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Beaten, strangled Natomas girl dies after 6 years in coma

SACRAMENTO, CA -- A 6-year-old girl who was in a coma for six years after she was beaten and strangled has died and her stepmother could face homicide charges.

Truly Lo of Natomas died last Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the girl suffered brain injuries in 2004 from an attack by stepmother, Weili Kao.

Her father, Thomas Lo, tells the Sacramento Bee that doctors at first thought his daughter would only live a day or two, but he
refused to remove her from life support. He says the girl, now 12, died at a children's care facility after warnings that her oxygen levels were dropping.

The stepmother was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for child abuse. Prosecutors will now decide whether to file homicide charges.

Natomas school parents are warned of state takeover

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Officials say the Natomas district could be bankrupt by summer.

Sacramento County School leaders are preparing for the worst as the Natomas Unified School District comes closer to being taken over by the state.

Two Community Forums were held Tuesday eveing to explain the process and timeline related to the possible state take over.

Currently, the teachers union and district employees are negotiating contracts.  Sacramento County officials are asking them to take concessions of nearly 8 percent.  The negotiating deadline past a few weeks ago. 

Officials say every day they go without an agreement creates more of a budget issue - digging the district even deeper in debt. 

 

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Mayor Johnson: Too early to consider Kings' departure

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson once said the Sacramento Kings would not leave town under his watch, but the team's owners now say they're no longer ruling out moving the struggling NBA franchise from its longtime home. 

At his annual State of Downtown address on Tuesday, Johnson says it's too early to consider that possibility.

In a statement issued late Monday, representatives of Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof said the brothers "are looking at all options to ensure the long term viability of this franchise."

The one-sentence statement came in response to an article in the Orange County Register that suggested the Kings could move to Anaheim.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.

Tips to recycling holiday waste

SACRAMENTO - The Regional Recycling Group says more residential waste is created during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, so residents in the Sacramento County area are urged to to recycle as much as possible.

Most residents can shed a few pounds by recycling all of their holiday waste paper such as greeting cards, gift boxes and wrapping paper, in their curbside mixed recycling program. Phone books and calendars are also accepted in the mixed recycling container.

"The amount of garbage sent to the landfill increases dramatically during the holiday season," said Doug Ebanks of Sacramento County's Department of Waste Management and Recycling. "We can change the traditional holiday habit of tearing open presents and throwing away wrapping paper and cardboard.

New Years Eve Events!!!

New Years Jammin Eve
Radisson Hotel Sacramento 
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento CA
Friday, December 31, 2010
9:30 PM - 2:00 AM

10th annual V101 party featuring The Barkays Dazz Band and Slave

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The Professionals Guild New Years Eve Bash
Friday, December 31, 2010
8:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Hilton Hotel, Arden West
2200 Harvard Street
Sacramento CA

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Stress relieving gift for your dog

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Locals treated to total lunar eclipse

Locals treated to total lunar eclipse

 It's a rare event -- a total eclipse of the moon. And even rarer is an eclipse that take place during the winter solstice on December 20. It meant that the moon was glowing high in the sky during the eclipse overnight. 

SLIDESHOW: Your lunar eclipse photos

Tentative agreement reached with the Natomas Teachers Association

NATOMAS – The Natomas Unified School District met Thursday with the Natomas Teachers Association as part of the ongoing negotiations process to address the District’s fiscal crisis and potential State takeover.

In a collaborative effort, the parties reached a tentative agreement that will create 7.79 percent in budget savings for the 2011-12 school year, including seven furlough days and increasing the District class-size average by two.

Bobbie Plough, Superintendent, stated that the District and the Natomas Teachers Association are committed to the students, employees and community. The tentative agreement is a major step toward avoiding State takeover and establishing fiscal solvency for the District.