Top Northern California stories for May 8, 2024


KCRA 3 is rounding up all the information you need to know to get a head start on your day.Here, you’ll find what you missed overnight, what’s happening throughout the day, the forecast and how your commute is shaping up.You can also watch our morning newscasts live from 4-10 a.m. here.WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLYAngelann Flores returns to Stockton Unified board meeting Tuesday amid fraud allegations | Area 2 Trustee Angelann Flores attended Tuesday’s Stockton Unified School Board meeting amid allegations of theft of public funds and insurance fraud. Flores participated in the meeting but yielded her time to speak during a portion of the meeting dedicated to trustee updates. Find more here.Thousands of DACA recipients will be eligible for health care coverage under a new federal rule | Thousands of beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will soon have access to affordable healthcare. A new federal rule will allow as many as 100,000 DACA beneficiaries to enroll in a qualified health plan through the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace. Find more here.Possible gas price gouging penalty in California faces uncertain future | California lawmakers in the state Senate on Tuesday held an oversight hearing on the state’s new law that attempts to hold oil companies accountable for spiking gas prices. The hearing comes as the California Energy Commission moves forward with its work in determining if it should set a cap on oil refiner profits and establish a penalty for companies when they make too much money off of California drivers. The law was at the center of a special session Gov. Gavin Newsom called last year in response to high gas prices. Find more here.Wife of former MLB player accused in her father’s Lake Tahoe murder appears in court | A former Major League Baseball pitcher appeared in a Placer County courtroom for the second day in a row Tuesday. Dan Serafini and family friend Samantha Scott are accused of the murder of Serafini’s father-in-law, Robert Spohr, at Spohr’s Lake Tahoe home in June 2021. They’re also charged with attempted murder for his mother-in-law, Wendy Wood, after prosecutors believe he shot her. Find more here.Grandfather paid stranger $20 to watch 7-year-old so he could drink at bar, Sacramento sheriff says | Sacramento deputies arrested a man accused of losing track of his 7-year-old granddaughter after paying a stranger to watch her so he could go to a bar. Jason Warren, 54, had given the unknown woman $20 to take the girl to a nearby thrift store on Monday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman was identified as Lauren Jope, 34, who is unhoused and stays at a camp near Auburn Boulevard. Find more here.WHAT’S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE33 arrested at George Washington University as DC mayor’s congressional hearing is canceled | Police cleared a pro-Palestinian tent encampment at George Washington University early Wednesday and arrested demonstrators, hours after dozens marched to the home of the school’s president as city officials prepared to appear before Congress on the protest’s handling. Find more here.Storms batter the Midwest bringing tornadoes, hail and strong winds | Severe storms continued to barrel through the Midwest early Wednesday, unleashing a curtain of heavy rain, gusty winds and tornadoes that forecasters warned could spill out of the region. The tornadoes were first spotted after dark Tuesday in parts of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, while portions of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri were also under a tornado watch, according to the National Weather Service. Find more here.Georgia appeals court agrees to review ruling allowing Fani Willis to stay on Trump election case | A Georgia appeals court on Wednesday agreed to review a lower court ruling allowing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to continue to prosecute the election interference case she brought against former President Donald Trump. Find more here.Russia hits Ukraine’s power grid with a ‘massive’ attack on a day marking the WWII defeat of Nazism | Russian forces unleashed a nighttime barrage of more than 50 cruise missiles and explosive drones at Ukraine’s power grid Wednesday, targeting a wide area in what President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called a “massive” attack on the day the country celebrates the defeat of Nazism in World War II. Find more here.Disneyland gets final approval for massive expansion | Disney cleared a major hurdle to start developing a colossal expansion of its Disneyland theme parks on Tuesday night when the Anaheim city council unanimously gave final approval to rezone much of the property. Disney’s original resort in California, which comprises a shopping district, parking areas and two theme parks, is about 550 acres, which is less than 2% of the size of Walt Disney World in Florida. Find more here.TODAY’S WEATHER OUTLOOKWednesday morning is off to a windy start as gusts will blow pollen around in Northern California, making it a tough day for those with allergies.Meteorologist Tamara Berg said winds will increase in the late afternoon, with wind strength varying on the location. Find more here.HAPPENING TODAY10:30 a.m. | Parents will rally to call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep funding in place for childcare and social services ahead of the May Revise, an update to the budget proposal. The rally will be on the west steps of the Capitol.6 p.m. | The Elk Grove City Council is expected to make a final vote on the relocation of the Sacramento Zoo. If approved, the roughly 15-acre location in Sacramento’s Upper Land Park would move its facilities to a lot larger than 60 acres along Laguna Palms Way.REAL-TIME TRAFFIC MAPClick here to see our interactive traffic map.TRACK INTERACTIVE, DOPPLER RADARClick here to see our interactive radar.DOWNLOAD OUR APP FOR THE LATESTHere is where you can download our app.The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this story.

KCRA 3 is rounding up all the information you need to know to get a head start on your day.

Here, you’ll find what you missed overnight, what’s happening throughout the day, the forecast and how your commute is shaping up.

You can also watch our morning newscasts live from 4-10 a.m. here.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY

Angelann Flores returns to Stockton Unified board meeting Tuesday amid fraud allegations | Area 2 Trustee Angelann Flores attended Tuesday’s Stockton Unified School Board meeting amid allegations of theft of public funds and insurance fraud. Flores participated in the meeting but yielded her time to speak during a portion of the meeting dedicated to trustee updates. Find more here.

Thousands of DACA recipients will be eligible for health care coverage under a new federal rule | Thousands of beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will soon have access to affordable healthcare. A new federal rule will allow as many as 100,000 DACA beneficiaries to enroll in a qualified health plan through the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace. Find more here.

Possible gas price gouging penalty in California faces uncertain future | California lawmakers in the state Senate on Tuesday held an oversight hearing on the state’s new law that attempts to hold oil companies accountable for spiking gas prices. The hearing comes as the California Energy Commission moves forward with its work in determining if it should set a cap on oil refiner profits and establish a penalty for companies when they make too much money off of California drivers. The law was at the center of a special session Gov. Gavin Newsom called last year in response to high gas prices. Find more here.

Wife of former MLB player accused in her father’s Lake Tahoe murder appears in court | A former Major League Baseball pitcher appeared in a Placer County courtroom for the second day in a row Tuesday. Dan Serafini and family friend Samantha Scott are accused of the murder of Serafini’s father-in-law, Robert Spohr, at Spohr’s Lake Tahoe home in June 2021. They’re also charged with attempted murder for his mother-in-law, Wendy Wood, after prosecutors believe he shot her. Find more here.

Grandfather paid stranger $20 to watch 7-year-old so he could drink at bar, Sacramento sheriff says | Sacramento deputies arrested a man accused of losing track of his 7-year-old granddaughter after paying a stranger to watch her so he could go to a bar. Jason Warren, 54, had given the unknown woman $20 to take the girl to a nearby thrift store on Monday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman was identified as Lauren Jope, 34, who is unhoused and stays at a camp near Auburn Boulevard. Find more here.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE

33 arrested at George Washington University as DC mayor’s congressional hearing is canceled | Police cleared a pro-Palestinian tent encampment at George Washington University early Wednesday and arrested demonstrators, hours after dozens marched to the home of the school’s president as city officials prepared to appear before Congress on the protest’s handling. Find more here.

Storms batter the Midwest bringing tornadoes, hail and strong winds | Severe storms continued to barrel through the Midwest early Wednesday, unleashing a curtain of heavy rain, gusty winds and tornadoes that forecasters warned could spill out of the region. The tornadoes were first spotted after dark Tuesday in parts of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, while portions of Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri were also under a tornado watch, according to the National Weather Service. Find more here.

Georgia appeals court agrees to review ruling allowing Fani Willis to stay on Trump election case | A Georgia appeals court on Wednesday agreed to review a lower court ruling allowing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to continue to prosecute the election interference case she brought against former President Donald Trump. Find more here.

Russia hits Ukraine’s power grid with a ‘massive’ attack on a day marking the WWII defeat of Nazism | Russian forces unleashed a nighttime barrage of more than 50 cruise missiles and explosive drones at Ukraine’s power grid Wednesday, targeting a wide area in what President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called a “massive” attack on the day the country celebrates the defeat of Nazism in World War II. Find more here.

Disneyland gets final approval for massive expansion | Disney cleared a major hurdle to start developing a colossal expansion of its Disneyland theme parks on Tuesday night when the Anaheim city council unanimously gave final approval to rezone much of the property. Disney’s original resort in California, which comprises a shopping district, parking areas and two theme parks, is about 550 acres, which is less than 2% of the size of Walt Disney World in Florida. Find more here.

TODAY’S WEATHER OUTLOOK

Wednesday morning is off to a windy start as gusts will blow pollen around in Northern California, making it a tough day for those with allergies.

Meteorologist Tamara Berg said winds will increase in the late afternoon, with wind strength varying on the location. Find more here.

HAPPENING TODAY

10:30 a.m. | Parents will rally to call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep funding in place for childcare and social services ahead of the May Revise, an update to the budget proposal. The rally will be on the west steps of the Capitol.

6 p.m. | The Elk Grove City Council is expected to make a final vote on the relocation of the Sacramento Zoo. If approved, the roughly 15-acre location in Sacramento’s Upper Land Park would move its facilities to a lot larger than 60 acres along Laguna Palms Way.

REAL-TIME TRAFFIC MAP

Click here to see our interactive traffic map.

TRACK INTERACTIVE, DOPPLER RADAR

Click here to see our interactive radar.

DOWNLOAD OUR APP FOR THE LATEST

Here is where you can download our app.

The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this story.


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