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Controller: State will run out of cash before April

State Controller John Chiang warned Friday that California will run out of the cash needed to pay bills by April–unless Gov. Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders agree on nearly $9 billion in budget cuts. [Oakland Tribune]... (Continue reading)

California cellphone law not making roads safer

The state law requiring drivers to use hands-free cellphones is not making California highways any safer, according to a new study. [Los Angeles Times] The Highway Loss Data Institute found that the rates of crashes... (Continue reading)

Candidate for Nipomo’s dumbest criminal

A Nipomo man has been arrested after he left a grocery store receipt with a name on it at a burglary he had committed in Guadalupe. The victim arrived home as Jeremy Carlos Madrigal, 38, was... (Continue reading)

Manson family member may be paroled to Grover Beach

Bruce Davis, a member of the infamous Manson family, and currently an inmate at CMC, was recommended for parole on Thursday. [ABC News] Davis, 67, has been in prison since 1972 for his involvement in... (Continue reading)

Author J.D. Salinger dies at 91

Reclusive author J.D. Salinger, once thought to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II, died Wednesday at his New Hampshire home at the age of 91. [New York Times] Salinger... (Continue reading)

Poll: Californians believe state headed in wrong direction

The majority of California adults now believe the state is heading in the wrong direction, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California. [Associated Press] Poll results find that 74... (Continue reading)

Here comes the sun (for awhile)

PG&E weatherman John Lindsey says the rain storm originally expected to come our way on Thursday and Friday will now largely bypass the Central Coast, except for a few scattered showers Friday evening. Expect mostly... (Continue reading)

EPA to investigate birth defects in Kettleman City

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to investigate a cluster of facial birth defects and other health issues among migrant farm workers in Kettleman City. [Los Angeles Times]. Residents of the town, a popular... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger: Build prisons in Mexico

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is floating a new idea to deal with overcrowded California prisons. The governor wants to build private facilities in Mexico to hold the estimated 20,000 undocumented immigrants currently in state prisons. [Ventura... (Continue reading)

Arnold expected at tonight’s AG council meeting

Arroyo Grande city councilman Ed Arnold is expected to attend his first city council meeting Tuesday night since being arrested and arraigned on felony charges. Arnold did not show up for a council meeting earlier... (Continue reading)



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