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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news.

As California goes dry, Latinos suffer disproportionately // Fusion 

"To many Californians, the unprecedented water-use restrictions announced this week by Gov. Jerry Brown may no more than a nuisance, since most cities already have strict conservation measures in place.

"But for many Latinos in the Golden State, the drought is resulting in lost livelihoods."

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BART announces rate of planned 2016 fare increase // SFGate

"BART officials quietly announced Tuesday that they plan to boost fares 3.4 percent in January 2016 as part of an inflation-based automatic fare increase program.

"The increase was scheduled but the amount was released Tuesday. It’s calculated by taking the estimated two-year increase in the cost of living and subtracting 0.5 percent for cost savings from productivity improvements."

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Santa Clara County approves deals for five solar farms from SunPower // San Jose Mercury News
"Santa Clara County is moving forward with a plan to install fields of solar panels on 32 acres of property, which would make it one of the nation's top 10 on-site renewable users even as some environmental groups question using open space for the arrays.

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"All told, the arrays -- similar to those that can be seen behind Evergreen Valley College -- will generate 11.4 megawatts of power, which is about 17 percent of the total energy consumption of county facilities. Add that to existing solar installations, and it brings the county's renewable usage to 49 percent."

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The Cutthroat World of High School Football Recruiting // East Bay Express

"More than 90 percent of high school football players will never suit up in college, let alone the pros. But that doesn't stop them from pursuing their dreams."

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Prefabricated homes provide affordable option for some Bay Area buyers // San Jose Mercury News
"Two years of mounting rent increases pushed them out of their 800-square-foot apartment, but Emily Gwynn and Roderick Fox have now purchased their dream house.

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"The catch: It's a manufactured home -- a classy new spin on the old prefab 'mobile' home."

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