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Daily news roundup for Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Africanized bee hive

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW:

‘Killer bees’ found in the Bay Area for the first time // SF Gate

“An Africanized breed of honeybees — sometimes known as “killer bees” because of their swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when a colony is threatened — has found its way to the Bay Area for the first time, researchers say.

“The bees were found in a Lafayette subdivision called Reliez Valley, near the southeast side of Briones Regional Park, by UC San Diego researchers who have been tracking the bees’ movement throughout the state. Until now, the bees had been detected only as far north as Mariposa County in California’s more inland Central Valley, but they were probably attracted by the Bay Area’s warming temperatures.”


Study: California schools rank 43rd out of 50 states // Kron4

“WASHINGTON, D.C. (KRON) —  There is some alarming news for parents of school-aged kids.

“New rankings from WalletHub.com shows overall, California schools are 43rd out of 50 states. It is even worse when you focus on school safety. Schools in that category are 49th out of 50.

“And California is dead last for student to teacher ratio. The company WalletHub crunched the numbers using a variety of metrics and factors, including test scores, dropout rates, and reports of bullying.”


Video: PG&E investigating cause of underground transformer explosion // Kron4 

“SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — PG&E said it is still investigating what caused an underground transformer to explode Saturday morning. The blast sent two men to the hospital.

“Power was also knocked out to parts of San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood.

“While the power is back on, questions remain about safety. The two victims were walking away from San Francisco General Hospital.”


‘Birth Tourism’ booming in Bay Area despite fed crackdown // CBS SF 

“SAN JOSE (KPIX) — A bill that would end birthright citizenship in the U.S. is gaining steam in Washington, thanks to the Republican Presidential campaign.

“It targets a controversial underground industry known as birth tourism, pregnant foreign women traveling to this country just for the purpose of delivering American citizen babies. Business is booming here in the Bay Area, especially in the South Bay.” 


Man, woman found dead inside Castro Valley mobile home // ABC7 News  

“CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- Police have detained a man after finding two bodies inside a Castro Valley mobile home Monday afternoon. Detectives are questioning a man in his 30s who may be a relative of the victims and they're also trying to determine if he lived at the mobile home.”

“Shortly after noon, someone called 911 after one of the residents failed to arrive for a scheduled appointment. Deputies responded to the mobile home for a welfare check and found a man and woman dead in the living area of the home. Investigators recovered what they believe is the murder weapon, but they are not saying what it is at this time.”