Monday | November 20, 2017

AUDIO: What if the crazy person is you?

LOS ANGELES, 11/19/17 9:01pm

• Getting your point across requires a new way to listen to the other guy, expert says

• “I help a disconnected world connect”

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 11/17/17 9:01pm

• Higher natural gas rates may be near

• How Central Valley companies are helping the less fortunate

• Your home may be your castle, but it may not be a good investment

• And more, including how ground squirrels may provide a cure for strokes in humans....

California's unemployment rate falls to 4.9 percent in October

SACRAMENTO, 11/17/17 9:00am

• Nonfarm payrolls jobs increase by 31,700

• Two Central Valley counties have jobless rates under the state average

Dismal consumption of fruits and veggies by Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/17/17 8:48am

• New report suggests marketing opportunities

• “Very few Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day”

Good news for Sacramento area: It’s air is almost clean enough to meet federal standards

SACRAMENTOA, 11/17/17 8:29am

• Region set to meet federal health-based air quality standard two years before deadline

• Number of days Sacramento exceeded federal standard for smog dropped 42 percent between 2000 and 2016

Two former Delano officials fined by state’s Fair Political Practices Commission

SACRAMENTO, 11/17/17 8:16am

• One is hit with an $8,000 fine, the other a $7,000 fine

• Cases stem from failures to file required financial data

California gasoline price reverse -- slightly

LOS ANGELES, 11/17/17 4:33am

• A bit of good news for the millions filling up for holiday driving

• “We expect more gas stations to start charging less than $3 a gallon in coming weeks”



California to switch to federally-compliant drivers licenses

SACRAMENTO, 11/16/17 9:03pm

• DMV to offer the new licenses and ID cards in 2018

• Federal enforcement begins October 2020


Jeff Thompson

(2016 file photo by Paolo Vescia)

People in the News

STOCKTON, 11/16/17 9:01pm

• Late Bakersfield farmer lauded for conservation efforts

• Veteran of citrus sales joins Dinuba company

• And more....

UC Davis discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic

DAVIS, 11/16/17 11:42am

• Gene can help fend off devastating strain of stem rust

• "Ug99 is now at the door of the … bread basket of Asia"

October home sales dip from a year earlier

LOS ANGELES, 11/16/17 11:37am

• Down 3.4 percent from October 2016

• October’s statewide median home price was $546,430, up 6.1 percent in a year

State fines Anthem Blue Cross $5 Million

SACRAMENTO, 11/16/17 8:15am

• Says health insurer regularly ignored consumer complaints

• “The grievance process is fundamental to protecting consumers’ health care rights”

Americans’ personal income up an average of 2.5 percent last year

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/16/17 6:32am

• Central Valley sees wide differences

• From a negative 0.3 percent in Bakersfield to a positive 3.5 percent in Stockton

Jammed highways, airports expected for T-Day travel

LOS ANGELES, 11/16/17 5:36am

• The highest number of Thanksgiving travelers since 2005.

• “Most will travel on the tried and true holiday road trip”

California companies ordered to stop selling insurance policies

SACRAMENTO, 11/15/17 9:05pm

• Cease and desist order upheld against American Labor Alliance and CompOne USA

• “Unlicensed entities dangerously undermine consumer protections”

Train engineer picked for unbuilt bullet train

SACRAMENTO, 11/15/17 9:03pm

• HIgh-Speed Rail Authority gives train operator deal to DB Engineering & Consulting USA

• “Will allow us to infuse commercial thinking into the design of the system”

Decline in nonfatal worker injuries flattens out

SACRAMENTO, 11/15/17 9:01pm

• Last year’s levels just slightly below 2015’s

• About 466,600 nonfatal reportable job related injuries and illnesses in 2016

Michael David Winery buys historic old vine Zin vineyard

LODI, 11/15/17 11:31am

• DeLuca Vineyard is within Lodi sub-appellation

• Financial terms not revealed

The top new laws impacting business in 2018

LOS ANGELES, 11/15/17 10:54am

• California Chamber of Commerce makes its list

• From parental leave to hiring and workers comp -- and beyond

California Leopold Conservation Award winner named

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/15/17 9:32am

• C. Jeff Thomson International is selected

• “Jeff … leaves an accomplished legacy for others to be inspired by and embrace”

It’s prime time for California persimmons

ALBANY, 11/15/17 7:34am

• USDA says the fruit has few markets outside of California

• California produces 99 percent of the U.S. persimmon crop

Motorists warned to prepare for winter driving conditions this week

SACRAMENTO, 11/14/17 9:05pm

• Heavy rains and Sierra snow will create slippery roadways

• Up to a foot of snow possible, impacting I-80 and U.S. 50

Putting a price tag on diabetes

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/14/17 9:03pm

• Costs U.S. economy $266 Billion annually

• Higher absenteeism costs employers an extra $20.4 billion annually

President of Stanislaus County Bar Association convicted of real estate fraud

FRESNO, 11/14/17 9:01pm

• Found guilty in a short sale scheme

• Was facing foreclosure

Got a turkey? Here’s a home for it

STOCKTON, 11/14/17 2:31pm

• Foster Farms tries to bridge a turkey gap

• Urges other Valley businesses to help

Assemblyman calls for emergency audit of bullet train project

FRESNO, 11/14/17 2:24pm

• Says an audit might find hidden or downplayed cost overruns

• “We owe it to the people to demonstrate that the HSRA isn’t going to skip town”

Central Valley gets $31.6 Million for urban “greening”

SACRAMENTO, 11/14/17 12:30pm

• State announces a total of $76 Million in awards Tuesday

• “These innovative projects will improve the state’s urban areas”

Valley fever may hit record numbers this year

SACRAMENTO, 11/14/17 8:03am

• More than 5,000 cases reported

• Kern County leads the state

New map shows where the food is grown -- and not

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/14/17 6:02am

• Central Valley a bright swath of green

• But India has the highest net cropland area

Mortgage delinquency rates plunge to lowest since before Great Recession

IRVINE, 11/14/17 5:30am

• Mortgage delinquencies, foreclosures are down year-over-year

• Central Valley sees drops greater than national average

It’s prison for former IRS fraudsters

FRESNO, 11/14/17 5:28am

• Fresno residents sent to federal prison

• Husband and wife filed fraudulent returns for themselves and others


Aerial view of bus crash

(California Highway Patrol photo)

Deadly Central Valley bus crash blamed on fatigue, lackadaisical regulation

LIVINGSTON, 11/13/17 9:01pm

• NTSB blasts federal agency for not doing enough to keep unsafe operators off roads

• “A motorcoach carrier with a starkly evident history of safety problems and a severely fatigued driver”

Former Fresno deputy police chief sent to prison

FRESNO, 11/13/17 1:35pm

• Keith Foster gets four years in federal prison

• Guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin and marijuana

Mattress magnate gives $6 Million to Sac State

SACRAMENTO, 11/13/17 1:08pm

• Will fund new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

• Dale Carlsen is founder of Sleep Train Mattress Centers

Western Union to pay more than a half Billion to settle charges

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/17 12:25pm

• Funds recovered through asset forfeiture

• “American consumers lost money while Western Union looked the other way”

Olympus agrees to $1 Million+ settlement with California

SACRAMENTO, 11/13/17 12:16pm

• Settles case of alleged kickbacks

• “Patients have a right to trust their medical care is based on their treatment needs alone, and not illegal kickbacks”

California has more than 3.4 Million “good” jobs that do not require a bachelor’s

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/17 7:35am

• States adding good blue-collar jobs, report says

• “There are millions of good jobs in our economy”

Fresno has among nation’s lowest broadband adoption rates

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/13/17 5:10am

• Bakersfield and Stockton also rank low

• “The digital disconnect facing many American neighborhoods is a wake-up call”













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