SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is on the verge of regulating groundwater for the first time under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. A package of three bills would require some local governments to develop groundwater management plans and allows the state to intervene if necessary. Republicans and Central Valley Democrats opposed the bills, saying they were rushed and will hurt farmers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in isolation. The decision marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. The agreement comes after a federal judge ruled in April that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe. A spokesman with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the growers created seven reservoirs - some capable of storing 5,000 gallons - that relied on water from the Tule River Tribe. No arrests were made in the five-day operation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Advisories for high surf along the Southern California coast have been canceled for all but Orange County as remnants of a former hurricane diminish in the eastern Pacific. Huge surf battered the coast starting late Tuesday when swells arrived from then-Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico.
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