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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The race for state schools chief in California is typically a sleepy affair, but not this year.

The nonpartisan election has become a multi-million dollar proxy fight for the growing tensions between California's teachers unions and reformers seeking more accountability.

In a twist, the leading candidates in Tuesday's primary are both Democrats. Incumbent Tom Torlakson, a former state lawmaker, is supported by the unions and the California Democratic Party.

His main challenger, Marshall Tuck, is a former charter school executive who has the backing of most of California's major newspapers and reform-minded Democrats such as former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Both support the Common Core State Standards, but Tuck wants to reform the rules that base layoffs on seniority and make student test scores a factor in teacher evaluations.

The ongoing drought causing an earlier than usual suspension of burn permits. Cal Fire says come June 1st the open burning of dooryard debris piles will be banned in Butte County. The suspension will remain in effect until the Fire Chief determines it is safe to resume burning countywide. Debris burning is historically one of the leading causes of fires in Butte County. 

Another lawsuit against FedEx for the April 10 bus crash that killed 10 outside Orland. The wrongful death lawsuit filed Tuesday is by the family of a Los Angeles student who was among those killed. It blames the FedEx truck, its manufacturer, Volvo, and the driver, who was among those killed. The suit is on behalf of 18 year old Ismael Jiminez, who was part of a group heading to Humboldt State University. This is the second lawsuit filed in the wake of that crash. 

One of the persons killed in a head on crash on Highway 70 Monday night has been identified as 20 year old Kimberly Orozco of Berry Creek. She was a passenger in a BMW that was struck head on by a Honda Civic. That Honda was driven by a 41 year old Marysville man who also died. He was declared dead at the scene.  The crash closed Highway 70 for almost 3 hours. Authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. 

Gas prices are fluctuating in Chico. According to, the average price of a gallon of gas in Chico is down about 1 cent from a week ago. The average gallon of gas is about 10 cents higher from a month ago and almost 10 cents higher from a year ago. Chico's average today is about $4.03 compared to the national average which is at about $3.62.     

The woman killed in Friday's fatal accident on Highway 99 has been identified as 58 year old Jane Rogers of Paradise.The nutrition instructor at Butte College was driving her Honda when it was hit head on by a GMC truck that was hauling a trailer.The driver of the GMC received moderate injuries. The incident was complicated when a Ford Mustang slammed into the Honda. That driver refused medical treatment.  It happened in the southbound lane of Highway 99 near Rio Bonito Road a little after 5 Friday evening. 


Yuba County authorities have confirmed the man killed after a high speed pursuit Tuesday IS the so called "man bag bandit" who robbed the RaboBank in Chico. The man is identified as 43 year old Christopher Louk and he had been living in the Sacramento area for the past few months. The chase began at about a quarter to 2 Tuesday in Marysville when A Yuba County Sheriff's deputy saw a man near Willow Street there who matched the photos from recent bank robberies in the Sutter County area and in Chico. The suspect sped away after a failed traffic stop. Eventually the suspect got into an exchange of gunfire with deputies and was struck in his vehicle and died at the scene.

Chico Police make an arrest in a 7 year old Child Molestation Case. In custody is 44 year old Jose Lugo for molesting a young girl over a 5 year period. Lugo has a prior conviction for child molestation. He was booked for sexually abusing a child who was younger than 10 years old and having a prior conviction for sexual abuse of a child. He's in jail on one and a quarter million dollars bail.

A man is dead in a shootout with officers who matched the description of the "man bag bandit" bank robbery suspect. A Yuba County Sheriff's deputy saw a man near Willow Street in Marysville who matched the photos from recent bank robberies in the Sutter County area and in Chico just before 2 pm Tuesday. Officers attempted a traffic stop but the suspect sped away initiating a pursuit. At one point the suspect went off the road into a field before getting on a dead end road where he got stuck. According to the Yuba County Sheriff's office, the suspect got into an exchange of gunfire with deputies and was struck in his vehicle and died at the scene.

Chico police are on the lookout for a stabbing suspect. Police responded to a call of a stabbing on East Eight Street where they found a man with a stab wound to his mid torso at around 1:30 am Tuesday. The man was taken to the hospital but the wound was not life threatening. The suspect is identified as 21-year-old William Duncan Jr., who also goes by Billy-Bob. He was last seen leaving the scene in a white Cadillac with custom rims.  

Attempted murder charges against the Chico man accused of shooting his father. 27 year old Harry Akerson faces those charges after being arrested Friday in Oroville for the shooting a day before. Authorities say Akerson shot his father Harry Tapp Thursday morning at a home off Nord Avenue in Chico. He reportedly took off, but was found Friday evening. 
Akerson's father was discharged, Monday, from Enloe Medical Center.

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