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A.M. Splash: Insufficient Oil Refinery Checks; Hantavirus Deaths; Firm Not Charged in Lee Donations

| September 7, 2012
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Too few state oil refinery safety checks (SF Chronicle)

California regulators have not been conducting the intensive workplace-safety inspections of Chevron’s Richmond plant and the state’s 14 other oil refineries that federal standards call for, a Chronicle investigation shows.

Third hantavirus death linked to Yosemite National Park (Bay Area News Group)

West Virginia resident is the third person to die from the rare hantavirus after staying at Yosemite National Park this summer, officials announced Thursday, as they raised to 22,000 the number of people who might have been exposed. All told, eight people have contracted the mouse-borne disease after spending one or more nights at the popular park since June 10.

No charges for firm in Lee donations (SF Chronicle)

District Attorney George Gascón will not file criminal charges in the case of a property management firm accused of laundering thousands of dollars in contributions to Mayor Ed Lee’s election campaign last fall, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Hispanic market chain chief targeted for checking new employee immigration status (SJ Mercury News)

His rags-to-riches immigrant journey and good business sense crowned Juvenal Chavez the king of Latino supermarkets in the Bay Area, but now the CEO is fighting to save the reputation of his 21-store Mi Pueblo Foods grocery chain.

Slain CHP officer’s organ donations saves lives, family says (Contra Costa Times)

The family of the California Highway Patrol officer killed during a traffic stop called him “our hero” Thursday while revealing that his a final act of public service in donating his organs and body tissue could save as many as eight people and help 50 more.

FACT CHECK: Obama and the phantom peace dividends (Sacramento Bee)

President Barack Obama laid claim to a peace dividend that doesn’t exist when he told the nation he wants to use money saved by ending wars to build highways, schools and bridges.

New details in arrest as Carrillo heads to Russia (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo departed for Russia on Thursday as questions swirled about his arrest during a brawl in San Diego over Labor Day.

Parking plan may help residents left circling by out-of-town vehicles (SF Examiner)

Jane and James Dubuque would love to drive to a local restaurant for a meal every now and then, but the prospect is just too frightening for the retired Glen Park couple.

Secret menu not the only thing hidden at In-N-Out Burger, lawsuit alleges (Oakland Tribune)

specialized menu is not the only secret popular fast food chain In-N-Out Burger has, a law firm has alleged in a class-action lawsuit filed against the Orange County company.

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