Shasta Co. Child Abuse Conviction — Budget Process Initiative — Gun Ban Bill — GOP Statewide Tour –Feds Attacking Medical Marijuana — Clear Lake Climate Change Clues — Neighborhood Blight Bill — Nuclear Plant Problems — Meteorite Blimp Search — Climate Impacts Day

SHASTA CO. WOMAN CONVICTED OF ABUSING CHILD OUT OF REVENGE

A Shasta County woman has been convicted of abuse charges after prosecutors say she brutally beat her boyfriend’s 7-year-old son to get revenge on the child’s mother. The Record Searchlight reports that jurors on Wednesday acquitted 30-year-old Rachel Limon of attempted murder and attempted manslaughter, but found her guilty of torture, mayhem and child abuse. Prosecutors say Limon nearly killed the boy after repeatedly punching him for a week in December 2009. They say she and the child’s mother, Melissa Radford, had ongoing tensions. Limon initially claimed the boy’s injuries came from an ATV accident or at the hands of Radford. Deputies said she later admitted punching the boy. She faces a maximum two life terms in prison when she’s sentenced on May 29. The child is in the process of being adopted. (Copyright 2012, Associated Press)

INITIATIVE WOULD CHANGE STATE BUDGET PROCESS BUT COMPROMISE SOUGHT

Backers of an initiative that would make some big changes to California’s budget process are discussing a potential compromise with legislative leaders. (Click here for a transcript of the story from California Capitol Network reporter Ben Adler)

BILL THAT WOULD BAN UNLOADED RIFLES/SHOTGUNS IN PUBLIC MOVES FORWARD

A bill that would ban unloaded “long guns” in public has passed the Assembly and now moves to the State Senate. (Click here for transcripts of the story from California Capitol Network reporter Jenny O’Mara)

STATE GOP ON ELECTION YEAR TOUR

State Republicans are on a tour around the state in an attempt to urge voters to reject Governor Brown’s tax initiative and try to show voters they are the “Party of Yes” and not the “Party of No.” (Click here for a transcript of the story from California Capitol Network reporter Ben Adler)

FEDS ATTACKING STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA, PELOSI CRITICAL

Federal officials have filed lawsuits against a number of medical marijuana collectives in southern California who are making huge profits and San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is criticizing the rash of recent crackdowns. (Click here for the stories from the Associated Press)

NEIGHBORHOOD BLIGHT BILL

The state Senate has approved a bill that would penalize home buyers, investors and developers if they fail to clean up dilapidated homes quickly. The legislation is designed to reduce neighborhood blight caused by a high level of foreclosures. SB1472 by Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley gives buyers 60 days to make repairs before local governments can begin assessing fines. Buyers can face fines of up to $1,000 a day if they don’t act within that window. Pavley, of Agoura Hills, says blighted homes lower surrounding property values and can lead to higher crime. Her bill is part of a package of mortgage-related bills proposed by state Attorney General Kamala Harris and is the first to clear either legislative chamber. The bill was approved unanimously yesterday (Thursday) and goes to the Assembly. (Copyright 2012, Associated Press)

SOCAL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT WILL ONLY OPEN WHEN “ABSOLUTELY SAFE”

A California congressman says the San Onofre nuclear power plant won’t resume operations until it’s “absolutely safe.” Dana Rohrabacher toured the plant yesterday (Thursday). Both of its reactors are offline while repairs are made to steam turbine tubes that carry radioactive water. A Southern California Edison executive said Thursday that the plant could restart next month. Federal regulators would have to approve a restart. Rohrabacher also is calling for a moratorium on building new San Onofre-style “light water” plants that use normal water as a coolant. He says new nuclear plants should user safer new-generation technology.

NORCAL METEORITE SEARCH TAKES TO THE SKY

A group of scientists has taken to the skies in search of meteorites that fell over California’s gold country last month. The researchers from NASA and the SETI Institute departed from Sacramento aboard a blimp Thursday afternoon. From the air, they hope to spot sites where large fragments fell and follow up with a search party. Since the meteor exploded in the atmosphere over the Sierra Nevada on April 22, scientists and amateur meteorite hunters have recovered tiny pieces from the event, mostly in a region where James W. Marshall first discovered gold in California in 1848. NASA estimates the minivan-sized meteor released energy equal to one-third the explosive force of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It was seen from Sacramento to Las Vegas. (Copyright 2012, Associated Press)

CLIMATE IMPACTS DAY TOMORROW

Tomorrow is international Climate Impacts Day and demonstrations are planned. (Click here for transcripts of the story from California Capitol Network reporter Kathleen Masterson)

The California Report

Clear Lake Provides Clues to Future Climate

State and local officials are under increasing pressure to plan for the changes that California will see in the decades ahead with its shifting climate. They need answers about what those changes will look like and mean for the state. Scientists are searching for those answers on several fronts, from marshes to mountaintops, to the bottom of California’s oldest lake. Reporter: Molly Samuel.

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