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Electric cars put brakes on gas pains

VACAVILLE, CA - A new generation of electric cars is rolling off the assembly line, and it appears they are here to stay. They are pricey, but federal tax credit helps to make them more affordable for the average consumer. With the tax credit, you can drive off in a Chevy Volt for around $33,500 and a Nissan Leaf for $25,280. Ford, Honda, Mitsubishi, and Toyota all plan to have electric vehicles in showrooms by the end of this year or next.

"Later on this year, and in 2012, you're going to see a lot of product out there to choose from," said Ed Huestis, an Alternative Fuel Vehicle consultant; "It's going to be pretty exciting."This is the first time since 2003 that major automakers have made electric vehicles available to the general public.

Sacramento County Guns and Hoses Charity Basketball Game

Sacramento County Guns and Hoses Charity Basketball Game

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, the third annual “Guns and Hoses” basketball game will take place at Foothill High School, located at 5000 McCloud Drive in Sacramento. This game, which begins at 4:00 p.m., features the Sacramento and Metro Fire Departments against the Sacramento Police and Sheriff’s Departments.

Sacramento Fire and Law Enforcement are making a difference in our community by donating the proceeds from this event to local Sacramento Charities including the Firefighters Burn Institute, Mustard Seed School, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Toy Project, VIVA, FEAT, WIND, and the Linus Project.

Tickets for this event are $5. For more information, go to www.pigbowl.com.  

Kids can compete for cash, prizes in State Fair’s 6th Annual Kids Talent Show

Kids can compete for cash, prizes in State Fair’s 6th Annual Kids Talent Show

The California State Fair knows there are a lot of talented kids in the Golden State. That’s why the State Fair is once again inviting them to show off their skills by competing in the 6th annual Kids Talent Show at the California State Fair.

Preliminary auditions will be held on Saturday, May 28th at the Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any California child aged 15 and younger is invited to participate. Talent should come prepared to perform a 2-minute audition piece live in front of the judges. Singers and dancers preferred, though other talents will be accepted as well. The top finalists from the auditions will be asked to compete live at the California State Fair on July 26th, 2011.

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: BBQ Pork Ribs

Laura McIntosh's recipe of the week: BBQ Pork Ribs

This week, "Bringing It Home" TV show host Laura McIntosh tells us how to make BBQ Pork Ribs:

1/2 Cup Dried Parsley
1/2 Cup Cumin
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Red Pepper
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

Combine all ingredients and rub them on the Master Cut Ribs. Heat the propane grill to high. Place the rub on the ribs adjust the temp as needed. Place on the grill. Cook 30 minutes, 15 minutes on each side or to desired doneness. Cut into pieces and serve.

3 busted in Arden-Arcade graffiti spree

SACRAMENTO, CA - Three suspected graffiti taggers were arrested Wednesday for what the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said was a recent spike of graffiti in the Arden-Arcade area.

Deputy Jason Ramos also said the three are known members of gangs.

Booked into custody for felony vandalism and participating in a criminal street gang were Jesus Nava, 19; Dana Aviles, 18 and a 14-year-old.

Ramos said investigators were aided by witness descriptions of the taggers. He said officers also found graffiti spray-painting evidence in the possession of the suspects.

Pet of the Week- Chuckie!

Pet of the Week- Chuckie!

Meet the Chuckster!

At about a year-old, this Jack Russell Terrier mix is SO unique looking! He loves to run, play tug-o-war and enjoys going for walks.

Chuckie is playful and affectionate, and he also enjoys lounging in your lap. Chuckie is best suited for an energetic and active home with experienced owners. He should live with adults or adults and older children. He should not live in a home with cats or other dogs. He prefers to be the only pet in your home!

Come pay Chuckie a visit at the SSPCA today!

PHOTOS: Here We Rally

SACRAMENTO -- More than 3,000 people showed up to support the Sacramento Kings at the "Here We Rally" event in downtown Sacramento.

PHOTOS: Here we rally

Brunch for A Cause With New York Times Best-Selling Author Brenda Novak!

Brunch for A Cause With New York Times Best-Selling Author Brenda Novak!

With a 14-year old son who has been battling diabetes since the tender age of five, New York Times & USA Today best-selling author and local Sacramento resident Brenda Novak is teaming up with involved community partners to present an upscale fundraising event, “The Perfect Brunch,” on Saturday, May 14, at Mercedez-Benz of Rocklin.   In partnership with Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa and Von Housen Mercedes-Benz of Rocklin and with support from Arden Fair Mall, “The Perfect Brunch” will include a lovely buffet brunch provided by Bistro 33 Rocklin, swag bags filled with amazing giveaways, live and silent auctions with coveted items plus raffle prizes that include a spectacular 18k pave diamond ring valued at $3,500 provided by local jeweler Michael Greene & Co.

With KCRA News Anchor/Reporter Deirdre Fitzpatrick as emcee, guests will enjoy a scrumptious brunch menu prepared by Chef Fred Haines that also includes bottomless mimosas while surrounded by beauti

A Swing and a Hit Along West Capitol Ave

A Swing and a Hit Along West Capitol Ave

As part of West Sacramento's redevelopment project, standing tall along the east end of the newly landscaped West Capitol Avenue, between City Hall and the Civic Center, cast your eyes on a pair of giant bronze sculptures.  A pitcher and a batter, both complimenting nearby Raley Field.  City proud and winning! 

Sac State dorm searched for Antioch murder suspect

SACRAMENTO, CA - Antioch police served a search warrant on a Sacramento State dorm room Tuesday as part of their search for a murder suspect who detectives called "armed and dangerous", campus police said.

Antioch police were searching for Michael Pulliambanks, 19. Pulliambanks is not a student, but Antioch police believed he was on campus Tuesday visiting an acquaintance living in the university's Desmond Hall, according to CSU-Sacramento police.

Sacramento State police said they have increased their security presence on campus because of concerns that Pulliambanks was on campus. The department said flyers have been posted on campus to alert students about Pulliambanks.