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California lawmakers oppose parole for disabled man's killer

California lawmakers oppose parole for disabled man's killerDavid Weidert was sentenced to life in prison for beating, stabbing and strangling 20-year-old Fresno-area resident Michael Morganti in 1980 to hide a burglary involving $500.
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  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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Democrats push to extend health, legal rights to immigrants

Democrats push to extend health, legal rights to immigrantsA legislative source says the package includes bills to help immigrants who have been the victim of a crime apply for legal status
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  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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Homeless advocate for right to rest

Homeless advocate for right to restSupporters of Senate Bill 608 say the homeless are unfairly harassed by the police for non-criminal activities such as sitting, eating, and sleeping outside.
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  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
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California minimum wage increase bill excludes servers

California minimum wage increase bill excludes serversIf Assembly Bill 669 is passed, it would keep tipped workers who bring home more than $15 an hour – including tips – at the current minimum wage of $9 an hour.
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  • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
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Following dismal snowpack survey, Brown issues mandatory restrictions

Following dismal snowpack survey, Brown issues mandatory restrictionsA record dry snowpack survey was the backdrop for Gov. Jerry Brown's announcement of new mandatory water use reductions
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  • 3 weeks, 2 days ago
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How would automatic voter registration work in California?

How would automatic voter registration work in California?Proponents of automatic voter registration in California believe it will increase voter turnout.
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AP Exclusive: California leaders routinely use private email

AP Exclusive: California leaders routinely use private emailIt is not clear if their private exchanges are retained as public records or are subject to disclosure.
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  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
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Older sister of Gov. Brown dies

Older sister of Gov. Brown diesCynthia Kelly was 81. She was the second-born daughter of former Gov. Pat Brown and his wife, Bernice.
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  • 3 weeks, 5 days ago
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Arkansas House votes to bar California wines

Arkansas House votes to bar California winesThe Republican lawmaker who authored the bill said he did so to protest a voter-approved California law blocking imports of eggs from hens kept in cages so small the animals cannot turn around. He said California cannot force its standards on other states
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  • 1 month ago
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Turning backyard gardens to farming profits

Turning backyard gardens to farming profitsJames Brady considers himself a 21st century farmer, but it hasn't been easy doing it in the City of Sacramento.
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  • 1 month ago
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Women's Caucus Democrats announce comprehensive bill package on women's economic issues

Women's Caucus Democrats announce comprehensive bill package on women's economic issuesThe effort is called "A Stronger California: Securing Economic Opportunity for All Women." It encompasses more than 20 bills and budget actions, including an effort to increase child care spending by $600 million.
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  • 1 month ago
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Ted Cruz wants to abolish the IRS

Ted Cruz wants to abolish the IRSThe Texas Republican is pledging to scrap the IRS as he runs for the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016. Other Republicans want to get rid of the IRS, too.
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  • 1 month ago
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Community leaders respond to controversial proposal allowing execution of gays and lesbians

Community leaders respond to controversial proposal allowing execution of gays and lesbiansThe chances are slim that Orange County attorney Matthew Gregory McLaughlin's proposal to make it legal to execute gays and lesbians will appear on the ballot in California
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Analyst warns Gov. Brown's retiree health plan could cost more

Analyst warns Gov. Brown's retiree health plan could cost moreLegislative Analyst Mac Taylorsays when the state began requiring higher pension contributions from employees in 2013 it ended up offsetting the cost to employees with pay increases
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Lawmaker looks to ban smart TVs in California

Lawmaker looks to ban smart TVs in CaliforniaCalifornia lawmakers are drafting legislation that would ban the sale of smart TVs that can send voice recordings without the user's knowledge.
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California lawmakers discuss groundwater poisoning

California lawmakers discuss groundwater poisoningLawmakers asked state agencies why they have not been properly regulating toxic wastewater left over from gas and oil extractions that is being pumped into federally protected aquifers used for drinking water and crop irrigation.
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UC Irvine's American flag ban draws rebuke from GOP lawmakers, veterans

UC Irvine's American flag ban draws rebuke from GOP lawmakers, veteransGOP lawmakers and veterans are calling for protection of the American flag after a California college student council banned its display.
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Ban on red-light cameras proposed

Ban on red-light cameras proposedThe legislation aims at preventing cities from adding additional traffic cameras and requires those cities that already have them to do safety studies to determine their effectiveness.
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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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Stockton PD sergeant ready for move to congress

Stockton PD sergeant ready for move to congressSgt. Kathryn Nance hopes to unseat 5-time Rep. Jerry McNerney.
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California lawmakers want to exempt diapers from sales tax

California lawmakers want to exempt diapers from sales taxThe sponsor of the bill says the move could save California families up to $100 per child a year.
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Proposed bill would require all bicyclists to wear helmets

Proposed bill would require all bicyclists to wear helmetsAll bicyclists will be required to wear a helmet according to a new bill
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  • 2 months, 1 week ago
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California lawmakers discuss bias among law enforcement

California lawmakers discuss bias among law enforcementLawmakers in California discussed racial bias among police officers at the Capitol Tuesday.
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  • 2 months, 1 week ago
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Business groups critical of anticipated climate change bill

Business groups critical of anticipated climate change billLegislation that would cut gas consumption by 50 percent and require half of California's electricty from renewable energy in the next 15 years is meeting opposition
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  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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$1,000 Hepatitis C drug in spotlight at healthcare hearing

$1,000 Hepatitis C drug in spotlight at healthcare hearingThe cost of treating the virus with Solvaldi can be more than $80,000.
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  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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Bill would repeal 10-cent fee on paper bags in plastic bag ban

Bill would repeal 10-cent fee on paper bags in plastic bag banOne bill, AB 191, would repeal the 10-cents fee on paper bags which is part of the new law. Another piece of legislation, AB 190, would to repeal the plastic bag ban.
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  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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County jail populations dip after voter-approved measure

County jail populations dip after voter-approved measureSome are avoiding jail time under Proposition 47.
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  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
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High approval for Gov. Jerry Brown, support for budget

High approval for Gov. Jerry Brown, support for budgetA new poll finds Californians are more optimistic than they have been in years
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  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago