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Capitol Alert

Hundreds of California recycling centers close – what now?

Firms that take bottles, cans have shut down

Closures put grocery stores on the hook

Lawmakers wanted short-term fix; administration emphasizes bigger deal

Fires

Fire torched us last year, and the blazes keep coming

Even as victims of the massive Butte Fire struggle to rebuild their lives, a new fire season is starting in the Sierra Nevada foothills and the state’s Coast Ranges. California’s fire chief said the vast stands of dead trees in areas burned by last year’s devastating wildfires are prime fuel for new fires, and extended droughts and higher temperatures caused by climate change will likely lead to more destructive wildfire seasons.

Local

Is Sacramento’s ‘city within a city’ ready to rise?

Empty now, Sacramento’s downtown railyard someday could be home to as many as 21,000 residents, more than live in Land Park and Curtis Park together. A like number of people would also work there, making the railyard the region’s most densely packed and self-supporting neighborhood.

Education

Algebra, geometry give way to integrated math in local high schools

Experts say a change to Integrated Math is supposed to help students understand math on a deeper level and improve their ability to apply math concepts in the real world. While the switch is not required, many local school districts have adopted the changes as part of their transition to Common Core State Standards. Not everybody supports the move.

Videos

'He lives and dies football': Meet C.J. Beathard, 49ers' 3rd-round QB pick from Iowa

As the third round was ending, the San Francisco 49ers traded with Minnesota to take quarterback C.J. Beathard, who attracted the attention of coach Kyle Shanahan because of his plucky playing style at Iowa.
Produced by Jon Schultz Associated Press photos. Music by Kevin MacLeod.
'He lives and dies football': Meet C.J. Beathard, 49ers' 3rd-round QB pick from Iowa 0:48

'He lives and dies football': Meet C.J. Beathard, 49ers' 3rd-round QB pick from Iowa

Protesters sit-in at Sacramento City Hall, want justice for Dazion Flenaugh death 0:44

Protesters sit-in at Sacramento City Hall, want justice for Dazion Flenaugh death

Meet Ahkello Witherspoon, 49ers 3rd-round pick and Sacramento's own super bloomer 1:00

Meet Ahkello Witherspoon, 49ers 3rd-round pick and Sacramento's own super bloomer

The snowpack is still massive in May. Watch 5 years of Sierra snow from space 0:43

The snowpack is still massive in May. Watch 5 years of Sierra snow from space