bankruptcy. Silva delivered his "State of the City" address to an audience of about a thousand this afternoon.

Regents Ratify UC's Deal With Gov. Brown, But...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The University of California tuition and funding deal negotiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano has been approved by the university’s Board of Regents. But the two sides still don’t agree on a key part of the deal.

Covered California Approves Specialty Drug Cost Caps

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The California health exchange has set monthly limits on prices consumers will pay for specialty prescription drugs.

Natomas To City: Staff The Fire Truck We Paid For

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Natomas has one of the 13 ambulances in the city of Sacramento, but one-quarter of the population. On Tuesday, City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby rallied people who live in her district to tell the rest of the council the people deserve better.

Details Hidden On Legislative Lawyers Drafting Bills For Influential Groups

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There are thousands of bills introduced in the California Legislature every year. Each one has been officially vetted by the Legislature's own lawyers. But those lawyers also unofficially draft legislation for powerful interest groups.

State Drops Appeal In Coleman Prison Case

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The State of California has dropped an appeal in an ongoing court case regarding the state’s treatment of mentally ill prison inmates.

4th Of July Fireworks Show To Return To Downtown Stockton

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

After a seven-year absence, fireworks will light up the sky in Downtown Stockton for a 4th of July show for the public. The Stockton City council voted Tuesday night to join private donors to make it possible.

Reno City Council Approves $492.5M Budget

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The City of Reno adopted a $492.5 million budget Tuesday. It will allow city employment to increase by 53 jobs. The new positions will include planning, information, parks, and redevelopment, as well as,10 new firefighters and 15 police positions.

What California Can Learn From Iceland About Climate Change

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Iceland is on track to becoming the first country in the world to be powered completely by renewable energy. Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg sat down with Iceland's President to see what California can learn from the arctic nation.

Stockton City Council Approves Salary Cut For Mayor

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Stockton City Council has voted to reduce the salaries of the mayor and city council by 30 percent. The discussion about the salary cut during Tuesday night's city council meeting was a heated one.

CMA Drops Opposition To Physician Aid In Dying Bill

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The California Medical Association has changed its position on a physician aid in dying bill currently in the state Senate.

Anthem Blue Cross In California Plans To Reinstate Out-of-State Coverage In 2016

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Anthem Blue Cross in California says it plans to reinstate out-of-state coverage for individual planholders next year. The decision comes after Northern Californians spoke up about problems getting coverage for care across state lines.

Glazer Tops Bonilla in High-Stakes Senate Battle

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A California state Senate race that’s turned into a proxy war between labor and business appears to have gone to the candidate backed by the business groups.

Study: No Violent Crime Increase (Yet) From Realignment

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 overhaul of California’s criminal justice system led to the early release of 18,000 offenders. But a new study shows no increase in violent crime as a result.

Bill Allowing Beer Bikes Advances In California Legislature

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

(AP) - California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow so-called beer bikes to operate on streets, but leaves cities to decide if alcohol is allowed on board.

Assembly Bill Would Require Hearings On Police Military Gear

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

(AP) - California communities must hold public hearings before their police departments accept military equipment such as tanks and grenade launchers under a bill approved in the state Assembly.

Assembly Passes Bill That Would Let Terminally Ill Request Experimental Drugs

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

(AP) - Terminally ill patients would be able to use experimental drugs under a bill approved by the California Assembly. The legislation is being called the "right-to-try" bill.

Poll: Most Californians Support Water Restrictions

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A new Field Poll shows almost two-thirds of Californians surveyed support Governor Jerry Brown's urban water reduction plan. The poll says nearly 89 percent of people surveyed believe the current water shortage in California is serious.

Sacramento County Reconsiders Health Care for the Undocumented

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Several counties in California cover health care for the undocumented. Sacramento County used to be one of them, until the economic downturn. Now the county in reconsidering.

City Identifies "Priority" Neighborhoods

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Eighteen different areas of Sacramento have been targeted to receive extra resources from the city. The areas are called "priority neighborhoods" and include Del Paso Heights, Twin Rivers, Oak Park, and Mack Road.

Brown Signs International Climate Agreement

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown is encouraging regional governments around the world to follow California’s lead on climate change. On Tuesday, he and international leaders signed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

Sacramento Ballet Cancels Shows, Lays Off Dancers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Sacramento Ballet has ended its season early and sent dancers home unpaid for the remaining few weeks of the schedule. The ballet board president says the ballet plans to return in Fall 2015. The dancers will perform May 30.

Sac City Council Rethinks Measure U Reserve

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A week after approving a plan to create a reserve for voter-approved Measure U sales-tax funds, the Sacramento City Council has voted to review how much should be saved in case voters do not approve a continuation of the tax in the future.

City of Sacramento: Spend Some Now Save Some For Later

Monday, May 18, 2015

In the City of Sacramento's budget proposal, there is an increase of $90 million over last year for city projects. But, the City says it should save some of that money to pay for future expenditures that are guaranteed to require money.

Congresswoman Apologizes For Indian Whooping Caricature

Monday, May 18, 2015

(AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez has apologized after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans during an apparent joke.

Extreme Athlete Dean Potter Dies In BASE Jumping Accident

Monday, May 18, 2015

(AP) - A Yosemite National Park spokesman says extreme athlete Dean Potter and another man have died in a BASE jumping accident.

CHP Investigates Fatal Crash On I-50

Monday, May 18, 2015

The California Highway Patrol says it cannot confirm if another fatal accident that happened last night was caused by a wrong-way driver. In the past month, three fatal wrong-way crashes have occurred in the Sacramento region.

Theatre Review: The Homecoming

Monday, May 18, 2015

British playwright Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize, but his plays are rarely seen in Sacramento. Now Capital Stage is mounting Pinter’s bleak and controversial comedy “The Homecoming.” It remains as edgy and impressive as ever.

USDA: Forest Health Can Improve Water Supply

Monday, May 18, 2015

A top USDA official recommends forest thinning and controlled burns to prevent catastrophic wildfires. He says those tools could also help provide water.

Women Make Up Half Of Brown's Political Appointees

Monday, May 18, 2015

Organizations throughout California are working to get more women involved in politics. But running for political office may not be practical for everyone. Instead, some women are opting to pursue government appointments.

Cap and Trade Money Hits Rooftops

Monday, May 18, 2015

Money from California's cap and trade program is already helping some homeowners this year.

Even More Money For The California Budget?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers could have an extra $3 billion available to work with the upcoming state budget, including a limited amount with no strings attached.

Brown Lauds California Community Colleges

Monday, May 18, 2015

Not everyone is happy with the revised budget proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown. But he does have the approval of the Community College system. Brown attended the Community College Board of Governors meeting today.

California Drought: Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days Back With Water Saving Plan

Monday, May 18, 2015

After it was called off in 2014 due to the drought, Old Town Sacramento's Gold Rush Days is back in 2015.

Mixed Status Family In Different Stages Of Immigration

Monday, May 18, 2015

Capital Public Radio is launching a year-long initiative examining undocumented immigration in California. And we begin with a story about a “mixed-status” family -- where everyone is in a different stage of the immigration process.

Sacramento Makers Showcase Their Creations On World Stage At Maker Faire

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Inventors, tinkerers, artists, musicians, engineers, and makers of all types came together in San Mateo to display their creations for the world to see. Creators from Sacramento brought a giant tape city, a laser maze and crafts for kids.

Sacramento Hopes "Promise Zone" Leads To Promised Land

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Parts of Sacramento's City Council Districts 2,3,4,5, and 6 are now linked in one federally-recognized zone. The zones are designed to make it easier to improve health and the economy by giving the areas extra help when they apply for federal funds.

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