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Gov. Newsom Unveils $24B Wildfire Plan

Gov. Newsom Unveils $24B Wildfire Plan

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a $24 billion package Friday, in an effort to cover the costs of future wildfires in California. Newsom’s plan includes the creation of a $21 billion fund, as well as a requirement that PG&E, So Cal Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric pay $3 billion into an…MORE

CA Democrats Vote to Expand Earned Income Tax Credit

CA Democrats Vote to Expand Earned Income Tax Credit

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The California Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 91, which calls for more than doubling the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit program. The measure, which supporters believe will help the working poor, will expand the program to $1 billion. It’s part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest budget, which revokes the ability of Californians…MORE

South Valley Human Trafficker on His Way to Prison

South Valley Human Trafficker on His Way to Prison

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — 21-year-old Myron Johnson of Tulare is set to spend more than 30 years behind bars, after threatening to kill a female minor, whom he had been selling for sex. The victim contacted Visalia Police in January 2017, after escaping from the home where Johnson had been holding her captive. Investigators were then…MORE

Get Ready to Pay More for Gas in California

Get Ready to Pay More for Gas in California

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Just as gas prices have begun a slight decline, fuel taxes in the Golden State are about to rise. Starting July 1, the figure will rise by 5.6 cents a gallon, to 47.3 cents. It’s part of the 10-year tax and fee increase, approved back in 2017 by the California State Legislature,…MORE

Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend

Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — California gas prices are now within about a dime of what they were around this time in 2018. New figures from AAA show that Fresno’s now averaging $3.86, compared to $3.93 last week. California refineries are said to be at their highest productivity since last November. Statewide, the average is down to…MORE

Calif. AG Accuses EPA of Failing to Protect Groundwater

Calif. AG Accuses EPA of Failing to Protect Groundwater

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Democratic California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has sent a letter to the EPA, accusing the agency of failing to ensure cleanup of groundwater contamination. So-called PFA contaminants include thousands of chemicals in products such as wrinkle-free clothing, food packaging, and non-stick cooking spray. They’ve been dubbed “forever chemicals,” as they often don’t…MORE

Foreclosures Fall to 20-Year Low

Foreclosures Fall to 20-Year Low

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Foreclosure inventory is at .4%, with a new CoreLogic report showing a rate that’s the lowest since early 1999. Meanwhile, mortgage delinquencies are down to a 13-year low, with 4 percent of homeowners falling behind. Some metro areas have seen delinquencies increase in recent months, such as Chico, where the devastating Camp…MORE

Fewer Robocalls in May, FCC Seeks to Empower Phone Carriers

Fewer Robocalls in May, FCC Seeks to Empower Phone Carriers

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The total number of robocalls made to Americans in the month of May was 4.7 billion. That’s about a 9 percent decrease from the peak reached back in March, according to robocall-blocking software developer YouMail. Here in the 559 area code, 575,000 robocalls were received per day last month, for an average…MORE

Valley Gas Prices Seeing Small Declines

Valley Gas Prices Seeing Small Declines

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — A significant decline in crude prices and stronger refinery output has lead to a drop in valley gas prices. AAA reports that Fresno is now averaging $3.93 a gallon; that’s down from $3.99 last week. Statewide, the average is $3.90 — the country’s highest.       Aaron Abeytia Aaron Abeytia anchors…MORE

Bill Calling for Tire Change Fee Increase in Calif. Withdrawn

Bill Calling for Tire Change Fee Increase in Calif. Withdrawn

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Legislation calling for an increase in California’s tire change fee has been scrapped. Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden has asked that his bill be tabled, following claims that raising the fee from $1.75 to $3.25, would hit lower-income Californians the hardest. The increase would have generated an estimated $55 million a year, which…MORE