BC-CA--California News Coverage Advisory, CA

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today, Jan. 9, 2014, in California. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, call 213-626-1200.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Pacific.

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SACRAMENTO — A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases has sent California's general fund spending to a record high, but Gov. Jerry Brown is pledging a somber approach to the windfall. In introducing his budget proposal Thursday, the Democratic governor said beginning to pay down California's massive "wall of debt" must be a priority. His budget proposal for the 2014-15 fiscal year dedicates $11 billion to paying down debts and liabilities, including $6 billion in payments that had been deferred to schools. By Juliet Williams. SENT: 900 words. UPCOMING: Developing from governor's press conference. With CALIFORNIA BUDGET-HIGHLIGHTS, CALIFORNIA BUDGET-DEBTS, CALIFORNIA BUDGET-PRISONS.


LIVINGSTON, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a chicken plant after federal inspectors found it infested with cockroaches. The agency ordered a temporary closure of a Foster Farms facility in Livingston which carried out "enhanced sanitizing" Wednesday. SENT: 269 words.


LOS ANGELES — Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast will have to report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday by federal environmental regulators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the requirement in the federal register, and will become effective March 1. By Jason Dearen and Alicia Chang. SENT: 255 words, photo. UPCOMING: Full story.


The Los Angeles Public Library is evolving from a place where people can check out books and surf the Web to one where residents can also earn an accredited high school diploma. The library announced Thursday that it is teaming up with a private online learning company to debut the program for high school dropouts, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. By Julie Watson. SENT: 656 words.


SANTA ANA, Calif. — A doctor known as the "Candy Man" and linked to a dozen drug deaths is expected to plead guilty Thursday to illegally prescribing powerful painkillers to his patients. Julio Gabriel Diaz, 64, has agreed to plead guilty to 11 counts and faces up to 200 years in prison and up to $10 million in fines, according to a plea agreement. SENT: 304 words. UPCOMING: Developments from hearing.


GOOGLE FERRY SERVICE — Google workers commuting from San Francisco to the company's Mountain View campus can now make the trip on an 83-foot, Wi-Fi-equipped catamaran. SENT: 130 words.



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