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CA Planning to Regulate Groundwater

The Los Angeles Times reports that the state may try to capitalize on the current drought by taking the unprecedented step of regulating groundwater use. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), one of the creators of the legislation, said of its new chances for passage: "This falls under the category of: Never let a crisis go to waste." Aug 10, 2014 1:01 PM PT

Judge Rejects Settlement, Forces Class-Action Suit Against Silicon Valley Giants to Trial

The New York Times reports that Judge Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court in San Jose rejected a proposed settlement in a class action suit against Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe, saying that it wasn’t enough to compensate workers whose careers were allegedly stifled by the companies’ tacit agreement not to hire each others’ workers. Aug 10, 2014 11:42 AM PT

Jerry Jones, Strippers, and a Party Bus: Cowboys Rustling Themselves into Trouble

The Dallas Cowboys are in the middle of a public relations maelstrom. Racy pictures of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones with two young women were posted online and someone appearing to be NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino was leaving a party bus that may have been rented by Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, the son of Jerry Jones. Aug 8, 2014 11:16 AM PT

Local Volunteer Returns to CA after Fighting Ebola in Africa

CBS 13 in Sacramento reports that one American volunteer in Sierra Leone was crushed that he had to leave his mission there because of the Ebola virus outbreak. Dawson Jope, a Peace Corps volunteer, had planned to live in Sierra Leone for two years, but that plan was scuttled by the Ebola virus. He said he wasn’t frightened by being in the midst of the outbreak, only disappointed that the promise he had made to help was broken. Aug 7, 2014 5:06 PM PT

Malaria, Ebola Present Double Threat to West African Nations

There’s a double whammy facing residents in West Africa; not only are they experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak on record, but they also are dealing with the rainy season and the resulting malaria. The most severe outbreak of Ebola is in Sierra Leone, but malaria-stricken natives are frightened of hospitals because of the Ebola outbreak. Aug 7, 2014 7:51 AM PT

Report: CA Schools Program Encourages Kids to Do Community Service after Graduation

CBS Sacramento reports that California students are going to become more enlightened about their civic duty, if California teachers have their way. A newly-crafted curriculum will be implemented to focus on political issues, candidates running for office, field trips to the state capitol in Sacramento, and other urban problems, including congestion. There will apparently be some guidance urging students to become more involved in civic affairs after they graduate high school. Aug 6, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Caltrans Faces Probe into Cover-Up of Bay Bridge Defects

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Caltrans is under siege because of accusations that the agency displayed a lack of transparency and "gagged and banished" engineers who warned of construction problems on the new Bay Bridge eastern section. Aug 6, 2014 6:54 AM PT

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