SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Fifteen counties are in line to split $500 million in state-issued bonds to upgrade jails and build classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs.
The Board of State and Community Corrections announced Thursday that it will vote on allocating the money next month.
A committee recommended the 15 counties from among 36 proposals.
For the first time, the counties had to detail how part of the money would be used for efforts to keep offenders from committing new crimes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans.
The 332-94 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where Republicans are more skeptical. But the Democratic-led chamber appears sure to adopt the measure next week and send it to Obama for his signature.
The package was drafted by a congressional odd couple of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The Wisconsin Republican and Washington Democrat found enough compromise to ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month.
Drivers at one passenger bus company routinely worked more than 800 miles without rest. Maintenance at another company was so shoddy that one bus drove despite glaring evidence of brake problems. --
Federal bus safety regulators said Thursday they shut down those two and 50 other motor coach companies in a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits.
The 52 companies aren't just low-cost, fly-by-night carriers — some have transported school bands, or senior citizens, according to Anne S. Ferro , administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
WASHINGTON (AP) - As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler told members of Congress that while his agency sees no technical reason to ban calls on planes, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told him Thursday morning that the DOT will be moving forward with its own restrictions.
Wheeler called his proposal to rescind the ban "the responsible thing to do." Calls have been prohibited for 22 years over fears that they would interfere with cellular networks on the ground. Technological advances had resolved those concerns.
Can your uncle be a better pitchman for the health overhaul than the president? --
Supporters of the national insurance program kicked off a campaign Thursday urging family members and friends to spread the word about the availability of coverage.
The hope is that familiar faces can do something President Barack Obama, thus far, has not fully achieved — getting millions of healthy, younger adults to enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The concept borrows from familiar political thinking — an individual is more likely to be convinced to make a decision by a trusted family member or friend, rather than a TV ad or a politician.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- New figures show that over the last year, California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade.
The state Department of Finance said Thursday that California added 332,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1 of this year. The now stands at 38.2 million.
Demographers say the overall 0.9 percent growth rate was the highest since 2003-04, before the recession.
The increase was largely driven by new births. Migration added only 66,000 people.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 107,000 Californians have enrolled for coverage through Nov. 30 under the state's health insurance exchange, according to figures released Wednesday by the federal Health and Human Services Department.
Highly populated California leads the nation in sign-ups among all states, including those running their own exchanges and those in which the federal government controls the marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. But the 107,000 enrollments fall short of federal projections made before the insurance exchange website launched in October. Then, 221,000 enrollments were forecast for California by Nov. 30.
In all, Wednesday's figures show that nearly 226,000 applicants have been found eligible to enroll via California's health marketplace, with about 70 percent qualifying for financial assistance.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18.
The judges previously had moved the deadline to February while a court-appointed mediator works to find a long-term solution with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates.
The judges ordered that those talks continue until Jan. 10. But the one-paragraph order released Wednesday warns that they plan no further extension in the negotiations, "absent extraordinary circumstances."
The state now faces a spring deadline to reduce the prison population to about 110,000 inmates.
A video was made to help explain Stacy McKenzie's recent claims concerning her "headlock" with ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the "story" behind her sexual harassment lawsuit.