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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 Withdrawn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 Withdrawn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

CA Moves to Require Smog Inspections for Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks

CA Moves to Require Smog Inspections for Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The California Senate has approved a bill that would subject heavy-duty diesel trucks to smog inspections. Over the next ten years, SB 210 would affect about 1 million big-rigs, which the legislation’s supporters claim are a significant contributor to air pollution. The trucks are said to be responsible for almost 60 percent…MORE

Storms Push Majors Reservoirs Past Historical Averages

Storms Push Majors Reservoirs Past Historical Averages

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The majority of reservoirs in the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project are approaching maximum capacity, following the recent storms. Shasta, Oroville, Trinity Lake, Folsom, Don Pedro, San Luis and Pine Flat are all well above average for this time of year. The latter two are seeing large volumes of…MORE

Another Lawsuit Filed Against Former CA Democratic Party Chairman

Another Lawsuit Filed Against Former CA Democratic Party Chairman

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The lawsuit accuses Eric Bauman of groping and harassing former Communications Director John Vigna and party activist Spencer Dayton. It also alleges that Bauman discriminated against former Democratic Party Operations Director Tina McKinnor because she is black. The lawsuit is the third filed since January alleging misconduct by Bauman, who resigned in…MORE

Report Blasts CA’s Medical Treatment for Prison Inmates

Report Blasts CA’s Medical Treatment for Prison Inmates

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — California Inspector General’s Office says a flagship prison medical facility built to improve the state’s substandard care, is itself providing poor treatment. A newly-released report gives an “inadequate” rating to the correctional health care facility in Stockton. The state spent $820 million to build the 6-year-old facility, which holds nearly 3,000 inmates,…MORE

Calif. Gas Prices on the Rise

Calif. Gas Prices on the Rise

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Refinery issues are being blame for a 14 cent weekly increase, in the average price for a gallon of fuel in the Golden State. AAA says California’s now averaging $3.54 a gallon, following the temporary closure of the Valero refinery in Benicia. Other issues were reported at a Phillips 66 refinery down in…MORE

South Valley Murderer Denied Parole for 6th Time

South Valley Murderer Denied Parole for 6th Time

  FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – A South Valley murderer is denied parole for the sixth time. The Office of the District Attorney of the County of Tulare sent out a press release on Monday. On March 6, 2019, at Corcoran State Prison, a California parole board issued a three-year denial for Raymond Chavez. A deputy…MORE

Family of Man Fatally Shot by Fresno Police Awarded $4.75M

Family of Man Fatally Shot by Fresno Police Awarded $4.75M

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — A federal jury has awarded the family of 45-year-old Casimero “Shane” Casillas $4.75 million, after he was shot by Fresno police in September 2015. Civil rights attorney Bill Schmidt tells KMJ News:   Casillas was shot three times, after an officer said he feared for his life, because Casillas was about to…MORE

Supreme Court: CA Pension Perks Can Be Taken Away

Supreme Court: CA Pension Perks Can Be Taken Away

FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The California Supreme Court has upheld former Gov. Jerry Brown’s rollback of a retirement benefit, that allowed public workers to pad their pensions. At issue in the decision was a provision of a 2012 pension reform law, which eliminated the ability of public workers to pay for more years of service, for…MORE