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Fire Burns in Delta North of Antioch: Smoky, but Not Dangerous

March 17, 2013 | 6:28 pm

Fire Burns in Delta North of Antioch: Smoky, but Not Dangerous

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That large smoke plume visible in much of the East Bay this afternoon? It’s got nothing to do with any of the refineries in the region. The smoke is coming from a vegetation fire on Sherman Island, north of Antioch in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The accompanying picture is from KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer, […]

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California Releases First Details of $23 Billion Delta Tunnel Plan

March 14, 2013 | 9:33 am

California Releases First Details of $23 Billion Delta Tunnel Plan

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Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water officials released on Thursday the first part of a $23 billion plan to restore and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and guarantee a stable water supply for millions of Californians. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, known as the BDCP, is a federal and state […]

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Brown’s New California Prisons Chief: System is Providing ‘Constitutional Level of Care’

February 4, 2013 | 2:05 pm

Brown’s New California Prisons Chief: System is Providing ‘Constitutional Level of Care’

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The state’s prison system has been engaged in a massive, multiyear and multibillion-dollar effort to reduce its inmate population and improve health care delivery, mandated by a federal appeals’ panel in a decision upheld by the Supreme Court. If you ask the Brown administration, the work is done – and it’s time for courts to […]

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Turlock Goes Nuts Over Hometown Hero Colin Kaepernick

February 1, 2013 | 3:50 pm

Turlock Goes Nuts Over Hometown Hero Colin Kaepernick

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by Alice Daniel, The California Report He’s been called the Turlock Tornado, but most folks watching the Super Bowl probably hadn’t heard of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s hometown until this year. Kaepernick’s meteoric NFL rise has put Turlock, a Central Valley agricultural town of about 69,000, on the map. And no one is prouder than […]

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What to Pay Attention to As the California Fracking Debate Heats Up

December 24, 2012 | 10:20 am

What to Pay Attention to As the California Fracking Debate Heats Up

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Last week, California issued draft regulations for fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, an increasingly popular but controversial method of oil and natural gas retrieval. How does fracking work? KQED Science’s Lauren Sommer explains: Millions of gallons of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, are injected underground at high pressure. That cracks the rocks, letting the oil […]

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Bug a Bitter Threat to California Citrus

November 28, 2012 | 6:41 am

Bug a Bitter Threat to California Citrus

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California farmers find themselves in a pitched battle against a little insect with a taste for citrus. The Asian citrus psyllid is having such a grand ‘ole time sucking juice from plants across Southern California, it’s moving north into the state’s agriculture heartland. This week, a quarantine goes into effect in Tulare County, where state […]

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August 9, 2012 | 10:03 am

Weather Service Issues Heat Warning for SJ Valley

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — With temperatures forecast to push 112 degrees through the weekend, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the San Joaquin Valley. The heat watch is in effect from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening for Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties People are being urged […]

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Calif. Senate Passes High-Speed Rail, Bill Goes to Governor

July 6, 2012 | 2:04 pm

Calif. Senate Passes High-Speed Rail, Bill Goes to Governor

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California’s bullet train project surged out of the station on Friday when the state Senate voted 21-16 vote in favor of bonds to begin construction. The bill passed in the Assembly Thursday by a vote of 51-27 and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has energetically supported it. It will release $2.6 billion in […]

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June 26, 2012 | 11:30 pm

Stockton City Council Approves Bankruptcy Plan

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Update Wednesday: From the Stockton Record this morning: The City Council put Stockton on an irreversible course toward bankruptcy Tuesday night, voting on a measure that will make it the nation’s largest city to seek Chapter 9 protection. Stockton’s filing with a federal bankruptcy court in Sacramento will come by the week’s end, City Manager […]

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Stockton Wobbles Toward Bankruptcy

June 22, 2012 | 4:42 pm

Stockton Wobbles Toward Bankruptcy

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Around the world, the dominoes of debt are teetering, and one of the biggest to hit the ground may be the City of Stockton. The city is hoping against hope that mediation with its bondholders, now underway, will result in a new deal by Monday. There’s scant room for maneuver after that date because the […]

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