News Picks

Editorial picks featuring general news of interest to the broad community: state, politics, breaking news, crime, accidents, etc.

FOX40
West Sacramento: Grandfather caught performing lewd act by Southport Elementary School

Apr 9, 2014

WEST SACRAMENTO-

Sewa Singh didn’t star in the “Bad Grandpa” movie that hit theaters last fall, but some say his new arrest report in West Sacramento shows he was trying to create a sickening real-life sequel.

“That’s not something that …


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San Joaquin River named America’s most endangered river for 2014

San Joaquin River named America’s most endangered river for 2014

Editor’s note: This is from American Rivers, the environmental group that protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water. “America’s Most Endangered Rivers For 2014: San Joaquin River, California Threat: Outdated water management and excessive diversions At risk: … Continue reading

HealthyCal.org
Young Teenagers Give Birth to a Quarter of all Babies Born to Teen Mothers

Apr 9, 2014

By Fran Kritz

The number of babies born to mothers ages 15 to 17 years of age has declined but still represents over a quarter of teen births each year, according to the April issue of Vital Signs, a monthly health indicator publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)  According to the...

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YubaNet.com
Total Lunar Eclipse April 15

Apr 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 - When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours of April 15, they can expect the moon to look a little different.

A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment,...

HealthyCal.org
The Waiting Room: L.A. County’s Medi-Cal Backlog

Apr 8, 2014

By Jessica Portner As the deluge of applications for Medi-Cal through continues to flood into Covered California, local health advocacy groups and providers throughout Los Angeles County say the sizable enrollment backlog is delaying health care services for needy residents.

The post The Waiting Room: L.A. County’s Medi-Cal Backlog appeared first on California Health...

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HealthyCal.org
Fewer Fractures Linked to Higher Socioeconomic Status Among Minority Middle Aged Women

Apr 8, 2014

By Fran Kritz

If you are a middle-aged African-American or Asian woman, your social class may play a significant role in how likely you are to suffer bone fractures, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA.

The researchers used data on 2,167 pre-menopausal women from the Study of Women’s Health Across...

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Capitol Alert
California orca show ban bill killed for this year

Apr 8, 2014
California orca show ban bill killed for this year

Avoiding a vote on a contentious bill, an Assembly committee on Tuesday deferred until at least next year legislation that would ban captive orca breeding and shows involving the whales. One of the ripple effects of the provocative documentary Blackfi...

YubaNet.com
Report: California Receives a “F” in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending

Apr 8, 2014

SACRAMENTO, April 8, 2014 - California received an F when it comes to government spending transparency, according to "Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data," the fifth annual report of i...

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YubaNet.com
Local salmon smolts get lift to San Francisco Bay to help them avoid predators

Apr 8, 2014
Local salmon smolts get lift to San Francisco Bay to help them avoid predators

April 7, 2014 - California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists and the Commercial Salmon Trollers Advisory Committee are continuing an experimental project to help California's ocean-bound juvenile salmon, in hopes of increasing survival rates. On April 8, for the third year, CDFW staff will fill a boat with approximately 100,000 young Chinook...

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HealthyCal.org
Do you know what’s in your dirt? Urban gardens may have potential contaminants like asbestos in soil

Apr 8, 2014
Do you know what’s in your dirt? Urban gardens may have potential contaminants like asbestos in soil

By Fran Kritz

A new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) finds that urban gardeners often don’t know that the soil they’re using for their gardens can contain contaminants such as asbestos.

“While the benefits are far-reaching, gardening in urban settings can also create opportunities for exposure to contaminants such as...

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