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Napa Earthquake Turned Wine Barrels Into Quarter-Ton Projectiles

In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.

08/30/2014

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Following Scandals, California Legislators Pass Ethics Reform Bills

Political transparency, gift-giving, and cozy relationships between lawmakers and special interests came under scrutiny this year. Prominent lobbying firm Sloat Higgins Jensen & Associates was fined $133,500 in February for hosting illegal fundraisers for the state’s top elected officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders of both parties.

08/30/2014

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Lawmakers Approve $100 Million Boost For UC, CSU Systems Despite Governor’s Reservations

The budget Brown signed this summer included the $100 million if the state received a certain level of revenue from property taxes. The taxes didn’t materialize, but Skinner says revenue was “just shy of that,” and the universities need the money.

08/30/2014

Hollywood Sign (Credit, Randy Yagi)

Hollywood Tax Credit Would Offer $330 Million A Year In Credits For Producers

The compromise deal was brokered by the Democratic governor with legislative leaders from both parties. It will offer $330 million a year in credits to producers through a competitive bidding process and last for five years.

08/30/2014

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Lawmakers Approve Statewide Ban On Plastic Bags

Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

08/29/2014

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California’s Mentally Ill Inmates To Get Special Units

State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.

08/29/2014

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California Marijuana Grow Stole Reservation Water

Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe.

08/29/2014

Christine Reynolds shot Gretchen DeStefano during a domestic dispute, say Orange County authorities. (Photo by PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

71-Year-Old Woman Arrested For Killing Her 96-Year-Old Mother

Christine Reynolds shot Gretchen DeStefano during a domestic dispute, say Orange County authorities.

08/29/2014

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Cannabis Cuisine Rises In Wake Of Legalizations

There are books about cooking with herbs. And then there are books about cooking with herb.

08/29/2014

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Bakersfield Vice Principal Arrested After Bringing Gun On Junior High School Campus

Sgt. Joe Grubbs of the Bakersfield Police Department said Thursday that 51-year-old Kent Williams was booked into jail and placed on administrative leave. Williams cooperated with officials and police say the school day went uninterrupted.

08/28/2014

The August blaze burned over 250,000 acres of land in the Sierra Nevadas. (Getty Images)

California Environmentalists Decry Feds’ Rim Fire Tree Plan

U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists have called it a travesty and are threatening to sue.

08/28/2014

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Assembly Approves Statewide Ban On Plastic Bags

The state Assembly has approved legislation that would impose the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

08/28/2014

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California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought

California Gripped By Drought

Federal water regulators estimate California’s drought could be one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history.

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New Bay Bridge Span Gets Final Touches

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the new east span of the Bay Bridge, which is on track to open on Tuesday.

Oracle Team USA Capsizes In SF Bay

Oracle Team USA Catamaran Capsizes In San Francisco Bay

Crews worked into the night trying to secure an Oracle catamaran that capsized in San Francisco Bay Tuesday afternoon and drifted out to sea.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Last Trip To ISS Under Command Of Astronaut Mark Kelly

Shuttle Endeavour Through The Years

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is headed to California where it will be permanently displayed in a museum.

Fire Erupts At Richmond Gas Refinery

An explosion rocked the Chevron gasoline refinery in Richmond Monday night and caused a 3-alarm fire. Smoke from the fire sent hundreds to the hospital complaining of respiratory problems.

Grasshopper Invasion

Grasshopper Invasion!

The Campbell family of Herald is dealing with millions of grasshoppers!

Friday afternoon's storm left a marvelous double rainbow over Lincoln Avenue in Carmichael. (credit: Richard Duerksen)

Turbulent April Weather

A Spring storm spawned a funnel cloud that was seen all over the Valley.

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