As state insurance commissioner, Dave Jones has the power to regulate rates for car and homeowner insurance. He can halt an insurer’s proposed increase if the company can’t justify the higher cost. Health insurance is another matter.

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Amador Foothill Winery, a key player in the revival of the Sierra foothills wine trade, is switching hands from one pioneer winemaking couple to another.
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Smart & Final owned the Henry’s Farmers Market stores for just a little more than three years before selling them to Sprouts in early 2011. But the Henry’s team left a DNA imprint on the parent chain that is evident at a new store in Carmichael and two others that will open in Rancho Cordova and south Sacramento later this year.
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Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days, hosted over the Labor Day weekend since 2000, have been canceled because of the drought, city tourism officials announced Monday.
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The Sacramento Kings are cashing in on a new, highly lucrative television deal that’s on par with what National Basketball Association franchises in larger markets receive.
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Firefighters are making good progress in battling the Amador County wine country blaze that has scorched nearly 4,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes.
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Sacramento County detectives have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting women in three separate instances.

New “Extra” Smart & Final stores to open in Carmichael, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento
Cathie Anderson Smart & Final owned the Henry’s Farmers Market stores for just a little more than three years before selling them to Sprouts in early 2011. But the Henry’s team left a DNA imprint on the parent chain that is evident at a new store in Carmichael and two others that will open in Rancho Cordova and south Sacramento later this year.
Cats, kittens on sale at shelter
Sacramento County’s animal shelter at 3839 Bradshaw Road will hold its annual Kitty Palooza blowout cat and kitten sale on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
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Hoping to reduce congestion on a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 80 in North Sacramento, Caltrans officials this week temporarily suspended a state law that requires large trucks to stay in the slow lane. The congestion problem arose over the weekend when crews temporarily reconfigured the eastbound lanes through Natomas, Del Paso Heights and Robla to make room for construction workers.

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Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days, hosted over the Labor Day weekend since 2000, have been canceled because of the drought, city tourism officials announced Monday.

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