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Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.

Rocklin standoff ends with suspect in custody

ID=16477341A man who took his wife and three children hostage Tuesday morning in Rocklin was taken into custody following a standoff.

Rocklin police Lt. Jamie Knox said negotiators were on the phone with the suspect for between four and five hours before he was taken into custody.

"We were finally able to get him to come out without any weapons," Knox said. "He came out peacefully."

The suspect's name has not been released.

Inventures: Roseville startup empowering teens toward STE@M careers

ROSEVILLE. - We hear it time and time again. Americans are falling behind when it comes to science and math and we need those skills more than ever in a brave new world driven by technology.

That's why Cari Lyn Vinci says she's trying to inspire teens to pursue these careers..

"My passion is to find an area where there is a real need or problem and then create something that addresses that problem," Vinci explained.

Her latest venture is a start up called Invincible Enterprises. In development is a website and mobile app called Me, Inc.

She empowers teens to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It's part of a new revamped initiative known as STE@M.

"Those are the fields we are focused on right now because that's where the biggest need is," Vinci said.

And there's a need for girls in those industries.

Loomis boy has tumor surgery thanks to donations

LOOMIS, Calif - R.J. Kahaunaele is a Loomis boy who needed financial help to have a tumor removed from his brain.

Notice the past tense "needed" because 12-year-old R.J. got that surgery, thanks to extremely generous donations locally and across the country.

In May, R.J. and his mother Janice reluctantly asked for help. He was diagnosed when he was 7 with a pineal cyst. Five years later, they still couldn't find a surgeon willing to remove the tumor.

"Headaches, double vision, stabbing pains in my eyes," R.J. said, listing his symptoms. "Sometimes really bad pain starts to show up everywhere."

They eventually found Dr. Dong Kim at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. But they couldn't afford the deductible,nor the trip.

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Crews will be performing work on Highway 50 this weekend between 15th Street in Sacramento and Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. Expect delays while crews are working and take alternate routes when possible.

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West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat

SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

For more than three hours, construction on westbound Highway 50 in Sacramento caused a major traffic back up Saturday afternoon.

Caltrans tweeted
Pioneer Bridge was open around 5:30 p.m. It also said road work would resume at 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

At it's peak, traffic was backed up on Hwy. 50 from 39th Street to Westacre Road. Drivers were also seeing a backup on northbound Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

The traffic was due to the "Sac Decked Out" construction project, which started in the spring and is expected to last 17 months.