Government & Politics

Report: Wing tore off in deadly air tanker crash

(AP) — A California firefighting aircraft that crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park last week, killing the pilot, might have struck a tree as it approached a wildfire, tearing off a wing, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Valley lawmakers awarded for manufacturing votes

Several Valley lawmakers were honored for their pro-industry votes by the National Association of Manufacturers.

Fresno water forum scheduled tonight

The City of Fresno will be holding the second community forum tonight to discuss its plan to upgrade the local water system and replenish the aquifer.

California reactivates firefighting airplanes

(AP) — California officials have reactivated the state's 22 firefighting air tankers days after one of the aircraft crashed in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot.

Public forum to discuss impending gas tax

Assemblyman Jim Patterson will join the Fresno and Clovis chambers of commerce for a press conference and a discussion of the statewide gas tax increase. The event will be held at Clovis Veterans Memorial Building Auditorium at 10 a.m. on October 14. 

Navy picks Lemoore for F-35 base

Naval Air Station Lemoore has been named the West Coast base for the Navy's F-35C fighter jet.The Navy announced its decision to base the F-35C aircraft at the Lemmore airbase today. 

Governor Brown vetoes franchise bill

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill offering more protection to small franchisees, saying he needed more proof there is a problem within the franchise industry. Senate Bill 610 would require companies to find a "substantial and material breach" of contract before terminating an agreement with franchisees.

Borgeas: Fresno County on road to recovery

Fresno County Supervisor Andreas BorgeasA record budget and restored core services were just a few telltale signs of recovery Fresno County Supervisor Andreas Borgeas mentioned during the State of the County Breakfast this morning.

VP Biden to campaign for Renteria in Bakersfield

Democrat Amanda Renteria, a native of Woodlake who is challenging Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) 21st District seat, announced that Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Valley on her behalf.

Biz owners seek relief from ADA lawsuits

ADA-lawsuit-abuseSmall business owners and several advocate groups gathered today at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce offices to call attention to the high number of lawsuits filed against local businesses.