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2 hrs ago | CBS Local

California State Tax Relief Available For Napa Earthquake Victims

California Franchise Tax Board officials said Tuesday that state tax relief is available to taxpayers affected by the South Napa earthquake last month. President Barack Obama's declaration of a major disaster following the 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24 allows taxpayers affected by the quake to claim disaster losses in the 2013 or 2014 tax year.

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6 hrs ago | KCRA-TV Sacramento

Chasing Paper: Paying for college in California? Start researching early

For anyone planning to attend college in California, there are many choices: 298 colleges in the Golden State -- 154 public and 144 private. But with costs rising, how do you pay for it? In the latest of KCRA 3's series "Chasing Paper: The College Debt Crisis," we show you how to tap into free money.

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Tue Sep 16, 2014

The Fresno Bee

Protesters say California too slow in spending $2 billion to aid homeowners

Two dozen protesters wearing yellow T-shirts marched through a downtown Sacramento conference room and chanted slogans Tuesday during a meeting of the California Housing Finance Agency's board of directors. The members of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment demanded that the agency's Keep Your Home California program move faster in distributing $2 billion in federal aid for struggling homeowners.

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KSBW-TV

Things to know about California groundwater law

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean: WHAT IS GROUNDWATER? It's the water that accumulates below the earth's surface, filling empty spaces and cracks in the rock.

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Business Journal

Medi-Cal chief Toby Douglas stepping down

A Schwarzenegger appointee kept on by Gov. Jerry Brown , Douglas, 42, has held leadership positions at the California Department of Health Care Services since 2005. During his four years as director, Medi-Cal grew by 3.5 million new members to current enrollment of 11 million.

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Cape Breton Post

California issues its first permits self-driving cars; Google has 25, VW and Mercedes 2 each

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighbourhoods - with a human "safety driver" behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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News9 Oklahoma City

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling public roads. Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around.

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NewsOK.com

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling public roads. The agency is issuing permits Tuesday that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods - with a human "safety driver" behind the wheel, in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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KRNV-TV Reno

N. Calif. fire damages or destroys 100 homes; I-5 reopens

Oregon Transportation Department officials say Interstate 5 into California has reopened after a temporary closure due to a fierce wind-driven northern California wildfire. However, they say southbound US 97 in California about 40 miles south of the Oregon border is closed due to the fire.

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Yahoo!

California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. "Effective Sept.

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WLS-AM Chicago

New California Wildfire Has Destroyed at Least 75 Buildings

A wildfire in the California town of Weed has destroyed at least 75 buildings and spread to cover 350 acres as of Monday night. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire is just 15 percent contained.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

JD Supra

How to Land Projects in California

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz writes in Site Selection magazine how municipalities find ways around California's barriers to attracting capital investment. redevelopment agencies were dissolved in February 2012, property tax increment financing has been discontinued and Enterprise Zones are being phased out.

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Patch.com

Bid to Split California into 6 States Fails to Qualify for Ballot

Backers of an initiative to seek congressional authorization to divide California into six states failed to gather enough signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot, the Secretary of State's Office announced today. The Six Californias initiative needed valid signatures from 807,615 registered voters -- 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 general election -- to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

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KTVN Reno

Californians agree on legality path for immigrants

A new poll shows that despite widespread worry about the effects of illegal immigration, California voters broadly support a path to legalization for immigrants in the United States without proper documents. The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows three in four of those surveyed support an overhaul of federal immigration laws.

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Washington Examiner

Dominion to buy 2 solar projects in Calif.

The Richmond -based energy company announced the agreement with EDF Renewable Energy on Monday. The deal is expected to close next year.

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Just-food.com

US: Cal-Maine, Hickman's JV makes California, Nevada move

Southwest Specialty Eggs, the venture between US egg suppliers Cal-Maine Foods and Hickman's Egg Ranch, has acquired the Egg-Land's Best franchise for southern California and Las Vegas. The venture, set up in July , will hold the licence for the sale of eggs sold under the Egg-Land's Best and Land O'Lakes brands.

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Wall Street Journal

California's Democratic Derailment

In theory at least, courts and ballot referenda are checks on legislative tyranny. A California appellate court has effectively done away with both by ruling that the legal requirements of a bond measure approved by voters for the state's bullet train are merely "guidance."

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Los Angeles Times

Will California PUC President Michael Peevey get a record third term?

Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey has become one of California's most powerful and controversial figures, wielding great influence over energy, telecommunications and transportation issues that affect the pocketbooks and safety of tens of millions of people. Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey has become one of California's most powerful and controversial figures, wielding great influence over energy, telecommunications and transportation issues that affect the pocketbooks and safety of tens of millions of people.

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LA Daily News

California broadens autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

I didn't know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn't have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-income South Los Angeles neighborhood seemed to know anything about autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that can impair language, learning and social interaction.

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KDWN

California nudist camp accused of stealing water

The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall. The resort's owners say they are entitled to use the waterfall, which they need to keep their water tank full in case of a fire and to top off their pool for both skinny-dipping and as a backup water source for a fire.

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