SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers were on the verge
of a budget fix -- but it now appears to be in danger of collapse.
Republicans in the state Senate have ousted their leader,
Senator Dave Cogdill, who had agreed to tax increases in the budget
proposal. Cogdill has been replaced by Senator Dennis
Hollingsworth, who's an anti-tax hardliner.
The change could force a new round of budget negotiations.
The current package containing billions in tax hikes, spending
cuts and borrowing took leaders more than three months to put
together as the state tries to pass a midyear budget fix and avoid
While the wrangling goes on, thousands of state worker layoff
notices are going out and hundreds of public works projects are on
the brink of losing state funding.
It's a growing problem throughout parts of the nation - teens turning to common plant seeds as a type of party drug to score a cheap but risky high.
A Point Loma family is hoping to catch a bold thief who walked up to their house and stole their bench.
Hunter Renfroe put the Padres ahead, then Brad Hand held on at the end. And when it was finally over, San Diego had one of its most exhilarating wins during a difficult season.
Some local restaurants are only providing straws upon request.
News 8's Marcella Lee reports from Searsucker Del Mar with more on the movement and a look at the damage the straws can do.
On Wednesday local middle schoolers received an out-of-this world surprise. Students at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Scripps Ranch took home second place in a nationwide spacecraft design contest. News 8's Shawn Styles reports with more of the big reveal.
City leaders gathered Wednesday to discuss major changes to a park across from the San Diego Convention Center.
A Rancho Bernardo woman shared her frightening ordeal Wednesday - a day after she was rushed to the hospital after being attacked by a swarm of bees.