Saturday | November 22, 2014

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

Modesto wholesaler ordered to buy, endow conservation easement

MODESTO, 11/18/14 2:46pm

• Also fined following destruction of rare habitat

• “California's vernal pools are key to the survival of native plants and animals found nowhere else”

Stockton Symphony reaches three-year agreement with musicians’ union

STOCKTON, 11/18/14 2:43pm

• Agreement balances long-term stability and fiscal realities, symphony says

• “The Stockton Symphony family can now move forward”

California’s restrictions on some sex offenders’ Internet use unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/18/14 11:12am

• Ruling applies to sex offenders who have completed their terms of probation and parole

• Court says state law encroaches on First Amendment

California home sales up in October from September

TRUCKEE, 11/18/14 9:04am

• But down year-over-year

• “Hopefully by next spring, prices will be more in line with what prospective homebuyers can afford”

Nation’s economic confidence continues climb

PRINCETON, N.J., 11/18/14 6:17am

• Now at highest reading since June 2013

• Economic outlook score climbs to a new high for 2014

Next Wednesday will be the worst day to drive

MOUNTAIN VIEW, 11/18/14 5:56am

• Traffic will peak between 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

• “You should spend your holidays with friends and family — not behind the wheel of a car”

Report: Caring for family member with Alzheimer's can top $20,000 a year

SAN MATEO, 11/18/14 5:26am

• 62 percent of family caregivers pay with their own savings

• 22 percent in debt because of Alzheimer's

Community bank expands in Sonora

SONORA, 11/17/14 9:04pm

• Oak Valley Community Bank to open second brand

• “We finally felt both the time and location were right”

Four charged with swindling elderly in Central Valley

FRESNO, 11/17/14 9:03pm

• May have scammed over $1 Million

• Accused of swindling dozens

Community colleges to study how to be more job-relevant

SACRAMENTO, 11/17/14 9:02pm

• Task force to study the problem of preparing students for better jobs

• “To determine what our college system must do to help us achieve the best for our students and state”

Ponzi scheme nets a prison term for Sacramento man

SACRAMENTO, 11/17/14 9:01pm

• Gets 14 years for swindling friends, family and others out of millions

• “This is a case about lying, cheating, and stealing”

Businessman admits trying to hide money from government

FRESNO, 11/17/14 1:08pm

• Tried to hide over $1 Million in cash

• Owns a coin shop in Bakersfield

Leaders picked for California Agricultural Leadership Program

SALINAS, 11/17/14 12:28pm

• 24 named to newest class

• “Will use the leadership skills and lessons … to benefit agriculture”

Environmental groups offer drought solutions

SACRAMENTO, 11/17/14 12:20pm

• Say action needed now to avoid calamity

• “All would also set the stage for a more reliable long-term water supply”

UC Davis: Soap antimicrobial triclosan may damage liver and raise cancer risk

DAVIS, 11/17/14 11:10am

• Perhaps the most widely used consumer antibacterial

• “Present a very real risk of liver toxicity for people, as it does in mice”

Take our money, please, utility says

SACRAMENTO, 11/17/14 11:02am

• SMUD looking for hundreds of payees

• Tsar Nicoulai, where are you?


Del Chatterson

PodcastAUDIO: Finding business success by not doing it the hard way

MONTREAL, 11/16/14 9:02pm

• Business guru says it’s better to learn from the mistakes of others

• “Avoid being too entrepreneurial”


Unidentified drilling rig in the Delta
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Claim: There is natural gas fracking in the Delta now

CLARKSBURG, 11/16/14 9:01pm , by Gene Beley Delta Correspondent

• Is there a tie-in to the BDCP and twin tunnels?

• “It is happening right now”

• WITH VIDEO

VIDEO: “A Dingo’s Got My Baby”

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 11/16/14 9:00pm

• Trial by media hid the real story

• The world laughs at a quest for justice















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