SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attempts to overhaul California's landmark environmental law are expected to continue next year after the Legislature passed a narrow measure yesterday. Hours before adjourning, lawmakers approved a measure that focuses on assisting the effort to build an NBA arena in the state capital. Lawmakers made only limited changes to the California Environmental Quality Act as part of a bill that smooths the way for a Sacramento Kings arena in downtown Sacramento.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man who has spent seven years behind bars will be released after his murder conviction was overturned because a federal court found he got an unfair trial. Both in their 20s now, Marquis Douglas and his older brother Junor were tried as adults and convicted of second-degree murder in the 2007 death of Anthony Gee. The Vallejo Times-Herald reports under a plea deal with prosecutors, Marquis Douglas will avoid another trial in exchange for pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
MADERA, Calif. (AP) — A Central California farmworker is suing her former boss, alleging that he raped her on her first day on the job and threatened to assault her again if she told anyone. Lawyers for Maria Moreno claimed in the lawsuit filed yesterday that she was fired after she reported Parjmit Singh Bassi to police. The Madera County District Attorney's office has filed sexual assault charges against Bassi.
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Bow hunters are being asked to take aim to help control the deer population in a 5,000-acre wildlife preserve near Lake Sonoma in Northern California. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the Army Corps of Engineers and the nonprofit Friends of Lake Sonoma have launched a program that allows a handful of hunters to target deer in the forests on the northeastern side of the lake.