The man suspected of fatally stabbing his estranged wife on a South Sacramento street on July 8 is in police custody.

MEXICO CITY – Joining government officials here Tuesday in a call to increase college student exchanges between California and Mexico, Gov. Jerry Brown praised “another way to bring California and Mexico closer together.”

Despite heavy lobbying from departments and interest groups, California’s personnel panel has stood its ground: If you’re applying for a state job, you have to meet the minimum qualifications – even if you’re a state worker.

It’s more than three months until the November election. But clearly, the looming political campaign over whether Sacramento should transform its style of governance is on the minds of some groups.

Sacramento’s Wildife Care Association, which had run out of money and faced the possibility of shutting down in August, has been saved for now by donations from the community and wildlife advocates.

Firefighters battling the Sand fire in Amador County’s wine country continue to make good progress despite hot weather.

A 13-year-old boy who got separated from his group while hiking at Kings Canyon National Park in Central California has been found.

MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that two- and three-hour waits at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing near San Diego are “unconscionable” and should be dramatically reduced, though he offered no specific plan to address the issue.

Whatever attention the public and media devote to state government is concentrated on the governor, other elected officials and the Legislature. But state government is mostly hundreds of agencies, boards and commissions that provide services, make regulatory rules, issue licenses and hand out money. Generally, they go about their business, whatever it might be, below the public radar, surfacing in the consciousness only when things go awry – which is what’s happening in one of the most obscure, the Employment Training Panel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Is DeMarcus Cousins ready to take his show on the road - to accompany the 2014 U.S. men's national team to the FIBA World Cup next month in Spain - or will he let this gold medal opportunity slip through his undeniably capable fingers?

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.

Eric Mangini may not have had experience coaching tight ends before the year began, but he already was quite familiar with his most prominent pupil.

Firefighters are making good progress in battling the Amador County wine country blaze that has scorched nearly 4,000 acres and destroyed 13 homes.

Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Former Kings coach Paul Westphal, recently named an assistant on Lionel Hollins’ staff in Brooklyn, attended the opening practice Monday for Team USA. He watched the session from the upper section with Hollins and fellow Nets assistant Joe Wolf.

Four years ago, they led their high school teams to regional prominence as big-time players with a penchant for big-time plays. Now, Shaq Thompson, the former Grant star, and Jordan Richards of Folsom are headliner talents in the Pacific-12 Conference at Washington and Stanford, respectively. And at this time next year, they very well could be on NFL rosters as first-round draft selections.

A drone spotted flying near the Sand fire on Sunday could have endangered firefighting aircraft working in the area, fire officials say.

Sacramento County detectives have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting women in three separate instances.

Roughly one in three adult Americans have a past-due debt that’s been turned over to a collection agency, according to a novel new study.

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is a coming-of-age story in which the lead actor (Ellar Coltrane), as well as his character, literally come of age before viewers’ eyes. Linklater began filming in 2002, reconvening his cast for three- or four-day shoots for the next 11 years to tell the fictional story of a Texas boy named Mason.

This year’s California State Fair, which came to a close Sunday, saw its largest crowds in six years.

California water agencies with mandatory water conservation rules in place were far more likely to reduce water conservation, according to data gathered by the state. The numers also show that Northern California cities have done a better job conserving water so far this year than their neighbors in the south.

While a few left at halftime, and a some appeared not to show up at all due to the heat, Sacramento Republic FC set a league attendance record on Sunday.

The battles in Sacramento aren’t always about arenas or condo towers. Sometimes, they’re over something as simple as a house in an alley.

Caltrans relinquished the highway on both sides of the bridge to Sacramento and West Sacramento a decade ago, cutting the bridge off from the rest of the state highway system. Its 737-foot span over the Sacramento River is the shortest highway in the state. Caltrans now says it wants to give the vintage 1935 bridge to the two cities.

MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ordering of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the surge in border crossings is misguided, urging politicians instead to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing the crisis.

Fire crews massed manpower and materiel against a stubborn Sierra Nevada wildfire Sunday as volunteers unleashed a major effort to save stranded animals.

The latest suit, filed in federal court in Sacramento on behalf of 58 current and former inmates, accuses the state of knowing for years that its Central Valley prisons were incubators for the incurable sickness, but doing nothing to address the problem.

Ashleigh Smith, 27, and Terry Scott, 19, were booked into Sacramento County Jail Thursday night on suspicion of felony child abuse and neglect in connection with the death of their 3-month-old son, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

A slight Delta breeze evident early Monday morning may drop temperatures a degree or two but it is still expected to be hot in Sacramento.

LaMichael James, who Sunday morning appeared poised to become the 49ers’ No. 2 running back because of Kendall Hunter’s injury, suffered a dislocated elbow in practice in the afternoon and will miss about a month.

Sacramento County will reopen a financial fraud unit in January after reports of scams against the elderly have gone up dramatically since Adult Protective Services eliminated the unit several years ago.

The “fire and intensity” that manager Bruce Bochy spent two days touting about new Giants pitcher Jake Peavy showed in Peavy’s demonstrativeness on the mound in his debut Sunday.

Enough with the friendlies. For Republic FC, the rest of the schedule is all about playing USL Pro “enemies.” No longer will Republic FC face teams from Mexico, Scotland or England in what amounted to practice games, as many of its starters were held out to preserve energy for the USL Pro playoff push.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who so far has said little about the immigration crisis on the border, will meet privately with religious figures in Mexico City this week to discuss the matter, his office announced Sunday.

Nothing in California’s Constitution or statute law authorizes the Legislature or the initiative process to place nonbinding advisory measures on the ballot, soliciting voter sentiment on some issue. Despite the lack of legal authority, the Legislature did it twice before, in 1933, and an advisory measure was placed on the ballot via initiative in 1982.

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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