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Water Pump

Central Valley Farmers Drill Deep To Defeat Drought

Well drilling is booming across California’s Central Valley, with some drilling companies booked for months.

04/13/2014

Jose Manuel Martinez is accused of being a contract killer for a Mexican cartel. (Source: Tulare County Sheriff's Department)

Accused Central Valley Contract Killer Confesses To Killing 40 People

Authorities say that a man charged with carrying out nine contract killings in Central California has confessed that he actually killed 40 people over several decades.

04/10/2014

Actor Michael Pena as "Cesar Chavez" (credit: Lionsgate)

Chavez Biopic Shown To 1,000 California Farm Workers

Immigrant workers were guests of honor at a special screening of “Cesar Chavez”

03/27/2014

Nicholas Teausant. (Facebook)

NorCal College Student Indicted On Terrorism Support Charge; Allegedly Tried To Join al-Qaida

A federal grand jury in Sacramento has indicted a Central Valley college student on a single charge of attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization.

03/26/2014

The Kern Water Bank aquifer near Bakersfield. (CBS)

Ceded By State Years Ago, Control Of Central Valley Water Bank Under Scrutiny Amid Drought

Amid the worst California drought on record, a Central Valley water bank that could bail out struggling farmers is instead off limits to most everyone.

03/18/2014

Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years. Grasslands that support cattle have dried up, forcing ranchers to feed them expensive supplemental hay to keep them from starving or to sell at least some of their herds, and farmers are struggling with diminishing crop water and whether to plant or to tear out permanent crops which use water year-round like almond trees. About 17 rural communities could run out of drinking water within several weeks and politicians are pushing to undo laws that protect several endangered species. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Federal Agency To California Farmers: ‘No Water For You’

Federal officials say many farmers caught in California’s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state.

02/21/2014

A dry canal near Bakersfield, CA on February 6, 2014. (David McNew.Getty Images)

Health Impacts Of Drought Already Felt In Central Valley

An oversight hearing held in Sacramento revealed some startling details on how the drought will impact access to safe drinking water in disadvantaged communities around California.

02/19/2014

California Governor Jerry Brown (L), Joe Del Bosque (2L) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (R) listen while President Barack Obama speaks after touring the Empresas Del Bosque, Inc. farm February 14, 2014 in Los Banos. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama Tours Central Valley Farms, Pledges Millions For Drought

Farmers in California’s drought-stricken Central Valley said the financial assistance President Barack Obama delivered on his visit Friday does not get to the heart of California’s long-term water problems.

02/14/2014

A sign on a farm trailer reading 'Food grows where water flows,' hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. Central Valley farmers and farm workers are suffering through the third year of the worsening California drought with extreme water shortages and job losses. The office of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts Central Valley farm losses of $325 million to $477 million and total losses for crop production and related business to be between $440 and $644 million. Central Valley is expected to lose 16,200 to 23,700 full-time jobs and food prices are expected to rise nationwide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Feds Announce $20M In Aid For Drought Affected Farmers

Federal officials have announced $20 million in aid for California farmers affected by the ongoing drought.

02/04/2014

Mud Cracks

Drought Likely To Take Toll On Central Valley Employment Numbers

As water supplies shrink due to the ongoing drought—the driest in the California’s recorded history—unemployment in the Central Valley’s agricultural industry is predicted to rise.

02/03/2014

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