Thursday | September 18, 2014

Asian citrus psyllid quarantine expands in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, 9/18/14 9:01pm

• One insect spotted near Bakersfield

• Growers worry that the insect could kill citrus industry


Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Opponents of governor’s tunnels now oppose governor’s water bond

CLARKSBURG, 9/18/14 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Say up to 70 percent of water bond is pork

• “That’s when I go bang my head against the wall”


Josh Lipschitz

People in the News

STOCKTON, 9/18/14 9:00pm

• Bank names assistant vice presidents

• University reaches to the past to guide its future

Where the jobs will be: Non-degreed health workers

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/18/14 9:00pm

• California expected to need more allied health care workers in next decade

• “The state needs to ensure that its institutions are meeting workforce demand”

56 Million Home Depot credit cards may be compromised

ATLANTA, GA., 9/18/14 2:35pm

• Malware incident involves U.S. brick-and-mortar stores

• No evidence that debit PIN numbers were compromised, company says

Arrest made as King fire rages out of control

POLLOCK PINES, 9/18/14 11:57am

• 12,000 homes now threatened

• Will it burn through to Tahoe?

• UPDATING EARLIER STORY THROUGHOUT

Stockton, Sacramento deep water channels to be dredged

SACRAMENTO, 9/18/14 11:17am

• Army Corps of Engineers awards $24 Million contract

• Annual channel maintenance



Study: Water metering is essential to effective water management

OAKLAND, 9/18/14 11:13am

• More than 219,000 urban water connections in the state remain unmetered

• “They can produce considerable local water savings”

Profits plunge, General Mills to fire 430 Lodi workers

LODI, 9/18/14 10:44am

• Shuttering cereal plant that has been community mainstay since 1947

• Action follows disappointing earnings

Travel spending sees upturn

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/18/14 5:48am

• Almost all major categories see increased business

• Prices see biggest jump since 2011

Sacramento recycler adds 400 kW solar power system

SACRAMENTO, 9/18/14 5:38am

• Rooftop panels to provide 80 percent of power needs

• “We are thrilled to lead the implementation of such a large solar project”

Job fair set for next Wednesday in Visalia

VISALIA, 9/17/14 9:01pm

• More than 50 potential employers expected

• “The largest in the area and is a great setting for job seekers and employers”

Office bullying plague is widespread in U.S.

CHICAGO, ILL., 9/17/14 9:01pm

• Spans races, job levels and educational attainment

• “One of the most surprising takeaways from the study was that bullying impacts workers of all backgrounds”

Feds sue online payday lender

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/17/14 9:00pm

• Accuse Hydra Group of phony payday loans to illegally access consumer bank accounts

• “The utter disregard for the law shown by the Hydra Group and the men controlling it is shocking”


Richard Kriegbaum

Fresno Pacific University gets familiar face as new president

FRESNO, 9/17/14 9:00pm

• Former FPU President Kriegbaum returns

• University revamps leadership structure


Smoke from King fire in distance towers over Placerville region on Wednesday
(Photo by Jim Hurst)

Rash of wildfires scorch California

STOCKTON, 9/17/14 2:51pm

• Thousands of acres lost to flames

• Homes reduced to rubble, hundreds of residents huddle in shelters

Food innovation institute planned for UC Davis

DAVIS, 9/17/14 10:33am

• Funded in part with $40 Million from foodmaker Mars

• “A great step forward in addressing the sustainability challenges we face”

Kohl’s to hire more than 67,000 holiday season workers

MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS., 9/17/14 6:39am

• Positions in stores, distribution centers and credit operations

• Hiring is underway

UC Davis: Global shift to mass transit could save more than $100 trillion

DAVIS, 9/17/14 6:04am

• Would dramatically reduce carbon dioxide

• “Getting away from car-centric development … will cut urban CO2 dramatically and also reduce costs”

Trust in mass media at lowest ever

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/17/14 5:23am

• Six-percentage-point drops among Republicans – and Democrats

• Something about national elections triggers skepticism

Congress considers bill to aid homeowners facing foreclosure

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/17/14 4:59am

• Deals with short sales and second mortgages

• “There are still too many homeowners … who are struggling even though they have played by the rules”

Holiday hiring expected to outpace 2013

CHICAGO, ILL., 9/17/14 4:43am

• May be the strongest since the last Century

• “This year, we could see hiring return to levels not seen since the height of the dot.com boom”

Stockton’s airport gets federal funding

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/14 9:01pm

• $1.4 Million to rebuild ramp

• “The airport will be able to address some safety concerns”

Bloom off the California real estate rose

TRUCKEE, 9/16/14 9:00pm

• August sales down 13.5 percent from a year earlier

• Median prices in half of state’s 26 largest counties decline

Feds sue Corinthian Colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/14 12:44pm

• Accuse firm of predatory lending scheme

• “Corinthian has turned the American dream of higher education into an ongoing nightmare of debt and despair”

California starts regulating groundwater pumping

SACRAMENTO, 9/16/14 12:34pm

• Three new laws cover previously unregulated practice

• “California will no longer be the only Western state that does not manage its groundwater”

Audi gets California’s first permit for driverless car

SACRAMENTO, 9/16/14 11:26am

• New laws governing testing of automated driving go into effect Tuesday

• Allow testing on any state road

August home sales sluggish; low interest rates fail to spark sales

LOS ANGELES, 9/16/14 10:58am

• Home prices continue to increase despite improving housing inventory

• “Appreciation is also creating a housing affordability challenge”

Old debts, fresh pain: Weak laws offer debtors little protection

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 9/16/14 10:31am , by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR

• Debt collectors seizing more paycheck earnings

• “I honestly dread paydays”


GDP jumps across the nation

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/14 6:06am

• Government reports widespread growth

• Central Valley sees increases

Schools cleared to stock epi-pens

SACRAMENTO, 9/16/14 5:06am

• Could save lives when time is critical

• “Will help save lives by ensuring emergency medication is available at schools”

Central Valley packer recalls Roma tomatoes

TRACY, 9/16/14 4:54am

• Taylor Farms Pacific issues recall due to potential salmonella contamination

• No illnesses have been reported


Barry Sgarrella points to area where test plot is planned

VIDEO: Company proposes what it calls a better solution to California’s water shortages

ISLETON, 9/15/14 9:00pm

• How BDCP can be replaced

• “When you look at the concept, it’s pretty simple”

Leader of multi-million dollar foreclosure rescue scheme convicted

SACRAMENTO, 9/15/14 9:00pm

• More than 1,000 victims

• “Alan Tikal cynically took advantage of their desperation for his own profit”

New survey: Few want more regulation of business

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/15/14 12:16pm

• About half say there is too much regulation

• Just 22 percent say there is too little

Disaster assistance deadlines loom for farmers, ranchers

DAVIS, 9/15/14 10:57am

• Fruit crop 2012 freeze losses deadline is Sept. 22

• Livestock disaster losses deadline is Sept. 30

People attracted to the smell of others with similar political beliefs

BOSTON, MASS., 9/15/14 9:50am

• Proof that politics can smell

• “Smell conveys important information about long-term affinity in political ideology”

Unseen Toll: Wages of millions seized to pay past debts

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 9/15/14 9:37am , by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR

• First-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts

• “It was a roundhouse from the right that just knocks you down and out”

Most small business owners have "no regrets"

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/15/14 5:51am

• Almost all would do it again

• “Small business owners clearly take a 'no regrets approach' to the way they run their respective companies”

Americans' trust in government at or near record lows

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/15/14 4:55am

• Trust in Congress at lowest point measured

• Even trust in the courts falls to lowest ever

VIDEO: Ideas to attract and retain top talent

STOCKTON, 9/14/14 9:00pm

• Often, it’s more than money

• Tips to help your business bridge the skills gap


Environmentalist and actor Ed Begley addressed the conference
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Bipartisanship helps make California a world leader in fighting climate change

SACRAMENTO, 9/14/14 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, Delta correspondent

• Nobel Prize winner R.K. Pachauri praises state’s efforts

• How to quit singing in the shower — and not embarrass your gym friends at the same time

• WITH VIDEO

Massive Ponzi scheme that netted $37 Million now has a yield of prison

SACRAMENTO, 9/12/14 9:01pm

• Ponzi perps get up to 30 years in prison

• “This is one of the worst fraud schemes I have ever seen”

Warning: Your property tax bill may suddenly go up

SACRAMENTO, 9/12/14 9:01pm

• Recovered from Great Recession is part of the reason

• Why it could jump more than the normal 2 percent

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 9/12/14 9:00pm

• Poof! The once and future state of Central Valley vanishes

• Employers face new requirement in training managers

• And more….

Fresno Pacific University president resigns

FRESNO, 9/12/14 1:51pm

• Pete Menjares to return to Southern California

• “To be closer to our families and to explore new opportunities”

Report: California elementary school truancy crisis persists

SACRAMENTO, 9/12/14 1:39pm

• 250,000 grader schoolers missed at least 10 percent of the last school year

• “California needs common sense solutions”

No change in U.S. mood – three out of four unhappy

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/12/14 1:32pm

• More Americans now very dissatisfied than were in January

• “Republicans the least satisfied”

U.S. investors seek advice for some things more than others

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/12/14 6:02am

• Nearly half have created a financial plan with professional advice

• But for the most common financial decision, they usually go it alone

Ninth straight week of lower gasoline prices

LOS ANGELES, 9/12/14 4:59am

• Refineries switching to lower-priced winter blends

• “California is not experiencing any supply problems at the moment”















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