News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. PDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's big city mayors are pushing for more money to help the homeless on top of the $500 million the state already is spending on one of its most vexing problems. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the mayors touted the Homeless Emergency Aid Program on Wednesday while calling for additional funds. The 13-member Big City Mayors group is seeking at least another $500 million next year. But Assembly Budget chairman Phil Ting, who sought that money last year, says he can't promise even that amount.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The University of Southern California has announced a new school president "to lead the university into a new era." The university announced Wednesday that Carol Folt will become the university's 12th president. The announcement comes a week after news broke of a massive college bribery scandal involving USC and other universities across the country.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is pulling the National Guard away from President Donald Trump's border efforts and devoting many of them to protecting communities from wildfires. The troops will get trained on forest management projects starting next week so they can help reduce trees and brush for the first time. Critics say that work damages forests and can be useless against wind-driven fires, like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last year and killed 85 people.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a mother with murder in the death of her 9-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail near Los Angeles. Twenty-eight-year-old Taquesta Graham was charged Wednesday in the death of Trinity Love Jones. It's unclear whether she has an attorney. Graham is expected to be arraigned later Wednesday.
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