Tuesday | November 25, 2014

Another Highway 12 project in offing

LODI, 11/25/14 9:35am

• Caltrans to beef up bridge

• Will take months to finish

What’s your Web IQ?

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/14 7:00am

• Knowledge of the technology landscape varies widely across topics

• “Just because people use these gadgets a lot doesn’t necessarily mean they know everything about how they work”

Economic confidence drops in U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/14 6:48am

• Gallup’s index dips four points to -10

• But it’s still one of highest weekly averages of 2014

Gross Domestic Product edges up

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/14 6:04am

• Second estimate for Q3 puts it at 3.9 percent

• Still lower than Q2’s 4.6 percent

Foreclosure rates tumble across California

IRVINE, 11/25/14 5:38am

• Central Valley sees sharp decreases

• California, Valley metros under national rate

Financial advisor trades his “sole” for 2 years in prison

FRESNO, 11/24/14 9:02pm

• Convicted of underpaying his taxes

• Cheated government out of $627,000 in taxes

One-in-five will spend Thanksgiving with co-workers

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/24/14 9:01pm

• That includes the 16 percent who have to work on Thanksgiving

• A decided geographic look to who’s at grandma’s house and who’s munching with a co-worker

Sisters convicted of Bakersfield mortgage fraud scheme

FRESNO, 11/24/14 9:01pm

• Netted $6 Million

• Three others were sentenced earlier

37 percent do not feel safe walking at night near home

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/14 9:01pm

• Women feel less safe than men

• Young, lower-income feel less safe

Real estate agent pleads guilty to fraudulent short sale scheme

FRESNO, 11/24/14 1:20pm

• Cost lenders more than $316,000

• “Her breaches caused significant harm”

Federal lawyer picked as California Supreme Court justice

SACRAMENTO, 11/24/14 12:41pm

• Leondra Kruger to succeed Joyce Kennard

• “Perhaps the most outstanding lawyer in America right now under the age of 40”

California Leopold Conservation Award winner is named

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/24/14 10:05am

• Full Belly Farm gets 2014 award

• “They’ve pioneered a truly sustainable approach to growing food”

Kaiser Permanente names Central Valley chief executive

OAKLAND, 11/24/14 9:51am

• Deborah Friberg gets to remove “interim” from her office door

• Was executive earlier for hospitals in Wisconsin and North Carolina

Report: Valley leads state on innovative water technology and clean energy

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/24/14 8:20am

• Call it the “Blue Tech Valley”

• “First region in the nation to develop an industry-led water technology cluster”

Auto loan delinquency rate and debt rise

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/24/14 6:03am

• Q3 sees a delinquency rate of 1.16 percent

• “The auto loan delinquency rate is rising, but it remains well below levels observed just a few years ago”

Projected holiday spending up slightly from 2013

PRINCETON, N.J., 11/24/14 5:54am

• Americans expect to spend an average of $720 on gifts

• Nine percent won't Christmas shop

More Californians to travel this Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES, 11/24/14 5:37am

• Travel up 3.8 percent from a year ago

• “An added bonus for travel budgets has been dramatically lower gas prices in the past two months”

Hyacinth in bloom
(CVBT photo)

In-depth: Ex-Marine wages war on weeds

SACRAMENTO, 11/23/14 9:01pm , by Gene Beley Delta Correspondent

• Compares floating hyacinth to his challenges during his service in the Kuwait and Iraq conflicts

• “I’m a Marine; this is not the worst and no one is shooting at me”

• See end of text story for a weed hotline number


Five Mile Big Chico Creek
(Photo by Eric Miller)

Drought worries deepen for groundwater users

CHICO, 11/23/14 9:01pm , by Eric Miller, North Valley Correspondent

• Drill deeper? Or is there another solution?

• “Some of our wells are reaching historic lows”

Weeds cancel Stockton’s 35th Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

STOCKTON, 11/22/14 6:32pm

• Boats cannot plow through masses if floating weeds

• “I think Brown is trying to destroy the economy and drive as many people out of the Delta as possible”

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 11/21/14 9:00pm

• Bullet train moves forward in Valley

• One reason why gas prices are dropping

• Alert clerk keeps man from Green Dot scam

• And a lot more….

Fresno State names new athletic director

FRESNO, 11/21/14 10:33am

• Jim Bartko is recruited from University of Oregon

• “A long track record of significant accomplishments”

California’s unemployment rate stalls at 7.3 percent

SACRAMENTO, 11/21/14 8:49am

• Nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 41,500 in October from September

• Some Central Valley counties under state average

California lags in high tech

LOS ANGELES, 11/21/14 7:35am

• Golden State ekes out a third place ranking

• “The Bay State has further cemented its lead in science and technology”

PG&E gas customers may get CPUC-ordered rebates

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/21/14 7:06am

• Utility might have to refund $400 Million

• “We continue to send a signal to PG&E that we expect full compliance and appropriate respect”

CPUC slaps PG&E for explosion

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/21/14 6:50am

• Fines utility $10.85 Million for explosion

• Blew up a home in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Gallup: Postal Service ranks highest of 13 major agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/21/14 6:39am

• Solid majorities in all age groups rate the post office highly

• Younger Americans give it better ratings than older Americans do

Give thanks as average California pump prices drop near the $3 mark

LOS ANGELES, 11/21/14 5:00am

• Lowest prices in four years

• “Right now, gas price drops in California and most of the U.S. aren’t showing signs of slowing down”

Feinstein bails on water effort – for now

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/14 9:01pm

• Denies she worked in secret

• Proposal was attacked by fellow Democrats

Ellen Knapp

People in the News

STOCKTON, 11/20/14 9:00pm

• Successor named EPU Children’s Center

• New faces at Fresno State’s Office economic development office

• And more….

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/14 9:00pm

• Still under $50 for 10 people

• “Turkey production has been somewhat lower this year”

Housekeeper accused of burglaries at Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel

FRESNO, 11/20/14 2:15pm

• Federal grand jury clams she stole from guests’ rooms

• Accused of taking cash

State fines company for deaths of two workers

SACRAMENTO, 11/20/14 1:23pm

• Faulty equipment, untrained staff caused Central Valley job site deaths, state says

• Disney Construction must pay $106,110

UC Davis notes the obvious: Water can’t be stored if it’s not there in the first place

DAVIS, 11/20/14 12:51pm

• State lacks the water to fill the reservoirs

• “Reservoir storage does not equate to water supply”

State slams AT&T with $23.8 Million fine

SACRAMENTO, 11/20/14 12:38pm

• Settlement is for environmental violations

• “This settlement holds AT&T accountable for unlawfully dumping electronic waste”

Chico florist sent to prison for three years

SACRAMENTO, 11/20/14 12:32pm

• Jury found him guilty of a tax dodge and retaliating against federal officers

• “The defendant has said things that are simply stupid”

California farmers, EPA agree to pesticide restrictions

SACRAMENTO, 11/20/14 12:11pm

• To protect salmon, trout

• “We have met the critical environmental and economic goals”

Internships improve grads' chances of full-time work

PRINCETON, N.J., 11/20/14 6:05am

• Increase odds of odds of engagement at work

• But only if they are tied to what they learn in class

Credit card balances growing

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/20/14 5:35am

• Stable delinquency rates

• “A positive momentum dynamic that has not been experienced since before the Great Recession

Science is tracking why we like comfort food

DAVIS, 11/20/14 5:10am

• Brain images focus on stress eaters' neurological response

• Chocolate cake and the prefrontal cortex

State: Amount of pyrethroid pesticide increasing in California streams

SACRAMENTO, 11/19/14 9:01pm

• Water Board’s stream pollution report shows trends in chemical contamination, toxicity

• Tiny crustacean may be fresh waters’ canary in the coal mine

The top jobs that don't require a college degree

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/19/14 9:01pm

• Truckers, techies, marketing mavens and clinicians among the best jobs for 2015

• “Job seekers are gaining leverage”

California’s new vehicle sales show steady climb

SACRAMENTO, 11/19/14 9:00pm

• More than 1.8 Million expected to be sold this year

• “This stable upward trend allows our dealers to maintain our professional staff of employees”

Small businesses set big goals for 2015

MCLEAN, VA., 11/19/14 6:54am

• Survey says marketing, technology and improved margins are main goals

• “It's encouraging to see many are feeling optimistic”

Americans' views of job market hold steady

PRINCETON, N.J., 11/19/14 6:35am

• 30 percent say it is a good time to find a quality job

• More positive about jobs than in 2009-2011

Costa, Bera hold slim leads

SACRAMENTO, 11/18/14 9:04pm

• Both congressional contests remain tight

• But many ballots remain to be counted

Realtors haunted by sluggish October

LOS ANGELES, 11/18/14 9:03pm

• Low mortgage rates fail to perk California home sales

• “There were pockets of strong sales growth, especially in coastal regions”

Traveling soon? Suicide bombings against trains and buses lethal, but few in number

SAN JOSE, 11/18/14 9:02pm

• Understanding the facts behind the nightly news videos

• “Only 138 suicide attacks have occurred since 1970, far fewer than most people would think”

Turkeys are unloaded at the Manteca food bank

Central Valley poultry company donates 81,000 pounds of turkeys

LIVINGSTON, 11/18/14 9:01pm

• Food banks in Valley, elsewhere benefit

• Each food bank received 750 turkeys

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