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Hispanics urged to increase political involvement

Hispanics urged to increase political involvement

With a population of 14.99 million, Hispanics are now the largest ethnic group in California, making up about 38 percent of the population... Read More

State health officer warns about danger of Valley Fever

State health officer warns about danger of Valley Fever

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is warning Californians to be aware of a potentially fatal infectious disease known as Valley Fever... Read More

Water reductions exceeding state goals amid drought

Water reductions exceeding state goals amid drought

SACRAMENTO – Californians reduced water usage by an estimated 27.3 percent in June, exceeding the 25 percent mandate set by Gov. Jerry Brown as a result of the state’s historic drought... Read More

Gas prices slide for 19 straight days

Gas prices slide for 19 straight days

WASHINGTON — Gas prices continue to fall across the United States as localized refinery issues resolve and the cost of crude remains low, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report... Read More

Sacramento libraries help teens find self-help books quietly

Sacramento libraries help teens find self-help books quietly


The Sacramento Public Library is getting some attention for a great idea that makes it easier for teens to help themselves with problems like depression, abuse and eating disorders.

Justin Azevedo, a librarian at the Arcade branch put together a list with issues teenagers sometimes deal with but are difficult to talk about. Next to each topic is the code that leads you to a self-help book.

"Whether it's something as seemingly mild as acne or whether it's something more serious like being in an abusive relationship," Sacramento Public Library teen librarian Molly Milazzo said. "These are the kinds of topics, especially when you are young, that you want to be able to handle quietly."

Fire burns brush, trees near Cal Expo


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Crews are standing watch over a grass fire that burned into heavy brush and trees Monday night by Cal Expo, near the bike trail behind Gate 12.

The fire ignited just before 9 p.m. and quickly grew to three alarms, the Sacramento Fire Department said. Fire crews from Sacramento Fire Department, Metro Fire, West Sacramento and Consumnes Fire Department fought the wind-swept flames.

Approximately 70 to 80 firefighters helped battle the blaze and contain the fire to 10 acres according to Sacramento Fire Department.

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding

Heads to the Senate Floor

Rancho Cordova – This week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 924 to re-establish the State Children’s Trust Fund as a donation option on state income tax forms heads to the Senate Floor.  AB 924 will reinstate the State tax form check-off box as a donation option, ensuring that the Fund will continue to support innovative and effective child abuse prevention programs across the state.

Currently, California taxpayers have the opportunity to pledge a portion of their expected tax return to charitable funds when filing their taxes. Each charitable fund’s listed check-off box location on the tax form is tied to a minimum contribution level adjusted annually for inflation. Failure of any tax check-off to meet the minimum contribution level results in that fund being repealed.