Tuesday | July 28, 2015

State fines companies selling tainted food

SACRAMENTO , 7/28/15 10:50am

• Six companies fined

• Much of suspect produce was imported from Mexico

Economic confidence drifts downward

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 7/28/15 10:13am

• Gallup’s Index at lowest level since late September 2014

• 57 percent say economy is getting worse

UC Merced names new dean

MERCED, 7/28/15 9:53am

• Jill Robbins picked to lead School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

• “I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team at UC Merced”

Foreclosure rates fall again

IRVINE, 7/28/15 5:23am

• Down throughout Central Valley

• California and national rates also fall

Congress OKs SBA loan increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 7/27/15 9:02pm

• Members agree to boost total funding limits

• “A valuable resource for small businesses across the country"

State Fair says this year set new records

SACRAMENTO , 7/27/15 9:01pm

• Attendance up 5 percent

• 162,103 managed to unlock their cars at day’s end and other factoids

Temperature Monitoring site on the Yuba River
(Yuba County Water Agency)

Exclusive: Mercury’s rise creates competition for California water

CHICO, 7/27/15 9:00pm , by Eric Miller, North Valley Correspondent

• Drought, heat make water temperature control difficult

• “Put humans in the mix with urban an agricultural needs … it’s that cliché, death by a thousand cuts”

Educated, upper income Americans have highest rates of drinking

PRINCETON, N.J. , 7/27/15 2:16pm

• Eight in 10 upper-income Americans, college grads drink alcohol

• Beer leads wine as preferred drink in U.S.

Covered California health insurance rates going up

SACRAMENTO , 7/27/15 11:19am

• Increase will average 4 percent

• “This is another year of good news for California’s consumers”

Sharks find friends in federal court

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/27/15 10:34am

• Upholds state ban on shark fin trade

• “To conserve state resources, prevent animal cruelty, and protect wildlife and public health”

Visalia bank expands to North Valley

VISALIA, 7/27/15 7:42am

• Suncrest Bank buying Sutter Community Bank

• “We have been actively looking for opportunities to expand our geographic exposure beyond the South Valley”

Beacon Roofing Supply to acquire Roofing Supply Group

DALLAS, TEXAS, 7/27/15 4:59am

• It’s a $1.1 Billion cash and stock deal

• “RSG complements Beacon geographically”

Wild fire impacts breathing in three Valley counties

FRESNO, 7/26/15 9:01pm

• Foothills and mountainous areas

• Health caution for Merced, Madera, and Fresno counties

Governor’s new tunnels plan to get eight-hour airing

SACRAMENTO , 7/26/15 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, CVBT Delta Correspondent

• Intake facilities at Clarksburg have a lower profile

• Compromises made for birds on Staten Island

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 7/24/15 9:00pm

• A change in how property taxes are levied comes to light

• Why landlords are doing cartwheels

• And much more….

Stockton oncologist pays government $736,000

SACRAMENTO , 7/24/15 11:30am

• Resolves false claims act allegations

• Accused of improperly billing

Drought, climate change fuel high-elevation California fires, study finds

DAVIS, 7/24/15 9:58am

• Increasing in numbers

• “Yet another harbinger of climate change”

McClatchy ekes out thinnest of profits

SACRAMENTO , 7/24/15 9:48am

• Earns less than $100,000 in Q2

• Advertising revenues slide

California’s gas price spike might be over

LOS ANGELES, 7/24/15 5:00am

• Prices coming down in most areas

• “Should further encourage gas stations to drop their prices”

Environmental group files protest over changes to Delta outflows

STOCKTON, 7/23/15 9:03pm

• Restore the Delta bucks the State Water Board

• “The needs of water exporters are of a higher value than the health of the estuary”

Tony Denesha

People in the News

STOCKTON, 7/23/15 9:00pm

• Insurance agency adds to Bakersfield staff

• Bank picks a senior officer

• And more….

USDA broadens crop insurance options for fruit and nut producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 7/23/15 11:15am

• Some coverage for the 2016 crop year, others click in in 2017

• “Gives them the stronger safety net they need to continue farming”

Feds take action against Sacramento company

SACRAMENTO , 7/23/15 11:01am

• Student Financial Aid Services accused of illegal recurring billing scheme

• Company to pay $5.2 million for illegally billing over 100,000 consumers

The secret is found to keeping Lake Tahoe blue

LAKE TAHOE, 7/23/15 9:19am

• Less algae is key factor for blueness

• “It shows that we better understand how Lake Tahoe works”

Californians slow to adopt water-efficient plumbing products, study says

ROLLING MEADOWS, ILL., 7/23/15 8:13am

• Drought is not enough of an incentive

• “Now is the time to create stronger rebates and incentives for consumers and businesses”

Wildfire rages near Lake Berryessa

LAKE BERRYESSA, 7/23/15 7:36am

• Evacuations ordered; homes threatened

• Just 5 percent containment as of Thursday morning

Seventh straight month of increasing California home sales

LOS ANGELES, 7/23/15 5:42am

• Home sales expected to remain strong in upcoming quarter, says Realtors

• Distress sales made of 7.6 percent of sales in June

California American Water to buy Merced’s Meadowbrook Water Company

MERCED, 7/23/15 5:22am

• Involves about 1,650 customers

• “A positive step to securing long-term quality service”

Richard Karban
(UC Davis photo)

Plants are eavesdropping, says UC Davis scientist

DAVIS, 7/22/15 9:05pm

• They also sense danger in their environment

• “A vibrant area of current research with still plenty more to discover”

State grants public more time to comment on delta tunnels plan

SACRAMENTO , 7/22/15 9:00pm

• Adds 60 days to comment period

• Still just two public meetings scheduled

University of California raising minimum wage to $15 an hour

BERKELEY, 7/22/15 11:40am

• Will phase in over three years

• “The first public university in the United States to voluntarily establish a minimum wage of $15”

Move over, Millennials – here comes Gen Z

MENLO PARK, 7/22/15 11:24am

• Survey sheds light on attitudes, behaviors of generation z at work

• “Gen Z employees bring unique values”

Citrus owners urged to monitor their trees

LOS ANGELES, 7/22/15 9:53am

• UC scientists warn of new disease find

• “It is highly likely there are other infected trees in California”

Stockton housing market now “stable” says Freddie Mac

MCLEAN, VA., 7/22/15 8:38am

• Once nation’s epicenter of foreclosures

• “We are getting back to more normal times”

State accused of killing off endangered fish

SACRAMENTO , 7/22/15 6:54am

• Complaint says Brown Administration favors alfalfa over fish

• “If the SWRCB can require urban conservation, it can also require conservation in agriculture”

Air attack! California considers allowing drones to be shot down

SACRAMENTO, 7/22/15 5:51am

• Lawmakers say drones are interfering with emergency responders

• “Drone operators are risking lives when they fly over an emergency situation”

Federal oil train rule to be made permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 7/22/15 5:30am

• Requirement remains in full force, railroads told

• “FRA will take enforcement actions as necessary”

Survey: Americans prefer real estate as long-term investment

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 7/22/15 5:14am

• Cash investments most popular among Millennials

• “Most Americans are still not embracing the stock market”

Modesto man accused of defrauding car dealership

FRESNO, 7/21/15 9:01pm

• Former parts manager charged with nine-year fraud

• Pieces-n-parts added up

Congress might outlaw “spy cars”

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 7/21/15 9:00pm

• Seen as protecting individual privacy

• “Drivers shouldn’t have to choose between being connected and being protected”

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