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Police Standoff Shuts Down Portion Of Street Near Capitol

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Authorities say that a traffic stop has turned into a standoff near the Capitol in Sacramento Monday afternoon and that the driver refused to comply with demands from police officers to get out of the vehicle.

Poll: Californians Evenly Split On Death Penalty

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A new poll finds California voters are equally divided on whether to expedite or eliminate the death penalty.

New California Laws Go Into Effect Friday

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From laws aimed at closing the gender pay gap to new rules of the road, here are the new laws you need to know about before you ring in the new year.

Poll: Common Core Test Scores Less Important Than Critical Thinking Skills

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A survey of California teachers found most teachers said test scores aligned with the new Common Core standards are far less important than the curriculum itself.

California Legislature Approves Foster Care Overhaul

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Foster care for children in California would be significantly reshaped under a bill that has passed the state legislature Friday.

California's Drought Condition is Bad News for Economy

California's heading into a third year of drought conditions, and that means more potential bad news for the state's economy.

Calif. Emergency Responders Head to Texas to Prepare for Hurricane Ike

As Hurricane Ike heads towards Texas, the state of California is sending help.The Governor's Office of Emergency Services has sent more than 300 emergency responders to Texas to help officials there prepare for the hurricane. Kelly Huston is the deputy director of the state agency. He says many of those sent were already in the region.

Officials Caution Californians About 'Drinking and Boating'

The Memorial Day weekend is not only big for road warriors: it was also a kick off to the boating season. And after seeing some disturbing trends in accident statistics, state officials are urging extra caution on the water. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.

California Legislation Aims to Improve Oil Spill Response

More than half-a-dozen bills aimed at improving the state's response to oil spills cleared a key legislative committee Monday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Statewide High-Speed Rail Supporters Target November Ballot

It's been an on-again, off-again measure on the state ballot – but backers of a high-speed rail project in California say this November voters will decide once and for all whether to approve billions in bond funds for the train that will run up and down the state. Jenny O'Mara reports.

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