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Fresno police are forming a dedicated unit to go after domestic violence offenders because domestic violence calls and charges are up.

Domestic violence crimes are up more than thirty percent in 2016 compared to the same time last year.

That is on top of three years of increasing reports of domestic violence in the City of Fresno.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer has formed a domestic violence task force to go after offenders, 83 of which have currently have outstanding arrest warrants.

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After years of declines, Fresno has seen an increase in its homeless population. City leaders think there may be an unexpected reason for the rise.

According to the city’s official homeless counts, over the last 8 years there has been nearly a 50% decline in Fresno’s homeless population. But last year the number of people living on the street actually increased over the previous year, for the first time since 2011.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin says one explanation might be Prop 47, leaving more people on the street who would otherwise be in jail…

California Voters Approve Proposition 50

Jun 8, 2016

California voters have approved the lone statewide measure on Tuesday's primary ballot.

Proposition 50 asked whether the state Senate or Assembly should be allowed to suspend one of its members without pay with a two-thirds vote.

California will have an all-Democrat battle this fall for its first open U.S. Senate seat in nearly 25 years.

Attorney General Kamala Harris leads a field of 34 candidates with 39.6 percent of the vote, followed by Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez with 18 percent. The top Republican, former state party chair Duf Sundheim, trails with 8.7 percent. 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Lynwood, Calif.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Lynwood, Calif. Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

California voters will choose between two Democrats in the contest to replace U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a historic matchup made possible by California’s top-two primary system.

City of Bakersfield

A drug and corruption scandal has rocked the Bakersfield Police Department. Former narcotics detective Damacio Diaz has accepted a plea deal in connection with federal charges that could send him to prison for life. Now that he’s cooperating with authorities, he has allegedly implicated others in the department, including his former partner on the force, Patrick Mara, who has also reportedly accepted a plea deal.

Andreas Borgeas For Supervisor campaign

It's been 25 years since Fresno County last considered making changes to the charter that essential acts as the constitution for the county. Now after Fresno Superior Court judges placed county probation chief Rick Chavez on administrative leave, the Board of Supervisors is considering making some significant changes to the document. Among them is a provision that would let the county's Chief Administrative Officer responsible for hiring and firing the probation chief, not the court. That change and others could wind up before voters in a future election.

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Closing out a highly political few weeks in the Valley ahead of the state primary on Tuesday, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made an appearance in Fresno over the weekend.

Speaking to a crowded gymnasium on Saturday evening, Hillary Clinton packed high energy but few surprises into her campaign stop in Fresno. Her rally came just days after appearances from competitors Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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