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Severe Drought Continues to Hurt California Farmers

Feb 21st, 2014 - National News

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce Friday how much water they can release this year through a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs, but Central Valley farmers on the front lines of California's historic drought expect little, if anything.

This time of year the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation carefully measures the mountain snow pack, rainfall and reservoir levels all over California to determine the water available for farmers, fish migrations and communities.

Gov. Jerry Brown last month declared California's drought emergency, and both state and federal officials have pledged millions of dollars to help with water conservation and food banks.

Last year, some farmers received 20 percent of what is considered normal but Gayle Holeman, a spokeswoman for Fresno's Westlands Water District, said that figure is expected to hit zero.

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Man fatally shot at Kalamazoo sports bar

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 23-year-old man has been fatally shot at a Kalamazoo sports bar.

Kalamazoo Public Safety says officers responded about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to Wayside West afte...

2 dead in crash with wrong-way driver

PLAINWELL, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead following a crash involving a wrong-way driver on an Allegan County roadway after sheriff's deputies tried to stop the motorist.

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Girl's memorial being held at basketball arena

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honored by thousands o...

Snyder signs legislation to speed up adoptions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to speed up adoptions.

One bill shortens to three months from six months the time needed for finalizing the adoption of a ch...

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US judge overturns North Dakota abortion law

— A federal judge has overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wedne...

GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors plans to ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that happened before its 2009 bankruptcy.

The automaker's strategy is in ...

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Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine, saying he's hopeful there will be a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Putin is denying that Rus...

Nearly 300 missing in SKorean ferry sinking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two people are confirmed dead, but officials in South Korea fear the death toll could get much higher following the sinking of a ferry off the southern coast.

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Gomes, McAllister lead Indians past Tigers 3-2

DETROIT (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple, Zach McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. ...

MI & MSU players headed for draft

(AP) — Michigan State forward Branden Dawson is staying for his senior season.

The school announced Dawson's decision Tuesday.

He averaged a career-high 11.2 points last season. The 6-foot-6 ...

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Potential Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

LONDON (AP) — Doctors in London researching spinal cord injuries say they've had success using an experimental treatment on four patients now.

They've gotten them to stand and move their legs by ...

Updating Nutrition Labels

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover.

The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 19...

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