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California Senate moves $1B water plan amid drought
A companion measure to authorize fines for illegal diversions of water drew criticism from Republicans for expanding government powers without traditional legislative scrutiny.

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Napa winemaker was unraveling before he shot investor, self
Napa winemaker was unraveling before he shot investor, self
Robert Dahl, 47, killed his biggest investor and then killed himself, leaving behind his wife, three children and two decades worth of failed projects, broken friendships and numerous accusations of financial impropriety in Northern California and...
Board notices signal another year of irrigation shutoffs
Board notices signal another year of irrigation shutoffs
Ranchers along the Mill, Deer and Antelope creeks in northern California have been notified they could again receive water-shutoff notices at times this year to accommodate migrating fish. Last year they were among the first of about 10,000 water rights...
Farm groups offer tepid praise to Brown’s drought package
Farm groups offer tepid praise to Brown’s drought package
Gov. Jerry Brown and top California lawmakers have proposed a pair of bills accelerating nearly $1 billion in spending for drought relief projects. The proposal was mostly praised by farm groups such as the California Farm Bureau Federation, which used...
California lawmakers to announce drought-relief package
The water in the Sierra Nevada snowpack, California’s largest water source, is far below normal.
California officials set modest plans for vanishing Salton Sea
The lake must compete with other projects for limited state bond money.
Water agency seeks input on Calif. groundwater plan
The California Department of Water Resources is taking public comments through June 1 on its strategic plan for implementing a series of bills giving the state more control over groundwater use.
Winery owner guns down investor in frantic chase through vineyard
Winery owner guns down investor in frantic chase through vineyard
After shooting the victim, the 47-year-old vintner returned to his truck and led police on a brief chase.They found him dead in an SUV, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a sheriff's office captain said.
More rain needed as rangelands enter peak growing season
More rain needed as rangelands enter peak growing season
More rain in California is needed as forage grasses enter their peak growing season, but federal forecasters predict drier-than-normal conditions over the next few weeks.
Napa winery loan dispute ends in apparent murder-suicide
Vintner Robert Dahl allegedly shot his former business investor, Emad Tawfilis, in a vineyard, then fled into the wooded hills and shot himself.
Drought hastens decline of Valencia orange production
Drought hastens decline of Valencia orange production
Valencia orange producers in California are expecting a 20-million-carton crop this season, as a decline in production since 2000 is being accelerated because of the drought.