Central Valley

Record Drought Expected To Leave Thousands Jobless, Cost $1.7 Billion In Agriculture Researchers say California's drought could cost the state's agricultural economy $1.7 billion this year and leave more than 14,000 farmworkers without work.
California Hosts Congressional Drought HearingFarmers holding signs protesting dramatic cuts to their irrigation supplies packed Fresno City Hall for a congressional hearing Wednesday, delving into the politics of California's drought crisis striking the state's agricultural heartland.
Gov. Brown: Drought Requires CompromiseGov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation.
December Cold Snap Cost California Citrus Industry $2BA week of freezing temperatures in early December wiped out nearly a quarter of California's $2 billion citrus industry, an industry group estimated on Monday.
Citrus Growers Stop Packing To Check Freeze DamageCalifornia citrus growers have agreed to hold off packing fruit for two days to let state and county inspectors survey crop damage caused by a seven-day cold spell.
Citrus Growers Fight Off Freezing WeatherCitrus growers expect to see minimal damage to the state orange crop after battling freezing temperatures for a second night but no major impact on the price of the fruit.
Farmers Bracing For First Cold Spell Of The Season KCAL9's Amy Johnson reports temperatures could plummet tonight in Santa Paula, where Leslie Leavens is a fourth-generation farmer.
Judge Weighs Penalty For California's Bullet-Train BuilderAttorneys for the California High-Speed Rail Authority argued Friday that Central Valley residents who sued the state over its bullet train plan have no grounds to stop the project, despite a judge's ruling that the state violated the promises made to voters in a 2008 ballot proposition.
Calif. To Move Inmates Over IllnessCalifornia corrections officials said Tuesday they will comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.
Study Finds Major Earthquakes Along San Andreas Fault Could Be Felt StatewideA new study by geophysicists indicates that there is a greater chance of a mega earthquake along the entire length of the San Andreas Fault.
Board OKs Extending California's High-Speed Rail LineOfficials have decided to extend the first segment of California's planned high-speed rail line in the Central Valley to Bakersfield.