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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Here are the stories and photos planned by AP's bureaus in California today and during the upcoming week. The California News Digest will move at 1 p.m. and an Add at 4 p.m. All times are Pacific. Editors will be advised if a story listed here will not move. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — In this tolerant beach town where the mayor once hosted a marijuana giveaway and cars sport "Keep Santa Cruz Weird" bumper stickers, the killings of two police detectives this week has shocked residents and underscores growing concern about escalating, violent crime. Developing from 11:30 a.m. news conference.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Authorities say they are trying to determine what led a Sacramento-area man to kill his 9-year-old son with a hatchet while an elderly woman in the home looked on.

FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno police are asking for the public's help in finding seven children missing in what investigators are terming a possible family abduction.

SACRAMENTO — In what has shaped up to be the driest January and February on record, California water managers are expecting bad news when they measure the Sierra Nevada snowpack, an indicator of how much water will be available for farmers and municipal users. Developing from Thursday morning survey.

SAN FRANCISCO — California's first marine protected area established on the Central Coast appears to have benefited many fish species since it was established five years ago. State resource officials say data collected from the first in-depth study of these protected zones where fishing is banned or restricted is encouraging, and the number and size of struggling species have rebounded. Developing from 10:30 a.m. news conference

CAPITAL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California counties are housing more than 1,100 inmates on long-term sentences in jails designed for stays of a year or less, according to the first report detailing the growth in that population under Gov. Jerry Brown's criminal justice realignment strategy. The oversight of so many long-term inmates is presenting challenges for county sheriffs, especially with the number expected to grow markedly in the years ahead. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, covers all but six of the state's 58 counties. AP Photos.

With: California Prisons-Glance, a breakdown by county of the number of long-term inmates in each jail and their offenses.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers are expected to take the first legislative step in expanding Medicaid in California and establishing insurance market rules when they pass a batch of bills out of their houses of origin. The move is part of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a special session to get California ready for the federal health overhaul starting next year, but major sticking points still have yet to be negotiated. Developing from Assembly and Senate floor sessions, scheduled to start at 9 a.m..

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES — California's biggest school districts say they're banding together in a consortium to request waivers from federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for the city plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn rulings that prevent the seizure and destruction of possessions that homeless people leave on sidewalks.

LOS ANGELES — Deliberations are scheduled to resume in the corruption trial of six former officials of the city of Bell who are accused of illegally enlarging their salaries.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The California company known as SpaceX is scheduled to launch its unmanned Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral on Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

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