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  • Metal-plating firm Electro-Forming charged in hazardous waste case

    A Northern California metal-plating business and its owner were charged Thursday with felony violations of state hazardous waste laws, including storing cyanide near acid in a way that could have triggered a deadly accident.
  • California Legislature sends drought relief package to Gov. Brown

    California Legislature sends drought relief package to Gov. Brown
    SACRAMENTO — A $687.4-million emergency drought relief package is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after easily clearing the Legislature on Thursday. Brown and legislative leaders unveiled the proposal last week to free up the state's water...

    Assembly Democrats seek to restore cuts to Medi-Cal funding

    SACRAMENTO -- Two Assembly Democrats want to restore funding for California's healthcare program for the poor, laying the groundwork for another debate over how to make the best use of the state's financial recovery. The proposal, AB 1805, would reverse...

    Assembly budget leaders react with cautious optimism to Brown plan

    SACRAMENTO — The top Democrat and Republican on the California Assembly budget committee both reacted with cautious optimism to Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal Thursday, while calling for greater investments in their parties' divergent...

    State agency slow to protect public from toxic waste

    State agency slow to protect public from toxic waste
    One summer Saturday in the Bay Area city of Richmond, nitric acid leaked from a tank at a metal plating company, forming a toxic cloud that floated over a neighborhood of small houses and stucco apartments. "People were coughing. They were gasping for...