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STATE Calif. lawmakers pass budget

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Report: Fire near BART station may be suspicious

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokeswoman Helen Dunkel said Friday that ATF agents are still waiting to get the go-ahead from a structural engineer to start investigating the site. Thursday’s fire damaged electrical equipment at BART’s West Oakland station, hampering train service for more than 13 hours and leaving thousands of riders scrambling to find other ways to get across the bay. AP photo

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, holds up a copy of the state budget as he urges lawmakers to reject the 2012-13 spending plan Friday at the state Capitol in Sacramento. Despite opposition by Republicans, the Assembly approved the budget 50-25 and sent it to the governor.

‘Flesh-eating bacteria’ kills Sacramento pastor

contentious issues, from welfare to high-speed rail, still need to be worked out. “This budget is full of borrowing and gimmicks,� said Sen. Bill Emmerson, the ranking Republican on the budget committee. He objected that the budget documents were kept secret until just hours before the vote. The plan also assumes voters will approve Brown’s

SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento pastor has died after a six-month battle with so-called “flesh-eating bacteria.�

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negotiations are continuing. “We’re still not there yet,� Duran said. In passing the bill, lawmakers will continue to receive their base annual salary of $95,290, making them the highest paid legislators in the nation. They don’t get a pension but nearly all receive additional tax-free per diem payments of about $30,000 a year.

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The rare disease is caused when a deadly bacteria germ spreads a tissue-killing toxin after invading the body, typically through a minor cut.

The Bee reports the affliction developed in an abscess on her back and led to a coma, pneumonia and other complications. Snyder had been pastor of Florin United Methodist Church for about 10 years until 2011. She briefly served as pastor of Citrus Heights United Methodist Church, but stepped down in January when she entered the hospital.

California judge charged with $1M elder theft OAKLAND — An Alameda County judge has been arrested on suspicion of stealing at least $1.6 million from his 97-year-old neighbor after taking over the management of her and her husband’s finances, authorities said. Paul Seeman is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of elder theft, according to court and jail records. He was arrested a day earlier at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland after a months-long investigation by Berkeley police. Seeman, 57, is accused of fleecing Anne Nutting, his neighbor in Berkeley, following her husband’s death in 1999, allegedly selling two properties the couple owned in Santa Cruz after taking over as their power of attorney. By 2004, he had assumed control over almost all of Nutting’s financial affairs, according to investigators. They say he sold off her art and other possessions, stored his 1957 Ford Thunderbird in her garage and tried to bar her from returning to her home.

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According to her family, Rev. Linda Snyder died Tuesday in Sacramentoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mercy Hospital from complications caused by necrotizing fasciitis The Sacramento Bee reports that she was 62.

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Investigators are looking for three young men who were seen moments before the fire at a low-income senior building under construction began early Thursday. A security guard watching the site was apparently chased off by the men before the blaze started.

initiative on the November ballot to raise the sales tax by a quarter cent and increase income taxes for people who make more than $250,000 a year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This budget assumes passage of an unpopular tax initiative that is likely to be voted down,â&#x20AC;? Emmerson said. Brown did not indicate Friday whether he would sign or veto the bill. Brown spokesman, Gil Duran, said

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OAKLAND â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Authorities are trying to determine whether a fire near a Bay Area Rapid Transit station that shut down train service between San Francisco and Oakland was intentionally set.

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ACRAMENTO â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Democratic lawmakers have approved a plan to balance Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $15.7 billion deficit without Gov. Jerry Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endorsement so they can keep collecting their paychecks. The Senate on Friday passed the main budget bill, which has fewer welfare cuts than the governor proposed, on a 23-16 vote. The bill was also passed by the Assembly on a 5025 vote. In introducing the Democratic spending plan, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mark Leno of San Francisco called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a budget which is painful yet hopeful, sobering yet with vision.â&#x20AC;? Assemblyman Budget Chairman Bob Blumenfield said lawmakers tried to soften the most severe cuts to social services and proposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;more compassionate alternatives to some of the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposals.â&#x20AC;? Republicans called the plan incomplete and urged Brown to veto the budget bill. Passing the main budget bill before midnight Friday meets the minimum requirement for lawmakers to get paid, however, the Legislature passed only a few of the companion bills needed to enact the entire budget. Many

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