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Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

California’s approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20... Read More

Renderings of the new Sacramento criminal courthouse

Renderings of the new Sacramento criminal courthouse

 The budget to build a New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse has been reduced to $300 million from it's original budget of $552 million five years ago. ... Read More

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

Obama's immigration plan brings relief to local families

President Obama will announce executive action on immigration in a primetime address on Thursday. His remarks are eagerly anticipated by millions across the country, including families here in Sacramento.

Gloria Casillas came to the United States 10 years ago where she met her husband and had a 6-year-old son who is an American citizen. While waiting for immigration reform, her biggest fear was getting deported and separated from her son.

The president's impending executive action brought relief because it meant she would be able to drive and work legally in the country. But she felt for
those who may not qualify for the protection.

Bicyclist hit and killed by a Regional Transit light rail train

A male bicyclist was fatally hit by a Regional Transit light rail at Mather Field and Folsom Boulevard Tuesday morning, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Captain Michele Eidam confirmed.

According to Sacramento Regional Transit spokesperson Alane Matsui, at 8:30 a.m. a witness reported that a male put his bike down on the sidewalk, crossed a ditch and then jumped in front of the eastbound Gold Line train.

Later around 230 p.m., Regional Transit said surveillance video showed that the male deliberately laid down on the train tracks.

The incident was about a half a mile away from where a 15-year-old girl was struck and killed last week.

Gunman shoots 2 men in Sacramento

Gunman shoots 2 men in Sacramento

Two men were shot in a confrontation Monday afternoon.

Emergency responders said their injuries were non-life-threatening.

The incident was on the 3800 block of Pinell Street in Sacramento at approximately 1:40 p.m.

Sacramento police Officer Michele Gigante said an Hispanic man came up to the two victims who were working on a concrete job and demanded money. The workers refused and that is when the man pulled a long-barreled gun and shot them.

The shooter then fled in a waiting car.

Teen,15, struck and killed by Light Rail train

A Light Rail train struck and killed a teenager in Rancho Cordova Thursday afternoon.

The 15-year-old girl walked into the path of a Gold Line train traveling toward Sunrise Boulevard at 2:50 p.m., according to Regional Transit spokesperson Alane Matsui. The collision was in the area of Folsom Boulevard and Coloma Road.

The victim's mother said her daughter, Mariah Burgess, was walking home from school before the collision.

Witnesses told investigators the train's warning lights were on and the train operator honked the horn, Matsui said. Witnesses also said the girl might have been wearing headphones.

Matsui said train passengers were being taken by bus from the Mather Field station to Sunrise.

Woman hit and killed in Rancho Cordova crash

An elderly woman crossing the street was hit and killed by a car Wednesday night in Rancho Cordova.

Therese Ozorak, 80, of Canada, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rancho Cordova police said a Toyota Camry was driving north on Sunrise Boulevard when the driver approached a green traffic light at International Drive. The driver saw a woman in the roadway and tried to stop, but couldn't stop before hitting Ozorak.

The driver of the Toyota Camry remained at the scene. Investigators do no think speed or weather were contributing factors in the crash.