Friday | August 1, 2014

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 8/1/14 9:00pm

• A plan to accelerate business in Merced

• Farm expenditures increase, but so does value of land

• And more…

(Photo by Gene Beley)

Special Report: Lies, more lies and chicanery – your state government at work

SACRAMENTO, 8/1/14 12:29pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent


• Protest carries on without its target in town

• State officials accused of lying about twin tunnels project

• “The people of California need to ask some questions”

Storms to aid wildfire efforts – but not in California

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 8/1/14 9:04am

• Golden State remains parched

• Not much more than clouds will make it west of the Sierra Nevada

Turlock’s only hospital now owned by Tenet

TURLOCK, 8/1/14 7:43am

• Texas hospital chain takes over Emanuel Medical Center

• “We are confident that we are leaving Emanuel Medical Center in good hands”

Politicians pitch new ways to manage water use

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/1/14 7:11am

• Would encourage conservation, recycling and managing limited water supplies

• “We have forever fought about water and it’s time to change the story”

U.S. adds 209,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/1/14 5:55am

• Unemployment rate at 6.2 percent

• Professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade, and construction see uptick in hiring

Pump prices drop again

STOCKTON, 8/1/14 5:05am

• Gasoline flooding the market

• “Refineries are running at full tilt”

Jennifer Rockwell

People in the News

STOCKTON, 7/31/14 9:01pm

• A new judge for the Valley

• The case of a bee-utiful picture

• And more….

Valley congressmen propose law to improve public health

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/31/14 9:00pm

• Targets areas with poor air quality

• “Our bill addresses the serious health issues that are a direct result of the poor air quality in our region”

Appellate court OKs high-speed rail bond sale

SACRAMENTO, 7/31/14 9:00pm

• Says despite other questions, bond sale can go ahead

• “Substantial legal questions loom in the trial court”

Financial advisor sent to prison

SACRAMENTO, 7/31/14 12:57pm

• Sentenced to 46 months

• Stole from her clients

Brown shows the most extreme drought

California dry

SACRAMENTO, 7/31/14 9:45am

• State’s drought worsens

• “California is short more than one year’s worth of reservoir water”

Fresno State: Over-parenting can damage future job prospects

FRESNO, 7/31/14 8:55am

• Is it time to land helicopter parents?

• “Over-parenting relates to maladaptive job search and work behaviors”

Payroll to population rate holds steady in July

PRINCETON, N.J., 7/31/14 7:21am

• Workforce participation falls to 66.5 percent

• Workforce participation has been on a downward trajectory since 2010

49,000 completed foreclosures in June

IRVINE, 7/31/14 5:45am

• Foreclosure inventory down 35 percent nationally

• “There is concern over whether or not we can maintain this pace of improvement”

July job cuts increase after hitting 2014 low

CHICAGO, ILL., 7/31/14 4:30am

• Employers cut 46,887 in July

• “Barring any shock to the economy over the next five to 10 years, labor shortages are likely to spread”

Tesla, Panasonic sign agreement for battery “gigafactory”

PALO ALTO, 7/31/14 4:29am

• The “what” and “how” are worked out

• But the “where” is still secret

Workers replaced with technology in 20 percent of companies

CHICAGO, ILL., 7/30/14 9:01pm

• But most companies say automation creates new jobs within their organizations

• More than a third hire people back when the technology didn’t work out

California State to begin accepting applications for spring 2015 term

LONG BEACH, 7/30/14 9:00pm

• But not every campus will take applications

• “Enrollment … will continue to grow this year”

DDT linked to obesity and diabetes

DAVIS, 7/30/14 11:39am

• UC Davis study is on mice

• “If you're not generating as much heat as the next guy, instead of burning calories, you're storing them”

Small business adds 90,000+ jobs so far this year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, 7/30/14 7:50am

• But employment still well below pre-Great Recession peak

• “Things continue to get better, but slowly”

GDP jumped 4 percent in Q2

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/30/14 6:16am

• Had dropped 2.1 percent in First Quarter

• Increased powered in part by increased consumer spending

Bakersfield Hampton Inn goes solar

BAKERSFIELD, 7/30/14 6:03am

• REC Solar installs 102-kilowatt array

• Hotel reduces cooling costs 44 percent

Study: U.S. standard of living in 2030 may be no better than in 2000

ARLINGTON, VA. , 7/30/14 5:47am

• Aging population and low workforce participation and productivity driving a 9 percent decline

• “Our standard of living hinges on harnessing a skilled workforce”

Sacramento airport ramping up its food offerings

SACRAMENTO, 7/29/14 9:01pm

• Terminal A getting a food makeover

• “We think the new layout and new restaurants will be worth the wait”

French Incident fire rages

Yosemite-area wildfire eats through more than 3,000 acres

EL PORTAL, 7/29/14 9:00pm

• Just 34 percent contained

• Other fires also being battled

• UPDATED @ 4:34 a.m.

Garamendi blasts BDCP

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/29/14 9:00pm

• Says it fails to include full range of better alternatives as required by law

• “The only thing the BDCP does is to provide a conveyance facility”

Governor’s bullet train gets fresh opposition

FRESNO, 7/29/14 1:21pm

• Fresno County Supervisors vote to fight train

• County plans to join legal fight against the project

Construction starts on 135-Megawatt solar plant in Merced County

LOS BANOS, 7/29/14 11:14am

• SunPower’s plant will generate power for Southern California Edison

• About 295 jobs will be created during peak construction

Mandatory water restrictions go into effect today

SACRAMENTO, 7/29/14 9:32am

• State imposes cuts on urban use

• Farmers not included in order

Buckeye Partners to sell its part of Lodi Gas Storage

LODI, 7/29/14 8:52am

• Buyer is Brookfield Infrastructure

• Sale price is $105 Million

State Fair claims highest attendance in six years

SACRAMENTO, 7/29/14 8:40am

• Tops 750,000

• “Setting new attendance records during a summer of adverse weather, drought and fires, is a testament to the resiliency of the people of California”

U.S. economic confidence plunges

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/29/14 6:07am

• Drops to lowest level of the year

• Six out of ten say economy is getting worse

Pacific Ethanol gets $3 Million state grant

SACRAMENTO, 7/29/14 5:02am

• Energy Commission gives the money

• To support sorghum feedstock program

How Americans say they diet

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/29/14 4:50am

• Still avoid fat more than carbs

• Avoiding fat has fallen as new research suggests fat can be healthy

Kern County resident pleads guilty in tax fraud

FRESNO, 7/28/14 9:01pm

• Scammed the IRS with fake W2s

• Got almost $80,000 before he was caught

BDCP comment period grinds to an end

SACRAMENTO, 7/28/14 9:00pm

• Tuesday marks deadline to comment

• Opponents to stage Capitol steps protest

New insight into why some older adults show declining cognitive ability

RALEIGH, N.C., 7/28/14 10:01am

• It could be motivation – or lack of it

• “Older adults have to make decisions about how to prioritize their efforts”

Study: San Joaquin Valley an economic success story

FRESNO, 7/28/14 9:09am

• Outstrips most of California

• “The study’s findings may surprise people given pessimistic perceptions”

Tech sector job cuts surge in first half of 2014

CHICAGO, ILL., 7/28/14 8:55am

• Midyear layoffs just below 2013’s year-end total

• “Increased job cutting is not always a sign of an industry in decline”

Zillow buys Trulia

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/28/14 5:48am

• Pays $3.5 Billion in stock, no cash

• “It's still early days in the world of real estate advertising on mobile and Web”

Know their religion, know their politics

PRINCETON, N.J., 7/28/14 4:52am

• Religion remains a strong marker of political identity in U.S.

• Little change over last six and a half years

Barney Kramer

PodcastAUDIO: Success can be knowing your weaknesses as a leader

STOCKTON, 7/27/14 9:00pm

• Success can be blocked for many by a wall of ego

• “Leadership is the linchpin”

Smoke from El Portal fire

Wildfire ravages Amador County, while another hits Yosemite

EL PORTAL, 7/27/14 9:00pm

• Property damage and injuries reported

• One of the summer’s largest fires is contained (Brent Gill, South Valley Correspondent, contributed to this report)

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