Tuesday | July 22, 2014

Five Guys get a new buddy

SACRAMENTO , 7/22/14 11:17am

• Eight Five Guys restaurants in Valley get new owner

• Expansion is planned

Former Bank of America worker sent to prison

LOS ANGELES, 7/22/14 10:38am

• Took bribes to approve artificially low-price short sales

• Sentenced to 30 months in prison

USDA offers disaster assistance for 2012 frost or freeze fruit crop losses

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/22/14 9:47am

• Enrollment underway

• “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage”

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar nominated for California Supreme Court

SACRAMENTO , 7/22/14 8:11am

• Stanford law professor is native of Mexico

• Has been a special assistant to President Obama

U.S. economic confidence recovers from recent losses

PRINCETON, N.J., 7/22/14 5:53am

• Gallup’s index up three points from last week

• Still, most Americans decidedly negative about the economy

Foreclosure rates drop further in California and Central Valley

IRVINE, 7/22/14 5:31am

• State’s rate is well under national rate

• Most – but not all – of Valley is still above state’s average

Family Healthcare Network opens 14th South Valley health center

VISALIA, 7/22/14 5:00am

• Services range from family medicine to dentistry and more

• A $9.8 million, 34,607-square foot health center



Modesto man sentenced in tax fraud conspiracy

FRESNO, 7/22/14 4:41am

• Tried to dupe the IRS

• Used stolen IDs

Bakersfield man sent to prison for trying to hide cash from the government

FRESNO, 7/21/14 9:01pm

• Sentenced to one year for structuring cash deposits

• Cashed checks totaling more than $420,000

Mondavi Center gets $400,000 grant

DAVIS, 7/21/14 9:01pm

• Will support innovative performances in classical music

• “Supports our belief in the power and beauty of classical music”

Last year was one of the warmest on record

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/14 9:01pm

• From surface temperatures to greenhouse gas, it’s getting warmer

• “These findings reinforce what scientists for decades have observed”

Fresno man sentenced for investment fraud

FRESNO, 7/21/14 9:00pm

• Bilked U.S. victims out of $2 Million

• “This fraudster faces a lengthy term in federal prison”

Firefighters poised for rash of wildfires

SONORA, 7/21/14 9:00pm

• Personnel and equipment being readied

• Sierra Nevada forests being hit by more than 5,000 lightning strikes a day

Central Valley tribe gets federal grant

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/14 1:11pm

• USDA gives $216,000 to North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians

• Will be used for job training

Why “I feel your pain” is real

SANTA BARBARA, 7/21/14 12:38pm

• Science looks at the brains of empathetic people

• Highly sensitive individuals respond especially strongly to social situations that trigger emotions

California taxpayers may be stuck with BDCP costs, says critic

SANTA BARBARA, 7/21/14 11:15am

• No vote on massive $67 Billion project planned

• “The plan will not increase the state’s net supply of water”

State’s hospital prison in Stockton re-opens to sick inmates

STOCKTON, 7/21/14 11:01am

• Admissions had been halted because of problems

• “I am pleased with the progress”

InnovationLab opening in Tuolumne County

SONORA, 7/21/14 9:13am

• A place to hatch and grow new ideas

• “We want businesses to start, build, grow and stay in Tuolumne County”

Business background is best for governing, most Americans say

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/14 5:25am

• Majority say U.S. would be better governed with more female leaders

• “Don't strongly endorse the idea of having more political novices in office”

Central Valley packer recalls fresh tree fruit

CUTLER, 7/21/14 4:48am

• Potentially contaminated with Listeria

• No illnesses reported

U.S. smokers say higher cigarette taxes are unjust

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/14 9:00pm

• But many smokers think smoking restrictions in public places are justified

• In some areas, the taxes are higher than the price of a pack of cigarettes itself

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 7/18/14 9:00pm

• Perez ends quest to get on November ballot

• Hundreds of new jobs planned for Roseville

• And more…

Claim: National park tourism in California creates $1.5 Billion in economic benefit

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/18/14 12:57pm

• Park Service report says visitor spending supports more than 20,000 jobs in California

• “Visitors come to have a great experience and end up spending a little money along the way”

USDA sends $9.7 Million in drought aid to California

FARMERSVILLE, 7/18/14 12:44pm

• Money pays for emergency water assistance

• “This drought is devastating those who live, work and raise their families in much of rural California”

California halts injection of fracking waste

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 7/18/14 11:18am , by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica

• Warns it may be contaminating aquifers

• “We do not have any direct evidence any drinking water has been affected”

Eight simultaneous stings nab unlicensed contractors in Valley, statewide

SACRAMENTO , 7/18/14 10:40am

• Summer blitz busts 97

• “If you knew their backgrounds, you’d never allow them in your home”

California’s unemployment rate decreases to 7.4 percent

SACRAMENTO , 7/18/14 8:44am

• Nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 24,200

• But unemployment increases in most of Central Valley


New maps update earthquake hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/18/14 6:03am

• 16 States at High Risk

• “Exposure to large earthquakes has grown tremendously in recent years”

Big drops in pump prices across California

LOS ANGELES, 7/18/14 4:54am

• Going down by as much as a penny a day in some areas

• “An improving supply situation has caused even more drops”


Just having a snack
(Photo by Brent Gill)

PodcastAUDIO: Stubborn as a… bull

SPRINGVILLE, 7/18/14 12:30am , by Brent Gill, South Valley Correspondent

• This may be where mules got the idea

• “There are great similarities between raising cattle and raising boys”

Central Valley businessman gives $125,000 to Fresno State

FRESNO, 7/17/14 9:01pm

• Will help fund mentorship program

• “Will allow the Lyles Center to dramatically boost its mentorship program”

Central Valley politicians and supporters hit with stiff fines

SACRAMENTO , 7/17/14 9:00pm

• Fair Political Practices Commission acts

• Turlock council campaign and a Sacramento conflict of interest prompt $40,500 in fines


Deanna Spitzer

People in the News

STOCKTON, 7/17/14 9:00pm

• Bank names new vice president

• One new face for the California Water Commission

• And more….

Bank of the Sierra buys Southern California bank

PORTERVILLE, 7/17/14 9:00pm

• Pays $15.3 Million for Santa Clara Valley Bank

• “The market is very similar to the region we already serve”

Survey says Californians want groundwater protection

SACRAMENTO , 7/17/14 12:24pm

• California is only state without comprehensive statewide groundwater management

• “California’s future is increasingly dependent on effective management of our groundwater supplies”

Ag Secretary Vilsak comes to Central Valley

FARMERSVILLE, 7/17/14 11:23am

• To announce more drought aid on Friday

• Fifteen minutes in Farmersville

Fresno State nursing program gets $700,000 grant

FRESNO, 7/17/14 10:56am

• To help those studying to be nurse practioners

• “These scholarships will assist them to complete the program on time”

Good news for remodelers: Most homeowners plan improvements soon

SAN JOSE, 7/17/14 9:37am

• Two out of three have them calendared for next six months

• “Home buyers should think about purchasing homes that require renovations”

CSU Stanislaus gets $250,000 gift

TULOCK, 7/17/14 9:26am

• Will be used for scholarships

• “To keep our region’s best and brightest students right here in the Central Valley”

Woodland’s flood protection levees unacceptable

WOODLAND, 7/17/14 6:05am

• Corps of Engineers says levees need to be fixed

• “Levee inspections are all about making sure that a levee can reliably do what we expect it to”

A Clinton-Huckabee race in 2016?

PRINCETON, N.J., 7/17/14 5:49am

• Clinton best known, best liked potential candidate

• Huckabee's image is slightly better than other GOP contenders

Foreclosure activity decreases 2 percent in June

IRVINE, 7/16/14 9:12pm

• Lowest level since July 2006, before the housing bubble burst

• “Nationwide foreclosure activity in June reached an important milestone”

You’ve won the lottery! And you’re going to keep working!

CHICAGO, ILL., 7/16/14 9:01pm

• Half of U.S. workers say they would keep working if they won the lottery

• Three in ten say they would keep the same job

Dignity Health to pay $1.55 million to resolve controlled substances act claims

SACRAMENTO , 7/16/14 9:00pm

• Federal probe started in Stockton

• “The abuse of hydrocodone and other painkillers has become an epidemic”

State cracks down on cattle rustlers

SACRAMENTO , 7/16/14 9:00pm

• Branding bill signed into law

• “We can help prevent these crimes from occurring in the future”

Quality jobs outlook best in more than six years

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/16/14 2:17pm

• Thirty-five percent say now is a good time to find a quality job

• But the majority of Americans continue to say it is a bad time to find a quality job

Study: California's groundwater use during drought threatens future supply

DAVIS, 7/16/14 2:11pm

• If no changes in water management, dry wells will be the norm in two generations

• "Fundamentally, even more needs to be done"

A place to rant about the bank

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/16/14 10:15am

• Consumers may get a chance to publicly voice complaints about financial companies

• “The consumer experience shared in the narrative is the heart and soul of the complaint”

California: State of six states

SACRAMENTO , 7/16/14 10:01am

• Signatures submitted to put idea on ballot

• But Congress would have to approve it

One in six say immigration most important U.S. problem

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/16/14 5:05am

• Immigration concerns surge while economic mentions ebb

• “Clearly captured public attention”

Report: They’re tracking your personal health data – and you don’t know it

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/15/14 9:00pm

• People leave wide open trails of data – without knowing it

• “The potential to paint a detailed health profile of individuals”

Mandatory water conservation now law in California

SACRAMENTO , 7/15/14 9:00pm

• State Water Board imposes tough restrictions

• “The least that urban Californians can do is to not waste water on outdoor uses”

California home sales tanking

TRUCKEE, 7/15/14 9:00pm

• Rapid price increases fading into memory

• “Sixth consecutive month that sales have been lower on a year-over-year basis”















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