California budget

Proposal would charge $10 to search court records

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California courts could charge $10 for each public record search under a proposal included in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget. The governor included the search fee as one of the ways the courts can raise money to offset budget cuts.


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Support grows for modifying Calif. environment law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s four-decade-old environmental protection law has been credited with saving habitat and giving residents a voice against deep-pocketed developers. Yet this year, it’s a target for sweeping changes.


Report: Furloughs increase Calif’s long-term costs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state employee furloughs started under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger greatly increased the cash-out liabilities owed by California taxpayers when those workers leave government service.


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California Senate takes rare field trip to SoCal

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Most of California’s state Senate took part Tuesday in a rare and possibly unprecedented educational field trip.


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Calif. lawmakers moving on health insurance rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have taken their first step toward passing new consumer protections under the federal health care overhaul, such as guaranteeing coverage even with pre-existing conditions.


21012 Election Day

Sacramento County discovers 407 uncounted ballots

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County election officials have found 407 ballots that were cast in the Nov. 6 election but never counted.


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Calif. seeks to adopt nation’s toughest gun laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Weeks after New York enacted the nation’s toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre.


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Prosecutor rejects Calif. AG’s parks fund report

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County’s prosecutor has rejected a report from the state attorney general on $20 million hidden by state parks officials and says she will not consider pressing charges against anyone.


Gov Jerry Brown

Calif. budget debate turns to spending, not cuts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s financial fortunes are more optimistic than they have been in years, but Gov. Jerry Brown says he will propose a budget calling for continued frugality, putting him at odds with those who want to restore state services.


AP Sources: Investor seeking to buy Kings

SEATTLE (AP) — People with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday that investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings.


Sheriff: Calif. child reported missing was home

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a Sacramento-area woman who reported her autistic son missing only to have deputies discover he was inside her messy apartment the whole time has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.


Alcohol sales enforcers get heavy-duty protection

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper investigation finds the state agency that regulates alcohol sales has purchased over $70,000 worth of bullet-resistant helmets and gas masks for its officers, whose work rarely exposes them to gunfire.