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California drivers say talking and texting on cell phones are the biggest traffic safety problems.
Another tuition increase is on the way for California State University students unless the state finds the university a lot more money in next year’s budget.
You’ve heard of the Amber Alert for kidnapped children. But what about a Silver Alert? Orange County Senior Senator Jim Levy says that would help track down someone with Alzheimer’s or another disease who wanders away from their home.
A bill that would impose fines and extra prison time for the use or smuggling of cell phones in California prisons is on its way to the governor.
Legislative Republicans appeared split on whether to support the governor’s tax package. Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who’s running for Mayor of San Diego, was one of two GOP members who gave the measure its necessary two-thirds supermajority.
California's newest State Supreme Court Justice has been sworn in. Governor Jerry Brown administered the oath of office to UC Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu today.
The murder acquittal of Caylee Anthony’s mom Casey has led to not just one new bill in the California legislature – but two. They share the same basic goal: to get parents to report missing or dead children immediately.
California budget negotiations appear to be on thin ice once again with the new fiscal year now just a week away.
If your weekend plans include boating, you may see more marine law enforcement officers on duty. It’s part of a three-day campaign which starts Friday, cracking down on BUI's boaters under the influence.
Governor Jerry Brown is keeping the pressure on Republicans to vote for a budget deal that includes taxes. The Democratic Governor held a press conference Monday with leaders from education, public safety and other groups.
No budget deal yet at the Capitol – but the debate is about to begin. Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s calling floor session for Friday and all through the weekend.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has announced more than 100 arrests as the culmination of an anti-gang operation in the Central Valley.
A federal agency has released health quality data that show troubling statistics about nursing home care in California. The data show almost one in 10 long-term nursing home patients was physically restrained in 2008.
The California Community College system released its statewide fall enrollment totals Thursday. Chancellor Jack Scott says there’s some good news and some bad news.
Good news for several public works projects on hold for months in California because of the credit crunch.
Cash-strapped counties say they're still not sure how they'll cover their costs of the May 19th special election.
The fate of the voter approved ban on gay marriage is now in the hands of the supreme court. Attorneys on both sides of the Prop 8 issue gave arguments to the State Supreme Court yesterday.
New legislation would require most pet owners to have their cats and dogs spayed or neutered.
Republican lawmakers who voted against the state budget say the plan is only a quick fix to California's financial woes.
Both houses of the California legislature have approved a state spending plan.
Governor Schwarzenegger plans to send out thousands of layoff notices to state workers today because of the state's budget deficit.
Lawmakers returned to the state Capitol for their new session. Overshadowing everything is California's budget crisis.
Assembly Democrats have rolled out their plan for balancing the state's $15 billion budget deficit. And it calls for billions in new taxes. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
Wednesdays U.S. Supreme Court decision on lethal injection could open the door for California to resume executions. Thats because California uses the same three-drug cocktail the high court upheld in the Kentucky case. The ruling allows a separate death penalty case in California to now move forward.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in California in response to the closure of salmon fishing season along the West Coast. The decision was made Thursday by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
A California state senator wants to ban those shiny mylar party balloons. He says theyre increasingly causing power shortages. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
Assembly Republicans say they won't support new taxes to get through the state's budget crisis. But, they're offering bills they say will free up funding for schools in the face of potential cuts. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
What's been called down and dirty politics by some is now a fight at the ballot box. A petition to recall a Republican state Senator has qualified to go before voters. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.
On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, the California National Guard is having no trouble getting new soldiers. But its a different story when it comes to their equipment.
One State lawmaker wants to require climate change to be taught in California schools. Democrat Joe Simitian says his measure would instruct the Board of Education and the Department of Education to handle the specifics -- but it would guarantee students are exposed to the phenomenon.
This month, thousands of teachers got word they might not have a job come September because of potential state budget cuts. One group says the uncertainty will devastate the future workforce. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
Governor Schwarzenegger says it's time to take another look at nuclear power in California. He told a recent conference on green technology that nuclear power has a great future as a carbon free source of energy.
If you're an avid iTunes user, turn down the iPod and tune in for this story. Right now theres no sales tax on songs, movies or other digital media you download. But one lawmakers looking to change that. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.
Thousands of teachers across the state are getting layoff notices. Schools are required to let staffers know by Saturday if they might not have a job next school year. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
Governor Schwarzeneggers proposed cuts to education haven't gone into effect -- but the state's top education official says they're already hurting schools anyway. This week school districts are required to send notices to teachers who would be laid off under the governor's proposed $4.8 billion in cuts.
A new state law is changing the kind of jewelry you can buy in California. As of Saturday, it was illegal to sell jewelry for a body piercing that has any lead in it. It's also now illegal to sell adult plated metal jewelry that's more than ten percent lead, or non-plated metal jewelry that's more than one-and-a-half percent lead.
Californians who come out to watch dogfights will face tougher penalties, if one state lawmaker has his way. Marianne Russ reports.
State legislation is back that would require some restaurants to post right on the menu the calories contained in that great big burger you're dying to order. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
A Democratic state Senator wants to make it easier for judges to penalize drunk drivers whose blood alcohol level is labeled excessive. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.
A California legislator wants to increase the penalties for child abusers who permanently injure or disable young kids. Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed both houses of the state legislature today and immigration was a major focus of his message. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
The State Senate could vote as early as Friday on what to do about the current fiscal year's budget deficit. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
One California ballot measure remained too close to call until after midnight: Prop. 93. That's the one that would have changed term limits in California. As of this morning, 53 percent of voters have rejected the measure, and its backers have conceded defeat. Marianne Russ reports.
If you're still making up your mind while you're in the voting booth today, you're certainly not alone. But one professor says that type of behavior lends itself to particular campaigns. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.
In an unusual move, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has decided not to predict voter turnout for Tuesday's election. She says there are just too many variables this time around.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says John McCain is an "extraordinary leader" who can reach across the political aisle to get things done.
California's budget woes will overshadow the Governor's State of the State address on Tuesday. Legislative leaders say they're gearing up for the issue that will command much of their attention. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.