Covered California Offers Millions in No-Bid Contracts

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director. Covered California’s no-bid contracts were for a variety […]

Local Church Holds Prayer Vigil To Raise Awareness & Supplies for Ebola Victims

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SOUTH SARAMENTO – With the death of a Black man in Texas, the ebola crisis in West Africa has hit home. A local church is seeking to raise awareness and supplies for those impacted by the deadly disease. Antioch Progressive Baptist Church will unite with Save More Kids to host a Candlelight Prayer Vigil on […]

Guild Theater Hosts Screening of “Freeway: Crack In The System”

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OAK PARK – A premiere screening of the film, “Freeway: Crack In The System” will be shown at the Guild Theater on Saturday, October 11. Hosted by Craig J. Jackson and the 916 Hollywood Initiative, the screening is set for 4-8 p.m. The film tells the true story behind the crack cocaine influx, featuring reformed […]

Kings Beat Raptors 113-106 For First Preseason Victory

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NORTH NATOMAS — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night in preseason action. Omri Casspi came off the bench to score 15 points and rookie Nik Stauskas added 13 impressive baskets for the Kings (1-1). […]

Salvation Army Has Openings in Low-Cost Childcare Program

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SACRAMENTO- The Salvation Army of Sacramento County has announced 50 new openings for low-cost childcare at its Early Care and Education Program, located in the Oak Park area (2550 Alhambra Blvd). The new slots were created after The Salvation Army preschool program was awarded California State Preschool Program’s restoration funding in September. “We are excited […]

Free Mammograms During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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SACRAMENTO – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sutter Health’s diagnostic imaging centers across the Sacramento region are dedicating every Saturday in October for a very special occasion—free digital screening mammograms for uninsured women who are 40 years of age or older. “Early detection can lead to a longer, healthier life,” said Barbara […]

Local Member of The ‘Tougaloo Nine’ Tells Her Story

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OAK PARK — The efforts of the Little Rock 9 (LR9), the first Black students to integrated Central High School in the early part of the civil rights movement, is well-documented in African American history. The students obtained that notoriety because of the usage of television in the 1950s. About four years after the LR9 […]

Kings Look For Winning Formula

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Ray, principal owner Vivek Ranadive, and head coach Michael Malone were jovial during the first day of training camp. But they would be a lot more happy with more than 28 wins this upcoming season.
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NORTH NATOMAS — After two miserable back-to-back 28-53 seasons, the latter at expense of the new administration, the Sacramento Kings are seriously looking forward to eclipsing those marks during the 2014-2015 campaign. It’s franchise’s 30th year in Sacramento and should be a significant one in regards to production. The Kings’ General Manager Pete D’Alessandro has […]

Former Mayor Heather Fargo Flip Flops on Strong Mayor Proposal

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Supporters of Measure L today called on former Mayor Heather Fargo, chief spokesperson for the anti-Measure L campaign, to explain her flip-flop on strong mayor. As revealed in a new analysis, Fargo voted in favor of a strong mayor proposal in June 1990 as part of a 6-2 vote that also included […]

White House: Holder Resigning as Attorney General

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first Black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama would announce Holder’s departure […]